Near Enough: Travel in the UK

Near Enough: Scottish Borders, Abbotsford

August 26, 2016

While we were in the Scottish Borders we visited the home of Sir Walter Scott, Abbotsford House.

The car park and visitor centre were a short walk from the house and the journey to the house is through beautiful gardens. As we were visiting on a bright, warm June day we were surrounded by a vast array of flowers and colours.

The house itself is relatively small in comparison to some stately homes I’ve visited but that was welcomed in my heavily pregnant state. Audio guides are encouraged and as I preferred to read the extracts as we walked around, I left that to Chris.


Outside I particularly enjoyed walking around the walled garden before following the path to the rear of the house to walk to the river. We took a steady walk, resting at a bench to take in the view of the house and the serenity of the banks of the river.

It was a perfect spot to while away some time and I imagine that young children would particularly enjoy getting their feet wet in the river, splashing around as other family members watched on from a picnic spot under a nearby tree.


Tickets are available for just the gardens too which makes it more affordable for families making the most of good weather – I’ll certainly remember this for when we visit the Scottish Borders again and Mini is too young to enjoy the history of the house.

For more information about Abbotsford, The Home of Walter Scott, you can visit their website.

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