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From Edinburgh: Holy Island, Alnwick Castle & Northumbria

1. From Edinburgh: Holy Island, Alnwick Castle & Northumbria

Take the scenic coastal route south into the Medieval Kingdom of Northumbria in North-East England; visit the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, once the most important center of religious learning in the British Isles. Explore the medieval market town of Alnwick and its stunning castle - where scenes from ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Downton Abbey’ were filmed. Our first stop is Holy Island, connected to the mainland by a causeway that leads into the quaint island village of Lindisfarne, where there are stunning views of Lindisfarne Castle* (dating back to 1550). Spend time wandering through the ruins of its Priory* where the magnificent Lindisfarne Gospels were produced, sample some of the world-famous Lindisfarne ‘Mead’ brewed by Monks on the island, and enjoy the tranquility for which the island is renowned. We continue south passing Bamburgh, ‘Ancient Capital of Northumbria,’ then on to the bustling market town of Alnwick, whose greatest building is the medieval Alnwick Castle*. Enjoy time in the town center or visit the castle complex where there is something for everyone. Home of the Percy Family for over 700 years, Alnwick Castle is considered one of the finest castles in England and is proudly known as “The Windsor of the North”. Visitors can step into the unexpected in the spectacular Alnwick Garden* with its Grand Cascade fountain and Poison Gardens. The castle grounds were also used in the TV series Downton Abbey and the Harry Potter films. In the mid-afternoon, we begin the drive north to cross the River Tweed and back into Scotland at the historic border town of Coldstream. If time permits during this journey there may be a stop at Flodden Field, one of the best-preserved battlefields in Northern Europe and scene of the infamous battle of 1513, which ended in victory for the English and the death of James IV, King of Scots.

Edinburgh: Scenic Bike Tour

2. Edinburgh: Scenic Bike Tour

Escape the crowds and busy streets of Edinburgh city center and get panoramic views of the coast and countryside on a 3 to 4-hour guided bike tour. Choose your bicycle for the day and cycle from the Old Town towards the New Scottish Parliament building and Dynamic Earth visitor attraction at the end of the Royal Mile. Pass the royal Palace of Holyroodhouse and get breathtaking views of the ruins of St. Anthony’s Chapel. Next, make your way up the extinct volcano of Arthur’s Seat, and continue on foot from Dunsapie Loch to get magnificent views from the summit. Cycle back down towards Salisbury Crags and get wonderful views of Edinburgh Castle and the Old Town. Continue to Duddingston Loch to discover the secret oasis of Dr. Neil’s Garden at Duddingston Manse. Bike back towards the city center on the Innocent Railway Path. Pedal through Meadows Park and the Grassmarket to arrive back in the Old Town.

Alnwick Castle & Holy Island Tour from Edinburgh

3. Alnwick Castle & Holy Island Tour from Edinburgh

On this full‐day tour you’ll journey south across the Scottish border into England. As you head south you’ll hear all about the historic rivalry between Scotland and England while enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Borders. Your first stop will be at The Hirsel, a country house and estate where you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy some homemade treats. The tour continues with a 1-hour stop at the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, a tidal island off the northeast coast of England. Lindisfarne is internationally known both for its medieval religious heritage and also its picturesque 16th-century castle. Alnwick Castle is the second-largest inhabited castle in the UK and has been home to the Percys, the Duke of Northumberland’s family, for over 700 years. In recent years it has also played starring roles in a number of film and television productions, featuring as Brancaster Castle in Downton Abbey’s 2014 Christmas special and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Harry Potter films. You’ll have approximately 2.5 hours at Alnwick to explore the castle and the gardens and to have lunch. You can explore a Downton Abbey exhibition, featuring photography, costumes, and props from the filming. Enjoy relaxing music on board during your enjoyable ride back to Edinburgh.

