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Alnwick Castle and Scottish Borders Tour from Edinburgh

1. Alnwick Castle and Scottish Borders Tour from Edinburgh

On this 9.5-hour excursion from Edinburgh you’ll visit the picturesque town of Coldsream and the inspiring Bamburgh Castle. But it’s Alnwick Castle that’s the main destination of the day. It’s been a key filming location for Harry Potter and Downton Abbey and is a historic location in its own right. You’ll leave Edinburgh at 08:15 in the morning and head east to the Scottish Borders. Along the way, you’ll have views of gently rolling hills and dramatic coastlines. The first stop is the beautiful coastal town Bamburgh. Take a stroll to the stunning beach and view the dramatic 5th-century Bamburgh Castle sitting on a natural throne of volcanic dolerite. In the afternoon you’ll visit Alnwick Castle. Admire the large stately rooms and the stunning architecture or learn a little about all the popular films and TV shows that have been filmed at the site, including Harry Potter. After spending time in Alnwick, you will make your way back over the border and in to Scotland. The final stop is the border town of Coldstream that lies on the north side of the River Tweed. Hear about the turbulent past of this charming town before your journey ends in Edinburgh in the early evening.

From Edinburgh: The Whiskies and Gins of East Lothian

2. From Edinburgh: The Whiskies and Gins of East Lothian

Depart from Edinburgh in the morning and travel to NB Distillery. This gin producer launched in 2013 with a mission to develop the perfect gin. Taste it yourself and find out whether they have accomplished their goal. The tour continues up the east coast to North Berwick, one of the most beautiful seaside villages of East Lothian. Browse the artisan shops in the village and enjoy lunch in one of the local restaurants. Leave the coastline and arrive at Glenkinchie Distillery, nestled in a peaceful glen. Founded in 1825, the distillery languished in obscurity for over 150 years before becoming an international brand at the end of the 1980s. Find out how the distillery became such a success and sample their Malt Whiskies. From here, it's a short drive back to Edinburgh, through golden wheat and barley fields.

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4.3 / 5

based on 20 reviews

Lovely experience driving through to east Lothian. Our guide Connor was friendly and helpful, gave us information about history as well as nice places to explore within the spots. We loved the scenic view of the beach in Bamburg and driving near the Northumbria coastline apart from Alnwick. Overall, a day well spent exploring.

very interesting visit;

We were very pleased with this visit; a charming helpful and very documented guide; one of us who did not speak English was able to benefit from a book, if not a self-guide, which she would have preferred; this one, written in particular in French, allowed him to have most of the explanations.

We loved the trip! The two castles were beautiful. Alnwick was so fun. We felt the Harry Potter connection! Our guide, Cullum, was very informative and fun.

Beautiful countryside and Alnwick Castle is amazingingly beautiful. We enjoyed the Harry Potter information as well.

Very nice excursion with super enthusiastic spontaneous driver

Well cared for fun excursion with super enthusiastic driver with all kinds of fun informative historical facts