Julia & Paul visit the Scottish Borders

Julia & Paul at Rosslyn ChapelWe were delighted to welcome Julia and Paul from the USA on a private tour of the Scottish Borders.

Leaving Edinburgh our first visit was to Rosslyn Chapel. The chapel was built between 1446 & 1484 and has been described as an “Architectural Wonder” and a “Library in Stone” because virtually every surface of the building is covered in carvings. During their tour of the chapel Julia and Paul learned about the history, myths and legends surrounding this mysterious building. Cat lovers enjoy meeting William the chapel cat, today he ‘granted us an audience and posed for the cameras’.

From Rosslyn Chapel we travelled south to the Scottish Borders. Passing through the historic county of Peeblesshire and beautiful Tweed Valley we stopped at Thornielee Forest to meet ‘Muckle Moothed Meg’ and Will Scott. Will and ‘Meg’ are ancestors of Sir Walter Scott.

Travelling through Selkirkshire we arrived in Hawick. Julia was particularly interested in Hawick as her paternal grandmother was born and raised in the town. A short drive took us to the abbey town of Jedburgh. Julia and Paul enjoyed a tour of the town followed by visits to the abbey and Mary, Queen of Scots House.

Travelling north we visited the pretty abbey town of Melrose where we had lunch. Afterwards Julia and Paul visited the abbey and explored the town’s many independent local shops and galleries.

Rosslyn Chapel, William & Muckle Moothed Meg

Rosslyn Chapel, William the Chapel Cat & Muckle Moothed Meg

Ken the Horse, Jedburgh Abbey & Mary, Queen of Scots House

Ken the Horse in Hawick, Jedburgh Abbey & Mary, Queen of Scots House

Melrose Abbey, Melrose RFC Greenyards & Footbridge

Melrose Abbey, Melrose RFC at Greenyards & Melrose’s Chain Bridge

More photographs of Julia & Paul’s tour can be found on Borders Journeys’ Facebook.

Following their tour Julia left a wonderful review of their tour on TripAdvisor:

“My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute. We booked a private day tour with Ian to Rosslyn Chapel and the Borders. Ian was a wonderful guide with so much knowledge about Scotland and funny too. You could tell he took pride in what he did.

Without a doubt, do not delay in booking this wonderful tour! This was definitely the best money we spent while staying in Scotland. I cannot recommend Borders Journeys and Ian enough!”

If you would like us to create a private tour for you, we will be happy to offer you our advice and plan the tour around your requirements so that we can build the perfect tour for you. We recognise that for many of you this may be a once in a lifetime opportunity and our emphasis is upon making your time in Scotland an experience you’ll always remember.

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