Alnwick Castle and the Scottish Borders
We travel through the outskirts of Edinburgh and make our way to the quiet village of Roslin where we can visit mysterious Rosslyn Chapel (optional). This 15th Century chapel has ornate carvings and intricate statues aplenty. Perhaps one of the most fascinating are those of American plants that pre-date Columbus's voyage by several hundred years! Recently Dan Brown's popular novel "The Da Vinci Code” has added further intrigue. Is this really the resting place of the Holy Grail? No one really knows, but you're sure to love your time here.
Our travels take us southwards through the rolling Borders countryside to the charming town of Melrose where we will make a photo-stop at the ancient Abbey. Dating from the 12th Century the Abbey was attacked and ransacked by the English troops on many occasions. Our famous King, Robert the Bruce, had the Abbey rebuilt and it is said that he loved it so much his heart was buried here. During our time here look out for the gargoyle of a pig playing the bagpipes!!
At the confluence of the Rivers Tweed and Teviot lies the pleasant market town of Kelso. The centre of the town is an impressive cobbled square surrounded by Georgian buildings. Shortly we will cross from Scotland into England and enter the ancient Kingdom of Northumbria.
Impressive Alnwick Castle (optional) is our next treat. After Windsor Castle it is the second largest inhabited castle in England and has been occupied for over 700 years. If you are a fan of the Harry Potter movies then Alnwick is sure to be familiar to you as it was here that Harry and his classmates had their first flights using broomsticks. During our time here you can explore the impressive State rooms or stroll through the extensive gardens.
Our journey back to Edinburgh will take us towards the ancient Border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed then back into Scotland once more. There are wonderful coastal views to savour as we make our way towards Dunbar and journey's end.