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From Edinburgh: Holy Island, Alnwick Castle & Northumbria

1. From Edinburgh: Holy Island, Alnwick Castle & Northumbria

Join a day trip from Edinburgh to the medieval kingdom of Northumbria in North-East England. Visit Lindisfarne, once the most important center of religious learning in the British Isles. Explore the market town of Alnwick and its castle where scenes from Harry Potter and Downton Abbey were filmed. Meet your guide, hop on a bus, and make your way to your first stop, Holy Island, connected to the mainland by a causeway that leads into the quaint island village of Lindisfarne. Soak in stunning views of Lindisfarne Castle dating back to 1550. Spend time wandering through the ruins of its Priory where the Lindisfarne Gospels were produced. Sample some of the world-famous Lindisfarne ‘mead’ brewed by monks on the island, and enjoy the tranquility for which the island is renowned. Continue south passing Bamburgh, the ancient capital of Northumbria, then on to the bustling market town of Alnwick, whose greatest building is the medieval Alnwick Castle. Enjoy time in the town center or visit the castle complex which was home to the Percy Family for over 700 years. If you decide to visit the castle, step into the unexpected in the Alnwick Garden with its Grand Cascade fountain and Poison Gardens. The castle grounds were also used in the TV series Downton Abbey and the Harry Potter films. In the mid-afternoon, begin the drive north to cross the River Tweed and back into Scotland at the historic border town of Coldstream. If time permits, stop at Flodden Field, the scene of the infamous battle of 1513, which ended in victory for the English and the death of James IV, King of Scots.

From Edinburgh: Alnwick Garden Magical Christmas Light Trail

2. From Edinburgh: Alnwick Garden Magical Christmas Light Trail

Treat yourself to something special this holiday season in the Edinburgh area. Head off from Edinburgh to discover the Alnwick Garden's Christmas Light Trail. Enjoy free time to explore the grounds and take photos, grab food and drinks, and walk around. After a short break in Berwick-Upon-Tweed, continue towards The Alnwick Garden, reaching it just in time for the sun to set and the light show to really begin. Your tickets for this are included in the price of the tour, meaning you won’t have to pay any extra admission fees. The Alnwick Garden really goes all out for the Light Trail, and what is normally filled with beautiful flowers during the year becomes a magical Christmas escape, full of lights and projections across every inch of the gardens. Ideal for a romantic hand-held stroll under the fairy lights, or a family outing before the big day arrives. There might even be some mistletoe somewhere in there if you are looking for a Christmas date idea. After about 2 hours of exploring the garden and enjoying the beautiful light trail, getting some selfies under all the lights, and grabbing some festive food and drink from the vendors available there, head back to Edinburgh. Following the same route back, see how many houses you can see with all their decorations out and lit up. After another short break in Berwick-Upon-Tweed, arrive back in Edinburgh in the evening, where you could even keep the festivities going.

Edinburgh: Scottish Borders Tour from Scotland to England

3. Edinburgh: Scottish Borders Tour from Scotland to England

Begin the tour by visiting the Rosslyn Chapel, which dates back to the 14th Century and was made famous by the Da Vinci Code. After a brief drive, arrive in the beautiful countryside of the Scottish Borders. Next on the agenda is Melrose Abbey. Have the opportunity to visit this magnificent ruin. The heart of Robert the Bruce one of the most famous Scots is also buried here. Then, give your senses an overload and take in one of the most magnificent views in Scotland at Scott's View. You may choose to have a dram or two to honor Sir Walter Scott as you take in the view. Floors Castle is next on the itinerary, the largest inhabited castle in Scotland and the family home of the Duke of Roxburghe. Built for the first Duke of Roxburghe in 1721, what you see is an evolving story of a house and gardens and outstanding views. Later, head to Abbotsford House, home to the literary genius Sir Walter Scott. Today, the house serves as a museum and monument to its famous occupant.

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4.6 / 5

based on 9 reviews

We had a fantastic day! We really enjoyed both stops. Our guide, Nestor, was full of information and shared many stories about the region that made the trip really special. I especially enjoyed the Scottish and Northumberland music he introduced us to on the journey. In Alnwick we had plenty of time to tour the castle and for lunch at a cute pub in town. 5 stars!

Our driver cum guide, Nestor, an enthusiastic biological scientist, kept us regaled throughout the day, informing us of a vast array of interesting aspects about Scotland, the sights we visited and kept all of us engaged with his interactivity, ready willingness to answer questions and quiz us on interesting facts.

Good amount of time at each stop, Paul is very personable & fun

Tour guide was very friendly and happy to answer any questions.

Great tour and enough time to discover both places.