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Help us restore the historic heart of Scott’s gardens

14 September 2021

To mark Sir Walter Scott’s 250th anniversary, we want to restore Scott’s Pavilion and Furnace House, and bring a fresh lease of life to one of Abbotsford’s most historically significant buildings.
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September in the Abbotsford Gardens

11 September 2021

As we come into Autumn, Head Gardener Tim talks through what’s been happening in the Abbotsford gardens.
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Abbotsford to Introduce Car Park Charges

06 September 2021

Abbotsford will be introducing modest car parking charges this Autumn to help cope with financial losses after the Covid pandemic.
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Sir Walter Scott anniversary helps Abbotsford

25 August 2021

The Abbotsford Trust, which manages the legacy of Sir Walter Scott and his 200-year-old estate in the Scottish Borders, has this week (Tuesday Aug 17th) announced its financial results for 2020. It shows a year in which trading revenues were significantly depressed due to Covid-19 restrictions, but with the immediate future secured by substantial grant support to see the Trust into early 2021 and the 250th anniversary year of Sir Walter Scott.
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ScottFest 2021: New Annual Festival Inspired by Legendary Scottish Author

13 July 2021

Scotland’s fascinating history, stimulating literature and vibrant culture will be celebrated every year with ScottFest, a major new annual festival inspired by the life and works of Sir Walter Scott.
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Mindfulness Garden Project at Abbotsford

12 July 2021

Head Gardener Tim talks about his Mindfulness Garden project for Sir Walter Scott’s 250th anniversary.
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RUNNING THE LONDON MARATHON FOR ABBOTSFORD

14 June 2021

On Sunday 3rd October, 50,000 participants will take to the streets of London for the Virgin Money London Marathon. And for the first time ever one of those runners, John Fraser, will be raising money for The Abbotsford Trust.
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Sir Walter Scott Inspired Art created by Wee Blue Press

26 May 2021

Meet Emma, the incredible artist behind Wee Blue Press, who was commissioned to produce limited addition prints for the Walter Scott’s 250th anniversary celebrations.
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BEGINNING 2021 IN THE ABBOTSFORD GARDENS

01 May 2021

As March begins, Head Gardener Tim discusses the last few months and plans for Spring in the Abbotsford gardens.
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Unravelling Collections Mysteries

22 April 2021

With the historic house closed during lockdown, the Collections Team at Abbotsford finally found time to delve into the attics and tackle some jobs long overdue. Meet Box F26/14, long known as the '...
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APRIL IN THE ABBOTSFORD GARDENS

16 April 2021

Head Gardener Tim discusses early Spring work in the Abbotsford gardens as we prepare to re-open to visitors on Monday 26th April
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Stonemasons Get Roped In For Major Spring Spruce Up At Abbotsford

15 April 2021

Major maintenance work has been completed at Abbotsford, home of Sir Walter Scott near Melrose, in time to start celebrations for Scott’s 250th anniversary when the house re-opens to the public
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BOOSTING BUTTERFLIES AT ABBOTSFORD

10 April 2021

Ranger Anna talks monitoring and encouraging butterfly populations at Abbotsford and tips for helping conserve butterflies in your own garden
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BAILLIE GIFFORD BORDERS BOOK FESTIVAL TO BE HOSTED AT ABBOTSFORD

09 April 2021

After a year of many forced changes due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Directors of The Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival, have confirmed a further change of date and venue for this year’s book festival. Abbotsford House in the Scottish Borders, the home of Sir Walter Scott, will stage this year’s festival in its grounds as part of the 250th anniversary celebrations of the life and work of Scotland’s greatest writer.
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HELP SAVE OUR SKULL AND WIN

12 February 2021

Make a donation to help Save Our Skull and you could WIN a signed Scotland rugby shirt!
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THE IMPACT ROBERT BURNS HAD ON SIR WALTER SCOTT

25 January 2021

Here, at Abbotsford, it is hard to let Burns’ Day pass without discussing the impact that Robert Burns had on Sir Walter Scott.
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FROM HIGHLAND CHIEF TO COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF: SIR WALTER SCOTT AND THE SOUNDTRACK OF THE PRESIDENCY

