“Scott left a huge global cultural and literary legacy and we’re delighted that the newly transformed Abbotsford is rekindling an interest in this great man.
"While we have always believed in the potential of Abbotsford and Sir Walter Scott to attract visitors to the region, these visitor figures have surpassed even our expectations and it’s heartening to see people from so many different countries, including the emerging markets of India and China, being drawn to this special place.
"We’re extremely pleased that this new chapter in Abbotsford’s life has been so warmly welcomed, bringing new people to enjoy not just Abbotsford but, we hope, other towns and attractions in the local area too.”
– Jason Dyer, Chief Executive, The Abbotsford Trust
Her Majesty The Queen will officially open Abbotsford House on Wednesday 3rd July following a multi-million pound restoration project.
The Queen will be given a tour of the house before unveiling a plaque commemorating the occasion.
Her Majesty will also be introduced to guests at the opening reception, including trustees and employees of The Abbotsford Trust, the Trust’s funding partners and a number of Sir Walter Scott’s descendants from the UK and overseas.
The former home of Sir Walter Scott has been closed for almost two years.
“The Abbotsford Trust is delighted that Her Majesty The Queen accepted our invitation to officially re-open this historic property.
"Abbotsford is one of the most famous houses in the world, built by a man whose cultural and literary legacy cannot be underestimated.
"We believe that Abbotsford is set to become both an important cultural centre and tourist destination for the Scottish Borders and are honoured that Her Majesty will be one of the first people to tour this rejuvenated attraction.”