New booklet on Abbotsford walks

WALKS around Abbotsford are the latest subject of the council’s paths booklets series.

The publication covers six routes, of varying lengths, around the home of Sir Walter Scott that all, at one time, fell within the policies.

The sheriff and writer, credited with starting tourism in Scotland, designed the estate grounds. And the walks have been developed in partnership with the Abbotsford Trust to show off the house, its garden and wider landscape.

The hikes range from a short two-kilometre stroll around the grounds of the house, to a 10km route taking in Darnick, Rhymer’s Glen and Cauldshiels Loch.

Other walks include the River Tweed, Tweedbank and Gunknowe Loch. Councillor Ron Smith, executive member for planning and environment, welcomed the booklet.

He said: “Abbotsford is famous as the home of Sir Walter Scott, but less well known is that the estate is one of the most significant designed landscapes in Scotland. Scott designed and laid out the estate himself between 1811 and 1825.

“The Paths around Abbotsford booklet is a great new resource for local and visiting walkers, which will help them explore Scott’s historic estate.”

The booklet is available to buy for £2 from the Abbotsford Visitor Centre or you can download it for free from Scottish Borders Council’s website www.scotborders.org.uk