20 January 2021

On the day of the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States, our Collections and Interpretation Manager Kirsty looks into a surprising musical link between Sir Walter Scott and the inauguration.
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2020 IN THE ABBOTSFORD GARDENS

28 December 2020

2020 has been a difficult year for everyone, Head Gardener Tim summarises the challenges and triumphs for the Abbotsford gardens this year and outlines some exciting plans for 2021!
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AUTUMN IN THE ABBOTSFORD GARDENS

26 October 2020

We’re coming towards the end of the season in the Abbotsford gardens and the garden team have been working hard to make sure we get the most out of everything in the garden. Head Gardener Tim talks through what the team have been up to.
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THE PERFECT SCOTTISH STAYCATION

20 October 2020

With many of us planning to holiday on our home turf this year, we share inspiration for your staycation in Scotland. Alongwith VisitScotland, we have handpicked some of the best things to see and do in the Scottish Borders and near Abbotsford - no matter what type of staycation you’re looking for.
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Have A Heart For Abbotsford And Support Lifesaving Campaign

18 September 2020

Abbotsford has been awarded the British Heart Foundation’s Nation of Lifesavers Community Package, which includes a defibrillator and a training kit.
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HISTORIC HOUSE RE-OPENS FOR SCOTT’S BIRTHDAY

11 September 2020

Sir Walter Scott's historic home will re-open its doors on the famous author’s birthday, Saturday 15th August.
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AUGUST IN THE ABBOTSFORD GARDENS

04 September 2020

It’s been amazing to have visitors enjoying our gardens again over the past couple of months. Head gardener Tim updates us on what the team has been up to as we near the end of the season.
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SIR WALTER SCOTT, PARASOLS AND THE EMPRESS OF BRAZIL

21 August 2020

An exquisite collection item, now on public display in our Visitor Centre, gave our curator Kirsty some sleepless nights before she discovered its story...
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LISTEN TO OUR AUDIO TOUR FREE

01 August 2020

While we work on getting the house ready for re-opening, you can enjoy listening to our audio tour for free and imagine yourself in our beautiful interiors.
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CREATE ABBOTSFORD ART WITH SKETCHING SCOTLAND

15 July 2020

We're delighted to be one of the destinations featured in Visit Scotland's Sketching Scotland campaign. Learn to draw Abbotsford with the video below and find out more about the campaign and it's tutorials covering iconic sights across Scotland
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CONSERVING OUR LORD BYRON PRINT

08 July 2020

It's a big job caring for the collections at Abbotsford! Our collections team recently sent a 1824 print of Lord Byron to the talented Helen Creasy at the Scottish Conservation Studio for conservation work. Collections and Interpretation Manager Kirsty explains why and we show the process of saving the print in pictures.
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GARDENS BLOOMING FOR GATES OPENING ON JULY 1ST

29 June 2020

The gardening team have been working their wellies off making sure everything is looking great for when we can open the garden gates again on Wednesday July 1st. Head Gardener Tim tells you what they’ve been up to and what to look out for.
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NATIONAL LOTTERY GRANT HELPS ABBOTSFORD SURVIVE THE PANDEMIC

18 June 2020

A grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Heritage Emergency Fund to the Abbotsford Trust will help to ensure that one of Scotland’s most significant cultural, architectural and historical icons survives the Coronavirus pandemic.
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VOLUNTEERS' WEEK: NANCY'S VOLUNTEERING STORY

03 June 2020

While we're unable to celebrate Volunteers' Week with our volunteers this year, we're doing our best to celebrate them digitally. Today, volunteer Room Steward and Tour Guide Nancy writes about why she chose to volunteer with Abbotsford and what her volunteer work means to her.
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THE MERRY BUSY MONTH OF MAY

23 May 2020

While Abbotsford is closed our gardening team are still busy at work looking after the Walled Regency Gardens, taking all necessary precautions for their health and wellbeing. Head Gardener Tim shares the latest news on the team's work and answers some of your gardening questions.
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MUSEUM WEEK

21 May 2020

Last week we participated in Museum Week, sharing something from Abbotsford on social media for each Museum Week theme over 7 days. If you missed it, here’s a round up of the week.
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SCOTT INSPIRES DURING LOCKDOWN

