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Hadrian's Wall & Roman Britain 1-Day Tour from Edinburgh

Hadrian's Wall & Roman Britain 1-Day Tour from Edinburgh

Activity provider: Rabbie's Small Group Tours
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Enjoy a day spent discovering the highlights of Roman Britain and Hadrian’s Wall on this small group tour from Edinburgh. Journey through the heart of the Scottish Borders and 2,000 years of history to the last frontier of the mighty Roman Empire.

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Duration 11 hours
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English

Experience

Highlights
  • Journey along the old Roman Dere Street
  • Discover the remains of Hadrian’s Wall
  • Explore Birdoswald, one of the best preserved Roman forts along the length of Hadrian’s Wall
  • Stop at the border town of Jedburgh to visit the remains of the Augustinian Abbey
  • Visit the village of Lanercost, the western gateway to Hadrian’s Wall
  • Stop at the scenic Carter Bar on the edge of the Cheviot Hills
  • Travel through the magnificent forests of Northumberland National Park
  • Stop at the Victorian spa town of Moffat
Full description

Travel south from Edinburgh on the old Roman Dere Street that linked the supply ports in the south of England with the ancient city of York. Then go 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.

Here you have time to take a short walk through the narrow streets that lead to the remains of the Augustinian Abbey, which has been a great symbol of power during its 900 year history. Continuing south you 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 2 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. Follow the road taking you along the south side of the wall, stopping at Steel Rigg where you come face-to-face with large sections of the wall’s remains.

Take time to walk along the wall and experience the isolation that Roman foot soldiers would have experienced as they guarded their empire from the barbarians to the north.

You continue your journey west along the wall towards the village of Lanercost, the western gateway to Hadrian’s Wall.

After pausing for lunch you travel a short distance to Birdoswald, one of the best preserved of the 16 Roman forts along the length of Hadrian’s Wall. Enjoy time to explore this fascinating site and further sections of the wall before you turn north for the return journey. Traveling through the Galloway hills, stop in the Victorian spa town of Moffat before continuing through the Southern Uplands and Scottish Borders, and returning to Edinburgh.

Includes
  • Transportation
  • Experienced driver/guide
  • Meals and refreshments
  • Entrance fees

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Meeting point

Rabbie's Cafe, 6 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Return time: around 7:00 PM
  • A small group tour with a maximum of 16 passengers allows for a more personal service, time with the locals, more time off the bus, more time on the backroads, 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
  • Time off the bus gives you opportunities to take nature walks. It is recommended to bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour
  • Minimum age to participate is 5 years
  • You're restricted to 14 kilograms (31lbs) of luggage per person on the tours. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 186 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Safety
    4.9/5

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I really enjoyed this tour. I visited a Hadrian's wall - a great experience. We could walk for a while next to the wall. I wish here more time because we didn't see an iconic tree (saw it just from far). Then we were in a fort Vindolanda. For me it was stunning moment. Very nice preserved Roman fort with a museum. During driving our tour guide talk about history, nature or culture. But I wish little bit more time just for me in a silence.

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October 30, 2022

The day was long but it was well organized. Jeff was our tour guide and he was great; he was very knowledgeable, personable, patient, and practical with his advice. He kept the program moving, gave us a lot of Scotland history, yet gave us older folks time to rest our legs, make toilet stops and get something to eat. It was a very pleasant experience.

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September 18, 2022

My husband and I both enjoyed the trip. It is a lot of driving time, but was an opportunity to see the beautiful countryside. Hadrian's wall was very cool to see having heard about it all my life. The time in the ancient Roman fort of Vindolanda was outstanding. I could have easily spent 4 hours there. Our guide Al is delightful, informative and funny. We will certainly book another trip, perhaps to the Highlands when we return!

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September 18, 2022

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