Venture into the borderlands between Scotland and England with this full-day tour from Edinburgh. Visit Alnwick Castle, featured in the Harry Potter movies. Explore the town of Melrose with its historic abbey, and the walled town of Berwick-upon-Tweed.
What to Expect
Explore the borderlands of Scotland and England during this full-day tour from Edinburgh.
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 exploring Alnwick Castle, head towards the ancient gateway town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, a strategic walled town that has swung between Scottish and English control over many centuries. There is time to explore the city walls or visit the Georgian army barracks before returning to Edinburgh along the rugged coast of Berwickshire and East Lothian.
- Transportation by deluxe, air-conditioned mini coach
- Local driver/guide
What's Not Included
- Lunch and refreshments
- Entrance fees to attractions
- Optional activity costs
- Personal expenses
Rabbie's Cafe, 6 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG
Please check in 15 minutes before departure.
What to Remember
** Please note: Alnwick Castle is closed to the public in October (though the gardens are still open and it is possible to take photos of the castle's exterior). In October, a visit to the seaside village of Bamburgh is included in the tour.**
Because this tour spends time off the bus and features opportunities to take nature walks, it is recommended that you bring suitable clothing and footwear.