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  • Rosslyn Chapel & Scottish Borders Tour from Edinburgh

    1. Rosslyn Chapel & Scottish Borders Tour from Edinburgh

    Discover the myths and legends surrounding the Holy Grail and Rosslyn Chapel on this small-group tour! You'll also visit the beautiful Borders village of Melrose with its historic abbey. Departing at 9:45 AM, your tour takes you south to the world-famous Scott’s View, with stunning views over the Tweed Valley and the Eildon Hills. You will also get the opportunity to visit the original Wallace Monument. From here you travel to Melrose, including the chance to explore its great Border Abbey, founded by the Cistercians in the 12th Century. The Cistercian monks had very close connections with the Knights Templar and Melrose Abbey is the burial place of Robert the Bruce's heart, brought back from the crusades in Moorish Spain. Following lunch in Melrose, you will make your way to the stunning 15th-century Rosslyn Chapel, immortalized in Dan Brown’s “Da Vinci Code”. Here, you can find out ...

    It was a fantastic tour. There were only two passengers but the tour still went ahead. Our guide Jim is amazing and personalized the tour for us really nicely. Got to go to all the historic places in Scottish borders as described in the information at the time of booking. ( Entrance to Melrose Abbey and Rosslyn Chapel have to be paid for separately)

  • Alnwick Castle and Scottish Borders Tour from Edinburgh

    2. Alnwick Castle and Scottish Borders Tour from Edinburgh

    Explore the borderlands of Scotland and England during this full-day tour from Edinburgh. Stop at the charming town of Kelso, where you can explore this handsome town and what is thought to be Scotland’s largest market square. You also see the ruins of Kelso Abbey, a reminder of the many ancient conflicts between Scotland and England. Follow the ancient Roman Dere Street that connected Scottish Caledonia with Roman Britannia through the Scottish Borders. Stop at the charming town of Melrose, home to the remains of the Cistercian Abbey and the burial place of the heart of Scottish king Robert the Bruce. Cross the border and travel to thousand-year-old Alnwick Castle, one of the great castles of Northumberland. Originally built to protect the north of England from Scottish Border Reivers and invaders, more recently Alnwick Castle and its perfectly manicured gardens have found fame as one...

    Beautiful countryside in a minibus, driver was also our guide, interesting information on history and good music. It was raining and windy,but afrerwaeds the castle went to the centre to a local restaurant for a nice meal. The way back was nice as road was by the coast. Day went very quickly.

  • Rosslyn Chapel and Hadrian's Wall Small Group Day Tour

    3. Rosslyn Chapel and Hadrian's Wall Small Group Day Tour

    Visit intriguing Rosslyn Chapel, explore the town of Melrose, journey to the Scottish Borders, and see Hadrian’s Wall on this full-day tour from Edinburgh. Rosslyn Chapel has always been mysterious, and has achieved worldwide fame since the publication of The Da Vinci Code. This beautiful and highly ornate 15th-century chapel has long been the subject of speculation about its origins and the meanings of its famous stone carvings. Visit the charming town of Melrose for lunch, then cross the ancient Scotland/England border at Carter Bar. Follow in the footsteps of feuding clans and families, known as Border Reivers, who fought a series of violent raids here until the end of the 16th century. Then visit one of the world's most important Roman monuments: Hadrian’s Wall. Travel to Housesteads Fort (National Trust) in Northumberland National Park, the best preserved Roman fort along Hadrian...

    Well organised knowledgeable guide. Ready and waiting on time. Comfortable coach with air conditioning. Folk music was played partly on route. Our guide Keith gave excellent information as we travelled, about the history and battles of the area we passed. Stops were made on route to view and for refreshments. We had good time to visit all the important points and more of the major stops of this tour

  • Edinburgh: Rosslyn Chapel, Scottish Borders and Abbotsford

    4. Edinburgh: Rosslyn Chapel, Scottish Borders and Abbotsford

    Travel through the Scottish Lowlands and Borders on an enjoyable day-tour. See the varied natural wonders that make this section of Scotland famous. See historic sites and sample real Scottish whisky as you travel with a friendly and knowledgeable guide! Your tour will head out from Edinburgh Castle to the lovely village of Roslin. There, you will have the opportunity to visit Rosslyn Chapel. Dating back to 1445, the chapel gained worldwide fame thanks to the increasing interest in Freemasonry and the Knights Templar. See the intricate “musical” boxes and green men carved throughout the chapel. Leave Roslin and continue your journey into the heart of the Scottish Borders in the eastern part of the Scottish Uplands. This area is rich in hills, valleys, rivers, and moorland, as is also the traditional home of Scottish rugby. Travel to the historic town of Melrose, the birthplace of the g...

