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The Borders Experience: Melrose & Alnwick Full-Day Tour

By Highland Experience Tours


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Masks required
Contactless tickets
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  • Excursion to historic borderlands between England & Scotland

  • Charming town of Melrose in heart of the Scottish Borders

  • Visit to Alnwick Castle, featured in the Harry Potter films

  • Guide shares insight into past conflicts of the 2 countries

  • Stunning route along the Scotland's picturesque east coast

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What's included, what's not

  • What's included

    Guided tour of the Scottish Borders, Melrose and Alnwick

  • What's included

    Roundtrip transport to and from central Edinburgh

  • What's included

    Live tour commentary provided in English

Know before you book

  • Children under 3 years not accepted

  • Check-in is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.

What you can expect

Immerse yourself in the storied past of the borderlands that divide Scotland and England. This tour takes you along a picturesque route to charming townships on both sides of the border – Melrose and Northumberland – to see regal national monuments steeped in history.

Your tour begins with a scenic drive to the border. Along the way, stop at Melrose – a charming village located in the heart of the Scottish Borders. Here you have the chance to explore the ruins of Melrose Abbey, where the heart of King Robert the Bruce is buried.

Continue your tour across the border into England, gaining insight into centuries of Scottish and English conflicts as you hear stories from your knowledgeable guide. Your next stop is at Alnwick Castle – one of the greatest castles of Northumberland. Enjoy some free time to explore at your leisure. Enter the Castle and uncover the history within its medieval walls, venture into the State Rooms to admire the grand interiors or stroll through the expansive gardens — instantly recognisable to Harry Potter fans as the Hogwarts School.

Your homeward journey takes you along Scotland’s picturesque east coast. Sit back and relax as you enjoy passing views of pristine beaches, dramatic cliffs and delightful fishing villages before arriving back to Edinburgh.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

  • High-touch surfaces cleaned and disinfected
  • Vehicles and venues cleaned with disinfectants

Social distancing

  • Contactless ticket redemption
  • Social distancing measures in place
  • Protective shields in place at main contact areas

Safety measures

  • Personal protective equipment worn by staff
  • Temperature checks given to staff
  • Masks required
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Activity Location

  • Alnwick
  • Scotland

Meeting/Redemption Point

    • Highland Experience Tours
    • 1 Parliament Square
    • Edinburgh

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