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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

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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

Carl Johan H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Very fine and interesting trip with a great driver and a knowing and considerate guide. Been there before but this was better.

Elisa C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

I really enjoyed my day!! Even though the weather was not the best, the places were amazing, and the guide (Eric) has been fun, knowledgeable and professional!!

Arsh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The tour guide was great! I can't remember his name, but he was from Glasgow and had been a musician for 20 years. I think it might have been Douglas or Dougie. Anyways, great guy - I think I learned more about Scotland from him than anyone else while I was there. He knew a lot about the history, geology, and culture of the Scottish borders and Scotland. The weather was beautiful, and the wall was cool! Big ups to Rabbies on this one!!

Barbara

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Our tourguide was wonderful. Once in a life time experience here!

csiskin

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We had a wonderful time! Our driver and guide Richard was very knowledgeable and very courteous.

Mitesh C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was great. Fergus was our guide. He was very informative. He gave us insightful information on Roman History, Hadrian's wall as well general background on the Borders. We visited Jedburgh, Steel Rigg Vindolanda and Moffat. As this was Hadrian's wall tour, I would have preferred more time at Steel Rigg and miss out the stop at Moffat.

Nelson T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour was amazing! We had Fergus as our guide and Norman as our driver and they were both great. Fergus took his time to explain the history of the Hadrian and #39;s Wall and how and why the Roman Empire built this wall. We had stops at various places such as Jedburgh, Steel Rigg and Vindolanda as well!

Elizabeth S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great trip! I highly recommend it :

Jacquelyn S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

If you are a history buff, this is definitely the tour for you. With a knowledgeable guide, it made the day interesting and filled with historical facts about each location that you will learn something at every turn. Definitely worth going :

astrosona

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Loved it! Loved the tour, the tour guide was awesome and the scenery was so beautiful :

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