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Hadrian's Wall, Roman Britain and the Scottish Borders

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  • Travel easily between sites
  • Getting a deeper understanding of context from your guide
  • Pickup and drop-off from central Edinbugh
Hadrian's Wall, Roman Britain and the Scottish Borders
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Hadrian's Wall, Roman Britain and the Scottish Borders
Travel easily between some of the most important ancient Roman sites in Britain on this guided tour from Edinburgh. Benefit from the knowledge of your guide as they take you to visit millennia-old ruins including Hadrian's Wall, Dere Street, and Steel Rigg. Hear about the Anglo-Scottish wars that ravaged the region, enjoy a scenic drive through Northumberland National Park, and get your photo taken on the Anglo-Scottish border.
What to Expect
Your tour begins with a morning pickup from Edinburgh's city center. Meet your guide and settle into the minivan for the journey south.

Begin following in the ancient Romans' footsteps with a drive along Dere Street, which once linked ports in southern England to central Scotland Roman settlements. Stop in the town of Jedburgh to visit the ruins of the 12th-century Augustinian abbey before continuing to Carter Bar to take photos of the Anglo-Scottish border. Now that you have crossed over into England (don't worry, there's no border control), enjoy a scenic drive through Northumberland National Park. 

The next stop is Steel Rigg, one of the richest Roman archaeological sites in Britain. Enjoy some free time to explore and to see Hadrian's Wall, the 73-mile-long (117.5 km) cobbled fortification built to separate Scotland from the Roman Empire. Next it's the medieval city of Lanercost, to hear more about the Anglo-Scottish wars, and to take a lunch break (own expense). 

After a visit to Birdoswald to see one of the best-preserved Roman forts on Hadrian’s Wall, it's back to Edinburgh where you tour concludes back in Edinburgh's center.
Reviews (162)
1 - 5 of 45 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Breathtaking views, but make sure to have good foot wear! The hike up was not easy, but take it show because it's worth it. I only had 1/2 hour there, because I was on a bus tour, so I did not get to hike much....More

1  Thank colleencoppage
Reviewed 3 days ago
Hadrian’s Wall

My wife and I took a one day tour with Hadrian’s Wall, with Douglas as our tour guide. He is very knowledgeable and made the trip extremely interesting. It was a great tour, and Douglas is a great guide.

Thank Andrew M
Reviewed 1 week ago
So much fun

Great tour and a tour guide Dougie. It was a fun day, not too long on the bus. It was amazing to see and hear about the wall.

Thank KrystynaM5
Reviewed 1 week ago
A dream come true

After spending years in Latin class learning about Roman history, visiting Hadrian's Wall in Scotland was a dream come true. This tour allowed lots of time for exploring the wall, in 2 different locations. The views were stunning and the stop at Vindolanda, an excavated...More

Thank Safari109022
Reviewed 1 week ago
Fantastic guide

Douglas the guide was fantastic. A great historian and story teller. The Roman ruins and the wall were interesting but don't expect the wall to be 6 metres high.

Thank Jenni132
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23 July 2018|
Response from swiftrone |
Any half day tours
22 July 2018|
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Response from margaret l | Reviewed this property |
It all depends on what stops you make. We did not go into the paid site (there was one on our tour) and instead on our trip looked at some exhibitions at a place called the Stills which was free. Your best idea is to... More
23 June 2018|
Response from Brenda78620 | Reviewed this property |
Sycamore Gap does not sound familiar. What is it near?