Unique stone clock goes back in time

    26th Oct 2017

    While clocks across the UK will be turning back an hour this weekend, one unique timepiece will be moving back 200 years in time. A rare sandstone longcase clock produced in the 1820s, owned by Sir ...

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    Abbotsford nominated for Thistle Award

    16th Oct 2017

    Abbotsford are proud to announce their nomination in the Lothian and Borders Regional Finals of the Scottish Thistle Awards 2017/2018 for Best Visitor Attraction. The shortlist for the regional ...

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    Online course revisits romance and tragedy of Jacobite cause

    18th Sep 2017

    The true story of exile, rebellion and the battle for three kingdoms is to feature in a new free online programme. Online course: Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites from CAHSS Webteam on ...

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    Outdoor Pursuits - New Partnership with Melrose Rugby

    4th Sep 2017

    The Home of Sir Walter Scott and the Home of Rugby 7s have teamed up to offer Friends a 10% discount Photos by Lloyd Smith Photography & Film Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott, are ...

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    Abbotsford Provides Stunning Backdrop for Successful Harriers Trail Races

    21st Aug 2017

    Gala Harriers’ inaugural Abbotsford House Trail Races saw more than 150 runners take to their marks against the stunning backdrop of Sir Walter Scott’s home. More than 70 juniors lined up to ...

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    Hot Desk

    27th Jul 2017

    The desk at which Sir Walter Scott wrote his famous Waverley novels has been revealed by VisitScotland as one of the top 25 objects to have shaped Scotland’s history in a stunning new e-book...

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    Let off steam with the kids this summer

    24th Jul 2017

    Steam trains have captured the attention and hearts of children for generations, from Thomas the Tank Engine to Polar Express, and now families looking for an extra special day can experience a piece ...

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    Three Inch Fools bring Bard to Abbotsford

    13th Jul 2017

    On the 15th of July, the gardens of the home of Sir Walter Scott will be taken over by The Three Inch Fools, a talented troupe of young actors who bring Shakespeare’s works to life using their quick...

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    Abbotsford Earns 2017 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence

    29th Jun 2017

    Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott in the Scottish Borders, announced today that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Now in its seventh year, the achievement ...

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    A thousand reasons to join VIP scheme

    26th Jun 2017

    ONE of his most famous novels sold out of its first 1,000 copies within two days and now the home of Sir Walter Scott has become associated with the millennial number once again. Riddell Graham...

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    Memories of Abbotsford

    25th Jun 2017

    History isn’t simply about the four walls of that place you visit on your day out. It’s very much about the feeling you get standing in those four walls, and at Abbotsford, it’s that feeling of ...

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    Open Top Tour Set to Showcase the Borders

    22nd May 2017

    This Saturday [27 May 2017], a new open top tour shall arrive in the Scottish Borders, with City Sightseeing Scottish Borders. From left to right: Nicola Irvine, Borders Buses, Will Haegeland, ...

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    44 Scotland Street - A significant spurtle

    12th Apr 2017

    Abbotsford is delighted to be featured in one of the latest chapters of 44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith. We are delighted to share the chapter ahead of the publication of the latest book ...

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    Putting Big Houses in the Scottish Borders on the Map

    11th Apr 2017

    A new full-colour, illustrative map has been produced by the Big Houses in the Scottish Borders group to highlight their stunning properties to promote what the region has to offer. Photos by LLoyd...

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    Happy April Fool's Day - 'Abbotsford – A True Home for Rugby!'

    1st Apr 2017

    Abbotsford gets on track for Melrose 7s with new Melrose Rugby Club collaboration Pictured at Abbotsford are James Head, Fraser Thomson, Nyle Godsmark and Austin Lockington, players of the ...

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    Historic Houses Association launches new Literary Trail

    28th Feb 2017

    The Historic Houses Association (HHA) today announces the launch of its exciting new online Literary Trail. The trail features over 40 HHA Member houses, all around the UK, that have links to...

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    Virtually in the Scottish Borders!

    28th Feb 2017

    Abbotsford becomes star of VisitScotland’s virtual reality experience Visitors are set to be inspired with an ‘Escape into #ScotSpirit’ through their mobile devices The launch of a ...

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    Merlin Musicians Find Their Muse at Abbotsford

    14th Dec 2016

    First Concert for Merlin Academy of Music is a sell out at Abbotsford. Merlin Academy of Music staged their first concert in Sir Walter Scott’s library on Saturday night providing an ...

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    There's 'snow' place like the Borders this Christmas

    1st Dec 2016

    There’s ‘snow’ place like the Borders this Christmas: Unique shopping experience to be discovered on Borders Railway VISITORS are being encouraged to travel to the Scottish Borders this...

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    The next step

    29th Nov 2016

    The continuing challenge for Abbotsford is to safeguard the long term future of the iconic building that Scott created and that is the physical manifestation of the imagination of a man so important ...

