Day trip

Edinburgh: Rosslyn Chapel, Scottish Borders and Abbotsford

Activity provider: Timberbush Tours

Edinburgh: Rosslyn Chapel, Scottish Borders and Abbotsford

Activity provider: Timberbush Tours

From US$ 50.24 per person

Visit the intriguing Rosslyn Chapel, famous from the Da Vinci Code. See the pretty town of Melrose and explore its Abbey. Then explore the history of Abbotsford House, the home of Walter Scott.

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Duration 8 hours
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  • Explore the famous Rosslyn Chapel and seek out the secrets of the Da Vinci Code
  • Visit Melrose Abbey, said to be the burial place of Robert the Bruce's heart
  • Spend time at Abbotsford House - a beautiful mansion and home to Walter Scott
  • Have some lunch in Melrose and explore the town and its Abbey
Full description
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.
  • Transportation on a modern bus
  • Live commentary
  • Driver guide
  • Meals and drinks
  • Entry to attractions
Not suitable for
  • Children under 4 years

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Meeting point

You can find the Edinburgh departure and return point outside the green Ensign Ewart pub, at 521-523 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2PE. There is currently a shortage of taxis and private hire cabs in Edinburgh, which may make it harder to get to the departure point if you're thinking of using a taxi. It is strongly recommended that you allow for more time to reach the departure point in the morning and look into public transport options as a backup.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 122 reviews

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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

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March 7, 2020

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.

February 16, 2020

Our guide likes pie a lot that he reli introduces very good pie (and cheap~ for us. The lunch (with pies) are wonderful, strongly recommend the Scotch Pie, reli tasty! ((Actually I don't rem the guide's name as my mind keeps on thinking he is the Pie Man. He is very helpful, friendly and has a sense of humor, if you thinking abt whether u should book it or not, just click it n u will not regret!

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December 21, 2019

Product ID: 12654