THE BORDER RAIDERS
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Our Border Raiders tour explores the rich mystery and often turbulent history which is found around the Scottish border with the England. A lovely part of the country to visit.
1-day tour, duration 8.5hrs
- We collect you from your hotel or other departure point to suit you and proceed directly to Scott’s View. The 19thC novelist Sir Walter Scott loved this view and came with his horses and carriage every day to take it in.
- You then stop at the original Wallace monument, an eccentric memorial to one of Scotland’s national heroes and freedom fighters, Sir William Wallace.
- You continue your tour to picture postcard Melrose where you can explore the ruins of the ancient abbey, have lunch in the town and perhaps fit in a bit of shopping.
- Alternatively, you can visit Abbotsford House, the home of Sir Walter Scott, author of the Waverley Novels. He was an amazing collector of various interesting items and artefacts, many of which are on display. There is a fine restaurant and visitor centre at Abbotsford too.
- After lunch, you travel through the Tweed valley to Rosslyn Chapel, a fine 15thC building. Discover the myths and legends of the Knights Templar and the Holy Grail. Those of you that have read The Da Vinci Code or seen the film, will remember the important part that Rosslyn Chapel played.
- “Unique” is an overused word but it can be genuinely applied to Rosslyn. The interior is covered in intricate stone carvings, some said to represent New World plants such as corn, unknown in Europe at that time. There are also many carvings of The Green Man and other mystical connections. You will be intrigued by the story of the Apprentice Pillar. It has also been suggested that Christ’s head is buried under the flagstones although Tiny Tartan Tours seriously doubt it. There are interesting guided tours to help you get the most out of your visit.
- From here, you return to your accommodation in central Edinburgh or elsewhere by prior arrangement. A great day out with lots of lovely scenery and intriguing ancient buildings.