Alnwick Castle and Scottish Borders Tour from Edinburgh

Day Trips & Excursions in Scotland

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Explore the stunning scenery of the Scottish Borders on this full-day tour of Kelso, Alnwick Castle and Berwick. Head to the pretty border town of Kelso and soak up the atmosphere in the large market square. Visit the ruins of Kelso Abbey, then cross the border and travel on to Alnwick Castle, the setting for Hogwarts Academy in the Harry Potter movie series. Continue onward along the Northumberland coast to the walled town of Berwick-upon-Tweed. All entrance fees at your own expense.
Leave Edinburgh with your driver-guide, and travel to the rugged and beautiful borderlands between Scotland and England. Stop first at the border town of Kelso to stroll around the large market square and learn about the town’s fascinating history from your guide. Spend time exploring Kelso Abbey, the site of many violent conflicts between the Scottish and the English.Continue southward by minivan to imposing Alnwick Castle. Often cited as one of the finest castles in Northumberland, Alnwick Castle was originally built to protect the north of England against attacks from the Scots. The landmark’s fame has spread far and wide over recent years after it was chosen as the setting for Hogwarts Academy in the Harry Potter movies.Pay your entrance fee, and then spend roughly three hours enjoying Alnwick Castle and its grounds. Stroll around the beautifully manicured lawns, and then take in the centuries-old history of this spectacular building. After exploring the castle, travel onward along the Northumberland coast. This stretch of rugged coastline is considered as of the UK’s most outstanding areas of natural beauty, and it’s sure to be a highlight for lovers of the great outdoors! Stop to admire a few sights along the route including the ancient coastal town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, a walled town sitting on the estuary of the River Tweed. Hear how the town has switched hands between Scottish and English rule many times over the centuries, and enjoy stretching your legs on a brief walk around the center. Refreshments are available in various places along the tour, at your own expense. After a full day discovering the highlights of this beautiful part of the country, travel back to Edinburgh where your tour finishes.

What’s included

  • Driver/guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned mini-coach
  • Small group tour (max 16 people)

What’s not included

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entrance fees


  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city