Tour of the Scottish Borders

ER & Vlada at AbbotsfordToday we welcomed ER from the USA and Vlada from Ukraine for a private sightseeing tour of the Scottish Borders.

In the morning we visited the pretty abbey town of Melrose where ER and Vlada enjoyed exploring the ruins of Melrose Abbey and the town’s many independent local shops and galleries. We next visited Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott who was Scotland’s 19th century historical novelist, playwright, and poet. Scott described his home as his “conundrum castle”, it houses his fabulous collection of historical artifacts and magnificent library. The visitor centre hosts an exhibition celebrating the life of the world’s first bestselling author.

Leaving Abbotsford we visited Scott’s View and Wallace Monument. Scott’s View was Sir Walter Scott’s favourite viewpoint of the Borders. The 21.5 metre high Wallace Monument was the first statue to be erected anywhere to commemorate William Wallace.

Our afternoon was spent visiting Floors Castle, Scotland’s largest inhabited castle and ancestral home of the Dukes of Roxburghe. Floors Castle was designed by William Adam for the 1st Duke of Roxburghe in 1721. The 6th Duke commissioned William Playfair to remodel the castle and create the fairytale castle that is seen today. In 1903 the 8th Duke married American heiress May Goelet, she brought to Floors an outstanding collection of fine art, furniture, porcelain tapestries which are on display in the castle.

Melrose Abbey, Abbotsford, Floors Castle & Scott's View

Melrose Abbey, Abbotsford, Floors Castle & Scott’s View

More photographs of ER and Vlada’s tour can be found on Borders Journeys’ Facebook.

If you would like us to create a private tour for you, we will be happy to offer you our advice and plan the tour around your requirements so that we can build the perfect tour for you. We recognise that for many of you this may be a once in a lifetime opportunity and our emphasis is upon making your time in Scotland an experience you’ll always remember.

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