On the south bank of the River Tweed near Melrose, lies the former home of Sit Walter Scott (1771-1832). Rightly regarded as one of Scotland's greatest novelists (his swashbuckling tale of Ivanhoe sold throughout the world and been the subject of several blockbuster movies) it was he, perhaps more than any other man who `invented' the symbols of modern Scotland. The popularity of the kilt throughout the country for example, owes much to its championing by Scott.

Abbotsford is a stunning historic house likened by Scott himself to a 'fairy palace'. He designed every inch of the house and beautiful garden himself deliberately setting out to create something that exemplified his love of nature and the natural environment. This delightful and thought provoking house contains an enormous library and many historic items such as Rob Roy's gun, dirk and sword.