The Borders of Sir Walter Scott 1 Day Tour
Beautiful Borders Tours - Highlights:
~ Scotrail Borders Railway Trip
~ Abbotsford House and Gardens
~ Historic Selkirk and Lochcarron Mill
~ 15th century Smailholm Tower
~Scott’s View and the Eildon Hills
~ Your knowledgeable and entertaining Rabbie’s guide
Discover the beautiful countryside and folklore that inspired the works of Sir Walter Scott – one of Scotland’s greatest writers.
From stunning views to fascinating historic sights this tour will give you a real feel for life in the wonderful Scottish Borders.
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 £39 - Children £34
Departing: Mondays and Thursdays
Details & Itinerary
Just a short drive from Galashiels station is Abbotsford, where, almost 200 years ago, the great Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott created a home for himself and his family on the banks of the River Tweed. Discover the historic house with its huge collection of Scottish artefacts and explore the beautiful gardens. After time in the new visitor centre you rejoin your tour guide and head to Melrose for lunch.
It's then a short drive to the town of Selkirk where Scott was the sheriff-depute. Here you can see the courthouse where he worked, wander its narrow, historic streets and perhaps do a spot of shopping.
From here the tour will take a scenic route past the Eildon Hills and back into the Tweed Valley before climbing up the other side to Smailholm Tower (open 1st Apr to 31st Oct but great for photos at all times!). This classic 15th century Border Keep has a commanding view of the surrounding countryside. Sir Walter Scott spent a lot of time as here a child and his imagination was fired by the atmosphere and folk tales of the area which became the inspiration for many of his later works. There is a fascinating exhibition inside.
The final stop of the tour will be Scott’s View – reputedly one of his favourite places where you can look out over the Tweed Valley to Melrose and the Eildon Hills beyond. From here it is a short journey back to Melrose (optional drop-off) or Galashiels where the tour will end.
~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.