13 May 2020

A popular online course on Scottish legend Sir Walter Scott is being kept open and free until September in response to the Covid-19 crisis and the increased demand for armchair learning opportunities.
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Napoleon's Blotter: A Closer Look

01 May 2020

The octagonal table in Sir Walter Scott's Library at Abbotsford is almost a museum in itself, with a wide range of fascinating objects that Scott collected over the years, often connected to famous faces.
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HATS OFF TO A RARE ITEM

29 April 2020

When we asked 'what's your favourite thing about Abbotsford?' Bruce, volunteer Guide and Room Steward, pulled an interesting item out of the hat...
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SIR WALTER SCOTT AND WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

24 April 2020

On the anniversary of Shakespeare’s baptism, our Collections and Interpretation Manager Kirsty puts a tiny trinket centre stage to explore Sir Walter Scott's literary hero.
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SHARING ABBOTSFORD MEMORIES

24 April 2020

We're looking forward to the day we can make memories at Abbotsford again, but what makes it a special place for you?
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EARLY SPRING IN THE ABBOTSFORD GARDENS

14 April 2020

Although Abbotsford is closed to the public our gardening staff have been busy tending the Walled Regency Gardens, working alone in shifts and taking all necessary precautions.Head Gardener Tim shares the early spring planting and preparation work the team have been doing to keep the gardens looking their best for when we re-open.
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AN ABBOTSFORD EASTER EGG HUNT

10 April 2020

Happy Easter from Abbotsford! Although you can't enjoy a visit to Abbotsford this Easter weekend, we're bringing some of our collection's lesser known stories to you with an unusual spin on an Easter Egg hunt! Check in each day with Kirsty, our Collections & Interpretation Manager, who has been hunting around the archives for some eggstraordinary stories...
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ABBOTSFORD BUILDINGS & ESTATE NOW CLOSED

30 March 2020

Abbotsford’s historic buildings, café and Visitor Centre and its outdoor areas, including the car park, woodlands, riverside walks and playtrail, have been officially closed in line with Government guidance during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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LIFE IN A PANDEMIC: WHAT WOULD SCOTT HAVE DONE?

23 March 2020

As we all get used to looking at the outside world through our windows, our Collections and Interpretation Manager, Kirsty Archer-Thompson considers whether Sir Walter Scott would have been self-isolating or social distancing if Covid-19 had come to call two hundred years ago...
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SECOND CHANCE FOR ARMCHAIR EXPLORERS TO BE INSPIRED BY SIR WALTER SCOTT’S LEGACY

19 March 2020

Armchair explorers from the Borders and beyond can enjoy the re-run of a free online course exploring the life, work and legacy of one of Scotland's greatest literary figures, Sir Walter Scott.
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ABBOTSFORD STILL OPEN FOR VISITORS

17 March 2020

The Abbotsford estate, including the historic house, chapel & gardens, is still open to visitors.
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BRITAIN’S NEWEST SAINT CELEBRATED AT ABBOTSFORD

14 October 2019

The life of St John Henry Newman, Britain’s newest saint, and his links with the Scottish Borders are being celebrated at Abbotsford next month.
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VISITORS HELP CHARITY FINANCES

01 October 2019

An increase in visits and donations to Abbotsford in 2019 has helped the Abbotsford Trust improve its finances.
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NEW EXHIBITS AT ABBOTSFORD

12 July 2019

The drinking cup of the original Robinson Crusoe and a bridle used by Sir Walter Scott to ride his favourite pony are now on display at the author’s home, thanks to loans from National Museums Scotland.
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MAD, BAD AND A PLEASURE TO KNOW: THE UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIP OF SIR WALTER SCOTT AND LORD BYRON

17 June 2019

Sir Walter Scott was an early admirer of Lord Byron’s poetry, despite finding himself one of several contemporary poets under satirical attack in Byron’s English Bards and Scotch Reviewers (1809):
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BEHIND THE SCENES WITH ART UK