Full-Day Custom Tour: Loch Ness, Glencoe and Highlands

4. Full-Day Custom Tour: Loch Ness, Glencoe and Highlands

When in the Highlands you will feel at home. The further north, the wilder it gets. On this tour, you will enjoy the scenery, Highland hospitality and various activities (which you can choose) along the way such as walking, distillery/brewery hopping, monster hunting, stuffing your face or whatever takes your fancy. Do not forget that during the tour you are not led, you lead and the tour is yours! Your tour can be adapted and changed according to your interests. If you can’t look at another castle during the trip, and want to skip one attraction to see another, or want to stay in one place for longer it is completely up to you. On the day of your tour, you will be provided with a list of all attractions along the way which are often not mentioned in tour guides so you have a chance to see something else.

From Edinburg: Viking Coast & Alnwick Castle Day Tour

5. From Edinburg: Viking Coast & Alnwick Castle Day Tour

Follow the sweeping coastline of the North Sea on a scenic drive towards the historic border town of Berwick-on-Tweed. Cross the ancient Scotland/England border into Northumberland and visit Lindisfarne, or Holy Island, a tidal island settled by Irish monks from Scotland circa AD 635. From here the Christian message spread throughout the north of England. In 793 a fierce Viking invasion heralded the beginning of the Viking Age. Take a short walk through an area of outstanding natural beauty to 16th century Lindisfarne Castle, and visit the Priory where the Lindisfarne Gospels were created and enjoy the spectacular views of Bamburgh Castle and the Farne Islands. You may also wish to buy some delicious souvenir Lindisfarne Mead from St Aidan’s Winery. Arrive back at Alnwick Castle at lunchtime after a short drive. This magical place (the 'Windsor of the North') is one of Europe’s finest castles and has been at the center of key historical events – from bloodthirsty battles between the Scots and the English to the intrigues of the Guy Fawkes plot. Alnwick Castle's sumptuous setting and exquisite architecture has famously been used as a film location for ‘Downton Abbey’, 'Harry Potter' (Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry), 'Robin Hood Prince of Thieves', 'Elizabeth' and 'Blackadder'. Enjoy ‘Harry Spotter Tours’ and revisit some of your favorite scenes. Go with costumed guides on a historical and magical tour. Be sure to check the events board on entry to make the most of your time. With fun and interactive activities for children, you'll have 2.5 hours to fully appreciate and enjoy the castle. The tour returns north via the beautiful Border country and, subject to timing, may also visit the East Lothian coast to the south of Edinburgh.

Edinburgh: Old Town Walking Tour & Optional Holyrood Palace

6. Edinburgh: Old Town Walking Tour & Optional Holyrood Palace

Tread the route of royals, past and present – and let your expert guide unlock the history of this ancient seat of power. Discover rebellions Jacobites, colorful characters the hidden history of the Canongate, and the glorious Palace of Holyroodhouse. Upgrade to include entry to the palace. Discover an approach to the palace that escapes the notice of history books and bus tours. As you walk down the quiet closes of the Canongate your expert guide will show you a different side of the royal city – in rich, engaging detail. Here, rebellious Jacobites clattered over the cobbles, led by a proud Bonnie Prince Charlie. And Deacon Brodie led his dual life as locksmith and thief, immortalized by Robert Louis Stevenson. In the hands of your gifted storyteller, you’ll find that romance and intrigue are everywhere – in the architecture, literature, crime, and politics, on the very doorstep of the Queen’s Palace. After the Canongate, your guide will introduce the Palace of Holyroodhouse – which you’ll explore in your own time (if option selected). You’ll find 14 magnificent state apartments, as well as the romantic ruins of the 12th century Holyrood Abbey. The palace was the setting for many dramatic episodes in the short reign of Mary, Queen of Scots – and Her Majesty The Queen still makes use of the State Apartments for royal ceremonies.

