In 2021-22 Scotland celebrates the 250th anniversary of one of its most famous sons, Sir Walter Scott.

Nobody has done more to give a nation a sense of itself. Through the mines of his imagination and the magic of his pen, he celebrated the history and landscapes of Scotland in a string of best-selling books that dominated the 19th century.

Scott’s legacy can still be experienced in the most extraordinary and unexpected places across Scotland, from castles to cashmere mills and from mountain tops to moments of mindfulness. Meet the real man behind the monument, whose imagination, integrity and patriotism shaped the Scotland of today.

Celebrations were launched on 20th March 2021 with a lightshow at Smailholm Tower created by artist and director, Andy McGregor. Watch our launch video on Youtube.

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Next Events

A Walk in Walter's Woods


15.06.2021 - 19.10.2021
Abbotsford

Summer Family Activities


24.06.2021 - 12.08.2021
Abbotsford

The Public and Private Worlds of Sir Walter Scott


28.06.2021
Online