From Melrose we travel to Sir Walter Scott’s home at Abbotsford. Abbotsford House is closed for renovation until summer 2013. The excellent Visitor Centre commemorates Sir Walter Scott’s life and exhibits some of his belongings. Abbotsford’s beautiful Walled and Morris Gardens plus Woodland Walk remain open during the house’s renovation.
Leaving Abbotsford we travel to the Scott family’s ancestral home at Smailholm Tower. As an infant Scott was sent to live with his paternal grandparents at Sandyknowe Farm which replaced the tower as the Scott family home. It was at Sandyknowe that Scott learned the tales of the Borders countryside from his grandmother and aunt. Today Smailhom Tower hosts the Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border exhibition linking Scott with Smailholm.
From Smailholm travel a short distance to Scott’s View at Bemersyde where there will be time to enjoy the breathtaking scenery. Close by we’ll find the 21.5 metre high Wallace Monument ; this was the first statue to be erected anywhere to commemorate William Wallace. A short drive will take us to the 12th Century Dryburgh Abbey , burial place of Sir Walter Scott. Following the abbey tour, afternoon tea will be served at Dryburgh Abbey Hotel.
Leaving from the Abbey Car Park, Melrose at 9.30am with agreed pick-ups en-route. Returning to Melrose approx 6.00pm. Drop offs as requested.
Click on the above photograph to download a copy of the 2012 Borders Heritage Week Leaflet.
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