Hadrian's Wall, Roman Britain and The Scottish Borders Day Tour
~ The Scottish Borders
~ Carter Bar - the Scotland/England Border
~ Hadrian’s Wall
~ Steel Rigg, Northumberland (Walk)
A day spent discovering the highlights of Roman Britain and Hadrian’s Wall. Let us guide you through the heart of the Scottish Borders and 2000 years of history to the wild last frontier of the mighty Roman Empire.
This tour is ideal for those who would like to experience the wild remoteness of this ancient Roman outpost and the rolling hills and borderlands of Southern Scotland.
If the date you’d like to travel isn’t available, please call us to discuss alternative options.
Please note, tours on and after 1st April depart at 08.15.
Concession Prices: £38.00 - £47.00
Departing: Mon, Tues, Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun (April to October). Sat and Sun (November to March).
Your day starts by travelling South out of Edinburgh, stopping in the historic border town of Jedburgh where you can take refreshments and view the remains of the Augustinian Abbey. You will then cross the border at Carter Bar, on the edge of the Cheviot Hills, a border crossing which has 700 years of history. From here you travel through the Northumberland National Park before reaching Hadrian's Wall where you will visit large sections of the wall at Steel Rigg. After lunch you continue your journey along the wall where your guide will recommend the best of the many sites in the area to visit. You will have time to explore sections of the wall or the remains of some of the many Roman settlements before you turn north and travel through the Galloway hills and the Scottish Borders before arriving back in Edinburgh for approx. 19.00.
Rabbie's Café, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh. Click here to see map.
Return to Waterloo Place
~Transportation by a top of the range 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach.
~Air Conditioning as standard.
~Services of a professional
~Lunch and refreshments.
~Entrance fees to all Visitor Attractions
Students, Seniors over 60 and Children between 5 and 15 (we regret we do not carry children under 5 years old)
We like to give you plenty of opportunities to go on nature walks, so we recommend you bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour. Scotland can be a wet place!! Unless otherwise notified passengers are restricted to one medium sized suitcase/bag (maximum 15 kilos) and one carry-on bag per person.
We had a truly wonderful day at the Hadrians Wall! Our tour guide was Jeff and he was marvelous guide, truly knowledgeable, fun to talk to and very considerate. Me and my sister enjoyed this daytrip very much!
I could definetely recommend the tour to everybody!
Svetlana - 24/08/2016
Thanks for a memorable one-day tour. The travel time was filled with history, music, and humor. Fergus was a wonderful guide. We learned much about the past and current life of the Wall. The stop at Jedburgh was a great beginning. It would have been nice to have had a little more time there. Vindolanda was a spectacular site to see and a great place for lunch. It was very helpful to have Fergus give us tips and local referrals to follow-up with after the tour ended. Glad to have been part of the experience and would do it again.
Rich Linda H. - 29/06/2016
Here are the latest customer photographs from this tour - click an image for enlargement and slideshow.
Full Itinerary (English)
Departing at 08.30 from Edinburgh you travel South on old Roman Dere Street which linked the supply ports on the South of England with the ancient city of York and North past Hadrian’s Wall to the Roman settlements in Central Scotland. Your first stop on this tour will be in the Border town of Jedburgh, a historic Burgh that lies only 12 miles north of the Scotland- England Border.
On arrival in Jedburgh you will have time to take a short walk through the narrow streets which surround the remains of the Augustinian Abbey that has been a great symbol of power during the Abbey’s 900 year history.
Continuing south we make a brief stop at scenic Carter Bar on the edge of the Cheviot Hills. This crossing point between Scotland and England runs close to the ancient Roman road and has formed the Border between the two countries for the past 700 years.
The tour continues through the magnificent forests of Northumberland National Park before turning west towards the remains of Hadrian’s Wall. We follow the road that takes us along the south side of the wall, stopping at Steel Rigg where you come face to face with large sections of the walls remains. You will have time to walk beside the wall and experience the isolation that Roman foot soldier’s would have experienced as they guarded their empire from the barbarians to the North. You will have time to explore this fascinating site and explore further sections of the wall before we turn north for our return journey to Edinburgh.
Travelling through the Galloway hills and Scottish Borders we return to Edinburgh for approx. 19.00
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