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The Bonnie Borders

  • Rosslyn Chapel, Midlothian, Scotland - North side in summer

    Rosslyn Chapel, Midlothian, Scotland - North side in summer
  • Traquair House exterior view

    Scottish borders tour Traquair House
  • Kailzie Gardens, Scottish Borders, Scotland

    Kailzie Gardens, Scottish Borders, Scotland
5 day tour
From £322 per person - minimum 20 passengers

The Midlothian and Scottish Borders area of Scotland is easily accessible, stunningly scenic and rich in history, yet sometimes it is bypassed in favour of the Highlands. On this tour we explore this area including visits to the historic homes Traquair, Abbotsford and Thirlestane Castle. We also visit Rosslyn Chapel made world-famous by bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code, and Newbattle Abbey.


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April - October 2023

Suggested itinerary by coach

Day 1

Travel to the Borders

Arrive at your hotel in the Borders for your first taste of Scottish hospitality.

Day 2

Abbotsford and Thirlestane Castle

2023 marks Sir Walter Scott’s 250th birthday. It is no surprise then that his extraordinary home near Melrose will be the centre of celebrations. Here we will learn about Scott’s life and discover objects that inspired his poetry. There is also a large visitor centre and cafe on site. Next is Thirlestane Castle where will take a guided tour of the Maitland ancestral home, with its fairytale exterior and fascinating stories inside.

Day 3

Rosslyn Chapel and Newbattle Abbey

Founded in 1446, Rosslyn Chapel has intrigued visitors for generations with its ornate stone carvings which cover practically every surface. The neighbouring visitor centre tells the Chapel’s story from its 15th century origins, the Reformation, to The Da Vinci Code. In the afternoon, we visit Newbattle Abbey for a guided tour and afternoon tea. Now an adult learning centre, the original Abbey played a special role in the Declaration of Arbroath.

Day 4

Kailzie Gardens and Traquair House

Kailzie Gardens stand 700 feet above sea level on the south bank of the Tweed, and over the years have recorded frost in every calendar month! Despite this the gardens thrive and in their seasons, produce Snowdrops, Daffodils and Bluebells. In the afternoon, we visit Traquair. At over 900 years old it is Scotland’s Oldest Inhabited House and continues to be a family home.

Day 5

Return home

After a full Scottish breakfast we return home. Why not call in Hawick, a town famous for its Cashmere, Tweed and Whisky.

Suggested Hotels

Tinto House Hotel, Biggar ***

Set within 5 acres of landscaped grounds in the Scottish Borders, the Tinto House Hotel offers home-cooked food and scenic views. The hotel has a very personal and homely approach, and is located 45 minutes from both Glasgow and Edinburgh. The hotel was fully refurbished in 2015 and has a warm and welcoming atmosphere. No lift but plenty of ground floor rooms.  Ample coach parking.

Peebles Hydro, Peebles ****

This resort hotel  offers a beautiful setting in gardens, in the border town of Peebles. This charming, historic hotel features an indoor swimming pool, a spa, a gym and restaurant. Various activities take place around the grounds during high season to keep guests entertained! There is also an onsite gift shop. Lift to all floors and coach parking available.

New Lanark Mill Hotel

Dates 5 days / 4 nights
April – October 2023 From £322.00 per person

Single room supplement available upon request.

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