Abbotsford is a 'must see' attraction and if you are going to take a half day or day trip from Edinburgh, this is the one.
- Only an hour from Edinburgh
- Scott made the kilt Scotlands national dress
- Scotlands fame and romance started with Scotts writing
- Abbotsford is the first Scots Baronial house, copied worldwide
- His Hail to the Chief is played to welcome every USA President
Learn about Scotts life and achievements, browse the gift shop, dine in style in our restaurant or simply relax and unwind as you wander through the beautiful formal gardens and tranquil woodlands a day out at Abbotsford has something for everyone. Begin your visit to Abbotsfordat our new award-winning Visitor Centre. Discover the life and times of Sir Walter Scott with our free exhibition, indulge in some shopping for souvenirs and unique gifts, meet friends and family for morning coffee or lunch or set off to explore our popular family play trail.
Our stylish restaurant serves a range of freshly prepared refreshments and meals made with locally-sourced ingredients including morning coffee, lunches and afternoon tea. Fresh seasonal menus are available throughout the day.
Sir Walter Scotts imagination and creativity extended beyond the walls of his house into the outdoors and the creation of beautiful formal gardens. Each garden at Abbotsford is distinct in character; taken together, they form three outdoor rooms designed to offer picturesque settings for the main house. The gardens we see today are still fundamentally Scotts work, though with certain alterations carried out by his descendants to adapt the space for the changing needs of the family.
You can reach Abbotsford easily from Edinburgh Waverley Train Station by taking the Borders Railway to Tweedbank, which takes less than 1 hour. From here you can take a signposted walk to Abbotsford which will take around 20 minutes.