Our Club Trip to Abborttsford House
The Home Of
Sir Walter Scott
The Famous Writer and Poet Sir Walter Scott, was born in Edinburgh in 1771. Our Journey took us through the Lovely Country Side of Northumberland, then we passed the View Point on the Boarder between England and Scotland, In to some more Glorious Scenery over Hills and Dales, it was very sunny and warm, it was a Great Drive up there, we arrived at the car park, it was approximately 300 hundred meters to the Gift Shop. Where we bought our Tickets you paid once and it lasted for a Year, the Coffee Shop was on the First Floor but they had a Lift which was very handy me being in a Wheelchair. The Food on Sale was all Home Made, after we had been fed and watered our self’s. We made our way to the House. It was set In Wonderful Country Side. The Front of the Building looked Very Impressive, The front Hall had an Array of Armour on all 4 Walls the End Wall had to sets of Suits of Armour the one on the right must have been a Man of just over 5ft, The other Suit was of a Man about 6ft 5ins, and was holding a Sword about the same length as him. One of the Ladies told us that the Smaller Suit of Armour weighed the Same as a Soldier would wear on his Back Pack which was 40lbs. There were Guides to take you Around , but if you just wanted to wonder around on your own. They had Head Phones that you could Wear, And you could Listen a Commentary all about how the House came about.
The House looked Big from the out side but in the House the Rooms were not as big as you would have thought. The Main room was quite big, and it had a lot of books around the Walls. The Study where he did most of his Writing looked quite small , the Dining Room had a Very Long Table that could sit at least 12 People around it. His Grand Daughter Built an Extension on to the Main House and you can stay there. After we had visited the House, We walked through the Walled Garden. I was a little bit Disappointed with the amount of Flowers in the Walled Garden, it may have been the time of Year we were there. We went back to the Coffee Shop for another Cuppa, after we had finished, Malcom and me went out on to the Veranda to take some Photos that over looked the House and the Wonderful View of the Country side. Then we went to a place called Scott’s View where the Great Man came for his Inspiration, it was a Lovely View across the Valley.
Then we got back in the Bus, and went to Visit the Statute of William Wallace, the Statute over looks the River Tweed. It was a long way to see it but was very Impressive. It was Commissioned by David Stuart Erskine the 11th Earl of Buchan and was Erected in 1814.
Then we went to Sea Houses and finished the day off with some very nice Fish and Chips, it ended the Trip of nicely.
I would like to say a Special Thank You to Malcolm for the Driving the Bus, And to the other Members of the Club who made the Outing Very Special. I look forward to the Next Trip.