Beautiful Borders Tours - Highlights:
~ ScotRail Borders Railway Trip
~ Historic Towns with Traditional Shopping
~ “Born in the Borders” craft brewery and Café
~ Kelso Market Square & its many pubs and restaurants
~ Smailholm Tower
~ Your knowledgeable and entertaining Rabbie’s guide
The Borders is developing a reputation for high quality local produce – from locally raised beef to craft brewed beer.
This is a tour for those interested in quality food & drink and also the land on which they are produced.
Galashiels Transport Interchange – opposite the train station.
Connects with 09.24 train from Edinburgh
Connects with 17.02 train to Edinburgh. Trains run until late evening, if guests wish to stay longer in Galashiels or Melrose (just a short taxi ride from Tweedbank station).
Price: Adults £35 - Children £30
Departing: Tuesdays and Saturdays
Details & Itinerary
After a morning start from Galashiels the tour will head to “Born in the Borders”. This recent addition to the Borders food scene focusses on locally sourced produce to stock their café and deli. What's more is that their microbrewery makes beer from barley grown in the nearby fields. You can take a self-guided tour and sample the produce in the cafe.
From here its a short distance to the Teviot Smokery – a family run 4* visitor attraction. Here you have the chance to purchase some delicious and traditional Scottish smoked salmon or simply wander around their beautiful water gardens.
The route from here leads through the rolling Borders farmland, and before long you reach Kelso, situated at the meeting point of the Rivers Tweed and Teviot. Here you can browse the shops surrounding the cobbled market square – the largest town square in Scotland. Wander along the banks of the river or explore the ruins of Kelso Abbey, which dates from the 12th century. There's also a great selection of restaurants, cafes and pubs, including Scotland’s first “micropub”, it's the perfect town for a spot of lunch.
Once you've satisfied your taste buds we drive to the stunning Smailholm Tower. This 15th century tower was the site of many ferocious battles between the Scottish and English.
Our second last stop takes you to Melrose. You have plenty of time here to explore one of Britain's most beautiful monastic ruins, Melrose Abbey.
We then take you to Galashiels where you can hop on a train back to Edinburgh.
~Off-Peak return train ticket from Edinburgh Waverley to Galashiels.
~Transportation by a top of the range 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach.
~Minicoach Air Conditioning as standard.
~Services of a professional Rabbie's driver/guide.
~Lunch and refreshments.
~Entrance to attractions on tour.