Best of the Scottish Borders
1 day tour

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Combine a train ride with a tour that explores the finest of the Scottish Borders and its fascinating history.

Tour map

Places you'll explore

- ScotRail Borders Railway Trip

- Scott’s View and the original Wallace Monument

- Historic Market Town of Kelso

- Jedburgh Abbey and Mary Queen of Scots’ House

- “Born in the Borders” craft brewery and Café

Your journey

The Borders have everything a visitor would expect from Scotland – pretty villages, ancient castles, historic towns, wonderful natural scenery, and great food and drink.

This tour samples them all and gives you a taste of the best of the Borders!

Tour details

09.24 (09.11 on Sundays) from Edinburgh Waverley Train Station. Your Rabbie's driver-guide will collect you from Galashiels Transport Interchange opposite Galashiels train station at 10.30.

Returns: Your driver-guide will return you to Galashiels Transport Interchange at 16.45.

Return train information: Connects with 17.02 train to Edinburgh (16.49 on Sundays). (Trains run until late evening if guests wish to stay longer in Galashiels or Melrose (just a short taxi ride from Tweedbank station).

Discounts: Children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don't carry children under 5 years old).

Important information:

  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes
  • One 15 kilogram bag, and one carry-on bag per person

Tour inclusions:

  • Transported on a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • The stories and services of a Rabbie's driver-guide
  • Off-Peak return train ticket from Edinburgh Waverley to Galashiels

Tour exclusions:

  • Entry fees to visitor attractions

Tour itinerary

Departing from Galashiels this tour heads east through Melrose to the famous Scott’s View looking out over the Tweed Valley to the Eildon Hills. From here the tour continues to the original Wallace Monument. This local landmark has panoramic views over the beautiful Borders countryside and is a great place to appreciate the peace and tranquillity of this part of the world. After a short walk here the tour continues on the quiet backroads into the bustling market town of 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. With a selection of restaurants, cafes and pubs this is an ideal place to have lunch.

From Kelso the tour takes you through more glorious Border scenery on route to the historic Royal and Ancient Burgh of Jedburgh – still a thriving market town with many interesting things to see and do. For lovers of history Jedburgh Abbey, Mary Queen of Scots House or the Castle Jail would be the places to visit. Alternatively why not just explore the fascinating little independent shops or the historic Greyfriars Garden, a haven of calm in the centre of town.

The last stop of the tour will be at “Born in the Borders” a craft brewery, café and gift shop beautifully situated on the River Teviot which specialises in locally sourced Borders produce. From here it is short drive back to Melrose (optional drop off) and Galashiels where the tour ends.

4 reasons to choose Rabbie's

Our small group travel style lets you head off the beaten track

Guaranteed experience
or your money back

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Award winning customer service

Meet our guides


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Prices from: £39.00 - £34.00

Departure date: 15/03/17

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