Flodden, Ford & Etal and Scottish Borders

Cove, Ladykirk Kirk & Flodden

Our first visit is at the picturesque and tranquil fishing harbour of Cove. The harbour was a popular subject for ‘The Glasgow Boys’ who based themselves in the area during the 19th century.

Leaving Cove, we travel south and pass through the borderlands of Scotland and England that has changed hands many times over the centuries; it’s at Berwick-upon-Tweed that we cross the border into England. At the 12th century Norham Castle you’ll discover the history behind the cross-border battles between Scotland and England. In 1497 King James IV of Scotland’s army laid siege to Norham Castle; Edinburgh Castle’s famous cannon, Mons Meg, was used in attempt to breach the walls however the campaign was unsuccessful. King James IV returned to Norham in 1513 as part of his Flodden campaign, this time his garrison successfully occupied the castle in the weeks leading up to the Battle of Flodden.

Crossing back into Scotland we visit Ladykirk Church which was constructed on the orders of King James IV and is completely made from stone, including the roof. Back in England, we cross Twizel Bridge which was used by the English army to cross the River Till on the morning of the Battle of Flodden.

Arriving in Etal we visit the Battle of Flodden exhibition in Etal Castle. Afterwards, there will be time for lunch and to explore the pretty estate village of Etal.

From Etal we pass through Ford and travel to Flodden Field, scene of one of the bloodiest battles between Scotland and England on 9th September 1513. By the end of the battle, between 7000 and 11000 Scots lay dead along with their King and many nobles and clergy, plus between 1000 and 4000 English. At the Battlefield we will visit the granite monument erected to the fallen, then follow part of the battlefield trail (weather permitting).

We start our journey back north by crossing back into Scotland at Coldstream then travel through the beautiful Scottish Borders countryside to Edinburgh. In Edinburgh you’ll visit the Flodden Wall which was used to protect Edinburgh from attacks by the English following the Battle of Flodden.

More information about the Battle of Flodden can be found at Flodden 1513 website.


Norham Castle
Ladykirk Church
Ford & Etal
Flodden Field
Flodden Wall


The cost of a full-day private guided sightseeing tour starts from £395.00 which includes all planning, tour guide and transport costs.

All entrances fees, meals & refreshments are excluded.


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