Guided tours for local guests

Enjoy a visit to Abbotsford in the company of an experienced local guide

Abbotsford is the home of Sir Walter Scott, the 19th century novelist, who popularised tartan, saved the Scottish banknote and rediscovered his country’s Crown Jewels. He was a storyteller who delighted in taking people on entertaining tours of his home and eclectic museum collection. Enjoy a similar experience as our local experts tell you the stories behind Scott’s wonderful house and its amazing objects.

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Tours are every Thursday at 11am. Cost is £11.70 for adults, £5.50 per child.

Book your tickets now for this fantastic opportunity, which is only available to local accommodation guests.

If you are staying in or near Melrose, you can catch the free Abbotsford minibus. Please call 01896 752043 to book your seat and return trip, and arrange pick-up times.

While you are on site, you can also explore Scott's beautiful Regency walled gardens, and his riverside and woodland walks. There is also a free exhibition of Scott's life to enjoy or you can enjoy a meal in our cafe.

If you're looking for a souvenir of your Borders holiday, visit our gift shop which has a handpicked selection of gifts, locally-sourced products and a range of souvenirs inspired by Scott’s collections and designed exclusively for Abbotsford. Take home a reminder of the Borders and Scotland’s textile heritage with cashmere, tweed and tartan clothing and accessories from well-known Scottish brands.

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