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Alnwick Castle
Alnwick Castle © Highland Experience Tours

Alnwick Castle & The Borders

From £49 per adult

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April — October

The Borders Experience

A Perfect Day of Coastal Views, Beaches & English History!

Discover the rolling hills of the Borders…

Leaving Edinburgh, we will head south towards the border between Scotland and England. With a length of 154km (nearly 96 miles!) all the way from Lamberton in the east to Gretna in the West, the border was established in 1237 by the treaty of York.  We’ll pass through the beautiful landscape of the Scottish Borders, the southern part of the country with its picturesque towns and villages.

This is also the region where Sir Walter Scott lived. He was not only a famous writer and poet but also a great believer in the Union between Scotland and England. In 1822, he invited King George 4th to Edinburgh, which was a great success with King George being the first monarch to visit in nearly 150 years! Sir Walter Scott rests in Dryburgh Abbey, a stone’s throw away from Melrose, our first stop of the day.

 

Stop off at Melrose Abbey…

Whilst in Melrose, you’ll have the chance to explore what is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful ruins in Europe, Melrose Abbey*.  The famous Abbey was founded in 1136 by Cistercian monks at the request of King David I of Scotland and built in the Gothic manner, in the form of a St. John’s Cross. You’ll have the opportunity to spot some unusual sculptures which decorate the abbey such as hobgoblins and a bagpipe-playing pig. Besides being the final resting place to a number of Scottish kings and nobles, Robert the Bruce’s heart is thought to be buried in the Abbey as well. The lead container that is believed to contain the heart was found in 1921 below the Chapter House site and was reburied in 1998 with a plinth covering the burial site.

 

Discover the magic of Alnwick Castle…

Leaving this fantastic piece of Scottish history behind, we’ll continue over the border into England and to our next stop of the day, the star attraction of this tour, Alnwick Castle*. Here you will have ample time to explore the castle and the stunning gardens that surround it. As the seat of the Duke of Northumberland, the castle has been lived in for over 700 years and is the second-largest inhabited castle in England. The castle is full of fascinating things to see and has a multitude of mysteries to uncover. Wander around the medieval walls and be amazed by the large lavish staterooms, which amongst other things house a collection of 14,000 catalogued books in the Library.

Fans of ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Downtown Abbey’ may recognise the castle itself as a location featured. You can even take part in a broomstick training session on the very spot where Harry had his first flying lesson – no matter what age you are! For those who want to stay on the ground, there are various museums and exhibitions to discover inside the castle, ranging from a ‘Downtown Abbey’ exhibition featuring photography, costumes and props from the show, to the Castle Museum which tells the tale of Alnwick Castle’s most famous son Henry ‘Hotspur’ Percy.

 

Explore the Spellbinding Medieval Market of Alnwick…

If you’ve finished your flying lesson for the day and still have some time to spare, perhaps you should spend it exploring Alnwicks’ bustling medieval market town. With an eclectic array of shops, pubs and cafes, these cobbled streets have something for everyone. If books are more your thing, take a visit to the UK’s largest second-hand bookshop, Barter Books. This spellbinding cove of books, situated in Alnwick’s old railway station, will truly take your breath away. Close by to this treasure chest, is the Bailiffgate Museum, a hub of Northumberland history from people to places. Take in this magical town before our journey home begins.

 

An Amazing Coastal Journey Home…

The road home takes us up along the stunningly breathtaking East Coast of Northumberland back to Scotland. For our last location of the day, we’ll stop off at North Berwick, with its picturesque red sandstone harbour, views to the islands and, of course, the world-famous Bass Rock, the 107-metre tall volcanic rock, home to a colony of Gannets. Here, take a quick visit to the world-renowned Scottish Seabird Centre* to learn about the biggest Northern Gannet colony in the World, or why not even visit the Firth of Forth Lobster Hatchery



Departure days:

Monday and Saturday (April - October)

Departs/Returns:

Check-in 8:45am/ Departs 9:00 am / Returns 19:00 pm

Meeting point:

1 Parliament Square, High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1RE

COVID-19 information

In recognition that this business has confirmed that they have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social/physical distancing.

Contact details

Highland Experience Tours
1 Parliament Square
Edinburgh
Scotland
EH1 1RE
Starting
Edinburgh Edinburgh - City Centre
Length
1
Day
Transport
Minibus
Type
Medium Group (17-30)
Languages
English
Themes
Art Castles History Landscapes

COVID-19 facilities

  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • Deep cleaning between visitors
  • Face mask essential (not provided)
  • Temperature checks for visitors

Tour prices

From

  • £49 Per Adult
  • £46 Per child
  • £46 Concession

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Highland Experience Tours

Your Scotland experience starts here. From monsters and mountains, chapels and chieftains to castles and whisky, we want to give you the most authentic Scottish experience possible. From the comfort of our luxury bespoke vehicles to our legendary, fully qualified guides, we can’t wait to show you our country. We consider ourselves extremely lucky to have a job doing something we really enjoy; everyone at Highland Experience shares a passion for travel and helping other people discover Scotland’s Highlands. Our love for real, sustainable and unique tour experiences makes us who we are.

Opening times

Monday - 7am - 10pm
Tuesday - 7am - 10pm
Wednesday - 7am -10pm
Thursday - 7am - 10pm
Friday - 7am - 10pm
Saturday - 7am - 10pm
Sunday - 7am - 8pm

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