Scott's view

  • Hope Scott Wing, Abbotsford
  • One of the bedrooms in the wing
  • Sitting room in the Hope Scott Wing
  • The sumptuous kitchen
  • Abbotsford through the meadow


It’s not often that you get a chance to experience the splendour that inspired one of Scotland’s greatest writers, but that’s exactly what’s on offer for lucky guests staying in a special wing of Sir Walter Scott’s fantastical Abbotsford House near Melrose.

Originally a family residence, the Hope Scott Wing was home to Scott’s descendents who lived there until 2004, having kept the historic rooms of the main house open to the... Read more

Our Tweed Valley: John Matthews, Windlestraw

  • John Matthews, Chef/Joint patron, Windlestraw
  • Windlestraw views


John and Sylvia Matthews are now in their third season of running Windlestraw – a magnificent Edwardian manor in Walkerburn that they have already turned into something very special. We spoke with John to find out more about their experience so far

You came to Windlestraw from Dubai, which is quite a change. What appealed to you about taking on this wonderful old building?

I’d like to say it was the weather that... Read more

Our Tweed Valley: Iain Ronaldson, Go Ape Peebles

  • Iain Ronaldson, Go Ape
  • Out on the course


The Go Ape Peebles aerial adventure course at Glentress has proved hugely popular since opening a few years ago. We caught up with Site Manager Iain Ronaldson to find out more about life in the trees

So, what’s a typical day like for you?

Open up the cabin; prep paperwork for the day ahead; oversee opening of the course; oversee all health and safety for both customers and staff; see the staff get... Read more


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