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Melrose Abbey Tours

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Melrose Abbey
Even in its ruined state Melrose Abbey exudes an air of authority. The site, a product of the 12th-century ecclesiastical building boom, was built for the Cistercian order during the reign of King David I. The graceful arched window frames are a product of later rebuilding in the Gothic style, and the intricate stone carvings of that era are still very much in evidence.

As well as its spiritual role, this is an important historic location as the burial place of Robert the Bruce’s heart. The site was much envied by the English who attacked it repeatedly over the centuries, and you can still see marks left by Oliver Cromwell’s cannons during the English Civil Wars.

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The town of Melrose is on the River Tweed, around an hour’s drive south of Edinburgh.

Address: Cloisters Road, Melrose TD6 9LW, Scotland
Hours: 9:30am - 5:30pm (until 4:30pm in Winter)
Admission: Adults: £5.20, Children: £3.10
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Rosslyn Chapel and Hadrian's Wall Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

Rosslyn Chapel and Hadrian's Wall Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Journey to the frontier of ancient Rome on this full-day tour of Hadrian’s Wall and the Scottish borders from Edinburgh. First up is a tour of the 15th-century Rosslyn Chapel, famously featured in ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and renowned for its mysterious stone carvings and unique architecture. After lunch (not included), stop at Melrose Abbey, the burial site of King Robert the Bruce’s heart, and look out over the English border from Cheviot Hills, before walking along the UNESCO-listed Hadrian’s Wall.
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  • 10 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$52.95
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$52.95
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Rosslyn Chapel and Scottish Borders Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

Rosslyn Chapel and Scottish Borders Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Experience the legend and mystery of Rosslyn Chapel and the Holy Grail on this ‘Da Vinci Code’ tour from Edinburgh. In a small group, travel to the charming town of Melrose and through the Scottish borderlands. Explore Melrose Abbey and Rosslyn Chapel, and hear intriguing tales of Cistercian monks, the Knights Templar, and Robert the Bruce.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$46.78
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Rosslyn Chapel, Scottish Borders & Glenkinchie Distillery from Edinburgh

Rosslyn Chapel, Scottish Borders & Glenkinchie Distillery from Edinburgh

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Journey through the majestic Scottish Lowlands on this Rosslyn Chapel, Scottish Borders and Glenkinchie Distillery tour from Edinburgh. Travel with a guide to the village of Roslin and visit the iconic Roslyn Chapel. Take a scenic route along Scotland’s border to Melrose Abbey—believed to be the burial site of King Robert the Bruce’s heart—and enjoy lunch at your leisure. Admire panoramic views over the Scottish countryside and the Tweed River from Scott’s View. Sample Lowland whisky at the Glenkinchie Distillery, then return in comfort to Edinburgh.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$52.95
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$52.95
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Borders and Alnwick Castle Tour from Edinburgh

Borders and Alnwick Castle Tour from Edinburgh

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Travel from Edinburgh over the Scottish border to England and back on this 1-day borders and Alnwick Castle tour from Edinburgh. Visit the impressive ruins of Melrose Abbey where Robert the Bruce’s heart is buried, with a guide. Take an optional tour of Alnwick Castle, made famous in the ‘Harry Potter’ movies, and learn to fly like a wizard! Explore the grand salons and underground cellars, or take a stroll through the gardens.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$61.09
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$61.09
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Private Roslyn Chapel and Melrose Abbey Luxury Day Trip

Private Roslyn Chapel and Melrose Abbey Luxury Day Trip

Join us to see one of the wonders of British architecture and the home of Scotlands renaissance saviour. Templar treasures, soaring abbeys and stately riverside mansions are all waiting to be discovered, along with a glass of Glenkinchie too! As our tours are more personal than some other tour providers, you will leave with a feeling of satisfaction knowing that you've seen what you wanted, how you wanted. Enjoy, relax and just switch off. Get to know the country and its people, immerse yourself in nature and tradition. At TRIPorganiser we know where to find something special. Trust us with your with valuable travel time. Authenticity is our top priority.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$339.40
Price varies by group size
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$339.40
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3-day Private Tour: Edinburgh & the Borders