Edinburgh: The Secret Garden Guided Tour and Gin Tasting

7. Edinburgh: The Secret Garden Guided Tour and Gin Tasting

Immerse yourself in the world of herbs and gin on this guided tour and tasting experience at Edinberg’s The Secret Herb Garden and The Secret Garden Distillery. Explore the garden, on-site drying room, and glasshouse before trying 6 100% natural gins.  Start your tour in the garden, a 7.5-acre area where you will find over 600 herb and floral varieties available to see and purchase. Witness all the botanicals that are lovingly cultivated with no chemicals whatsoever. Learn all about the botanicals that go into The Secret Garden gins alongside your guide. Talk through the importance of the botanicals and how they are hand-harvested and dried at natural temperatures to maintain their medicinal properties.  With over a thousand juniper bushes, complemented by over 600 herbs and floral varieties such as scented lemon verbena, geraniums, irises, and roses, the gin garden is the ultimate tribute to nature’s magic.  Curated by The Secret Garden’s founder, renowned Scottish herbologist Hamish Martin, the garden encapsulates his boundless passion and knowledge. After the garden, the tour continues to the on-site drying room and glasshouse before ending in the Gin Lounge, where you’ll get to taste 4 core gins and 2 mystery gins.

Edinburgh: Royal Mile, High Street, & Old Town Walking Tour

8. Edinburgh: Royal Mile, High Street, & Old Town Walking Tour

Join this guided walking tour of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, the historic path running between Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace, spotted with noteworthy sights and many things to see and do. Explore Edinburgh’s High Street, Old Town, and more. Start your excursion at the old police box in Edinburgh’s High Street area, where you will be met by your tour guide and embark on a journey through the streets of Scotland's historic ancient capital. Visit St. Giles Cathedral, the Lawnmarket, and Ramsay Garden before heading back towards the Canongate and the World’s End pub. See amazing secrets unfold before your eyes on this unmissable walk through Edinburgh’s characteristic High Street and Old Town. 

From Edinburgh: 3-Day Private Scotland & Isle of Arran Tour

9. From Edinburgh: 3-Day Private Scotland & Isle of Arran Tour

On this 3-day tour, you will be taken on a journey which will blow your mind. This trip will easily make you understand why Scotland is on the list of the top 10 most scenic countries in the world for escapism. Places you will visit include a magnificent stately home, castles, palaces, a distillery, a stone circle, a brewery and the Isle of Arran, which is known as Scotland in miniature due to its stunning beauty. You could also add some activities to help you shed a few pounds as you will certainly overindulge yourself with top-notch Scottish food and drink.  On this private tour, you will be completely in charge of your journey. Decide where you want to stop, where you want to eat, what you want to see and do. Don’t be frightened, though. You will be advised beforehand on what is really worth seeing and which places you can give a miss. You are strongly encouraged to share the things you love most and you will be sure not to miss them along the way.  Are you a Game of Thrones or Harry Potter fan? Then, you will be shown where some scenes of the movies were shot. Shopping addict? Then be taken to the best Scottish suppliers and kept away from the tourist traps. Do you have kids with you? Then, you will visit places where they can have fun as well. Agree with your guide on a general route beforehand and then he/she will give you more options along the way which you can choose from. This way, you can be assured that you will spend your time well, seeing and doing things that you really enjoy.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 55 reviews

The trip was very enjoyable. Our guide, Ronnie, was knowledgeable, helpful and funny. The coach was very comfy and the stops were great. The cafe at Coldstream offered lovely breakfasts and cakes. Alnwick Castle had interesting things for people of all ages. Holy Island was my favourite with the Priory and Castle, the cool shops and even a beach.

A fantastic day and a really great tour! Fraser was a perfect guide. He was very friendly and told us much about scottish history. Even though it rained all day, I really enjoyed the beautiful destinations. Go for it folks, you won‘t regret!

The trip was amazing, even though the weather was not ok. The schedule was respected, we've seen all the places. I would suggest to add more time at Holy Island, so you can visit also the castle.

Very entertaining and informative ride especially thanks to the great comments from tour guide Andrew T. Thank you - highly recommended

Holy Island is very cool and interesting. Alnwick Castle and Gardens are quite beautiful.