Day trip

From Edinburgh: Holy Island, Alnwick Castle & Northumbria

Activity provider: Timberbush Tours

From Edinburgh: Holy Island, Alnwick Castle & Northumbria

Activity provider: Timberbush Tours

From US$ 53.21 per person

Take a scenic, coastal route into the Kingdom of Northumbria; visit the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and explore the medieval market town of Alnwick's stunning castle and gardens.

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Duration 9 hours
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  • Visit the beautiful Alnwick Castle, known as the "Windsor of the North".
  • Sample the famous 'Lindisfarne Mead', brewed by the monks on Holy Island.
  • Experience the Grand Cascada at Alnwick Gardens and their poison gardens!
Full description

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.

  • Travel on a modern, comfortable coach
  • Live commentary from your expert driver-guide
  • Meals and drinks
  • Entry to attractions
Not suitable for
  • Children under 4 years

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Meeting point

You can find the Edinburgh departure and return point outside the green Ensign Ewart pub, at 521-523 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2PE. There is currently a shortage of taxis and private hire cabs in Edinburgh, which may make it harder to get to the departure point if you're thinking of using a taxi. It is strongly recommended that you allow for more time to reach the departure point in the morning and look into public transport options as a backup.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)

Know before you go

  • The tour routing and availability are subject to the tidal timetable at Lindisfarne. This occasionally results in the tour having to run in reverse
  • Unfortunately children under 4 years old are not permitted on this tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 260 reviews

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We had a fantastic day! We really enjoyed both stops. Our guide, Nestor, was full of information and shared many stories about the region that made the trip really special. I especially enjoyed the Scottish and Northumberland music he introduced us to on the journey. In Alnwick we had plenty of time to tour the castle and for lunch at a cute pub in town. 5 stars!

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October 2, 2022

This is a wonderful daytrip that takes 9 hours and you actually get to spend time in the locations, which is not always the case. There's time to really see the castle which is a good one. The coach is small and in good shape and it's nice to just watch the sceneries unfold from the windows while guide tells you interesting bits about Scottish history.

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October 1, 2022

The tour started on time and then we went to Holy Island. That was actually the hidden highlight of the tour for us. The island can only be reached at low tide. There you have enough time to explore the small castle and simply enjoy it. Then it was on to Alnwick Castle. The stay here was about 3 hours, definitely enough time to see everything there. You should do the "training session" with the brooms. The two “professors” were super funny. The last stop was the Scottish Borders. Our bus driver and guide was in a good mood and told a lot. Very nice tour!

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September 28, 2022

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