Abbotsford is on the outskirts of Galashiels in the Scottish Borders around 20 minutes from Airhouses. Sir Walter Scott loved the outdoors and the gardens and estate which surround his home played an important part in his creative vision. The estate includes the River Tweed, wild flower meadows and extensive woodland. Many of the trees planted by Sir Walter Scott still remain and you can retrace his footseps through a network of specially designed paths.
Have a stroll through the formal gardens and discover how Scott took his interest in history and collections outside by creating a series of enclosed garden compartments. You can still enjoy these garden 'rooms' today and they include a grand entrance courtyard, an Italian sunken garden and a walled garden. The walled garden has heated walls and Gothic-style conservatory for the growing of exotic fruits and flowers.
There is a play trail set within woodland close to the new Visitor Centre which draws inspiration from Scott's novel Ivanhoe. The trail takes you on an adventure through the trees where you can explore the woodcutter's village, compete on the balancing logs and scale the castle!
There is an exhibition of the Life and Legacy of Sir Walter Scott, a Gift Shop and a lovely Restaurant with stunning views over the walled garden and Abbotsford House itself. The restaurant is called Ochiltree's Dining named after Edie Ochiltree who is a character from The Antiquary. The restaruant is fully licensed and open all day.
Admission to the Visitor Centre and the restaurant is free. Admission to the Gardens only is £3.50 with children under 5 free, and £8.75 for the House and Gardens. Again children under 5 free and a Family ticket is £28.00. For more information www.scottsabbotsford.co.uk
Airhouses is more than an award-winning holiday escape — it’s an experience you will never forget. Explore woodland walks, hiking trails and the peaceful village of Oxton (plus Edinburgh is less than an hour away). And don’t forget to say hello to our friendly animal family of alpacas, goats, donkeys, pigs, Shetland ponies and more.