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First stop is Rosslyn Chapel. Scotland’s ‘best-kept secret’ has now achieved worldwide fame since the publication of ‘The Da Vinci Code’. An architectural gem, its superb stone carvings are still not fully understood. Further mystery surrounds the chapel and its association with the Knights Templar and Freemasonry. Many visitors leave with their own theory but all are amazed. The short walk through the glen to ancient Roslin Castle is also fascinating.You then travel south to the charming town of Melrose for lunch. The stunning ruined Abbey is the final resting place of King Robert the Bruce’s heart. You’ll then cross the ancient Scotland/England border at Carter Bar, a wonderful viewpoint in the Cheviot Hills.Hadrian’s Wall is the best-known frontier of the Roman Empire and a magnificent reminder of one of the world’s greatest civilisations. Built almost 2000 years ago to contain the fierce Picts in Caledonia it stretches for 73 miles and was designated a World Heritage Site in 1987. You stop at Housesteads Fort in Northumberland National Park, the best preserved Roman fort along Hadrian’s Wall. Here you’ll enjoy a nature walk along one of the most dramatic and photographed stretches of the wall. On return to Edinburgh you stop in the Border market town of Jedburgh to stretch your legs and for photos of the famous Abbey.
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
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Jedburgh Abbey, Jedburgh, Scottish Borders, ScotlandYour first stop on this tour is the border town of Jedburgh, a historic burgh dominated by a magnificent 12th century Augustinian Abbey.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Jedburgh Castle & Jail Museum, Jedburgh, Scottish Borders, ScotlandOn arrival in Jedburgh, you may have time to take a short walk through the narrow streets and visit this impressive ruin.Duration: 45 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: 30 minutesPass By: Northumberland National Park, Hexham, Northumberland, EnglandThe tour continues through the magnificent forests of Northumberland National Park before turning west towards Hadrian’s Wall.Stop At: Steel Rigg, Henshaw, Hexham, Northumberland, EnglandWe 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 hour 30 minutes
Day OneYour tour departs at 0900 from Edinburgh City Centre in a modern Mercedes Benz coach. You travel down through the Scottish Borders to the town of Jedburgh, our first stop of the day. Here you have time for refreshments and to visit Jedburgh Abbey (optional extra).From Scotland, we then cross over the border to England and take a trip to Hadrian's Wall; Rome's northern border in Europe. The Wall was a defensive fortification and dates back to AD 122, built to keep the Scots out of Rome's Britannia. We spend time here with the option of visiting the Vindolanda Museum and enjoy the beautiful views.From Hadrian's Wall, we journey through the North Pennines, stopping briefly at the peak of the Hartside Pass to enjoy spectacular views over the countryside, and then continuing to the Lake District, where we check in to our accommodation at Bowness-on-Windermere.Day TwoAfter breakfast, we have time to explore the beautiful Lake District and the town of Windermere. Perhaps you will spend your morning visiting The World of Beatrix Potter (optional extra); an enchanting attraction allowing all visitors to experience the world of one of England's famous childrens' writers.At lunchtime, we continue our tour through the Yorkshire Dales National Park, travelling by Harrogate. We may stop at either Bolton Abbey or Bolton Castle (optional extra), before we end the day in the medieval city of York, checking in to our accommodation.Day ThreeToday is our most flexible touring day; you will have a full day to explore the city of York entirely at your own pace. Attractions include the York Minster, the winding streets of the Shambles, and the Jorvik Centre to glimpse city life in the time of the Vikings. The choice is yours!Day FourOur final day begins with a stop in the fishing town of Whitby and Robin Hood's Bay. The bay was a well-known smuggling hotspot in the 18th Century. Spend time exploring the bay, enjoy refreshments, fantastic views over the seaside and breathe in the coastal air!Leaving Whitby after lunch, we continue on to Durham through the Yorkshire Moors. The city was founded in AD 995 and has a fantastic mix of modern and ancient architecture. Enjoy free time here to see the Cathedral (optional extra) and learn all about its legendary past.We then begin our return journey home, crossing over the border to Scotland and returning to Edinburgh at approximately 1930.