Gothic ruins and much more in the stunning Scottish Borders.
The four Border abbeys were an inspiration to Sir Walter Scott and many others. The quality and sophistication of these buildings testify to Scotland's extensive Abbey system with European connections, all part of the untold story of Scotland. It is easy to be drawn into the past amongst these impossibly romantic gothic ruins nestling peacefully under soft rolling hills by rivers. We will can have lunch at quaint little country towns and options could include; castles, a country house or Walter Scott's own home Abbotsford. We will drive home on ancient route through the hills known to Romans as "Deer Street". Tour is about 100 miles over about 8/9 hours but this can be adjusted.
Pick up from hotel with brief driving tour of Edinburgh. Possible stop at a medieval castle then through beautiful Borders countryside. Drive to Scotts View over Eildon hills, best contender for site of Camelot and on to Dryburgh Abbey nestling on the river Tweed. Lunch in quaint town of Melrose. Melrose Abbey where Robert The Bruce heart's interred with museum and adjoining garden. South to majestic ruin of Jedburgh Abbey. Optional visits to Thirelstane Castle or Abbotsford House possible if time permits. Return drive through hills to to Edinburgh hotel.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Edinburgh hotel.
End location: Edinburgh hotel.
Duration: 8 hours
Traffic can be slow returning to Edinburgh especially in August so please advise in advance if any deadlines must be met.
Land Rover Discovery SUV. Most spacious with up to 4 people but can comfortably seat 6 passengers by arrangement if required.
All guiding and driving with pick up and return to Edinburgh hotel. All transport and guiding costs for up to 4 people.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
30 GBP - Lunch and refreshments as required. Entrance fees to abbeys.
Entrance fees about £5 per person for abbeys.
Lunch allow £10-£20 per person.
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We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Toby. We had to make several adjustments to our schedule and he was so gracious and accommodating. We could not have asked for someone more knowledgeable about history and architecture, which made our tour even more enjoyable. Toby has a great whit about him which made the tour delightful. We would recommend him highly and would take another tour with him if we get the chance to return to Scotland.