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Rosslyn Chapel & Scottish Borders Tour from Edinburgh

1. Rosslyn Chapel & Scottish Borders Tour from Edinburgh

Discover the myths and legends surrounding the Holy Grail and Rosslyn Chapel on this small-group tour. You'll also visit the beautiful Borders village of Melrose with its historic abbey. Departing at 9:45 AM, your tour takes you south to the world-famous Scott’s View, with stunning views over the Tweed Valley and the Eildon Hills. You will also get the opportunity to visit the original Wallace Monument. From here you travel to Melrose, including the chance to explore its great Border Abbey, founded by the Cistercians in the 12th Century.  The Cistercian monks had very close connections with the Knights Templar and Melrose Abbey is the burial place of Robert the Bruce's heart, brought back from the crusades in Moorish Spain. Following lunch in Melrose, you will make your way to the stunning 15th-century Rosslyn Chapel, immortalized in Dan Brown’s “Da Vinci Code”. Here, you can find out more about the myths and legends surrounding the whereabouts of the “Holy Grail”. From Melrose, you will return to Edinburgh, arriving at approximately 4:15 PM.

Edinburgh: Rosslyn Chapel, Scottish Borders and Abbotsford

2. Edinburgh: Rosslyn Chapel, Scottish Borders and Abbotsford

Travel through the Scottish Lowlands and Borders on an enjoyable day-tour. See the varied natural wonders that make this section of Scotland famous. See historic sites and sample real Scottish whisky as you travel with a friendly and knowledgeable guide! Your tour will head out from Edinburgh Castle to the lovely village of Roslin. There, you will have the opportunity to visit Rosslyn Chapel. Dating back to 1445, the chapel gained worldwide fame thanks to the increasing interest in Freemasonry and the Knights Templar. See the intricate “musical” boxes and green men carved throughout the chapel. Leave Roslin and continue your journey into the heart of the Scottish Borders in the eastern part of the Scottish Uplands. This area is rich in hills, valleys, rivers, and moorland, as is also the traditional home of Scottish rugby. Travel to the historic town of Melrose, the birthplace of the game of Rugby Sevens and home to of Melrose Abbey. The Abbey, founded in 1136, is one of the most beautiful religious ruins in the United Kingdom, containing many intricate carved sculptures. It is also said to be the burial place of the embalmed heart of Robert the Bruce. Enjoy a tasty lunch in Melrose and have plenty of free time to explore the town and the abbey. Before heading back to Edinburgh you will have to option to explore the home of Sir Walter Scott - Abbotsford House.

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4.7 / 5

based on 158 reviews

Lovely tour, cool guide (Stefan) telling us all the stories about the fascinating history and culture as well as mentioning relevant films like Braveheart. Only bummer was that in Melrose we couldn't really visit the abbey as the porter was on lunch break and our guide even expected him to be. But other than that it was perfect to see some of the beautiful nature around Edinburgh :)

The trip was amazing and what made is even better was our guide Douglas McQueen. He was a walking encyclopedia with knowledge about every subject we found interesting. The stop at Scott’s view was a beautifull first break from the roadtrip and I loved both the abbey as the Rosslyn chapel. Sad the abbey was closed because of decay. Hopefully it will be open for the public again soon.

Truly beautiful church. Guided presentation was superb and staff was both knowledgeable and friendly. My family and I truly enjoyed the tour. Roslyn castle ruins is a wee 8 minute walk down from the church. Maybe a little difficult for those with mobility issues.

Lovely day out in the Scottish Borders with a very experienced snd knowledgable driver - with plenty of historical tales.

Great tour and guide. You can see so much more territory on a tour like this than on your own. Worth every penny.