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

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

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icon6 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

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.
  • Small group excursion to Melrose, Rosslyn Abbey, and the Scottish Borders from Edinburgh
  • Visit locations featured in Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code
  • Hear the true history of Rosslyn Abbey
  • Travel in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Professional driver/guide
  • Enjoy privileged, personalized attention from your driver/guide on this small group tour
  • Small-group tour for a more personalized experience
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Professional driver/guide
Small group tour (16 people max)
Transport by 16-seat Mercedes luxury mini-coach
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop off
Food and drinks, unless specified
Entrance fees (Melrose Abbey, Rosslyn Chapel)
Rabbie's Cafe Bar , 6 Waterloo Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3EG, UK
9:45 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Your ‘Da Vinci Code’ adventure departs in the morning from central Edinburgh. Meet your expert guide and board your top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach for a half-day tour of the Scottish Borderlands and some of the area’s most legendary locations.

Your first stop is the epic viewpoint at Scott’s View—named for Sir Walter Scott—perched high above Tweed Valley and Eildon Hills. Snap some photos of Roman ruins and the rugged Scottish landscape, then continue to the lovely town of Melrose, an ancient settlement along the River Tweed. Stroll through the town that suffered a history of English invasion to see Melrose Abbey, the burial place of Robert the Bruce’s heart. Founded by Cistercian monks in the 12th century, the abbey offers a legendary history connecting the Cistercians to the Knights Templar. Tour the space and grab some lunch in town (own expense).

After lunch, continue to the mysterious Rosslyn Chapel, a 15th-century masterpiece that enjoyed a critical role in "The Da Vinci Code." Explore the medieval structure and study the chapel's elaborate stonework, loaded with provocative symbolism. Hear some of the many theories, myths, and legends about the chapel that attracts visitors from around the globe, then relax on the ride back to Edinburgh.

Your tour ends at Waverley Bridge.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Rabbie's
Check-in at least 15-mins before departure and meet with your driver guide for the day.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
William Wallace Statue
This 200 year old eccentric statue of William Wallace proudly watches over the landscape.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Melrose Abbey
A beautiful and ruined Gothic abbey that may hold the embalmed heart of Robert the Bruce.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Rosslyn Chapel
A beautiful 15th century chapel, full of impressive architecture, stone carvings, and many mysterious tales.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Scott's View
Take in this splendid view of the Scottish borders, which was once Sir Walter Scott’s favourite.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Check in closes 15 minutes prior to departure
  • In order to retain the integrity of the tour and try to ensure that all our customers have the best possible experience, we do cap bookings from any one party to 8 passengers.
  • Min. age 5 years old. We do not accept children under the age of 5 years.
  • Luggage Allowance: You're restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person on our tours. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • For your optional Melrose Abbey tickets you must reserve your time slot in advance. Please use the link printed on your voucher.
  • Rosslyn Chapel - We reserve tickets for you. If you want to visit this attraction, please purchase your ticket whilst on tour.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Due to safety inspection and possible maintenance work, Melrose Abbey is closed until further notice.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Rabbies Trail Burners
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the departure point for the Rosslyn Chapel and Scottish Borders Small-Group Day Tour?
A:The tour departs from Rabbie's Cafe Bar, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is parking available near the departure point for the Rosslyn Chapel and Scottish Borders Small-Group Day Tour?
A:Parking can be difficult to find in the center of town. It is highly recommended that you take advantage of the excellent public transportation that is available.
Jun 2021
Q:
How early should I arrive for the Rosslyn Chapel and Scottish Borders Small-Group Day Tour?
A:Check-in closes 15 minutes before your departure time. The tour departs on time, so please do not arrive late.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring luggage with me on the Rosslyn Chapel and Scottish Borders Small-Group Day Tour?
A:You may bring up to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small bag for onboard personal items.
Jun 2021
Q:
What should I bring with me on the Rosslyn Chapel and Scottish Borders Small-Group Day Tour?
A:Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Bring your camera and spending money for lunch, optional admission tickets, etc.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are admission fees included in the Rosslyn Chapel and Scottish Borders Small-Group Day Tour?
A:No. You pay for access to sites such as castles and museums as you arrive. Most of these locations accept both cash and card.
Jun 2021
Q:
What type of vehicle is used during the Rosslyn Chapel and Scottish Borders Small-Group Day Tour?
A:The tour is conducted in a 16 seat Mercedes Mini-coach. There are three steps up into the coach – each 150mm in height. There are grab handles on both sides, the step edges are clearly marked and the treads are non-slip.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring a wheelchair on the Rosslyn Chapel and Scottish Borders Small-Group Day Tour?
A:The bus is not wheelchair accessible, however, there is storage available for a folding wheelchair or walking frame. Guests must be able to get on/off the bus on their own or with the assistance of a companion as guides cannot assist physically.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are restrooms available on the bus during the Rosslyn Chapel and Scottish Borders Small-Group Day Tour?
A:There are no restrooms on board the bus, however, the group does make regular breaks to use the restroom during the tour.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring my small child with me on the Rosslyn Chapel and Scottish Borders Small-Group Day Tour?
A:All guests must be at least 5 years old to participate in this tour. If your child is 5 or older, but under 1.35m (4.4 ft.) tall, please notate this in the "Special Requirements" box so a booster seat can be arranged.
Jun 2021
Q:
Should I bring my own lunch during the Rosslyn Chapel and Scottish Borders Small-Group Day Tour?
A:There is no need to bring lunch. The group will make a lunch stop where you can purchase a meal suitable to your taste and budget.
Jun 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Rosslyn Chapel and Scottish Borders Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Rosslyn Chapel and Scottish Borders Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Rosslyn Chapel and Scottish Borders Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Rosslyn Chapel and Scottish Borders Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh.