    The tour company, Timberbush, was just wonderful. They were kind, informative, funny, flexible… everything one would want on an excursion while on holiday.

  • From Edinburgh: The Whiskies and Gins of East Lothian

    5. From Edinburgh: The Whiskies and Gins of East Lothian

    Depart from Edinburgh in the morning and travel to NB Distillery. This gin producer launched in 2013 with a mission to develop the perfect gin. Taste it yourself and find out whether they have accomplished their goal. The tour continues up the east coast to North Berwick, one of the most beautiful seaside villages of East Lothian. Browse the artisan shops in the village and enjoy lunch in one of the local restaurants. Leave the coastline and arrive at Glenkinchie Distillery, nestled in a peaceful glen. Founded in 1825, the distillery languished in obscurity for over 150 years before becoming an international brand at the end of the 1980s. Find out how the distillery became such a success and sample their Malt Whiskies. From here, it's a short drive back to Edinburgh, through golden wheat and barley fields.

  • Alnwick Castle, Northumberland & Scottish Borders 1-Day Tour

    6. Alnwick Castle, Northumberland & Scottish Borders 1-Day Tour

    Visit the rolling, beautiful hills of the Scottish Borders and hear tales from your guide about the infamous Border Reivers who raided villages and settlements in this part of the country for centuries. You’ll see for yourself why Sir Walter Scott, one of Scotland’s greatest cultural figures, loved this landscape. Learn all about Scotland’s Outlaw King, whose heart is said to be interred in Melrose Abbey. Then, cross the English border and head to the magical Alnwick Castle. See where Harry Potter learned to fly and play Quidditch and take part in the famous broomstick training sessions with the resident Wizarding Professor. There is something for everyone in this historic fortress which has links to the Norman Conquests, wars of independence, War of the Roses and Oliver Cromwell. In the late afternoon, depart Alnwick and travel North along the rugged Viking Coast towards the Scottish ...

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 283 reviews

This was such an amazing tour. The guide was very friendly and knowledgeable about Scotland's monuments and history. Even though the journey between stops was lengthy in parts, he had a lot of interesting tidbits about the surrounding landscape and towns and entertained us with lots of Scottish music. Rosslyn Chapel is a must to see, with its fascinating carvings and rich history, and its use in the Da Vinci Code (though they don't focus much on this). Hadrian's wall was also fantastic piece of history and there is plenty of time to explore. You stop in a couple of quaint towns as well, and if time, at couple of extra interesting viewpoints like the Scottish/English border. For those concerned about taking this tour while COVID is a risk, it felt very safe to us; the tour guide sanitised the bus regularly and we were well spread out from other guests. Rosslyn Chapel was actually less crowded due to restrictions as well which was great.

Well organised knowledgeable guide. Ready and waiting on time. Comfortable coach with air conditioning. Folk music was played partly on route. Our guide Keith gave excellent information as we travelled, about the history and battles of the area we passed. Stops were made on route to view and for refreshments. We had good time to visit all the important points and more of the major stops of this tour

It was a fantastic tour. There were only two passengers but the tour still went ahead. Our guide Jim is amazing and personalized the tour for us really nicely. Got to go to all the historic places in Scottish borders as described in the information at the time of booking. ( Entrance to Melrose Abbey and Rosslyn Chapel have to be paid for separately)

The tour content cover a good amount in 6.5-7 hours. Alternate arrangements were made to work around any covid restrictions, which still made the trip enjoyable. Care was taken to make sure everyone was comfortable. Overall a good value for your money.

The tour company, Timberbush, was just wonderful. They were kind, informative, funny, flexible… everything one would want on an excursion while on holiday.