Hadrian's Wall, Roman Britain and the Scottish Borders
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Travel through 2,000 years of history as you visit ancient Roman sites such as Hadrian’s Wall, Dere Street, Birdoswald Fort, Steel Rigg and historic villages along the border of Scotland and England. You'll drive through stunning scenery in Northumberland National Park, the Irthing Valley and the Southern Uplands and learn about the Anglo-Scottish wars of the 14th–16th centuries. Your professional guide will illuminate the fascinating history of Roman Britain and the Scottish Borders on this small-group (limited to 16 people) day tour from Edinburgh.
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  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom , United Kingdom
  • 10 hours 30 minutes
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A visit to Vinlandia is a great way to learn about the Roman period in British history. The visitor center there is very good. The remnants of the wall itself are underwhelming. As a day trip from Edinburgh, this is a long drive and only worth the trip if you have 11 hours to kill. The scenery is lovely and the commentary during the trip about the history and significance of the border region was interesting as well. I'm an archaeology and history buff so I thoroughly enjoyed it, but for many it will be too long a time in the van for a small reward at the end. But if you are driving through the region anyway, definitely stop in Vinlandia and spend an hour there.

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what to expect

You’ll meet your small-group in central Edinburgh and travel by comfortable minicoach along Dere Street, a Roman road that linked ports in southern England to Roman settlements in central Scotland. After an hour-long drive you’ll reach your first destination, the historic town of Jedburgh, where you’ll walk through narrow streets, passing the 12th-century Jedburgh Abbey, an Augustinian abbey.

Next, you’ll drive to Carter Bar, the crossing point between Scotland and England. Snap photos on the border, and then continue through the magnificent landscape of Northumberland National Park to Steel Rigg, where you can see large sections of Hadrian’s Wall. Built in the 2nd-century AD during the reign of the Emperor Hadrian, the Wall is the greatest monument of Roman Britain and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Walk along the wall where Roman soldiers guarded their empire's border millennia ago.

Next you’ll drive west to Lanercost village, the western gateway to Hadrian’s Wall, and the location of many battles in the centuries-long Anglo-Scottish wars. You’ll stop for lunch in a local restaurant (own expense) and enjoy the atmosphere of the charming village.

After lunch, you’ll drive to nearby Birdoswald, which is one of the best-preserved forts of the 16 that were built along Hadrian’s Wall and the longest continuous remaining stretch of the wall. You’ll explore the extensive remains as your guide explains the features of the ancient Roman fortifications, including some recent excavations.

When you have taken in the sights at Birdoswald, you’ll re-board your minicoach and start the journey back to Edinburgh, with a stop in the Victorian spa town Moffat, before crossing through the Southern Uplands and Scottish Borders to return to Edinburgh.

inclusions and exclusions

  • Driver/guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Waverley Bridge opposite Waverley Train Station at approximately 7pm
  • Day trip (destination A to B)
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Small-group tour
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved, please ensure you wear comfortable shoes
  • Min. age 5 years old. We do not accept children under the age of 5 years.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Customers are allowed one piece of luggage with a max weight of 15kg
cancellation policy
  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.