The Scottish Borders: Rosslyn Chapel, Abbotsford, & Melrose Abbey

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6. EDI-XX Burns Day Tour From Edinburgh


This is a private, full day, driver-guided tour for up to 6 participants. Your expert driver guide will pick you up and drop you off at your Edinburgh accommodation with their vehicle. 

Embark on a serene journey to the heart of the Scottish Borders, where history, literature, and breath-taking landscapes converge in a day tour from Edinburgh. Discover the mysterious Rosslyn Chapel, wander through the charming ancient streets of Peebles, explore the world of Scottish author Sir Walter Scott at Abbotsford House, and marvel at the historic beauty of Melrose Abbey. Each stop is a chapter in Scotland’s rich tapestry, set against the backdrop of the stunning Borders countryside.

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Discover on This Tour

Rosslyn Chapel

We begin our tour at Rosslyn Chapel, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture shrouded in mystery and lore. Completed in the fifteenth century, weekly services are still held here today. The chapel is best known internationally for its prominent role in the book and film The Da Vinci Code, but we will discover that there are yet more legends and myths associated with this ancient and secretive building.


Our next stop is Peebles, a quintessential Scottish Borders town nestled along the banks of the river Tweed and brimming with charm and character. Renowned for its picturesque settings and rich cultural heritage, Peebles welcomes us with a taste of local Scottish life. The town’s high street, lined with shops, cafes, and galleries, reflects a vibrant community spirit echoed in its scenic walks, historic buildings, and welcoming atmosphere.

Abbotsford House

We continue on to the castle-like former residence of Sir Walter Scott, taking a step back in time to the world of this renowned Scottish author. Entering his magnificent estate, we take in both its beautifully landscaped gardens and its stunning architecture inspired by Gothic, Elizabethan, and Scottish Baronial styles. Inside, we explore a treasure trove of historical artifacts, personal belongings, and Scott’s impressive library full of rare books covering almost every subject written about in the nineteenth century.

Melrose Abbey

Next we come to Melrose Abbey, an ancient and awe-inspiring ruin with graceful Gothic lines standing testament to the monastic community that once thrived here. Founded in the twelfth century, the abbey’s ruins tell stories of faith but also of raids, rebuilding and the Borders’ generally turbulent past.

As we walk through the old hallowed halls, we take a closer look at the lavish  – and surprising!  – stone carvings by master masons of the past. We also discover what is thought to be the final resting place of the heart of Robert the Bruce, who led Scotland to victory against the English after the execution of Scottish national hero William Wallace.

Scott’s View

We finish our tour at one of the most iconic vistas in the Scottish Borders, a landscape that famously captured the heart of author Sir Walter Scott. Overlooking the meandering River Tweed and the rolling Eildon Hills, this viewpoint encapsulates the tranquil beauty and grandeur of the Borders. Fittingly named “Scott’s View”, here we will enjoy a serene moment in gorgeous Scottish countryside before making our way back to Edinburgh.

Photos: The Scottish Borders: Rosslyn Chapel, Abbotsford, & Melrose Abbey

Where & When

START: Your guide will meet you with their vehicle at your Edinburgh accommodation at 09:00.
FINISH: At the end of the tour your guide will drop you off at your Edinburgh accommodation at approximately 17:30.

What’s Included & Not Included


Not Included

Frequently Asked Questions

What Entrance Fees are Required?

All venue entrance fees for this tour are included in the total cost: Rosslyn Chapel, Abbotsford House, and Melrose Abbey.


What are the T&Cs and Cancellation Policy for this Tour?

Cancellation Policy
Cancellation 14 or more full days before tour departure: 100% refund.
Cancellation less than 14 full days before tour departure: No refund.
The Booking Fee (£30) is non-refundable.

Your Guide
We are a tour guide booking agency. The tour guides we book for you are expert, self-employed, freelance tour guides. Fees charged by can guides vary.

What Happens If I’m Late or If I Miss the Tour?
If you are running late, please contact the guide directly using the contact details we have provided to you after booking. Your tour finish time does not change. No refunds are issued for ‘no shows’ or missed tours.

Terms & Conditions
For further information please see our full Terms, Conditions, and Cancellation Policy.

Is This Tour Suitable for Children?

All of our tours are suitable for children but please do bear in mind the following when booking this tour:

  • This tour is an 8.5 hour long tour.
  • Any children on this tour who are who are both under the age of 12 and under 135cm/4ft 5in tall will require child car seats. Please indicate during booking how many child car seats you require.
What Type of Vehicle is Used?

Our driver guides use different vehicles to deliver our private tours. These include Mercedes V-Class and Vito, Land Rover Discovery, VW Transporter, Nissan Qashqai, and more.

If you desire a specific type of vehicle for your private tour, please state this when booking. 

The Scottish Borders: Rosslyn Chapel, Abbotsford, & Melrose Abbey
The Scottish Borders: Rosslyn Chapel, Abbotsford, & Melrose Abbey

From £830.00

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