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Scottish Borders, Hadrian’s Wall and Roman Britain – Day Tour

Discover the ancient boundary of Hadrian’s Wall and the breath-taking rolling hills and beautiful lochs of the Scottish Borders on this day trip from Edinburgh.

Follow in the footsteps of the Roman Centurions as you learn the history and facts of Hadrian’s Wall. Marvel at the Roman’s astounding achievements of building a wall which was originally 73 miles long!

This tour takes you to the most interesting areas and lets you learn about Rome’s influence on Britain.  Take in the beautiful scenery of the Scottish Borders with its panoramic views and enchanting lochs. It’s the most wonderful tour which encompasses both history with the picturesque British scenery.

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Tour Highlights

  • Take a stroll within Steel Rigg a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Explore the rolling hills and beautiful lochs of The Scottish Borders
  • Roam in the footsteps of Roman Centurions at Hadrian’s Wall.
  • Discover Jedburgh and the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey.
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Tour Schedule

Dere Street Roman Road was built by occupying Romans in AD 79—81 and you’ll travel on this road towards your first tour stop in the border town of Jedburgh.  Jedburgh is dominated with the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey, an Augustinian abbey which was founded in the 12th century, you’ll have a short time to walk through the narrow streets and visit this ancient ruin.

Leaving behind Jedburgh, your tour continues south where you’ll stop at the scenic Carter Bar on the edge of the Cheviot Hills.  This crossing point between England and Scotland runs near to the ancient Roman road.  It has been the border between the two countries for the past 700 years!

Travelling through the Northumberland National Park, the most northerly park in England, you’ll journey on before turning west towards Hadrian’s Wall.

You’ll travel the road that takes us along the south side of Hadrian’s wall, stopping at Steel Rigg.  Taking some time to walk beside the wall and imagine the isolation that the Roman Centurions would have experienced as they guarded their empire from the brutish barbarians.

Journey further beside the wall where your guide will recommend the best sites to visit.

You’ll have time to discover remains of Roman settlements and interesting sections of the wall before you leave the ancient wall and journey back to Edinburgh via the craggy and rugged Galloway hills.

Important Information

  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes
  • Discounts for students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don’t carry children under 5 years old).

Departure details

Departs 08.15 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG

Returns 19.00.

Tour Inclusions

  • Transported on a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • The stories and services of a professional driver-guide


Will the tour pick-up from my hotel?

Not unless you are staying at a hotel that is a designated pick-up (you will see options for these before you pay).  This is because of Government actions to help prevent pollution, no tour operators have been allowed to make individual hotel pick-ups since 1st April 2017.

Are there toilets on the coaches?

Some coaches have toilets, some do not, but on all tours there are regular comfort stops of no longer than 2 hours apart, plus all places visited have toilets on site.

Will we have time for a full lunch stop whilst on tour?

Unless you book a tour that includes a specific lunch stop then no.  Most tours are targeted at seeing as much as possible in one day and do not have time for a full stop.  There are options to buy food and snacks at all sites visited, but these can be expensive and most people prefer to bring food and drink with them.  Supermarkets, e.g. Tesco Express offer excellent and great value, pre-prepared food that is ideal for this.  Here is a store finder link.

Will the tour return to for example London at the time stated or can it be late?

Most tours return at the expected time, but this is always subject to traffic and it is possible there could be a delay and so it is always wise to allow plenty of spare time if you are planning on booking theatre shows, trains or flights etc. after your tour.

What clothes should I wear?

It is always wise to check the weather forecast before setting out.  It is good to plan in case of rain, with perhaps a shower coat and umbrella.  There will likely be quite a bit of walking on tours and comfy shoes are a must and if any of the tour is on grass e.g. Stonehenge Inner Circle tours then waterproof shoes are sensible.  It is often colder out of London than in London particularly if windy and a jumper or fleece in summer are wise and a warm coat in winter.

If visiting London how much time will it take to see all the main sites, will we have time for more than one out of London tour if we only have a week? How long in advance should I book tours?

It is a common mistake that people think it may take six days to see London and only allow a day for out of London tours.  However there is so much to see out of London that four days to go out of London will be an amazing experience to see maybe all these locations, Dover, Canterbury, Leeds Castle, Hampton Court, Windsor, Winchester, Glastonbury, Stonehenge, Avebury, Bath, Stratford, Oxford and Warwick.

There are excellent day tours of London that see all of the main attractions in one day and then perhaps allow a further two days to see the Making of Harry Potter Warner Bros. Tour and other London attractions not included on the main tours and do not forget to book your show/theatre tickets well in advance too.

These are all very popular tours, most sell out well in advance and it is wise to book your tours, theatre and attractions several months in advance and you will find good planning in advance will optimise your holiday.

Is it better value to tour sites of London and out of London sites on our own, perhaps hiring a car?

No, fixed tours of both London and out of London are much better value than visiting sites individually and you will find going individually entrance costs alone will add up to more than the fixed tours, even before you factor in travel costs.

Do tours pick-up from any of the London airports?

Sorry no tours depart or return from any UK airports.  There are however excellent rapid express trains for example the Heathrow Express.

Can you help me find a discounted best value hotel? Plus theatre/shows and other attractions?

Yes we certainly can and here are some useful links.

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There are so many and we cater for everyone so it may be a case of a leisurely Out of London trip to Stonehenge or you may want the buzz and excitement of a theatre tour of London – all the glitz and glamour is there. Out of London, we offer all sorts of adventures: Roman Baths, Shakespeare country, the Royal Pavilion, Brighton – you name it. Same with London – we don’t just do the round London tours – we can take you to Kew Gardens or we can take you on an expedition on the roof of the O2 Dome to the platform at the top offering spectacular views.

So we offer Out of London, Around London, Theatre and Hotels and then there are the spectacular Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day tours – what a way to celebrate the fun season.