Welcome to Abbotsford
Visit the extraordinary home of 19th century novelist Sir Walter Scott, where he became the biggest-selling author of his day and the fashion for Scots Baronial architecture began.
Sir Walter Scott’s imagination and creativity extended beyond the walls of his house into the outdoors and the creation of beautiful formal Regency gardens.
Free and open to all, the Abbotsford Estate offers a variety of woodland and river side walks. This unique landscape was created and developed by Sir Walter Scott.
WHAT'S NEW | Events, blog,and news
The Walter Scott Prize Comes Home to Abbotsford
22nd February 2024
The Walter Scott prize for Historical Fiction is moving to what might be considered its natural spiritual home, Abbotsford.VIEW NEWS
Original Scott Manuscript goes on Display
28th October 2023
Sir Walter Scott’s original manuscript for his narrative poem The Lay of the Last Minstrel is going on display for the first time at Abbotsford.VIEW NEWS
Carrying the Bat for the Borders
27th July 2023
As cricket fans around the world enjoy this year’s Ashes, Collections and Interpretation Manager Kirsty shares a sporting story from the Abbotsford vaults.VIEW BLOG
Thriving at Abbotsford
16th August 2023
Volunteers, staff and local people recently marked the end of the THRIVE community engagement project at Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott, near Melrose.VIEW NEWS