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Overview

Discover the rugged beauty and cultural splendor of the Scottish Borders on a 9.5-hour trip from Edinburgh. Aboard a comfortable coach, visit the market town of Kelso and the magnificent Alnwick Castle, a featured film setting in Downton Abbey and the Harry Potter Series. Soak up the beauty of Northumberland as you make a final stop in the ancient seaside town of Berwick-upon-Tweed.
  • 9.5-hour tour of Alnwick Castle and the border region between Scotland and England
  • Visit the pretty border town of Kelso with your guide, and explore Kelso Abbey
  • Spend time at the imposing Alnwick Castle, the setting for Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Academy
  • Enjoy the castle’s perfectly manicured gardens and grounds
  • Travel along the Northumberland coastline through historic Berwick-upon-Tweed
Your full-day tour through the Scottish Borders departs in the morning from central Edinburgh. Meet your expert guide and settle in for the southbound ride through the Scottish-English borderlands toward Kelso. Stop in this historic city that boasts the largest market square in Scotland. Stroll through the market, visit Kelso Abbey, and learn about the conflicts and English invasions that rattled the town for centuries.

Your trip continues to the stunning Alnwick Castle, a gem of the Northumberland region. View the castle’s breathtaking façade, famously portrayed as the setting of Hogwarts Academy in the Harry Potter series. You’ll have three hours of free time to explore the castle's immaculate grounds and purchase an optional interior tour and some refreshments. Then hop back in the coach for a drive along the Northumberland coast, considered one of the UK’s most beautiful regions.

Your final stop is seaside town of Berwick-upon-Tweed. Learn the town’s colorful history of alternating between Scottish and English rule, and enjoy a leisurely stroll along the River Tweed. From here, make your way back to Edinburgh. 

Your 9.5-hour tour ends at Waterloo Place in the evening.

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k
, Aug 2018

Despite the rain Alnwick Castle was good. Our last stop which was meant to be Berwick on Tweed the driver decided to not go there and took us to North Berwick without asking the group. Was beautiful scenery but couldn't see anything as it was raining and must. Which you can not help the weather. The driver Jan was interesting and informative.

c
, Aug 2018

amazing tour and great guide! super worth it!

j
, Jul 2018

Such a fun day! The guide was amazing, the castle was beautiful as were all the stops along the way.

N
, Jul 2018

An amazing day trip around Scotland and to Alnwick Castle. My tour guide, Richard was AMAZING. Would highly recommend.

M
, Dec 2017

This was an amazing tour and our tour guide, Jude, was outstanding! After leaving the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh, we arrived in a lovely town called Kelso. We stopped there to pick up something for breakfast. This town looked like it stood still in time. I had the best sandwich in my life in this town. We continued then towards the border of Scotland and England. Jude recommended we walk across the border, which we did. We arrived in Alnwick Castle which was beautiful with rolling hills and lots of treasures. We saw numerous pheasants walking across the grounds. On our way back, Jude drove past the coast, we stopped in a town for fish and chips and to buy wool sweaters. This tour was definitely worth taking!

S
, Nov 2017

Probably one of the most beautiful castle we have ever seen. Overall a wonderful trip and highly recommended!

S
, Nov 2017

We had an awesome time!

M
, Oct 2017

Loved it! Plenty of time to explore the castle. Very informative guide.

W
, Oct 2017

I absolutely loved this tour! We booked with Rabbie tours and our guide was Willie. He was great! I loved all the stops we made and Willie went above and beyond I felt like. If at all possible request him!!!

J
, Oct 2017

We enjoyed our day very much. I had a rental car and could have driven but it was nice to sit in a nice bus, enjoy the scenery and let someone else drive. Since it was my daughter's first trip to Europe, it was also a kick to cross over to England and take a picture at the border. The countryside is remarkable. We spent 1/2 our trip in the Highlands so seeing the south of Scotland was a great experience because they're very different.


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