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Hadrian's Wall, Roman Britain and the Scottish Borders

By: Rabbie's
  • Travel easily between sites
  • Getting a deeper understanding of context from your guide
  • Pickup and drop-off from central Edinbugh
Hadrian's Wall, Roman Britain and the Scottish Borders
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Hadrian's Wall, Roman Britain and the Scottish Borders
Travel easily between some of the most important ancient Roman sites in Britain on this guided tour from Edinburgh. Benefit from the knowledge of your guide as they take you to visit millennia-old ruins including Hadrian's Wall, Dere Street, and Steel Rigg. Hear about the Anglo-Scottish wars that ravaged the region, enjoy a scenic drive through Northumberland National Park, and get your photo taken on the Anglo-Scottish border.
What to Expect
Your tour begins with a morning pickup from Edinburgh's city center. Meet your guide and settle into the minivan for the journey south.

Begin following in the ancient Romans' footsteps with a drive along Dere Street, which once linked ports in southern England to central Scotland Roman settlements. Stop in the town of Jedburgh to visit the ruins of the 12th-century Augustinian abbey before continuing to Carter Bar to take photos of the Anglo-Scottish border. Now that you have crossed over into England (don't worry, there's no border control), enjoy a scenic drive through Northumberland National Park. 

The next stop is Steel Rigg, one of the richest Roman archaeological sites in Britain. Enjoy some free time to explore and to see Hadrian's Wall, the 73-mile-long (117.5 km) cobbled fortification built to separate Scotland from the Roman Empire. Next it's the medieval city of Lanercost, to hear more about the Anglo-Scottish wars, and to take a lunch break (own expense). 

After a visit to Birdoswald to see one of the best-preserved Roman forts on Hadrian’s Wall, it's back to Edinburgh where you tour concludes back in Edinburgh's center.
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Reviewed 1 week ago
A Perfect Tour

Hadrian's Wall was high on the list of places my wife and I wanted to visit. Rabbie's Travel Company seemed to offer exactly what we were interested in and we signed up during the summer. We fund the pick up point with out any problems...More

1  Thank Steven L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Good trip, lackluster guide

The museum at Vindolanda was spectacular and much bigger and in-depth than we originally expected. We recommend doing the museum before the archeological site, as we ran out of time and wished we’d spent more in the museum. The wall itself was also interesting and...More

1  Thank Chris H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Don't miss this one!

If you love history, this trip truly digs deep. 'twas fantastic! We had Mike as the driver who gave new meaning to being knowledgable! Plus he was not just friendly he could tell tales and anecdotes. Heard about Rabies while still in the U.S. via...More

Thank sandrafarnham
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
A great day out

We were so happy with our day trip. Lots to see and do, full of interesting history. We particularly loved the commentary from our guide for the day Ewan. He is a born storyteller and had a really lovely rapport with the group. A fine...More

Thank Jo C
Reviewed August 15, 2018
Wonderful tour!

This was my second trip to Scotland, and the one thing I remembered best was to tour with Rabbie's! I love the small group tours, well worth the money. This trip I took my grandsons, and while we spent time doing Harry Potter things, I...More

1  Thank Geri S
Rabbie's, Public Relations Manager at Rabbie's, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Geri, From the description, I think your guide was Jeff! It's so wonderful to hear that your Grandsons were so inspired and found his stories so interesting and engaging.We're really pleased that you all got to share these great experiences with us, thanks so...More

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July 21, 2018|
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Response from margaret l | Reviewed this property |
It all depends on what stops you make. We did not go into the paid site (there was one on our tour) and instead on our trip looked at some exhibitions at a place called the Stills which was free. Your best idea is to... More
June 22, 2018|
Response from Brenda78620 | Reviewed this property |
Sycamore Gap does not sound familiar. What is it near?