Abbotsford

History & Heritage
The extraordinary home of Scottish legend Sir Walter Scott, the man who gave us the historical novel, popularised tartan & rediscovered Scotland’s Crown Jewels.

About Abbotsford

Scott’s Abbotsford remains one of the most famous homes in the world. Sitting on the banks of the River Tweed between Melrose and Galashiels, Abbotsford is at the heart of a landscape of folklore and legend. It began the craze for Scots Baronial architecture and inspired Scott as he became the biggest selling author of his day. It is the place from where Scott’s writing transformed how the world saw Scotland and Scotland saw itself.
Immerse yourself in Scott’s home through our popular audio tours, explore his beautiful gardens, riverside and woodland walks, and indulge in our café, shop and exhibitions. Children will love the play trail and discovering Abbotsford with the help of Scott’s cat and dog.
Trains are every half hour along the Borders Railway from Edinburgh Waverley (hourly on Sundays), with free Abbotsford minibus connection from Tweedbank station – check our website for daily timetable. Easy access from the A68 and A7 if travelling by car, and only one hour from Edinburgh.
Dogs welcome in all areas except the historic house and chapel.

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Bookable tours and experiences

Abbotsford - Prebooked House Entry

Discover novelist Sir Walter Scott’s palace to the imagination for yourself, the place that inspired some of Scotland’s greatest novels.

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Abbotsford - Transfer and tour

Discover Abbotsford, the home of famous novelist and poet Sir Walter Scott, on a guided tour.

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