• Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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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.

Highlights

  • 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

What You Can Expect

Hadrian's Wall, Roman Britain and the Scottish Borders

Stand at the border of Scotland and England on your tour

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.

Customer Reviews

Kristen G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Martin and Adam made a great Guide/Driver team! They worked well together and had a fun sense of humor. Martin shared his knowledge and stories of the places we visited and answered all of our questions. It was super windy up at the top of one of the milecastles we stopped at, but absolutely worth the climb!

Kat O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Great tour. Rabbi's does a wonderful job. When I go to Scotland again I will definitely take more tours with them.

Larry L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Hadrian's Wall! So much history I never knew. The border of Scotland and England was a great photo opportunity. Too many site to rate. ALL sites on the tour were great and informative!

Carmel M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Fantastic was a comfortable trip with lots of interesting history to see and hear. Loved it. Dave our driver was great and the bus was comfortable.

southrust

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Excellent tour for history buffs. Our guide Andy was friendly and informative. We stopped at several sites associated with Roman settlement and rule including an amazing Roman fort and settlement with an excellent museum. The trip lasted over 11 hours and the pacing was just right. Highly recommended.

Guy v

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Really fun trip. We drove down into the other country with a great, informative, and interesting guide, Gillian. The wall was truly impressive, not so much what is left of it, but the scope of the wall, the fortresses along it, and the countryside itself. For me, it was a bucket list trip and I highly recommend it.

Graham O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This was run by Rabbies, a small group 15 of varying ages. Our driver/guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. Unfortunately we had mechanical problems on the way home, but this was dealt with very professionally by our driver, with our safety uppermost. Rabbies organised a 16-seater taxi from a nearby town to collect the passengers and return us to Edinburgh.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Great tour. Enjoyed all the stops at the historic Roman places, specially Vindolanda. Franceska the guide was excellent. Thank you RabbiesTours.

deetodd2005

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

The trip was so much fun. Our guide, Doug, was remarkable as a guide and kept us enthralled with historical accounts. He was very professional and courteous. The tour was amazing. We highly recommend it.

Linda G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

This was a great tour. James, our driver and tour guide, was so knowledgeable. It was a long day, but well worth it.
If you like history, this is your tour!

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