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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.
You’ll meet your small-group in central Edinburgh and travel by comfortable minicoach along Dere Street, a Roman road that linked ports in southern England to Roman settlements in central Scotland. After an hour-long drive you’ll reach your first destination, the historic town of Jedburgh, where you’ll walk through narrow streets, passing the 12th-century Jedburgh Abbey, an Augustinian abbey. Next, you’ll drive to Carter Bar, the crossing point between Scotland and England. Snap photos on the border, and then continue through the magnificent landscape of Northumberland National Park to Steel Rigg, where you can see large sections of Hadrian’s Wall. Built in the 2nd-century AD during the reign of the Emperor Hadrian, the Wall is the greatest monument of Roman Britain and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Walk along the wall where Roman soldiers guarded their empire's border millennia ago.Next you’ll drive west to Lanercost village, the western gateway to Hadrian’s Wall, and the location of many battles in the centuries-long Anglo-Scottish wars. You’ll stop for lunch in a local restaurant (own expense) and enjoy the atmosphere of the charming village. After lunch, you’ll drive to nearby Birdoswald, which is one of the best-preserved forts of the 16 that were built along Hadrian’s Wall and the longest continuous remaining stretch of the wall. You’ll explore the extensive remains as your guide explains the features of the ancient Roman fortifications, including some recent excavations. When you have taken in the sights at Birdoswald, you’ll re-board your minicoach and start the journey back to Edinburgh, with a stop in the Victorian spa town Moffat, before crossing through the Southern Uplands and Scottish Borders to return to Edinburgh.
Your Hadrian's Wall & The Scottish Borders Sightseeing Tour starts in Edinburgh, ensuring a great start your chauffeur will do a full introduction and point out all the on-board facilities in the vehicle. Once the formalities are out of the way they will run through the itinerary for the day and ensure all the passengers are comfortable and answer any questions before setting off. • You travel on old Roman Dere Street, which linked the supply ports of the south of England up to modern day Scotland. • Your first stop on this tour is the border town of Jedburgh, a historic burgh dominated by a magnificent 12th century Augustinian Abbey. • On arrival in Jedburgh, you may have time to take a short walk through the narrow streets and visit this impressive ruin. • Continuing 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. • The tour continues through the magnificent forests of Northumberland National Park before turning west towards Hadrian’s Wall. • 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. • You continue your journey along the wall where your driver will recommend the best of the sites to visit. You have time to explore sections of the wall or the remains of the Roman settlements before you turn north and travel back to Edinburgh through the Galloway hills, the Door to Door experience helps you enjoy the full tour without the worry of finding you way back after a busy day exploring Hadrian's Wall and the Scottish Borders.
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.