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NBC’s ‘Open House’ Explores Sir Walter Scott’s Estate

NBC New York’s ‘Open House’ visited one of Scotland’s most fascinating places, the home of Sir Walter Scott.

Image via www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk

Image via www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk

Sir Walter Scott, the famous Scottish novelist, playwright and poet, created many timeless works. One of his many lasting contributions to Scotland was his own home, Abbotsford House.

Abbotsford is located in the Scottish Borders, on the south bank of the River Tweed. This historic building is where Scott penned some of his most famous novels, spent time with other authors such as Lord Byron and Jane Austen, and kept his most prized possessions.

When Scott originally purchased the Abbotsford estate, it was a simple farm of 100 acres called Cartleyhole. On this land he built a small villa, naming it Abbotsford. Scott then began building additions to the house, which eventually became a mansion built up with sculptured stones from ruined castles and abbeys of Scotland.

Abbotsford was opened to the public in 1833, but continued to be occupied by Scott’s descendants until 2004. Today you can visit Abbotsford, which is complete with a dining area and gift shop.

NBC New York took their program ‘Open House’ across the pond to visit Abbotsford in person. The video is a fantastic personal tour of Sir Walter Scott’s home. Come experience the history of Scott’s “Conundrum Castle” and enjoy a look at the life and times of Sir Walter Scott.

Watch the video tour of Sir Walter Scott’s Home in Scotland below:




The Queen Officially Opens Scottish Borders Railway Line

On the day she became Britain’s longest-serving monarch, the Queen officially opened the new Borders-to-Edinburgh railway line.

Screen Shot 2015-09-15 at 17.25.50After a 46-year wait, rail services have returned to the Scottish Borders. Her Majesty the Queen officially opened the new line on Wednesday, September 9th; the very day that marked her reign as the longest in British history. Buckingham Palace calculated that Queen Victoria reigned for 23,226 days, 16 hours and 23 minutes. The Queen passed that record at 17:30 that day.

Screen Shot 2015-09-15 at 17.24.35First Minister Nicola Sturgeon paid tribute to the Queen before the railway was opened, emphasizing the privilege of having the Queen mark the day she became the UK’s longest-serving monarch with a visit to Scotland.

Crowds of celebrating people started gathering at Waverley Station in Edinburgh hours before the Queen arrived.

Upon her arrival at 11:00 the Queen expressed her gratitude to the crowds:

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“Inevitably a long life can pass by many milestones. My own is no exception. But I thank you all and the many others at home and overseas for your touching messages of great kindness.”

The Queen, accompanied by both the Duke of Edinburgh and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, then embarked on a steam-train journey, officially opening the new line.

All photos via bbc.co.uk.