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Holy Island, Alnwick Castle and Northumberland Tour from Edinburgh

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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9 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 7 more


Explore coastal routes around Edinburgh and the ancient kingdom of Northumbria on this 9.5-hour Holy Island, Alnwick Castle and Northumberland tour from Edinburgh. Head south across the Scottish border into English with a guide, and visit Holy Island and the peaceful village of Lindesfarne. Discover local attractions such as Lindesfarne Castle and the Priory, and explore the market town of Alnwick. Travel through Flodden Field — the battlefield where the English and Scots met in battle in 1513 — and gain insight into British history. Then, return in comfort to Edinburgh.
  • Traverse the Scottish border on a full-day tour of Northumbria
  • Visit Holy Island and the charming village of Lindesfarne
  • Discover top sites of interest including Lindesfarne and Alnwick Castles
  • Explore Alnwick and Flodden Field, an ancient battle site

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Judith W
, May 2019

We had a fantastic day tour through Timberbush Tours with our driver/guide Andrew T. Andrew took us to Holy Island and Alnwick Castle along with a stop at Hirsel Estate on the way back to Edinburgh. He was an excellent guide full of interesting facts along the way as well as humor and even provided some Borders music for us to listen to. The trip was well worth the money spent and we even got discounted tickets at Alnwick courtesy of Timberbush. It was well planned and there was plenty of time at all of the sites we stopped at. I would highly recommend Timberbush Tours and Andrew T to others, and would definitely book another tour through them in the future.

, May 2019

David W. took us on an amazing tour to the Holy Island and Alnwick Castle! He was friendly, informative, lively, and funny. The Holy Island is a must see, we were very lucky to have a beautiful sunny day, and we could have stayed there all day! We then headed to Alnwick Castlet, David made sure we all got our tour group discount and then set us free to do what we liked. We went into the town to grab some lunch and walk around there for a bit, then back to the castle. The grounds are fantastic, we found so many different little paths that opened up to views of the castle. This tour is full of incredible history and magical scenery. We would highly recommend it and David W. as your guide.

Michael B
, May 2019

Lindisfarne was beautiful, but Alnwick Castle was like a theme park, with cartoons and children's activities and ceramic giants. It must be fun for families with small children, but as an adult, I found the 2 1/2 visit much too long. I was also very disappointed that the visit to the Flodden battlefield advertised in the tour description wasn't possible because so many people had signed up for the tour that they needed a large bus that couldn't access the site. I wish I'd known that in advance. The tour guide, Andrew, was very good, friendly, and informative.

, Sep 2018

It was a completely different excursion specially referring to Holy Island. The Alnwick Castle was amazing.

emily w
, Jul 2018

Great tour but I felt super rushed. Alnwick castle was amazing but sooo crowded it made it fairly difficult to move through. Wish we had been able to spend more time on Holy Island but is was so brief.

Svetlana G
, May 2018

What an amazing tour! Our guide and driver was Donald. How much he knows and how interesting he told. Thank you so much for sucha splendid day!

, May 2018

We traveled with Dave and it was our first trip in Scotland. After last year's vacation Polish agency we expected some boring stories, poor descriptions, generally - reasons to complained. And we were...shocked literally, my girl speaks much and all she said was deep inhale - Dave showed us what modern guide's job really means. We were astonish by his descriptions of historical facts, landscape, building, habits. The tour is very well considered - you've got time for everything on the island and within area of the castle you pay less just because you travel by bus not by a car. There wasn't a minute we were bored, if you hesitate - I bet you will love it.
Thanks, Dave. You showed us what it means to be a real guide, you set a very high standard for next guides we meet.

, Apr 2018

We had a great day with our tour guide, David. Even though it was a rainy/snowy day, he made it an enjoyable day. Holy Island is a wonderful place with lots of charm and I would like to go back and spend more time there. Alnwick Castle has a lot to see and is well worth a visit. I would definitely recommend this tour with David for you.

Annick B
, Oct 2017

Great tour!! Tour guide Hamish provided a lot of interesting information all through the day... historical, anecdotal, political, biological, geological... so much I learned on that day :

The guide was very enthusiast and cheered the day with a fun range of traditional and modern musics and songs. The holy Island was beautiful and the various stops at little villages was just delightfull! We also had some time to stop by the beach to enjoy the incredible sky by Bamburgh Castle.

Alnwick Castle was interesting and I would recommend, however, I might suggest its visit more if you are travelling with kids. The herbalist in me may decide to go visit the gardens separate ticket, the schedule won't allow you to do both sould I be to go again.

Very friendly staff otherwise, I would rebook other tours with them :

Thank you for this lovely day!

Artur Ribeiro
, Oct 2017

Fantástico passeio. Nosso motorista foi muito atencioso e nos forneceu informações muito interessantes. Os tempos nas atrações foram bastante ideais para se curtir bastante as mesmas. Muito interessante a oportunidade de atravessar a fronteira sobre o rio Tweed a pé. Passeio imperdível.

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