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Edinburgh: Rosslyn Chapel, Scottish Borders and Abbotsford

1. 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 game of Rugby Sevens and home to of Melrose Abbey. The Abbey, founded in 1136, is one of the most beautiful religious ruins in the United Kingdom, containing many intricate carved sculptures. It is also said to be the burial place of the embalmed heart of Robert the Bruce. Enjoy a tasty lunch in Melrose and have plenty of free time to explore the town and the abbey. Before heading back to Edinburgh you will have to option to explore the home of Sir Walter Scott - Abbotsford House.

From Edinburgh: The Whiskies and Gins of East Lothian

2. 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.

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What people are saying about Glenkinchie Distillery

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 121 reviews

The tour was really amazing- it's realy worth of the money. Our guide Andrew was very nice, provided us a lot of interesting facts about the Scotland. I really recomment thos great tour to everyone who loves art and history. Melrose abbey was like from Game of Thrones we would just appreciate more time spend there. Thank you once again for this experience

The tour was a great experience, even though it rained most of the day, we were able to see the Rosslyn chapel and visit the little town of Melrose, the distillery was very entertaining too! Our guide, Paul B, had great stories and kept us well informed all through the drive to and from every place we visited.

Highly recommend Timberbush, Paul our guide was super knowledgeable of Edinburgh, surrounding areas and history. Also Danny his colleague came along for the tour. Really great guys and fun to be with. Thanks guys!

The tour was fantastic! Beautiful places that are very worthwhile! The guide is very good and super excited!! It told the local history, the history of Scotland, very interesting!

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