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A Royal Scotland Wave

  • Traquair House exterior view

    Scottish borders tour Traquair House
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse stands at the end of Edinburgh's Royal Mile ©VisitScoltand, Kenny Lam

4 day tour
From £275 per person - minimum 20 passengers

Covering approximately 1,800 square miles, the Scottish Borders stretches from the rolling hills and moorland in the west, through gentler valleys to the high agricultural plains of the east, and on to the rocky Berwickshire coastline with its secluded coves and picturesque fishing villages.


Dates throughout 2022 & 2023

Suggested itinerary by coach

Day 1

Travel to your hotel

Arrive at your hotel in the Borders and relax before dinner.

Day 2

Edinburgh and Scottish Borders Diesel Train Journey

After breakfast, travel to Edinburgh by coach where you will be met by your Mercat tour guide for your Royal Edinburgh and Palace of Holyroodhouse tour by foot. Afterwards, choose one of the many eateries within this fabulous city to enjoy afternoon tea, browse the shops or simply people watch the world go by. Return back to the Scottish borders on the newly reopened Borders railway from Edinburgh Waverley Station, which is the longest domestic railway for more than a century. Your diesel train journey will take you through fabulous countryside that has been untouched for almost half a century. Your coach will meet you and transfer you back to your hotel, with time to freshen up for your evening dinner.

Day 3

Traquair House, Melrose and Floors Castle

After breakfast, why not drive to Traquair House the oldest continually inhabited house in Scotland, which is over 900 years old and a pleasure ground for Scottish Kings and a refuge for Catholic priests. You may prefer to visit Melrose, the richest Abbey in Scotland and Abbotsford which was home to Sir Walter Scott. The afternoon’s highlight is a visit to Floors Castle at Kelso which is home to the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe. What ever you choose you will be sure to have a Royal welcome.

Day 4

Return home

After breakfast start your journey home, why not stop off at the Gretna Green Visitor Centre.

Suggested Hotels

Tinto Hotel, Biggar ***

This traditional country house hotel is nestled in 5 acres of stunning gardens, a 45 minute drive from  both Glasgow and Edinburgh.  The hotel houses a bar, lounge area and a stylish restaurant offering intimate dining in a spectacular setting. All rooms are en-suite and come fully equipped with freeview flat screen TV, tea & coffee making facilities, toiletries, wifi, shower, double or twin bed.  Free coach parking is available on-site.

Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Peebles ****

Located in Peebles and surrounded by the beautiful Scottish countryside, this hotel offers a luxury and relaxing accommodation just 40 minutes from Edinburgh. It boasts views of the Border Hills, a 18-hole golf course, 2 bars, leisure facilities including swimming pool, sauna, spa and gym, and an award-winning restaurant offering fine dining and spectacular views over the golf course. All 99 bedrooms are well equipped with en-suite bathroom, satellite TV, hairdryer, trouser press, iron and ironing board, tea and coffee making facilities. Coach parking is available on-site.

Peebles Hydro **** 

This charming and historic hotel is situated in the heart of the Tweed Valley, just 22 miles from Edinburgh. It offers a newly updated indoor swimming pool, sauna & Spa, gym, tennis court and a restaurant where guests can enjoy lovely views of the surrounding area. Each room features classic décor, Wi-Fi, TV, tea and coffee making facilities, heating and bathroom with free toiletries.  Lift to all floors and onsite coach parking available.

Dates 4 days / 3 nights
2022 dates From £275.00 per person
2023 dates Prices on request
All prices are per person based on sharing a double or twin room and with one free place for a coach driver or group organiser in a single room, both are based on a minimum 20 full fare paying passengers. Prices do not include coach hire or travel insurance. Dates are subject to availability. Smaller groups can be quoted for on request. Pictures are for illustrative purposes only. Our website policy is to use only copyright free images or images which have been authorised to us for free use by the owner. If you consider an image to be unauthorised or to be your property, please contact us immediately and if invalid we will have the image removed. If your image requires crediting or is missing a copyright statement then we will be pleased to add this to the webpage, contact us at

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