Few places in the world evoke the power of the romantic past more than Abbotsford, stunningly located on the banks of the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders.
This beautiful and historic house was home to one of the leading figures of Scottish, and world, literature. Built for Scott in the early 19th century in a beautiful Tweed-side setting, this is where he worked – and his famous library contains around 9,000 volumes. The house also contains a huge collection of arms and armour, much collected from the Battle of Waterloo, and items once belonging to Robert McGregor (Rob Roy).
Abbotsford sits at the heart of the landscape that inspired the poetry and novels of its creator, Sir Walter Scott. Unlike the homes of other great writers, this is a house that the writer himself designed and is a physical representation of the Romantic Movement that he helped to create.
The house contains an impressive collection of historic relics, weapons and armour, including Rob Roy’s gun, dirk and sword, and an extensive library containing over 9,000 rare volumes. It sits amid formal gardens and a wider landscape that Scott designed and planted.
Abbotsford, Melrose, Borders, TD6 9BQ
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