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Alnwick Castle, Northumberland Coast and the Borders Day Tour

~ Kelso
~ The Borders
~ Alnwick Castle
~ Harry Potter
~ Northumberland Coastline
~ River Tweed
~ East Lothian

A fantastic day out to the Scottish Borders and the north of England discovering the magic of Harry Potter and Hogwarts Castle. You also visit Kelso in the heart of the Borders and pass through the historic walled town of Berwick on Tweed, which has changed hands between Scotland and England an incredible 13 times!

This fascinating day out is ideal for fans of Harry Potter, wizardry, magic and those wanting to discover the historic rivalry between Scotland and England as you explore the borderlands.

Alnwick Castle also stars as Brancaster Castle in the Downton Abbey 2014 Christmas special with extensive filming in the spectacular State Rooms.

Please phone us if the date you want to travel is unavailable to book online.

Departs: 09.30        Returns: 19.00
Adult Prices:  £40 - £42
Discount Prices:  £37 - £39
Departing: Every day (April to October)

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Your day includes time in the Border town of Kelso and the best of the Scottish Borders and Northumberland. Cross the border at Coldstream and enjoy lunch and the afternoon at Alnwick Castle and Gardens, scene of Hogwarts Castle in Harry Potter's first 2 movies, before returning to Edinburgh along the dramatic east coast of Berwickshire and East Lothian, passing through the ancient walled town of Berwick upon Tweed

Departure Point
Rabbie's Café, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh. Click here to see map.

Return to Waterloo Place

Transportation by top of the range Mercedes minicoach for a more personal experience with a maximum of 16 passengers on tour.
We believe a small group tour with a maximum of 16 passengers really does make a big difference to your trip. It allows us to give you a more personal service and remain the only 5 Star operator to offer this personal guarantee. Touring with a maximum of 16 passengers you get more for your money, more personal attention, more time with the locals, more time off the bus, more time on the back-roads and just more of an authentic, friendly experience. The smaller groups allow you to meet people from all over the world and make friends for life.
Air Conditioning as standard.
Services of a professional Rabbie's driver/guide

Lunch and refreshments.
Entrance to Alnwick Castle and Gardens and any other attractions on tour.

Discount Price
Students, Seniors over 60 and Children between 5 and 15 (we regret we do not carry children under 5 years old)

Important Information
Because we believe in time off the bus and give you opportunities to take nature walks we recommend you bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour. Unless otherwise notified passengers are restricted to one medium sized suitcase/bag (maximum 15 kilos) and one carry-on bag per person.

Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)
Al was an amazing tour guide. He really made the experience such a positive one that I will for sure recommend Rabbie's tours to my friends!
Posted by Krista on 08/06/2015

To pick one would be very difficult. Keith certainly knows his stuff, lots of interesting stories and anecdotes!
Posted by Eva on 07/04/2015

We enjoyed seeing the countryside on the way to the castle and not just a trip on the motorway. It was a beautiful day and nice to have enough free time to enjoy a café and see the castle gardens at our relative leisure--the schedule wasn't too tight.
Posted by david on 04/11/2014

Alan made all the difference to what was already sure to be a great tour. The driving time flew by as he regaled us with Scottish history, told in the way only possible by someone who is genuinely excited about it. He was incredibly detailed without being the least boring or tedious, and (to use a slightly tired cliche) made learning a lot of fun.
Posted by Ryan on 19/08/2014

when the weather is very bad, being on a tour for about 6 hours driving is no fun, but Mike made it worth it anyway with his very interesting story about Marie and Victoria and the places we were going through. Great job Mike, thank you very much to you and the Rabbie's.
Posted by Georgette on 08/08/2014

We really enjoyed the castle tour. The drive through and stops at the small towns were lovely too. Dave was great despite the small number of tourists this tour.
Posted by Ignatius on 20/05/2014

We absolutely loved Alnwick castle and gardens. Above all, our guide, Pete, was absolutely great and made the whole experience extra enjoyable! Really pleased with this trip.
Posted by Erin on 19/08/2013