09 May 2019

Over the past couple of months, the Collections team at Abbotsford has been preparing to take part in Art UK’s Sculpture Project. This is a National project working to photograph and digitise sculpture in public collections in order to make it more accessible to the public. This follows Art UK’s previous Your Paintings project which focussed entirely on oil paintings. You can enjoy the fruits of the project here at Abbotsford over on the Art UK website.
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NEW EXHIBITS AT ABBOTSFORD FOR MARCH OPENING

22 April 2019

A wooden Jacobite quaich, a rare pack of 17th century playing cards, a slop bowl and a Persian charm are among a range of items added to the Sir Walter Scott exhibition, at Abbotsford, ready for the opening of the new season on Friday March 1.
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BAG THE BIG HOUSES IN THE SCOTTISH BORDERS

16 April 2019

To mark the release of a new updated illustrative map of the Big Houses in the Scottish Borders, a new ‘Bag the Big Houses’ scheme is being launched for visitors.
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HOLY RELICS SET TO BECOME STAR ATTRACTION AT ABBOTSFORD

14 April 2019

Vestments belonging to Cardinal John Henry Newman are set to become the unexpected star attraction at Abbotsford when the home of Sir Walter Scott reopens on Friday March 1, after the Pope gave final approval this week for the churchman’s canonisation.
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ACCESS TO ABBOTSFORD DURING MAINTENANCE WORKS ON GALAFOOT BRIDGE

04 April 2019

Due to Phase 2 of essential maintenance works being carried out at Galafoot Bridge for 12 weeks from Monday, 4th February, access to parts of Abbotsford is changing.
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THE JOHN MUIR TRUST DISCOVERY AWARD AT ABBOTSFORD

30 January 2019

In November 2018, we proudly awarded the John Muir Trust Discovery Awards to five young people from Gala Academy Secondary Support Centre!
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MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTT'S FASCINATION

17 January 2019

Here at Abbotsford, we like to continue Sir Walter Scott’s tradition of championing stories from Scotland’s rich and chequered past. In the last six months, two of Scotland’s most famous sovereigns, Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots, have been placed centre stage in big-budget film adaptations and today we take a closer look at one of them.
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ABBOTSFORD CELEBRATES PRESTIGIOUS VOLUNTEER AWARD

10 January 2019

The Abbotsford Trust, responsible for the legacy of Sir Walter Scott, is celebrating becoming the first historic house museum in Scotland to gain a prestigious national award for its volunteer programme.
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ICONIC PORTCULLIS GATE REINSTATED AT ABBOTSFORD

18 December 2018

The iconic entrance gate that secured Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott, has been reinstated, after a year-long absence for major conservation work.
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LAST CHANCE TO VIEW TRIO OF RARELY SEEN ARTWORKS

14 November 2018

Visitors to Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott between Melrose and Galashiels, have only a short time left to see three rarely seen watercolour paintings before they disappear back into private collections.
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A GLIMPSE INTO TURNER'S MIND

17 October 2018

As a legacy of the Turner Bequest in 1856, the Tate became home to a vast collection of sketchbooks that belonged to the artist J. M. W. Turner. These private notebooks offer a unique insight into the artist’s mind, revealing exciting aspects of his artistic process.
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SCOTT’S LEGACY INSPIRES COMMUNITY PROJECT

04 October 2018

A new community project to help people develop new life skills through gardening and outdoor activity is now underway at Abbotsford, the former home of Sir Walter Scott, between Galashiels and Melrose.
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MEMORIES OF ABBOTSFORD - UNEXPECTED SOUVENIRS

27 August 2018

Historic houses give us an insight into the lives of those who built and lived in them over the centuries. We believe that the stories we tell should not only be informed by what we find inside these houses but by the visitors, friends and communities surrounding them. Their memories are just as cherished and important to our history but often hidden away.
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EARLY CAFÉ CLOSURE ON 26TH SEPTEMBER

24 August 2018

Please note that Ochiltree's Café will close early on Wednesday 26th of September for a private event.
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IT WOULDN’T BE A BIRTHDAY WITHOUT EMBARRASSING BABY PICTURES...

