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Craigmillar Castle, The Borders & Rosslyn Chapel

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WHY YOU SHOULD GO

Craigmillar Castle- Visit Edinburgh's "secret" other castle Scott's View - Enjoy one of Britain's best views Melrose - Take time to explore the picturesque town of Melrose in the Scottish Borders Rosslyn Chapel - Our highlight of the tour, famed worldwide for the beauty of the carvings and the aura and mystery that surrounds it

Craigmillar Castle, The Borders & Rosslyn Chapel Highlights

Craigmillar Castle - Step inside what is, perhaps unfairly, referred to as Edinburgh’s ‘other castle’. Scott’s View – Enjoy a photo stop from Scott’s View, which has been nominated as one of the best views in Britain Melrose - Explore this picturesque Scottish Borders Town Rosslyn Chapel - Famed worldwide for its unique beauty and the aura of mystery and magic that surrounds it. The Chapel was used for the filming of the Da Vinci Code, most of the interior scenes of the Chapel were filmed here, and the main actors Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou, were on site for a few days.

Craigmillar Castle, The Borders & Rosslyn Chapel Inclusions

FREE hotel pickup service Guided Tour

Tour Exclusions

Lunch/refreshments Entrance Fees Hotel Drop Off

Please Note

  • This tour has an 8 passenger minimum requirement and is subject to cancellation if this minimum is not met. In the unlikely event of such a cancellation, your choice of a refund, reschedule or alternative tour will be offered.
  • Children under the age of 8 are not permitted to travel.
  • Amendments to dates and tour changes are subject to a £5.00 administration fee
  • PLEASE NOTE THE PICKUP TIME IS APPROXIMATE UNTIL YOU HAVE CONFIRMED BY EMAIL OR PHONE

Restrictions

children under the age of 8 are not permitted

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Tour Itinerary

Craigmillar Castle - Step inside what is, perhaps unfairly, referred to as Edinburgh’s ‘other castle’. Standing about a mile outside the old city walls, Craigmillar Castle provided a retreat from the bustle of Scotland’s capital. Enter the castle that was so cleverly designed to repel attackers and explore it’s dark passageways. A visit wouldn’t be complete without admiring the stunning views from the top of the tower house.

Scott’s View – After leaving Craigmillar Castle, we will journey south to enjoy a photo stop from Scott’s View, which has been nominated as one of the best views in Britain.

Melrose – From Scott’s View, it is a short drive to the town of Melrose. Our stop here affords you ample opportunity to explore the town. Why not pay a visit to Melrose Abbey? This Abbey is one of the four Border Abbeys founded by King David I. It is also the where the heart of Robert the Bruce is buried, Scotland’s famous liberator. If you’d prefer to go even further back, then a visit to the Roman Heritage Centre is not be resisted, as Melrose is the site of the largest Roman camp in Scotland.

Rosslyn Chapel – Our final stop for the day. It has to be seen to be believed. Every inch of Rosslyn Chapel’s interior is decorated with ornate carvings. See if you can spot ‘The Green Men’, there are about one hundred of them carved into the stone! Admire the craftsmanship of the ‘Apprentice Pillar’ and learn the dark tale behind it. You will hear stories of Freemasonry, the Knights Templar, The Holy Grail, Solomon, Babylon and much more. If you can tear yourself away from the chapel, it is only a 10 minute walk to Rosslyn Castle. From there (if movies are your thing) you can walk on the bridge which was used in the penultimate scene in the film adaptation of The Da Vinci Code.

Craigmillar Castle - Step inside what is, perhaps unfairly, referred to as Edinburgh’s ‘other castle’. Standing about a mile outside the old city walls, Craigmillar Castle provided a retreat from the bustle of Scotland’s capital. Enter the castle that was so cleverly designed to repel attackers and explore it’s dark passageways. A visit wouldn’t be complete without admiring the stunning views from the top of the tower house.

Scott’s View – After leaving Craigmillar Castle, we will journey south to enjoy a photo stop from Scott’s View, which has been nominated as one of the best views in Britain.

Melrose – From Scott’s View, it is a short drive to the town of Melrose. Our stop here affords you ample opportunity to explore the town. Why not pay a visit to Melrose Abbey? This Abbey is one of the four Border Abbeys founded by King David I. It is also the where the heart of Robert the Bruce is buried, Scotland’s famous liberator. If you’d prefer to go even further back, then a visit to the Roman Heritage Centre is not be resisted, as Melrose is the site of the largest Roman camp in Scotland.

Rosslyn Chapel – Our final stop for the day. It has to be seen to be believed. Every inch of Rosslyn Chapel’s interior is decorated with ornate carvings. See if you can spot ‘The Green Men’, there are about one hundred of them carved into the stone! Admire the craftsmanship of the ‘Apprentice Pillar’ and learn the dark tale behind it. You will hear stories of Freemasonry, the Knights Templar, The Holy Grail, Solomon, Babylon and much more. If you can tear yourself away from the chapel, it is only a 10 minute walk to Rosslyn Castle. From there (if movies are your thing) you can walk on the bridge which was used in the penultimate scene in the film adaptation of The Da Vinci Code.

Pickup Info

FREE MORNING PICK-UP SERVICE AVAILABLE TO YOU

We at Gray Line Scotland offer a free pick-up service on the morning of your tour.

Please advise your Edinburgh accommodation name and address to allow us to organise our FREE hotel/guest house morning pick-up service for the day your tour departs Edinburgh.
You can update your reservation by emailing the information to [email protected] or contacting us on arrival to Edinburgh on 0131 555 5558.

We will endeavour to collect from the door to as many hotels and guest houses as possible. If this is not possible, then usually the nearest main road, or certainly a landmark within walking distance.
If you are staying outside the city or coming from a private address we can arrange your nearest pick up point.

Drop Offs: Although we are happy to collect you in the morning, we are unable to guarantee you will be dropped off exactly where you were picked up at the end of the tour. If you are staying en route back into the city you will be dropped off, the tour driver will discuss this with you. We drop off at convenient points back in the City Centre.

**Please note that we deploy several vehicles to complete our morning pick-up service and then transport our passengers to the main coach to begin the tour. Therefore, the vehicle you board initially may not be the one that takes you on the tour**

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