Rosslyn Chapel, The Borders and Hadrian's Wall Small Group Tour - 1 day tour
Rosslyn Chapel, The Borders and Hadrian’s Wall
One day tour
Explore mysterious Rosslyn Chapel, a 15th-century chapel that shot to fame with the publication of Dan Brown’s book, “The Da Vinci Code”. See the elaborate carvings and discover its myths and legends. Next, head to delightful Melrose to visit the famous Abbey ruins before touring through the Scottish English border country to reach Hadrian’s Wall. This UNESCO Heritage site marks the boundary of the Roman province Britannia. Visit the remains of Housesteads, a well preserved Roman fort or enjoy a relaxing nature walk. On the way home to Edinburgh, there’s a stop in Jedburgh to see the impressive abbey.
Price range: £39 - £59
Small Group Tour - travel in an intimate group of just 16 passengers
Rosslyn Chapel - discover the fascinating myths, legends and stories of this unique building
Melrose Abbey - explore the extravagant decorations of this magnificent abbey, including a bagpipe playing pig
Border Country - enjoy a scenic drive through breathtaking landscapes and quaint villages
Hadrian’s Wall - discover the northern frontier of the mighty Roman empire
Jedburgh - learn the colourful history of this historic market town and the story of the ferocious Border Reivers
Movie locations - Game of Thrones, The Da Vinci Code and Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves
Full Tour Itinerary
Our adventure starts as we leave Edinburgh behind and make the short drive to visit 15th Century Rosslyn Chapel which had a starring role in Dan Brown’s best-seller “The Da Vinci Code”. Inside you’ll find intricate carvings and elaborate stonework laced with symbolism. Legend has it the chapel has links to the Knights Templar and might even be the resting place of the Holy Grail!
Later we make our way into the beautiful Scottish Border Country. Our lunch stop is in the attractive town of Melrose where you can relax in pleasant surroundings. Why not take time out to visit Melrose Abbey founded in 1136 by King David I. It has had a colourful history, and it’s said that the heart of Scotland’s great freedom fighter, Robert the Bruce, is buried here.
The next part of our journey takes us through the Cheviot Hills and seamlessly over the border into England. Almost immediately, we enter the beauty of the Northumberland National Park.
Hadrian’s Wall was built to defend the Roman province of Britannia and dates back to AD 122 during Emperor Hadrian’s reign. For three hundred years, this fortified and heavily defended Wall spanned nearly 80 miles across the north of England. We will have time to discover the Wall’s history, admire the unique views and visit Housesteads Fort, one of this UNESCO World Heritage site’s best-preserved defences.
Our return journey will take us to the pleasant town of Jedburgh then through the Lammermuir hIlls and back to Edinburgh.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on this Small Group Tour?
With a group size of just 16 passengers, a Small Group Tour will provide a more intimate and flexible travelling experience.
These tours are carefully planned to travel off the highways so you’ll discover quaint villages and picturesque vistas that other tours just can’t access.
All the small group tours that we feature are operated by purpose-built luxury mini-coaches that feature air-conditioning, panoramic windows and comfortable seating.
Each group is led by an experienced driver/guide who will entertain and inform you with stories of our history, nature and folklore.
What are the optional extras on this tour and how much do they cost?
To give you complete choice admission fees are not included in the cost of this tour. The tour itinerary has been carefully designed to provide sufficient time for you to visit these attractions:
If you click on the links above they will provide you with more information on each attraction including current admission prices. In some cases a special discount is offered to tour passengers, your driver/guide will provide details if this applies.
Please note that credit/debit cards are not always accepted so it is recommended that you carry sufficient cash with you should you want to make a visit.
Can I reserve specific seats on the coach?
Seating on this tour is on a first come, first served basis and cannot be pre-booked. If you are travelling as part of a group please make sure that all members of the party arrive at the departure point together.
Will there be stops for meals and are they included in the price of the tour?
Meals are not included in the tour price, but we will make stops where you can get refreshments and something to eat. If you wish, you can bring a packed lunch or pick up lunch items at a previous stop. Vegetarian food is widely available in Scotland.
I’ve missed my tour because I was late, can I get a refund?
We’re sorry but refunds or credits won’t be issued if you miss your tour because you are not at the departure point on time. In fairness to all our passengers coaches will not wait if you are late.
- Small group of just 16 passengers
- Transport by luxury air-conditioned mini-coach
- Live commentary in English
- Services of an experienced driver/guide
- Service charges and taxes
- Admission charges
- Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
- Gratuity to your driver/guide
From Bus Stand ZE,
Edinburgh EH1 3BQ
Check-in: 08:45 hrs
Tour Departs: 09:00 hrs
Tour Returns: 19:30 hrs
Concession discounts apply to adults aged 60 years and above; students and children aged 5 to 17 years inclusive.
We’re really sorry but children aged under 5 years cannot travel on this tour.
Photo-ID may be requested to confirm discount entitlement.
Book by paying a 20% deposit. Make date changes or get a full refund with 48 hours notice before travel. Click here for more information.
To give you maximum flexibility admission fees are not included in the cost of this tour.
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.