Begin your journey on the A1 and travel to Dunbar. Although the castle here is no more than a ruin by the harbour, it once controlled routes to the south and was one of the mightiest fortresses to ever be built on the British Isles. It was at Dunbar Castle that John Balliol, King of Scotland was defeated in 1296 which was followed by the Scottish rebellions led by Sir William Wallace in 1297.
Continue along the Edinburgh City Bypass until you reach Roslin, a site both important in Scottish history and renowned worldwide. In the First War of Independence in 1303, the Scots, led by Wallace, defeated a superior English force in Roslin Glen. Take a walk to Wallace’s Cave, where the Scottish legend is said to have sought refuge before his battle with the English.
Roslin is also home to the famous Rosslyn Chapel, which features in Dan Brown’s novel The Da Vinci Code and is a setting in the blockbuster film adaption. Return to the city bypass, taking the Forth Bridge for Fife.