This one-day tour from Edinburgh takes you on a visit to the intriguing Rosslyn Chapel, lets you experience the pretty Border town of Melrose and explore its Abbey, and then visits Glenkinchie Distillery – one of the last remaining distilleries in the Lowlands.
From our starting point by Edinburgh Castle, we head out of the city to the village of Roslin, making our first stop at Rosslyn Chapel*. Described as the “Library in Stone”, the inside walls of Rosslyn Chapel are covered in thousands of ancient carvings, each with a story of its own. You can also learn of the myths and legends surrounding the chapel, including tales of the Knights Templar. Rosslyn Chapel’s worldwide fame increased thanks to “The Da Vinci Code”, Dan Brown’s blockbusting novel.
Leaving Rosslyn we continue into the heart of the Scottish Borders, an area rich in hills, valleys, rivers and moorland, as well as being the traditional home to Scottish rugby. We travel to the historic town of Melrose, birthplace of the game of Rugby Sevens and location of Melrose Abbey. Founded in 660, it is said to be the burial place of the casket containing the heart of Robert the Bruce. Here we stop for lunch and have free time to explore Melrose and its Abbey*.
On our return journey, we travel through the borders and enjoy some lovely scenic views. Our final stop is at one of the remaining distilleries in the Lowlands – Glenkinchie*. Learn about the history and processes involved in whisky making on a relaxed tour, before sampling some of the distillery’s finest malts.
Rosslyn Chapel, Melrose Abbey, Glenkinchie Distillery
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