Hadrian's Wall, Roman Britain & the Borders Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

Cultural & Theme Tours in Edinburgh

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Travel through 2,000 years of history as you visit ancient Roman sites such as Hadrian’s Wall, Dere Street, Birdoswald Fort, Steel Rigg and historic villages along the border of Scotland and England. You'll drive through stunning scenery in Northumberland National Park, the Irthing Valley and the Southern Uplands and learn about the Anglo-Scottish wars of the 14th–16th centuries. Your professional guide will illuminate the fascinating history of Roman Britain and the Scottish Borders on this small-group (limited to 16 people) day tour from Edinburgh.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Rabbie's Cafe BarMeet here for boarding 15 mins before the published departure time.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Carter Bar, Jedburgh, Scottish Borders, ScotlandContinuing south we make a stop at the scenic Carter Bar on the edge of the Cheviot Hills. This crossing point between Scotland and England runs close to the ancient Roman road and has formed the border between the two countries for the past 700 years.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Vindolanda, Hexham, Northumberland, EnglandVindolanda is one of Europe's most important Roman archaeological sites. Vindolanda means white lawns or white fields. We know that the Roman name for the fort was Vindolanda because of an altar set up by the civilians at Vindolanda to the god Vulcan which was found during drainage works in 1914. The altar is on display in the museum. The name Vindolanda has also been discovered on some of the writing tablets.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Steel Rigg, Henshaw, Hexham, Northumberland, EnglandHadrian’s Wall - The wildest and most northerly frontier of the ancient Roman Empire.We follow the road that takes us along the south side of the wall, stopping at Steel Rigg. You have time to walk beside the wall and experience the isolation that Roman foot soldiers would have experienced as they guarded their empire from the ‘barbarians’ to the north.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Birdoswald Roman Fort, Gilsland, Brampton, Cumbria, EnglandHere you can still see the remains of all of the Wall's defining features. Stand in awe as the longest remaining stretch of the Wall spans as far as your eye can see, and explore the ruins of the Roman fort, a turret and milecastle.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Jedburgh Abbey, Jedburgh, Scottish Borders, ScotlandA beautiful market town that Mary Queen of Scots famously visited. Optional visit to the Abbey.Duration: 30 minutes

What’s included

  • Driver/guide
  • Transport by luxury Mercedes mini-coach
  • Small group tour (16 people max) for a more personal experience.

What’s not included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
  • Admission fees
  • Entry/Admission - Vindolanda
  • Entry/Admission - Jedburgh Abbey


  • Day trip (destination A to B)
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Small-group tour