Jane was a terrific guide. So knowledgeable and nice. Also loved Melrose Abbey.
Posted by Lisa on 18/06/2013

As the only driver in my household, I really enjoyed not having to drive, and to be able to take in the beauty of the scenery whilst being entertained by Bob. He was friendly and engaging but not overly intrusive, just the ticket!
Posted by Aileen Harley on 18/04/2013

The tour guide was brilliant. A very nice man, extremely friendly and knowledgeable. He was also a very safe driver, very clear about what we could expect. Was available for questions, and displayed a passion and thorough knowledge of Scottish history that just made me want to listen to every word. He truly made the experience memorable.
Posted by Aarti Arora on 25/09/2012

Duncan was a delight. Very entertaining but low key. \knowledgable, interesting, and funny. I've already told a number of people to be sure to take Rabbie's tours
Posted by Robin Matsuyama on 08/09/2012

Looking for scenic photo spots ? Ask Mike. He has many in store.
Posted by Sindy Chan on 08/08/2012

I thoroughly enjoyed this excellent tour, led by the excellent tour guide Al, who was fun and full of information. The tour began with a drive through the very picturesque Scottish Borders to the first stop in Melrose. Here we visited the ruins of the once great Abbey and also the gravestone where Robert the Bruce’s heart is buried. Soon after leaving the pretty town of Melrose we arrived at the Scotland/England border, which we crossed on foot, walking over the River Tweed Coldstream Bridge (erected 1763-1766). Al then made a special trip, at my request, to visit the Flodden Battlefield and memorial to the thousands who died on 9th September 1513. The next visit was to Alnwick, where we had several hours to have lunch and visit themagnificent Norman Castle, stately home and filming site of 2 Harry Potter movies. On the way back to Edinburgh we made a short stop in Berwick and then in Dunbar to see the ruins of the Castle which has connections to Mary Queen of Scots. Overall this is an excellent tour for those who love Scottish history, Castles and beautiful countryside.
Posted by Helen Lang on 13/07/2012

Living in Edinburgh I've travelled to all the locations covered in the tour and fancied being ferried for a change. I was particularly looking forward to being fed the history and local colour that, as a native, you can sometimes lose in the distant sands of time. I wasn't disappointed. Euan was a knowledgeable, friendly and amusing; exactly what I'd been hoping for.
Posted by James McGill on 27/06/2012

Highly recommendable day trip - especially with such a competent tour guide as ours: Eric, the Bloodaxe of Viking origins :)) - I did the trip together with my daughers (16 and almost 14) and we all thoroughly enjoyed each stop, the fantastic landscape as well as Eric's singing talent!
Posted by Heifriebel on 09/04/2012

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A day spent in the Borderlands of Scotland and England. Our tour follows the ancient Roman Dere Street that connected Scottish Caledonia with Roman Britannia through the Scottish Borders.

Stopping in the Borders town of Kelso, you can explore this handsome town with what is thought to be Scotland’s largest market square. You will also see the ruins of Kelso Abbey, one of the reminders of the many ancient conflicts between Scotland and England.

Continuing South you will cross the border and travel to imposing Alnwick Castle, one of the great castles of Northumberland that has stood for nearly a millenium. Originally built to protect the north of England from Scottish border reivers and invaders, more recently Alnwick Castle and its perfectly manicured gardens have found fame as one of the settings for the fictional Hogwarts school in the Harry Potter movie series.

After almost 3 hours to explore Alnwick Castle you travel north along the Northumberland Coast, one of the UK’s most outstanding area’s of natural beauty. Stopping along the way to admire some of the area’s best known beaches, castles and ancient Border towns.

Continuing north along the rugged coast of Berwickshire and East Lothian you will return to Edinburgh approx. 19.00

Photography Credits: Visit Britain, Visit Scotland, Britainonview, Mike Hasted, Luke Sheppard, Ingrid Rasmussen, Pawel Libera, Tony Pleavin, Craig Easton, David Angel, Martin Brent, Bob Berry, Paul Watts

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