• Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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Explore coastal routes around Edinburgh and the ancient kingdom of Northumbria on this 9.5-hour Holy Island, Alnwick Castle and Northumberland tour from Edinburgh. Head south across the Scottish border into English with a guide, and visit Holy Island and the peaceful village of Lindesfarne. Discover local attractions such as Lindesfarne Castle and the Priory, and explore the market town of Alnwick. Travel through Flodden Field — the battlefield where the English and Scots met in battle in 1513 — and gain insight into British history. Then, return in comfort to Edinburgh.


  • 9.5-hour tour of Holy Island, Alnwick Castle and Northumberland from Edinburgh
  • Cross the Scottish border into England with a guide
  • Visit Holy Island and the charming village of Lindesfarne
  • Discover top sites of interest including Lindesfarne Castle
  • Explore Alnwick and Flodden Field, an ancient battle site
  • Tour includes round-trip travel from Edinburgh

What You Can Expect

Customer Reviews

Annick B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Great tour!! Tour guide Hamish provided a lot of interesting information all through the day... historical, anecdotal, political, biological, geological... so much I learned on that day :

The guide was very enthusiast and cheered the day with a fun range of traditional and modern musics and songs. The holy Island was beautiful and the various stops at little villages was just delightfull! We also had some time to stop by the beach to enjoy the incredible sky by Bamburgh Castle.

Alnwick Castle was interesting and I would recommend, however, I might suggest its visit more if you are travelling with kids. The herbalist in me may decide to go visit the gardens separate ticket, the schedule won't allow you to do both sould I be to go again.

Very friendly staff otherwise, I would rebook other tours with them :

Thank you for this lovely day!

Artur Ribeiro Brazil

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Fantástico passeio. Nosso motorista foi muito atencioso e nos forneceu informações muito interessantes. Os tempos nas atrações foram bastante ideais para se curtir bastante as mesmas. Muito interessante a oportunidade de atravessar a fronteira sobre o rio Tweed a pé. Passeio imperdível.

Kathleen B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

We booked the trip to see Holy Island, which was amazing. We saw the ruins of the old abbey, which was destroyed by the Vikings. You can only access the island during low tide, but you can see where the tide comes in. Alnwick Castle was used in parts of Downton Abbey and they were giving lessons on how to ride a broom Harry Potter style, which was fun to watch. Beautiful scenery!

Marion L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Beautiful tour to two fascinating but quite different destinations. Alnwick is a beautiful castle with lovely gardens while Holy Island has atmospheric ruins and strong links to Viking raiders.

loretta b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This was a great tour, Eric was our guide. He provided some great history, music and some social information through out the tour. We read the history of the Island and were interested in the site. The island and the views were beautiful. Our only wish was for a little more time here visits are sometimes limited by the tides. We also got to tour Alnwick Castle and the grounds. It is is still in use today and a good example of historic to modern. Very enjoyable day trip.

christine t

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

we had an amazing day on the trip with tour guide David,he was well informed on all the places we visited and passed through.full of little snippets of information and facts all through the day,which made the day interesting and amusing.I would certainly use this company again exspecially if all the guides are as good as he was.

Janice P D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

I had wanted to see Holy Island for decades. It was a beautiful day and it did not disappoint. Niall Wilson, the tour guide, was so interesting and knowledgeable. He brought everything we saw to life. And my granddaughters Harry Potter fans were ecstatic to see Alnwick Castle. The stop at Flodden field was an added treat. I highly recommend this tour and Niall!

Cynthia M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

If you have a day for a tour whilst in Edinburgh, this is an excellent choice. Holy Island is well worth visiting, especially when someone else has to organize the tide times for crossing. I was very pleasantly surprised by Alnwick Castle and the Northumberland countryside. Flodden field was something I hadn't thought I wanted to see, but I found it to be interesting to actually see the strategic situation for the battle. The small bus and small group made for a very pleasant day.
We were lucky to have a beautiful day for the trip and I must say that the element which made the trip perfect was our guide, David. He managed to find the right tone for travelogue. He provided excellent insights into the history and culture of the region interspersed with funny anecdotes. The drive was a long one, but I found that the travel time passed very quickly and I learned some new things, which is always good.
I would happily take another Viator trip next time I'm in Edinburgh and would love to have David as the guide. I would recommend this trip to anyone.

Nancy P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Truly one of the most peaceful places I have ever been. So worth it. Don't hesitate!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Alnwick Castle pronounced Anik was a lot of fun. This is the castle used in the most recent Transformers movie, several Harry Potter movies especially the broom training shots, and Downton Abbey. We were able to see most of the castle except where the family that owns it lives. The grounds were beautiful. The castle gardens were quite nice and interesting too. You may want to get in line to see if you can get into the Poison Garden tour which has all kinds of deadly stuff. There is a huge fountain with squirts of water that shoot across the fountain. There is even a putt putt golf course just outside the gardens area. Holy island was interesting. You can do some sampling of the Monk's Mead wine. There is also two abbeys. Only the newer abbey can be entered. The other is crumbled. Lindisfarne Castle is under reconstruction/maintenance so you may not be able to get in. It is further down a road away from the town and Abbeys. The best view of the Abbeys is to hike up around a hill near the water and you can get good shots down on the Abbeys. We had a little extra time on the way back and briefly stopped at Bamburgh castle. It is one of the largest castles I have seen in England and is impressive looking up on a hill next to the coastline. Supposedly Sir Lancelot had live there assuming there was a Sir Lancelot. On the way back we stopped at the Scottish border for photos with the Scotland sign and flag.

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