Day Tours from Edinburgh

Central Borders

New Town of Edinburgh

Option 1: Day Tours from Edinburgh

City tours of Edinburgh, including an option of a walking tour of the Old Town.

This would include a short talk on the History of the City, from a vantage point where you are able to see the Geographic and Geological  layout of the city.

Visits to specific attractions arranged as per customers’ choice.

Of course city tours could be shortened to include visits to surrounding areas.

River Tweed at Peebles

River Tweed at Peebles

Option 2: Western Borders

Options could include:

Rosslyn Chapel and Castle, Stobo (supposed burial place of Merlin the Wizard),  Dawyck Botanical Gardens, town of Peebles, including Neidpath Castle, the Cross Kirk, the Chambers Centre and the John Buchan Centre, Kailzie Gardens, Traquair House (oldest inhabited house in Scotland) and the Robert Smail’s Printing works. Added to this could be the Devil’s Beeftub, Moffatt Woollen Mill and the Grey Mare’s Tail.

Scott's View

Scott’s View

Option 3 –  Central Borders

Options could include:

Rosslyn Chapel and Castle, Mining Museum at Newtongrange, town of Lauder and Thirlestane Castle, Scott’s View, the Wallace Statue, Smailholm Tower, Dryburgh Abbey, the  town of Jedburgh with Abbey and Jail, Thomas the Rhymer’s Stone,

Melrose and the Abbey, Abbotsford House, Selkirk and the Lochcarron Woollen Mill, the beautiful Yarrow and Ettrick Valleys, St.Mary’s Loch and the equally beautiful Tweed Valley.

St. Abbs

St. Abbs

Option 4 – Eastern Borders

Options could include:

Mellerstain House, the town of Kelso and Floors Castle, the town of Coldstream (origin of the Coldstream Guards), Paxton House, the town of Berwick- upon-Tweed, the town of Duns and the Jim Clark Museum, the coastal route of Berwickshire including the fishing port of Eyemouth, St. Abbs, Coldingham Priory, Fast Castle, the Lammermuir Hills and the pretty village of Gifford.

Old St. Andrews Kirk, North Berwick

Old St. Andrews Kirk, North Berwick

Option 5 – East Lothian

Options could include:

Prestonpans Battlefield, the coastal route of Aberlady, Gullane, Dirleton Castle, Yellowcraig Beach, North Berwick and the Seabird Centre, (in summer boat trips out the Bass Rock in the Firth of Forth), Tantallon Castle, Preston Mill, East Fortune Museum of Flight, the village of Athelstaneford (founding place of the National Flag of Scotland – the Saltire), Myreton Motor Museum, county town of Haddington, Lennoxlove House, the village of Gifford and the Glenkinchie Distillery. Also the John Muir Trail could be visited,which starts in the town of his birth, Dunbar.

Option 6 – Great Houses of S.E. Scotland

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Hopetoun, Dalmeny, Arniston, Thirlestane, Mellerstain, Abbotsford, Bowhill, Floors, Paxton, Manderston, Gosford (only open on occasions to the public) and Lennoxlove.

Brig o'Doon, Alloway

Brig o’Doon, Alloway

Option 7 – Burns Trail of Ayrshire

Plus Culzean Castle and Dumfries House.

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Steve and Lisa Wynn from Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Kelpies near Falkirk

Kelpies near Falkirk

Option 8 – Central Scotland

Options include:

New Lanark Industrial Heritage town, the Kelpies, Linlithgow Palace, Blackness Castle and the Falkirk Wheel.

Option 9 – Kingdom of Fife

Falkland Palace

Falkland Palace

Options include:

Town of South Queensferry, (boat trips can be arranged out into the Firth of Forth), Forth Road Bridge, 16th and 17th century town of Culross,

Aberdour Castle and Church, to the East Neuk and the seaside town of Elie, St. Monan’s with her fine church, the fishing villages of Pittenweem, Anstruther and Crail, the Bunker, and up to the auld grey toon of St.Andrews with her University, Castle and Cathedral, and the”Home of Golf”, together with her magnificent beach, and Falkland Palace.

Scone Palace

Scone Palace

Option 10 – Perthshire and Angus

Options include:

Perth, Scone Palace, Glamis Castle, the town of Kirriemuir (birthplace of J.M. Barry), the House of Dun, the town of Arbroath (site of the Declaration of Independence) and the sculptured stones at Meigle.

The Library at Innerpeffray

The Library at Innerpeffray

Option 11 – Stirling and West Perthshire and the Trossachs

Options include:

Stirling Castle, Dunblane and her Cathedral, Gleneagles, Auchterarder, Innerpeffray Museum, Crieff, Famous Grouse Distillery, Huntingtower Castle, the Sma’ Glen, Dunkeld, The Hermitage, Pitlochry and the Edradour Distillery, Aberfeldy, Castle Menzies,

Fortingall and Glen Lyon, Kenmore and the Crannog Centre, Loch Tay, Killin and the Falls of Dochart, Loch Earn, Balquidder and the grave of Rob Roy Macgregor, Bonny Strathyre, Callender, Doune Castle, Loch Katrine, Aberfoyle, Lake of Menteith and Inchcolm Abbey.

Loch Awe

Loch Awe

Option 12 – Loch Lomond and Argyll

Options include:

Past the City of Glasgow, the Erskine Bridge, Loch Lomond, Arrochar, “the Rest and be Thankful”, Loch Fyne, Inveraray Castle town and Jail, Loch Awe, Tyndrum, Crianlarich and back as per 11.

Dalwhinnie Distillery

Dalwhinnie Distillery

Option 13 – Loch Ness

Options include:

There are various routes whereby this can be done, via the A9, that is Perth, Pitlochry, Killiecrankie (battlefield), Blair Atholl (Blair Castle), Dalwhinnie (distillery), Newtonmore (Highland Folk Museum), Aviemore (Railway up Cairngorm mountain), Inverness (Culloden battlefield nearby), Loch Ness with boat cruises, The Loch Ness Experience at Drumnadrochit, Urquhart Castle, Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge and woollen mill, Fort William, Loch Linnhe, Ballachulish, Glen Coe (NTS Visitor Centre), Rannoch Moor and Crianlarich then back as per 11, or from Spean Bridge, we can take the lovely route also via Loch Laggan and “Monarch of the Glen” country.

N.B. All the above short day tours of Scotland are on the basis of starting and finishing in Edinburgh or district. Longer tours can start and finish from/to anywhere.

All days can be arranged according to customer requirement as to length,albeit the Loch Ness Tour is likely to take a minimum of 10 hours.

Costs include vehicle, and driver/guide only,and all meals and tourist attraction entrance fees are for the customers’ account.

1-8 passengers.

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