Rosslyn Chapel, Scottish Borders and Glenkinchie Distillery

Rosslyn Chapel, Scottish Borders and Glenkinchie Distillery 1

The beautiful Rosslyn Chapel was built between 1446 & 1484 as a Catholic Collegiate Church for the Sinclair family. Described as an “Architectural Wonder” and a “Library in Stone”, virtually every surface of the building is covered in carvings. In 2003, Dan Brown’s detective-murder story The Da Vinci Code set the chapel at the heart of a grand religious conspiracy;  the chapel was also used as part of the set for the 2006 Hollywood ‘blockbuster’ film of the book. During your tour, you will discover some of the history, myths and legends surrounding this mysterious building. If you’re fortunate William the chapel cat may be awake and grant you an audience!

From Rosslyn Chapel we travel towards the Scottish Borders. Passing through the historic county of Peeblesshire and the beautiful Tweed Valley you’ll hear local tales about St. Mungo, Merlin, Bonnie Prince Charlie, and ‘Muckle Moothed Meg’.

Our journey brings us to Abbotsford, Sir Walter Scott’s Borders home and “conundrum castle” from 1811 until his death in 1832. The house and its fabulous collection of historical artifacts re-opened to the public in July 2013 after a two year programme of refurbishment. The visitor centre hosts an exhibition celebrating the life of the world’s first bestselling author. The Ochiltree Restaurant is an ideal setting for your morning coffee, refreshments and lunch.

A short drive takes us to the pretty abbey town of Melrose, the perfect scene for a relaxing lunch. Afterwards there will be time to explore Melrose Abbey, Woollen Mill and some of the town’s many independent shops and galleries.

Leaving Melrose we make our way to Scott’s View, Sir Walter Scott’s favourite viewpoint in the Borders; here you can admire the stunning views of the Eildon Hills and surrounding countryside.

From Scott’s View we travel north towards Edinburgh and Glenkinchie Distillery. Your tour of the distillery begins in the exhibition centre where you’ll learn about the history of whisky production at Glenkinchie, before moving on to the production area where a guide explains how the whisky is produced. The tour ends with the opportunity to sample Glenkinchie’s famous single malt whisky, afterwards you can browse the gift shop’s range of single malts and blended whiskies.

* Abbotsford closes to the public during the winter, however the Visitor Centre and Ochiltree Restaurant remain open.

Our Sir Walter Scott’s Borders and Abbotsford tour is also available from 1st March to 30th November 2017.

Highlights

Rosslyn Chapel
Tweed Valley
Abbotsford
Melrose
Glenkinchie Distillery

Cost

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.

Booking

You can book this tour in one of the following ways:

Email us at Ian@bordersjourneys.co.uk

Phone us on (+44) 07794 021819

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