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    And Time Stood Still...

    24th Nov 2016

    We've reached that time of the year when many take a few moments to reflect on their experiences. We take so many aspects of our time for granted, yet as we reach the final months, it all seems to...

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    Wrap Yourself in Autumn

    4th Oct 2016

    Scott loved autumn at Abbotsford, and taking a walk around the woodlands of the estate and along the banks of the Tweed, it’s easy to see why. Before the leaves slowly start falling one by one, the ...

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    National Galleries of Scotland Exhibition at Abbotsford to be Part of New Borders Creative Festival

    20th Sep 2016

    A new pop-up exhibition of artworks made by young people from across the Scottish Borders will be a highlight of the first ever Creative Coathanger - The Everything Creative Festival (which opens next...

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    Scott the Foodie

    13th Sep 2016

    Abbotsford is now offering a superb Two for One Deal to come to an entertaining and quirky evening of talks and gastronomic discovery hosted by Borders journalist Sandy Neil – Thursday 29th ...

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    A Tale of Two Harps

    16th Jun 2016

    Our collections tend to be fairly static because of their very nature; we are not a Walter Scott museum and don't buy filler material on a theme or on the man as a general rule. We exist to showcase ...

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    Abbotsford Wins Prestigious Travel Trade Award

    26th Apr 2016

    Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott has won an Award of Excellence based on customer feedback. The award was given by Irish coach tour operator, CIE Tours International, which recognises the ...

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    Rave Reviewer: On the Evolution of an Exhibition

    28th Mar 2016

    My apologies for going completely dark; the closure season seemed to go past in the blink of an eye! We achieved a great deal over the winter, hand-cleaning all of Scott’s books, waxing all of the ...

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    Rave Reviewer Now At Abbotsford

    3rd Mar 2016

    Frankenstein Reviewed as part of Abbotsford’s latest exciting exhibition: Rave Reviewer! The Abbotsford Trust is delighted to host a special new exhibition at Abbotsford this season in partnership ...

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    Charities Working Together Thanks To Bank Of Scotland Foundation

    21st Jan 2016

    “Charities working Together “– The Abbotsford Trust and Cornerstone celebrate a successful 2015 in partnership thanks to Bank of Scotland Foundation Grant. With the support of The Bank of ...

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    Winter is Coming

    22nd Nov 2015

    As we have a good old British grumble about the first chilly spell of the winter, I couldn't resist naming this post after the famous phrase from George R. R. Martin's epic fantasy series A Song of ...

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    Things that go Bump in the Night

    30th Oct 2015

    ‘The ghost nowhere makes his appearance so well as with you.’ So declared the first Englishman to translate Leonore, Gottfried August Bürger’s blood-curdling tale of a bereaved fiancée ...

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    Restoring a Great Unknown

    21st Sep 2015

    This blog post supports the monument campaign of the Edinburgh Sir Walter Scott Club. "We laid her there, the Minstrel's darling child"... On the anniversary of Scott’s death, it feels like...

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    A Birthday to Remember

    21st Aug 2015

    There is always a buzz amongst staff and volunteers at Abbotsford on Scott's birthday. It's a particularly beautiful day today, and, having just hosted a wonderful outdoor theatre performance of ...

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    The Ground Beneath Our Feet

    15th Jul 2015

    Well, the 25th national Festival of Archaeology is just getting underway, so it got me thinking about a side of Scott's antiquarian pursuits that perhaps doesn't get as much coverage as it should: his...

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    Field Marshal Bluecher's Tiny Teapot and Other Adventures

    16th Jun 2015

    Earlier this week, our volunteers were treated to a trip up to the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. As with all staff get-togethers, it was long overdue and offered a rare opportunity for ...

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    On This Day in History

    25th May 2015

    Every now and then, it's rather fun to pick up Sir Walter Scott's Journal or peruse a collection of letters and find out what was happening on a particular date during his life. We haven't done this ...

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    My plantations are getting all into green leaf...

    14th May 2015

    "My plantations are getting all into green leaf..." Sir Walter Scott's diary entry on 7/4/1826 The weather this week has warmed up, and is pretty typical of April rather than May, it seems: ...

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    Scott on Waterloo

    29th Apr 2015

    'Bones of horses , quantities of old hats, rags of clothes, scraps of leather and fragments of books and papers strewed the ground in great profusion...' This was the sight that greeted Sir Walter on...

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    Bookish Banter

    14th Apr 2015

    On the 23rd April many countries around the world will be celebrating World Book Day (something that the UK has done in recent years a month earlier). This date was originally chosen to coincide with ...

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    Welcome to our Blog

    2nd Apr 2015

    Hello and a very warm welcome to our very first blog post on behalf of the Abbotsford Heritage and Engagement team! Here at Sir Walter Scott's 'Conundrum Castle', quite literally stuffed to the ...

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