15 August 2018

Like many of us, Scott was not terribly enthusiastic about growing old. In his diary, he remarked disapprovingly that ‘the outside of my head is waxing grizzled but I cannot find that the snow has coold my brain or my heart.’
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EARLY CHAPEL CLOSURE ON 14TH SEPTEMBER

12 August 2018

Please note that the Hope Scott Chapel will close early on Friday 14th of September for a wedding.
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ACCESS TO ABBOTSFORD DURING GALAFOOT BRIDGE MAINTENANCE

03 August 2018

Due to essential maintenance being carried out at Galafoot Bridge for 10 weeks from Sunday, 5th August, access to parts of Abbotsford is changing.
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MEMORIES OF ABBOTSFORD - DISCOVERING THE BORDERLANDS

31 July 2018

Historic houses give us an incredible insight into the lives of those who occupied them over the centuries. We believe that the stories we tell should not only be informed by what we find inside these houses but by the visitors, friends and communities surrounding them. Their memories are just as cherished and important to our history but often hidden away.
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IT'S OUR BIRTHDAY! LOOKING BACK ON 5 YEARS WITH 5 HIGHLIGHTS

17 July 2018

Time flies when you’re working hard and the years have certainly flown by at Abbotsford. It has been 11 years since the founding of The Abbotsford Trust and this July, we celebrate 5 years since reopening to the public.
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‘LOST’ TURNER WATERCOLOUR ON SHOW AT SIR WALTER SCOTT’S FORMER HOME

02 July 2018

A small painting is causing great excitement at Abbotsford, near Melrose, the former home of Sir Walter Scott, where it is on display as part of an exhibition this summer.
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HURRAY FOR THE BRAW LAD AND BRAW LASS!

28 June 2018

HURRAY FOR THE BRAW LAD AND BRAW LASS!
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THE TOP 3 WORKS BY SCOTT - AS VOTED BY OUR VOLUNTEERS

14 June 2018

For the 2018 Borders Book Festival, we asked our volunteers for their opinion: With an oeuvre spanning a variety of genres, topics and styles, it is difficult to pinpoint which are Scott's best works. Which are yours?
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TRAVEL ACCOLADE BOOSTS VOLUNTEERS WEEK CELEBRATIONS

04 June 2018

A place in TripAdvisor’s Hall of Fame has added an extra cause for celebration at Abbotsford during National Volunteers’ Week.
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BORDERS’ BIG HOUSES LAUNCH ONLINE HERITAGE TRAIL

24 May 2018

Eleven of the finest historic houses and castles in the Scottish Borders have joined forces to produce an online guide for heritage enthusiasts visiting and living in the area.
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NEW VISITOR PASS TO BOOST TOURISM TO MIDLOTHIAN AND THE SCOTTISH BORDERS

21 May 2018

A new visitor pass designed to drive tourism to Midlothian and the Scottish Borders has officially launched on Friday 18 May.
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EARLY CLOSURE ON 19TH MAY

19 May 2018

Please note that the house and gardens will close early on Saturday 19th of May for a wedding.
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TURNER’S 1831 VISIT TO THE BORDERS CELEBRATED IN NEW EXHIBITION

18 April 2018

Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott, is delighted to announce the opening of a new exhibition next week (Monday April 23rd) dedicated to the personal relationship between two of the most famous and influential figures in British history.
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WEALTH OF LOCAL SKILLS HELPS RESTORE HISTORIC BORDERS WOODLAND

29 March 2018

The experience and skills of Borders’ foresters, craftsmen and young people were brought together to achieve the successful restoration of a 200-year-old historic woodland at Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott.
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EASTER CELEBRATION OF £300,000 WOODLAND RESTORATION PROJECT

22 March 2018

A family day of fun-filled festivity is being held at Abbotsford, home of Sir Walter Scott, on Easter Sunday, to celebrate the completion of the estate’s £300,000 woodland restoration project - and families are invited to bring their dogs along too.
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ON SCOTT'S CIRCLE OF FRIENDS

23 February 2018

Scott’s circle of friends encompassed lords and ladies of the very highest rank, just as much as it did business partners and the men and women working on his estate and in the household. Undoubtedly, the author felt thankful for the loyalty bestowed on him, and his closest friendships lasted a lifetime.
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