1 Day Tour Rosslyn Chapel, Melrose Abbey and The Borders

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Duration

12 hours

Max People

16

Min Age

5+

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Overview

Embarking on our journey eastward from Glasgow, our first official stop awaits us: Rosslyn Chapel. Founded in 1446 by Sir William St Clair, this historic chapel gained worldwide fame through Dan Brown's novel, "The Da Vinci Code." Step inside and be amazed by the multitude of ancient carvings, each with its own intriguing story to tell. The pillars within are especially captivating, leaving visitors in awe. Delve into the myths and legends surrounding the chapel, including tales of the Knights Templar and the Holy Grail. Continuing our adventure, we make our way towards the scenic Scottish Borders, characterized by its undulating hills, winding rivers, and picturesque streams. Our destination is the renowned Wallace Statue, situated near the border between Scotland and England. This iconic monument stands as a sentinel, ever watchful over our English neighbors, prepared for any potential conflict. Don't miss the opportunity to have your picture taken alongside this legendary Scottish hero, while soaking in the breathtaking surrounding views.

Included/Excluded

  • Transport in an air conditioned 16 seat mini coach
  • Bottled water
  • Air Filtration system onboard
  • An amazing Knowledgeable English-Scots speaking driver guide
  • Laughs along the way
  • Entry fees to visitor attractions
  • Lunch
  • Refreshments (additional fee for refreshments)

Tour Plan

Tour Details

Check-in at 7:45am

The Check in Location is outside of Citizen M hotel at 60 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G2 3BW

Departure time 8am

Bus leaves at this time, so make sure you are here 15 minutes before, that way you’ll get your pick of seats and if you sit close to the driver you’ll get aw the banter. The patter. (The laugh and jokes).

End of tour 6:30pm (Approx).

Late Arrivals

In the event that you are running late PLEASE give us a call and let us know, If we don't hear from you by 7:50am, we will attempt to call you, (we really don't want you to miss your tour). If by 8am you haven't arrived we will have to leave and you won't be refunded. (Please be on time) so that we can all have a Craicin Tour.

Children

We do not carry passengers under the age of 5 on our scheduled tours.

What's included in the price

  • Transport in an air conditioned 16 seat mini coach.
  • Bottled water.
  • Air Filtration system onboard. (WEBASCO or similar).
  • An amazing Knowledgeable English-Scots speaking driver guide.
  • A very warm welcome and many laughs and stories along the way.

What's not included in the price

  • Entry fees to visitor attractions.
  • Lunch.
  • Refreshments (additional fee for refreshments).

Recommended items to bring on the tour with you

  • Waterproof Jacket.
  • Warm Clothing (You can always take layers off if it's too hot).
  • Comfortable shoes/boots for rough wet terrain.
  • Good comfortable socks.
  • Sun Screen (Recommended SPF30 (UVB) with 4 star UVA protection).
  • Sunglasses.
  • Camera/Smart Phone. (So that you will always remember your day with us).
  • Cash. (Most places take card but it's handy to have cash too).

Luggage

This is limited to one piece of luggage (like an airline cabin bag) with a maximum weight of 15kg per person. For guidance, measurements should be no more than 65cm x 45cm x 30cm / 25in x 18in x 12in. You are allowed one small carry-on bag for onboard personal items.

Itinerary

We will head east from Glasgow and head towards our first official stop, Rosslyn chapel which was founded in 1446 by Sir William St Clair. Made world famous in Dan Browns book ‘The Da Vinci Code’. There are thousands of ancient carvings inside each telling there own story, wait till you see the pillars inside too, Breath taking. You can also learn about the myths and legends of the chapel, tales of the knights Templar and the holy grail.

We will then head towards the Scottish Borders with its rolling hills, rivers and burns (streams), we are heading to the famous Wallace Statue that sits near the border of Scotland and England, he is keeping an eye on our English neighbours at all times incase they want another square go, (incase they want another fight), you can get your picture taking with this legendary Scottish hero and look at the magnificent views.

We will then thank William Wallace for all he did for Scotland hundreds of years ago and then head to Scotts view where the famous poet Sir Walter Scott used to go as it was one of his favourite places with views and scenery to die for.

Once we leave Scotts view we will drive for about 10 minutes to Melrose abbey which was founded in 660AD, this is 636 years before the Scottish wars of independence started with our hero’s William Wallace and King Robert the Bruce. Speaking of our great King Robert the Bruce it is said that this is the very place that the lead casket containing his heart is buried. This means that the ‘Braveheart’ is in Melrose Abbey. We will have a lunch stop here give you a chance to ‘grab a bite or have a scran’ in Scots this means to have something to eat.

When we leave Melrose Abbey we will head to Sir Walter Scott’s old mansion, Abbotsford house, The house was built in the 1800s and is located on the banks of the river Tweed, the border to Scotland and England. The mansion is surrounded by remarkably beautiful gardens that you can enjoy whilst breathing in the fresh Scottish air. You can also learn about the life of Sir Walter Scott and what better place to do it, at his mansion.

We will now return to Glasgow where the tour ends.

You can ask your guide for information on our other exciting tours we have to offer.

Remember, we also create bespoke tours to suit your needs where we will work together with you to get your perfect unforgettable tour.

Tour highlights

  • Rosslyn Chapel - A breathtaking 15th-century chapel, full of amazing architecture, it is also the setting for the Tom Hanks movie ‘The Da Vinci code and also holds ties to the Knights Templar.
  • Wallace statue - A 200 year old statue of William Wallace looking south in the direction of our Auld enemy, England. He is there as a protecter of Scotland and a reminder to the English.
  • Scott’s view - This was once the famous poet Sir Walter Scott’s favourite place to come and take in the view, he may even have got ideas about what to put in his poems from up here.
  • Abbotsford House - This old mansion house belonged to non other than the poet Sir Walter Scott, it is a huge mansion with even bigger gardens which Walter designed.
  • Scottish Borders - These were once dangerous grounds for the Scottish and the English with scenes of blood and fire but thankfully now you will get amazing views of the hills and countryside of south Scotland.
  • Melrose Abbey - A fascinating site to behold with brilliant architecture and stone carvings all around, it is the final resting place for Robert the Bruce’s heart.

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