Abbotsford House, Melrose, Scotland.

This evening, I am focusing on Abbotsford House, a major visitor attraction on the south bank of the River Tweed near Melrose in the Scottish Borders. Location is about one hour south of Edinburgh.

The Abbotsford site, a farmhouse, was first acquired by the Scottish romantic novelist, Sir Walter Scott ( 1771-1832) in 1811 and thereafter developed into a mansion under Sir Walter’s supervision.The interior is smaller than would appear from an external view.

Abbotsford House from Garden

Sir Walter Scott achieved worldwide fame principally through his series of twenty-six romantic, historical novels collectively known at the Waverley Novels which include such famous works as:

  • Heart of Midlothian
  • Ivanhoe
  • Rob Roy
  • Lady of the Lake
  • Waverley
  • The Fortunes of Nigel.
  • Guy Mannering.

Sir Walter also produced poetry and prose. His writings covered the period 1799- 1831 and acted as a catalyst for tourism in Scotland during the 19th century.

Room inside Abbotsford House

Today, the visitor experience is enhanced by a new Visitor Centre, separate from Abbotsford House. In addition to the historic house there are well maintained gardens and River Tweed to admire.

Landscape view of Abbotsford House.

For persons wishing to connect with Sir Walter Scott then associated sites nearby include Scott’s View and Dryburgh Abbey.

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