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Aspiring writers in the Scottish Borders have been finding inspiration from the home of one of Scotland's most famous authors.
School pupils have been taking a part in a writing workshop in the grounds of Abbotsford House, where Sir Walter Scott once lived.
The court house where one of Scotland's most famous writers once sat as a local sheriff is set to re-open after a £50,000 refurbishment.
The Walter Scott Court House in Selkirk's Market Place will reopen on Friday after being closed for a year.
He was one of Scotland's literary greats and now his former home has been designated one of the country's top tourist attractions.
The award means Sir Walter Scott's home, Abbotsford is ranked alongside Kelvingrove Art gallery in Glasgow.
Katie Hunter reports:
The home where Sir Walter Scott lived in the Scottish Borders, is set to re-open after the completion of a multi-million pound regeneration project.
Abbotsford House, based near Melrose, was home to the famous author who wrote works such as 'Rob Roy' and 'Waverley'.
The house, which sits on the banks of the River Tweed, faced a possible closure in 2004, after the last of Scott's descendants died.
However, the Abbotsford Trust managed to raise £12 million of the £14.5 million needed to fully restore the house and secure its future.
The funding has enabled major regeneration works to be carried out and the house will now be re-opened to the public on 4th July.
It was opened by Sir Walter Scott in 1832, but when a new bridge was built over the Tweed, it quickly fell into a state of disrepair. After decades of neglect, repairs will now be carried out on the Old Tweed Bridge which spans the river near Scott's old residence Abbotsford House.
The local council and the Scottish Government had argued over who should look after the bridge, but now a deal between the two has been agreed to cover the cost of the repairs.