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Abbotsford House

Popular tourist attraction that is undergoing sensitive restoration. The long time home of Sir Walter Scott


One of the Borders' top tourist attractions is Abbotsford House, home of Sir Walter Scott from 1812 to 1832 and a Mecca for the great novelist's many admirers. For an account of his life. Scott spent a small fortune transforming the original farmhouse into a huge country mansion befitting a man of his status and, though Abbotsford may not be to everyone's taste, the house is an intriguing mix of styles and enjoys a beautiful setting. The house is still lived in by Scott's descendants, and the library and study have been preserved much as they were when he lived here, including the collection of over 9,000 antiquarian books. There's also an amazing assortment of Scottish memorabilia, including Rob Roy's purse, Bonnie Prince Charlie's drinking cup and Flora MacDonald's pocketbook. The house is well worth visiting and sits in pleasant grounds, about three miles west of Melrose between the Tweed and the B6360. Take the Melrose-Galashiels bus and get off at the Tweedbank traffic island. From there it's a 15-minute walk.

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Opening Times

Mid-Mar to May and Oct Mon-Sat 0930-1700, Sun 1400-1700;

Jun-Sep daily 0930-1700.  

Contact Phone Number

+44 (0)1896 752043
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Travel Directions to Abbotsford House

Travel Directions

Abbotsford is just 2 miles from Melrose in the heart of the Scottish Borders and is easily accessible: Edinburgh – approx 35 miles, Glasgow and Newcastle – approx 70 miles. Major routes: A1, A68 and A7. Look for directional signs.

From the roundabout on the A6091, take the B6360 where car and coach parking facilities can be found 1/4 mile on the left opposite the main entrance to Abbotsford.

Abbotsford, Melrose, Roxburghshire TD6 9BQ
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