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Meet George, Scotland’s Official ‘Ambassadog’

Adventure-loving George, a one-year-old golden retriever from Glasgow, has been officially crowned ‘Ambassadog’ for Scotland.

George, who resides in the West End of Glasgow, has been named VisitScotland‘s official Ambassadog, after standing out in the pool of over 200 applicants.

George is owned by 22-year-old twin sisters Emma and Victoria Rae, who entered their dog in the competition in March. The sisters knew that George could represent Scotland with his adventurous nature and spirit.

George was among seven other finalists who were judged at an interview event at Prestonfield House Hotel in Edinburgh. Now that George has the official title of Ambassadog, he and his owners will promote Scotland through social media, attend high-profile events, and enjoy the status of VID: Very Important Dog.

Image via dogsmonthly.co.uk

Image via dogsmonthly.co.uk

Owner Victoria explains how proud and excited she is for George, “My ambition for him in his new role as ambassadog is that he takes us on a lot more journeys – we plan to go to Harris and Lewis at the end of this month – and we can inspire others to plan their next exploration around the country”.

Later this year, the winning pup and his owners will be rewarded with a dog-friendly holiday in Scotland, courtesy of VisitScotland. To find itineraries for your own pet-friendly vacation in Scotland, visit the VisitScotland website here.

Find out more about the VisitScotland ‘Ambassadog’ competition here.

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: