Tour the architecturally stunning Melrose Abbey, Rosslyn Chapel, take in Scott's View and try a dram at Glenkinchie Distillery.
First stop is Glenkinchie Distillery for a tour and a dram. Founded in 1837, in the shadow of the Lammermuir Hills, the distillery houses an excellent exhibition in the listed red brick buildings. Travel south to the borders stopping to take in the world famous Scott's View. The view of the Tweed valley and the Eildon Hills from Bemersyde was one of Sir Walter Scott’s favourite views of his beloved Borderland.
Nearby visit Melrose Abbey, a magnificent ruin on a grand scale with lavishly decorated masonry. The graceful lines are among the best late 14th-century church architecture in the British Isles. Famously, the Chapter House is where the heart of Robert the Bruce is believed to be buried marked with a commemorative carved stone plaque within the grounds. Also not be missed are the famous bagpipe-playing Melrose pig and the Commendator’s House Museum which houses a rich collection of the abbey's medieval objects. Lunch can be taken at one of the restaurants or tearooms in Melrose's square.
In 1446 Sir William St Clair, 3rd Prince of Orkney, foundedRosslyn Chapel where the Da Vinci code was filmed. It took 40 years to build. The stone carvings are stunning masterpieces of the stonemasons craft and make the church unique. The chapel has undergone a 2 year restoration and is well worth the visit since the unveiling of the interior ceiling.
Duration: 8 hours (starting in Edinburgh).
This itinerary is only a guide as other historical sites can be incorporated into a tailored sightseeing tour of your own making. The Tour price does not include your entrance fees unless stated, lunches, dinners or the drivers gratuity.
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