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Full-Day Tour of Alnwick Castle and the Scottish Borders

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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 Kelso with its historic abbey, and the walled town of Berwick-upon-Tweed.
About this activity
Duration 9.5 hours
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Live guide
English
Cancellation policy
Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a full refund

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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the town of Kelso, a ruined abbey, a stunning, cobbled town square and beautiful boutique shops
  • Cross the Border into England along the route used by cattle thieves in the past
  • Explore Alnwick Castle, famous for its role in the Harry Potter movies
  • Walk the town walls of Berwick-upon-Tweed
  • Learn about the history behind the wars between the Scots and English
Full description
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 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.
Includes
  • 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
  • Gratuities

When you get there

Meeting point

Rabbie's Cafe, 6 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG Please check in 15 minutes before departure.

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Know before you go
• 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
• Minimum age to participate is 5 years
• You're restricted to 14 kilograms (31lbs) of luggage per person on the tours. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items
Customer reviews
Overall rating
4.6 / 5
based on 32 reviews
Review summary
Service
4.8/5
Organization
4.8/5
Value for money
4.7/5
Safety
4.8/5

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Rabbie's Small Group Tours

Product ID: 30215