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Discover the rugged beauty and cultural splendor of the Scottish Borders on a 9.5-hour trip from Edinburgh. Aboard a comfortable coach, visit the market town of Kelso and the magnificent Alnwick Castle, a featured film setting in Downton Abbey and the Harry Potter Series. Soak up the beauty of Northumberland as you make a final stop in the ancient seaside town of Berwick-upon-Tweed.


  • 9.5-hour tour of Alnwick Castle and the border region between Scotland and England
  • Visit the pretty border town of Kelso with your guide, and explore Kelso Abbey
  • Spend time at the imposing Alnwick Castle, the setting for Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Academy
  • Enjoy the castle’s perfectly manicured gardens and grounds
  • Travel along the Northumberland coastline through historic Berwick-upon-Tweed

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What You Can Expect

Alnwick Castle and the Scottish Borders Day Trip from Edinburgh

Travel along the Northumberland coastline

Your full-day tour through the Scottish Borders departs in the morning from central Edinburgh. Meet your expert guide and settle in for the southbound ride through the Scottish-English borderlands toward Kelso. Stop in this historic city that boasts the largest market square in Scotland. Stroll through the market, visit Kelso Abbey, and learn about the conflicts and English invasions that rattled the town for centuries.

Your trip continues to the stunning Alnwick Castle, a gem of the Northumberland region. View the castle’s breathtaking façade, famously portrayed as the setting of Hogwarts Academy in the Harry Potter series. You’ll have three hours of free time to explore the castle's immaculate grounds and purchase an optional interior tour and some refreshments. Then hop back in the coach for a drive along the Northumberland coast, considered one of the UK’s most beautiful regions.

Your final stop is seaside town of Berwick-upon-Tweed. Learn the town’s colorful history of alternating between Scottish and English rule, and enjoy a leisurely stroll along the River Tweed. From here, make your way back to Edinburgh. 

Your 9.5-hour tour ends at Waterloo Place in the evening.

Customer Reviews

Nidia D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This place is so great. I totally enjoyed it : Rabbis is great for these kind of tours. I just loved it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

A few days ago I had the most wonderful time visiting the Scottish Borders and Alnwick Castle, which was led so adeptly and with great humour by our guide, James. The locations we visited were steeped in history and so beautiful. Our guide gave us plenty of time to soak in our surroundings as well.

Inge-Lise N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This trip was amazing! Our guide was Catty, who was so sweet and very informative, very kind and witty, and she truly sought to make our trip the best it could possibly be. She had both great information about the landmarks and about Scotland in general as well as fun anecdotes that we really enjoyed. We really enjoyed the trip and we highly recommend it!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

As always Gill,the Rabbies tour guide, was knowledgable, entertaining and very happy to help with any sort of question or need. We spent a short time in Kelso viewing the abbey ruins before heading off to Alwick. The castle is very well organized for tourists and we had plenty of time there. There are several different venues for eating, lots of clean restrooms and several options for activities. We opted to tour the state apartments which was a good view into how the nobility currently live. At least if you are the Duke of Northumberland. The docents were knowledgable but they answered questions so there was no tour as such. The kids really enjoyed playing quiddich and getting their photos flying on brooms. There was also a dragon quest area but we didn't participate. Parents are shown costumes worn by Downton Abbey stars in the castle state rooms. There are also all the wonderful portraits and furnishings as well as the china which is nicely displayed. The grounds are beautiful and the gardens are amazing. It was a very fine place for families to visit. After our visit to Alnwick we drove back along the east coast of the North Sea and along the Firth of Forth into Edinburgh. The Borders are very different countryside to the highlands and even the lowlands and it made for a nice change of scenery. Well worth the time especially for families.

Anne N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our tour guide was Gillian and our driver was Nick. This tour was nice, not only because of the places were visited, but also because the bus only holds 16 people, plus the driver. The smaller group size made the trip more enjoyable. We saw Alnwick Castle, which was used as a locale for several productions, including two Harry Potter movies and two holiday episodes of Downton Abbey. There were activities for children in the courtyard and ghost stories told in the cellars for those 12 and older. A thoroughly enjoyable day.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Jarrod G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!! Grant, the guide did an outstanding job in every aspect of the tour.

Sharyn K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

The Rabbie mini bus trip made for a fully and enjoyable day with insightful local storytelling along the journey. I was travelling alone and have a phobia to group tours and yet found this trip was set up to drop us off at particular spots so we could explore them ourselves. It was an magical opportunity to go back to the place I lived when I was 11. My sister and I spent many hours playing in the grounds of the Alnwick castle, as kids, when it was just field of grass 40 years ago. It was a delight to see and walk through the extraordinary water gardens that have been insight of the Duchess of Northumberland. It has brought the life back into the beauty little town. I was a bit taken back that the Grand Cascade was in my memory though it wasn't built until 25 year after the time I was there! The Border Country between Scotland and England does tend to feel like it could pass through time!

Kyle C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Had a wonderful time with our tour guide Catty. She was very pleasant, informative and passionate about Scottish/UK history. Alnwick is a picturesque castle and the borders are a lovely drive.

Caroleigh K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

A great day out with a great driver/host. We covered a surprising amount of ground but the pace was acceptable with the right amount of breaks.

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