Head south from the capital to the Scottish Borders region where many of the Scott family holdings can be found, particularly in the old county of Roxburghshire. Hawick, Jedburgh and Kelso are pre-eminent among the many towns and villages associated with the clan; all are important historical towns and all are very picturesque. Other places with strong Scott connections include Maxton, Kirkton, Kirk Yetholm.
The Scotts of Buccleuch can trace their Borders' connections back over seven centuries. The head of Clan Scott, the Duke of Buccleuch, resides in the clan's ancestral home in Selkirk, the stunning Bowhill House and Country Estate. Visitors can enjoy guided tours of the house and walks of the grounds, before relaxing in the courtyard tearoom.
No exploration of Sir Walter Scott's life would be complete without a trip to Abbotsford, the house he had built for himself in the early years of the 19th century. Abbotsford is home to Scott's impressive collections of historic relics, including armour and weapons and over 9,000 rare books and papers. Visitors can tour his library, study, drawing room and the dining room overlooking the Tweed where he died on 21 September 1832.