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Follow the trail of the Romans through ancient Scotland on this full-day tour from Edinburgh! With an expert guide, visit millennia-old Roman ruins such as Hadrian’s Wall, Dere Street, Birdoswald Fort, Steel Rigg, and soak up the beauty of Northumberland National Park, the Irthing Valley and the Southern Uplands. Travel with a small group to historic villages like Lanercost and hear the about Anglo-Scottish wars that once rattled the region.
  • Small-group day trip to Hadrian’s Wall and the Scottish Borders from Edinburgh
  • Visit Hadrian’s Wall, once the northernmost limit of the Roman Empire and a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Stroll around an Augustine abbey in Jedburgh, the border crossing at Carter Bar, and 19th-century spa town Moffat
  • Walk along sections of Hadrian’s Wall at Steel Rigg, located in the spectacular scenery of Northumberland National Park
  • Visit to Vindolanda or Birdoswald Fort, the best preserved Roman fort along Hadrian’s Wall, with stunning views over the River Irthing gorge
  • Small group limited to 16 people ensures personalized attention from your guide
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.


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, Oct 2018

Great educational and entertaining tour of the area south of Edinburgh and the north of England. Richard gave us a great overview of the history of the border areas between Scotland and England, the reivers and how that shaped the character of the people. Jedburgh Abbey was fascinating to visit, and we loved seeing Hadrian's wall and Vindolanda with its archeological treasures. Seeing the countryside and hearing the history and culture at the same time is such a great way to see the countryside.

, Oct 2018

An excellent tour. Ewan B was a great entertaining guide that enlightened us with much Scottish history! The main attractions were great. Could have spent a little more time in Jedburgh.

, Sep 2018

The husband and I learned so much on this tour. Rabbie’s goes above all expectations, when compared to other tour companies!

, Aug 2018

So much knowledge in this tour! Our guide was perfection!

, Jul 2018

My driver was great., Richard I think I have a bad memory for name. He had lots of knowledge. Just the right amount of talking and history background on the bus and they played local music or music that tied into the Stories he was telling. I would recommend to anyone looking an excursion out of Edinburgh. Make sure you leave enough time for the museum at the Roman Fort town. I ran out.

, Jul 2018

This was a fantastic tour. The Only drawback was I forgot my camera on this day.

, Apr 2018

Walking along Hadrian's Wall and seeing an ancient Roman fort ruin is chance of a lifetime. Other sites worth visiting as well. Great tour.

, Mar 2018

This tour was amazing!

, Mar 2018

I could not praise our tour guide Sean more! Sean was a history teaching before switching to tours and let me tell you that made ALL the difference on this tour with Rabbie's. You could tell how much Sean loved Scottish and English history. He knew so much about the time period the wall was build and clearly wanted to share that love with us on his tour. The Mercedes van was really comfy and we had a smaller group. Be prepared to hike around in possibly mud. It was winter for us so we brought lots of layers too as it was quite chilly outside. This was a fun day trip out from Edinburgh. We loved seeing the wall and learning about this time period in Scotland's history. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone interested in seeing the wall.

, Feb 2018

Good tour

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