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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.


Sir Walter Scott's home set to re-open

Abbotsford House in the Scottish Borders Credit: The Abbotsford Trust

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.

Historic bridge saved

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.