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Alnwick Castle and Scottish Borders Tour from Edinburgh

1. 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 of the settings for the fictional Hogwarts School in the Harry Potter movie series. After around 3 hours at Alnwick, travel north along the stunning Northumberland Coast. You stop on your way back to Edinburgh at one of the beautiful historic villages or castles that pepper the rolling landscapes of Southern Scotland.

Edinburgh: Scottish Borders Tour from Scotland to England

2. Edinburgh: Scottish Borders Tour from Scotland to England

Begin the tour by visiting the Rosslyn Chapel, which dates back to the 14th Century and was made famous by the Da Vinci Code. After a brief drive, arrive in the beautiful countryside of the Scottish Borders. Next on the agenda is Melrose Abbey. Have the opportunity to visit this magnificent ruin. The heart of Robert the Bruce one of the most famous Scots is also buried here. Then, give your senses an overload and take in one of the most magnificent views in Scotland at Scott's View. You may choose to have a dram or two to honor Sir Walter Scott as you take in the view. Floors Castle is next on the itinerary, the largest inhabited castle in Scotland and the family home of the Duke of Roxburghe. Built for the first Duke of Roxburghe in 1721, what you see is an evolving story of a house and gardens and outstanding views. Later, head to Abbotsford House, home to the literary genius Sir Walter Scott. Today, the house serves as a museum and monument to its famous occupant.

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4.7 / 5

based on 63 reviews

The driver was very knowledgeable in history and competent in imparting it. The journey itself was pleasant however the castle I thought magnificent and surrounds of castle picturesque. The garden a d eating areas superb, not to mention tree house restaurants. My very first viewing of tree house restaurants with sway bridges should one want to use themSet in idyllic surrounds. Later we stopped outside the Armstrong’s castle. The driver drove the bus excellently well.

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.

The excursion has been a good experience, we loved the landscapes and the castle. It has been a good opportunity to practice our English. The very kind guide has told many stories.

Our driver, Will, was so much fun. He gave a great tour and bits of history as we drove to the castle and back. So happy we took this tour. The castle and gardens were wonderful.

Thanks to Duncan an excellent guide with a lot to tell about his country. Lovely tour. From the Swedes