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School children inspired by Sir Walter Scott

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.


Abbotsford Trust "delighted" with visitor numbers

“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

Huge visitor numbers for Abbotsford House

Abbotsford House in the Scottish Borders Credit: ITV News Border

Almost 25,000 people have visited Sir Walter Scott's former home in the Scottish Borders since it re-opened at the start of July.

Her Majesty The Queen opened Abottsford House following a £12 million restoration project lasting five years.

An additional 21,000 visited the gardens and Visitor Centre in the months leading up to the re-opening, which amounts to around 46,000 visitors for the year so far.

The majority of the visitors were from Scotland and England, but people came from as far afield as India and China.


Full Report: Queen to re-open Abbotsford House

The Scottish Borders home of Sir Walter Scott is to re-open to the public.

Abbotsford house near Melrose has undergone a multi-million pound restoration.

The house still contains many of the objects that inspired Scott's literary works, such as Rob Roy and Ivanhoe.

It has been refreshed and is now as it would have been in his day, as Jenny Longden reports.

Watch her full report below.

Preview look inside Abbotsford House

Abbotsford House: The historic home of Sir Walter Scott Credit: ITV News Border

ITV Border has been given a preview of the former home of Sir Walter Scott, Abbotsford House, before it opens to the public.

The house has been closed for almost two years to allow for restoration works costing £12 million to be carried out.

Sir Walter Scott's library of more than 9,000 books has been displayed as it would have been when he lived at Abbotsford House Credit: ITV News Border

It has been confirmed that the Queen will open the historic Borders house on 3rd July, before it opens to the public the following day.

Some of the artefacts on display on the walls of Abbotsford House Credit: ITV News Border
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