Hadrian's Wall & Borders Tour from Edinburgh(*inc. entrance from 1st April 2023)
- Live Guide
- Day Trip
- 10.5 hr
* Includes entrance to Vindolanda Roman Army Museum (or Homesteads Roman Fort should Vindolanda be closed) from 1st April 2023. Optional visit until 31st March 2023 (not included in tour price). 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.
Operated by: Rabbies Trail Burners
Stop At: Jedburgh Abbey
A beautiful market town that Mary Queen of Scots famously visited. Optional visit to the Abbey.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Carter Bar
Continuing south we make a stop at the scenic Carter Bar on the edge of the Cheviot Hills. This crossing point between Scotland and England runs close to the ancient Roman road and has formed the border between the two countries for the past 700 years.
Duration: 10 minutes
Stop At: Steel Rigg
Hadrian’s Wall - The wildest and most northerly frontier of the ancient Roman Empire. We follow the road that takes us along the south side of the wall, stopping at Steel Rigg. You have time to walk beside the wall and experience the isolation that Roman foot soldiers would have experienced as they guarded their empire from the ‘barbarians’ to the north.
Duration: 45 minutes
Stop At: Vindolanda
* Entrance to Vindolanda Roman Army Museum (or Homesteads Roman Fort should Vindolanda be closed) included in the tour price from 1st April 2023. Optional visit until 1st April 2023 (not included in tour price). Vindolanda is one of Europe's most important Roman archaeological sites. Vindolanda means white lawns or white fields. We know that the Roman name for the fort was Vindolanda because of an altar set up by the civilians at Vindolanda to the god Vulcan which was found during drainage works in 1914. The altar is on display in the museum. The name Vindolanda has also been discovered on some of the writing tablets. (closed in January).
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Stop At: Birdoswald Roman Fort
Here you can still see the remains of all of the Wall's defining features. Stand in awe as the longest remaining stretch of the Wall spans as far as your eye can see, and explore the ruins of the Roman fort, a turret and milecastle.
Duration: 10 minutes