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. Large comfortable luxury car. This tour is also possible for up to 6 people by separate arrangement.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
30 GBP - Lunch and refreshments as required. Entrance fees to abbeys.
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Day 3 of our tours with Toby was custom designed to visit the abbeys meaningful to us. Toby's advice on taking self guiding tour, listening to the docent or just walking through were right on. He's a pro at sharing knowledge about each stop and suggesting delicious pub lunches and stopping for great photo ops.