Our Day Tours offer you a refreshing day to explore and experience a snapshot of life in Scotland. Scenery, History, Culture, Heritage, Film & Screen, Food & Drink, Music & Song, Textiles & Fashion, Art & Architecture, Gardens & Sculpture, Food as Medicine.
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This day tour whisks you away from the capital with considerable historical and cultural distance given the tour's proximity to Edinburgh.

On this tour:

  • Welcome and pick-up from your Edinburgh lodgings (or from the airport)
  • Spend Time at Loch Leven to view the castle
  • Visit the village of Falkland with its fine Renaissance Royal Hunting Palace and 17th century houses with marriage lintels, crow-step gables and external staircases
  • Lunch at the Pillars of Hercules Farm Shop and Café
  • Journey by small, rural roads to:St. Andrews to visit the Old Course (chance to play the Himalayas putting green), visit the bishops castle, the cathedral, walk on the the West Sands beach ('Chariots of Fire Beach'), through the Pend and by the City Walls to the harbour, charming historical streets, eateries and shops
  • Enjoy Dunino Den for a short walk, a beautiful off-the-beaten track canyon-glade, an early place of spirituality and peace or visit Crail, a fine craft and fishing village in the East Neuk of Fife for a walk by the sea to the picuresque harbour, pottery and art studios
  • Back to Edinburgh for early to mid evening

Stops/visits on the above tour can be tailored to your requirements.

This day tour focuses on the opportunity to explore what can be considered as the strategically most important castle in Scotland, with stunning views, combined with an off-the-beaten-track view of the Highlands (without driving all day!).

On this tour:

  • Welcome and pick-up from your Edinburgh lodgings (or from the airport)
  • Travel via Bannockburn (1314 battle site) to Stirling with its old city walls, splendid 17th century buildings such as Cowane's Hospital and Argyll's Lodging, its Church of the Holy Rude (where James VI/I was baptised and crowned) and Stirling Castle with views to the Wallace Monument, the Ochil Hills, the Campsie Fells and Flanders Moss
  • Journey from Stirling Crag by Gowan Hill to the road to The Trossachs, drive by the early 19th century model village of Deanston including its mill, now converted into Deanston Distillery
  • View Doune Castle, residence of the Dukes of Albany and castle of dowager queens, now famous as a film location for Monty Python and Diane Gabaldon's 'Outlander'
  • Lunch at the local Buttercup Cafe in Doune
  • Journey by Kilmahog to see highland cattle before traversing the shore of Loch Lubnaig to Glen Ogle
  • Enter the highland village of Killin and enjoy The Falls of Dochart from its glacial boulders
  • Travel along Loch Tay (150m at its deepest)
  • See a Burns' poem written in pencil on the wall of the public bar in one of Scotland's oldest inns, and view the Crannog, a reconstruction of an Iron Age stilted dwelling, at Kenmore
  • Visit the Croft Moraig double stone circle before entering the small highland town of Aberfeldy (close to J.K. Rowling's country home)
  • Saunter back to Edinburgh

Stops/visits on the above tour can be tailored to your requirements.

This day tour takes you on a journey into some of Scotland's most accessible yet distinctive and lesser known lands, the old Border territory.

The Borders were in the past an effective buffer zone for national armies, an often unruly area straddling both Scotland and England that over time has seen much political machination and inter-family reiving (robbing) but also a centre of civilisation with its fine historic abbeys and towns.

In the Border country we meet: a strong and proud people, shepherding a rich source of storytelling, tradition and custom; the towns, villages and abbeys, each full of character and charm, set to a backdrop of a multi-variously wild and tamed landscape.

On this tour:

  • Welcome and pick-up from your Edinburgh lodgings (or from the airport)
  • Leave Edinburgh along 'Via Regia', the main Roman artery to the South, for Soutra, a hill where the Augustinian Order founded the largest medieval hospital in Scotland and now of archeo-medical interest
  • Journey via the former Royal Burgh of Lauder
  • Through Earlston, home of the 13th century soothsayer, Thomas the Rhymer
  • Savour Sir Walter Scott’s View of the Eildon Hills and its bucolic viewpoint, a favourite of this 19th century novelist, and cultural and political giant.
  • Walk in the secluded ruins of Dryburgh Abbey, once a Premonstratensian monastery and now a place of gladed peace and stillness
  • Visit Smailholm Tower, a Peel (Watch) Tower from around 1500
  • Short stroll to the Eildon Tree where in some variants of the local folk tale and ballad, Thomas the Rhymer meets the Queen of Elfland...
  • Traditional pub lunch in Melrose at Burts Hotel
  • View the ruins of Melrose Abbey
  • Choice of visit to the impressively gothic and romantic Abbotsford House a Scots Baronial style home built by Sir Walter Scott, with fine displays of Scott's life and collecting or/explore Traquair House, situated by the meeting of the River Quair and Tweed, Scotland's oldest continually inhabited house (from 1107), time-sagged yet replete with fascinating historical and family artefacts. Traquair House has a small artisan brewery and craft workshops and is nestled in a bucolic woodland setting with old Yews, Scots Pine, Douglas Fir, Horse Chesnut, Limes and Ash trees.
  • Back to Edinburgh for early evening

Stops/visits on the above tour can be tailored to your requirements. For Hadrian's Wall please enquire.

This day tour takes you along and by the old Roman Dere Street, subsequently the Via Regia, by Melrose and Jedburgh to Carter Bar and England. Walk a stretch of Hadrian's Wall and visit the fantastic Vindolanda with its fort and astounding and fun tablets.

On this tour:

  • Welcome and pick-up from your Edinburgh lodgings (or from the airport)
  • Leave Edinburgh and journey along old Roman Dere Street, subsequently the Via Regia, stopping off at the remains of the old medieval hospital at Soutra with stunning views on a clear day over the Lothians and Edinburgh and across to the Kingdom of Fife
  • Via the Lammermuir Hills and the Royal Burgh of Lauder to the Scottish Borders
  • Stop at Trimontium, an old Roman Frontier Fort
  • view Melrose, its ruined Cistercian abbey and Jedburgh (see Mary Queen of Scots' house, the bridewell and Augustinian abbey)
  • Gaze from Carter Bar, this elevated and historically notable border point between Scotland and England (passports not necessary!) before heading into Northumberland, England
  • Make our way to Housesteads Roman Fort where it is possible to walk (or view if you prefer!) a three mile - and most complete - stretch of Hadrian's Wall to Steel Rigg
  • Meeting the vehicle again, head along Wade's Military Road to the Milecastle Inn for lunch
  • Afternoon Visit to Vindolanda Fort and Vici, which was rebuilt nine times in the Roman Period, that as well as the splendid ruins houses an excellent museum on Roman life including amusing day to day domestic and housekeeping details and fascinating information on customs and belief, recorded in thin prices of oak, alder and birch; a Roman treasure trove indeed!
  • return to Edinburgh via the Western Marches of the Scottish Borders if time and daylight permits

Stops/visits on the above tour can be tailored to your requirements. For Alnwick Castle/Lindisfarne please enquire.