Abbotsford

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MELROSE, SCOTTISH BORDERS

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Set on the River Tweed, Sir Walter Scott's romantic mansion remains much the same as it was in his day. Inside there are many mementoes and relics of his remarkable life and also his historical collections, armouries and library, with some 9,000 volumes. Scott built the mansion between 1811 and 1822, and lived here until his death ten years after its completion.

Abbotsford
MELROSE,TD6 9BQ
Phone : 01896 752043

Features

Facilities
  • Parking onsite
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
Accessibility
  • Facilities: Induction loops, audio tour handsets, large print labels, accessible ground floor, respite seating, mobility scooter and manual wheelchairs welcome
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Open daily Mar & Nov, 10-4; Apr-Oct, 10-5 (last admission 1hr before closing). Visitor Centre & restaurant open all year, 10-5 (Nov-Mar 10-4). Closed 25-26 Dec & 1-2 Jan. Playtrail & Estate open all year

About the area

Discover Scottish Borders

Southern Scotland is often referred to as the Lowlands, to distinguish it from the mountainous grandeur of the North-West Highlands. But don’t be fooled by the description. In places, the landscape can be anything but flat. This is a different Scotland to the rest of the country in terms of character and identity but, in terms of scenery, no less spectacular and just as fascinating.

Jedburgh, despite its turbulent history, is a peaceful country town beside the serpentine Jed Water, with only the abbey walls hinting at its former grandeur. One of the most elegant of the Border towns is Kelso, with its wide cobbled square at its heart. A poignant fragment is all that remains of Kelso Abbey, once the largest of the Border abbeys, destroyed by the English in 1545.

Like most towns and villages in the area, Melrose developed on the back of the tweed and knitwear industry, which brought wealth to the Scottish Borders, utilising the distinctive, Roman-nosed Cheviot Hill sheep and the availability of water power for the looms. Head to Peebles to shop for locally made knitwear and enjoy the peace and fresh air, where walks, trails and cycleways lead into the wooded countryside.

 

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