Welcome to Abbotsford

Join us at Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott, to celebrate the 250th anniversary of his birth. Find out more about how the anniversary will be celebrated across Scotland and the world at WalterScott250.com.

Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, Abbotsford’s historic house, chapel, gardens, gift shop, Ochiltree’s café and free Sir Walter Scott exhibition are currently closed. They will reopen on Monday 26th April. In the meantime, the estate will remain open for local people wanting to enjoy the woodland and riverside walks.

Abbotsford is the extraordinary home of the 19th century novelist and ‘Great Scott’ who popularised tartan, saved the Scottish banknote and rediscovered his country’s Crown Jewels.

Discover a treasure trove of intriguing objects which inspired his greatest poems and novels. Learn about Scott's life, browse the gift shop, enjoy seasonal food in our café or simply relax in the beautiful formal gardens and tranquil woodlands.

Created almost 200 years ago by the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders, Abbotsford is now just a short train ride from Edinburgh.

What's on

  • Storytelling at Abbotsford

    20th Mar 2021 - 14th May 2021

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  • Walter Scott 250

    20th Mar 2021 - 15th Aug 2022

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  • Online Audio Tour

    22nd Jan 2021 - 31st Mar 2021

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