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    Scottish Borderlands Adventure: Castles, Abbeys, and Coast

    Scottish Borderlands Adventure: Castles, Abbeys, and Coast
    Starts from

    Edinburgh

    Transportation

    By Car

    Guidance

    Self-Guided

    Activities

    34

    Duration

    3 days

    Length

    182 mi

    Guide details

    Starts from

    Edinburgh

    Transportation

    By Car

    Guidance

    Self-Guided

    Duration

    3 days

    Length

    182 mi

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    Heather Cole

    Heather Cole

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    Highlights

    • Take eye-catching photos at ancient abbeys.
    • Walk along clifftops to hidden coves.
    • Discover where Sir Walter Scott wrote his poetry.
    • Soak up views that few tourists get to see.
    • Travel back in time at medieval castles.
    Leave the glitz of Edinburgh far behind as you venture deep into the Scottish Borders, once the stomping ground of cattle rustlers and local lairds. History has left its mark on this rural region, with ancient tower houses and castles hidden around every corner. You'll discover how writer Sir Walter Scott and royal Mary Queen of Scots both played a part in the area's heritage, with visits to iconic abbeys and medieval houses both on the cards
    Breathe in the fresh sea air during a panoramic walk along the cliffs at St. Abbs Head, where sea bird colonies wait to greet you in the summer. Secret coves and smuggling tales add a little extra magic to this grand Scottish adventure.

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    Leave the glitz of Edinburgh far behind as you venture deep into the Scottish Borders, once the stomping ground of cattle rustlers and local lairds. History has left its mark on this rural region, with ancient tower houses and castles hidden around every corner. You'll discover how writer Sir Walter Scott and royal Mary Queen of Scots both played a part in the area's heritage, with visits to iconic abbeys and medieval houses both on the cards
    Breathe in the fresh sea air during a panoramic walk along the cliffs at St. Abbs Head, where sea bird colonies wait to greet you in the summer. Secret coves and smuggling tales add a little extra magic to this grand Scottish adventure.
    Heather Cole

    Heather Cole

    Travel Expert

    • Take eye-catching photos at ancient abbeys.
    • Walk along clifftops to hidden coves.
    • Discover where Sir Walter Scott wrote his poetry.
    • Soak up views that few tourists get to see.
    • Travel back in time at medieval castles.

    Travel itinerary

    Clifftop Castles, Hidden Harbours, and a Seabird Hike
    12 Activities

    Day 1

    93 mi6 mi

    Clifftop Castles, Hidden Harbours, and a Seabird Hike

    Your day begins with a foray to one of the most dramatically situated castles in Scotland. A secret cove adventure and a walk along the clifftops at St. Abbs Head follows, where coastal scenery and sea birds capture the imagination. Next up is the historic harbour town of Eyemouth, before it's time to head inland, into the heart of the rural Scottish Borderlands.
    22:00
    Border Abbeys, a Grand Castle, and Jedburgh Jail
    13 Activities

    Day 2

    27 mi3 mi

    Border Abbeys, a Grand Castle, and Jedburgh Jail

    Walk in the footsteps of the tragic Mary Queen of Scots on this meandering road trip around Kelso and Jedburgh. You'll visit a couple of the crumbling abbey ruins that have made this region so famous, and pop into Floors Castle to see how the other half live. A historic jail, a medieval tower house, and a handful of monuments conclude this delightful journey through time.
    19:15
    Views and Viaducts in the Land of Sir Walter Scott
    9 Activities

    Day 3

    43 mi0.3 mi

    Views and Viaducts in the Land of Sir Walter Scott

    Your final day exploring the Borders sees you in Melrose, which is home to Robert the Bruce's heart, and Sir Walter Scott's house. You'll discover traditional peel towers and picturesque gardens before taking in a last abbey. Then it's time to meander back up to Edinburgh, weary but wowed.

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