3-day Private Tour: Edinburgh & the Borders

Our Edinburgh & the Borders tour is private and completely tailor-made to your interests and needs. Spend three days exploring one of the most inspiring European cities and the Scottish Borders, where romantic history, song and legend meet. Visit royal castles and aristocratic mansions, walk over hills and along lochs, follow in the footsteps of great poets and raiding knights - an adventure you cannot miss! See you in Scotland for an amazing adventure!
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  • 3 days
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$2,935.36
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1 Day Alnwick Castle, Northumberland Coast & Scottish Borders

1 Day Alnwick Castle, Northumberland Coast & Scottish Borders

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Explore the castles of the rugged ‘Viking Coast’ within Berwickshire and Northumberland as you cross the Border between Scotland and England. Step back in time at the spectacular Alnwick Castle – the real Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! Enjoy the beautiful rolling hills of Sir Walter Scott’s Borders countryside and allow your Guide to immerse you in Scotland’s history with tales of Robert the Bruce, the ‘Outlaw King’. This tour is ideal for both fans of Harry Potter and history buffs alike, looking to explore a more of Scotland and into Northern England.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$57.02
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$57.02
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Full-Day Border Rover Tour with Private Driver

Full-Day Border Rover Tour with Private Driver

• After picking you up from your hotel in Edinburgh, we will head east along the coast to Tantallon Castle with its stunning views across the Forth Estuary. From there we will head south to the picturesque Glenkinchie Distillery for an optional tour and a taste of "The Water of Life". Your journey will carry on to Stately Floors Castle with its beautiful gardens before visiting Melrose for lunch and a chance to visit Melrose Abbey. Heading north we will stop at the majestic Scots View with its panoramic views of the Eildon Hills before heading on to the 15th century Roslin (Rosslyn) Chapel, made famous in the Da Vinci Code.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$339.37
Price varies by group size
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$339.37
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Scottish Borders Tour Between Scotland and England Lies hidden Beauty

Scottish Borders Tour Between Scotland and England Lies hidden Beauty

We will begin our adventure Visiting Rosslyn Chapel which is one of my personal favourite places and dates back to the 14th Century and was made famous by the Da Vinci Code. After a brief drive we find ourselves in the beautiful countryside of the Scottish Borders. Next on our agenda is Melrose Abbey you will have the opportunity to visit this magnificent ruin. The heart of Robert the Bruce one of the most famous Scots is also buried here. We will then give the senses an overload and take in one of the most magnificent views in Scotland at Scott's View. Floors Castle, the largest inhabited castle in Scotland and family home of the Duke of Roxburghe. Built for the 1st Duke of Roxburghe in 1721, what you see is an evolving story of a house and gardens and outstanding views. We will then visit Abbotsford House, home to the literary genius Sir Walter Scott. Today the house serves as a museum and monument to its famous occupant.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$658.44
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Scottish Borders & Rosslyn Chapel Luxury Private Sightseeing Tour with Driver

Scottish Borders & Rosslyn Chapel Luxury Private Sightseeing Tour with Driver

Nowhere in Scotland is more riddled with mystery than Rosslyn Chapel. There’s the connection to the Knights Templar and the Holy Grail. And there are even some who believe the chapel was built on a UFO landing site. On this excursion, you get a chance to explore the enigmatic Rosslyn Chapel, admire the gorgeous Tweed Valley, and visit Melrose Abbey, the alleged burial site of Robert the Bruce’s heart. So indulge in the beauty, mystery, and history of Scotland on your own Private excursion. No waiting for other passengers remember you call the shots this is Your Day, Your Way! With Door to Door service from Edinburgh along with complimentary Bottled Water and Wi-Fi Access you truly are getting that First Class experience the Scottish Way.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$896.02
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$896.02
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Highlights of Scotland Luxury Private Tour with Scottish Driver

Highlights of Scotland Luxury Private Tour with Scottish Driver

Swap busy bus tours for something more bespoke—a private excursion in a luxury Mercedes-Benz vehicle. Avoid the restrictions of a set itinerary, and enjoy the flexibility of being able to customize the tour according to your interests. If you don’t have any requests, your driver-guide can suggest a route to make the most of your time. Potential sights include Doune Castle, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, and whisky distilleries too.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$896.02
per group
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$896.02
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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Melrose Abbey hours of operation?
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Melrose Abbey hours of operation: 9:30am - 5:30pm (until 4:30pm in Winter). Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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