Rosslyn Chapel & the Scottish Borders

Today we welcomed Gretchen & Matt Seif and Mr & Mrs Napoli on a tour to Rosslyn Chapel, the Scottish Borders and Glenkinchie Distellery.

Rosslyn Chapel

Our tour began by visiting Rosslyn Chapel. The chapel was built between 1446 & 1484 and has been described as an “Architectural Wonder” and a “Library in Stone” as virtually every surface of the building is covered in carvings. The chapel was used as part of the set for the 2006 Hollywood blockbuster, The Da Vinci Code.

Leaving Rosslyn Chapel we headed south to the Scottish Borders and into the historic county of Peeblesshire. Travelling through the beautiful Tweed Valley we stopped at Thornielee Forest to visit ‘Muckle Moothed Meg’ & Will Scott.

Following the River Tweed we arrived at Sir Walter Scott’s Borders home and “conundrum castle”, Abbotsford. The house and it’s 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.


A short drive took us to the pretty abbey town of Melrose for lunch then there was time to visit Melrose Abbey and browse around the town’s many independent local shops and galleries.

Following a visit to Scott’s View we headed north to Glenkinchie Distillery. Everyone enjoyed their tour of the distillery followed by their dram of Glenkinchie’s famous single malt whisky.

Scott's View

More photographs of this tour can be found on Borders Journeys’ Facebook.

Gretchen reviewed the tour on Trip Advisor:

“Ian was great! Our trip to Edinburgh started with a tour out to the Borders region including Rosslyn Chapel, Glenkinchie Distillery and Abbotsford Castle and the town of Melrose. It was a great trip in a smaller van and Ian was a very knowledgeable host. He planned the trip so that each of our stops were off the schedule of the larger bus tours and therefore we did not have to deal with large crowds. He was happy to give us a history lesson of the area and his passion for Scotland was infectious. He also gave us some restaurant recommendations that were perfect for my husband and me. I would recommend this trip and I would assume that all the other tours he gives are also wonderful.”

Our Rosslyn Chapel and Scottish Borders tour departs from Stance F (ZF), Waterloo Place, Edinburgh (next to the entrance to Old Calton Cemetery) every Wednesday and Saturday.

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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