Your historical tour of Scotland begins with morning pickup by minicoach from central Edinburgh. Over the next 10.5-hours, follow in the footsteps of the Romans, beginning with a drive along Dere Street – a Roman road that was once the thoroughfare from ports in southern England to central Scotland Roman settlements.
Arrive first at the town of Jedburgh for a stroll and visit to the city’s magnificent 12th-century Augustinian abbey, then continue to Carter Bar at the English-Scottish border. Take a quick photo break before heading south of the border through scenic Northumberland National Park.
You’ll soon stop at Steel Rigg, one of Britain’s richest territories for Roman archeology. Here you’ll have some time to view and explore Hadrian’s Wall – the immense 73-mile-long (117.5 km) cobbled fortification built by Emperor Hadrian to keep Scottish ‘barbarians’ out of the Roman Empire. Learn more about the Roman presence in ancient Britain and stand where Romans guard did more than a thousand years ago.
Afterwards, take a short ride to the medieval city of Lanercost, the western terminus of Hadrian’s Wall. Lose yourself in story as your guide explains the Anglo-Scottish wars that ravaged this area from the 14th to 16th centuries, and grab some lunch before (own expense) before heading to Birdoswald. Here, you’ll get an up-close look at one of the best preserved Roman forts on Hadrian’s Wall. Hear about the fortification features and some recent excavations that have taken place nearby.
From Birdoswald, begin your return trip, stopping in the Victorian spa town Moffat before ending in Edinburgh. You’ll arrive at the drop-off point on Waverly Bridge in the evening.