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  • "The mini bus is very comfortable, you can even charge your phone" See review
  • "Climb the steps to the lookout in the abbey where you can get a close-up view of the bagpipe playing pig and dog gargoyles, and a scenic view of the abbey from above." See review
  • "Historically very informative 4.5 /5 for this tour Worth it just don’t expect the daVinci experience" See review

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star-5
Gothic and still a functioning church
Sharon_B
, Aug 2022
Entertaining driver/guide Graham! Great ride, beautiful scenery, plenty of time to walk around and explore the Chapel.
star-5
Rosslyn Chapel and Scottish borders
Thomas_N
, Jul 2022
Nick our driver/guide was great, very fun. The Borderlands are absolutely beautiful and we never would have seen them without this tour. Rosslyn Chapel is fascinating. A highly recommended tour.
star-5
Great Day Trip!
Kevon_H
, Jul 2022
Really enjoyed this trip and it was a shorter day trip compared to some of the tours I did this week and this was also my second tour with Ross from Rabbie’s, who is fantastic!
star-5
Perfection
Karen_T
, Jul 2022
Michael is an amazing tour guide! We saw the most beautiful parts of the Scottish Borders and loved every minute of this perfect tour.
star-5
An incredible day tour not to be missed
Shara_B
, Jul 2022
Our tour guide Nik was incredible and made the experience so much fun with his knowledge and humor. We loved every minute of this tour but Nik really made it an exceptional experience we will never forget.
star-5
Wonderful, would highly recommend
Ron_G
, Jul 2022
Nick, our tour guide, was brilliant. Informative, witty, patient and a joy to spend the day with. My wife and our three adult children (24,21,19) enjoyed our trip out to Rosslyn Chapel. The small tour (max of 16) was key for us.
star-5
Catty is a wealth of knowledge; Rosslyn a must see
Ari_N
, Jul 2022
Rosslyn Chapel is a must see if you have an extra day in your trip. The borders were a wonderful contrast to seeing the highlands a day earlier. Catty was a wonderful guide and told great stories — incredibly educational. And we figured out the drop off and pickup spot are right next to the Waverly train station so you can hop right on after if you need to head somewhere (in our case the evening train to London after a cancelled flight).
star-5
Fun Road-trip!
Barbara_P
, Jul 2022
Carrie was a great tour guide! Upbeat and informative. We learned a lot about the sites on our stops, as well as a lot about Scotland. Thanks Carrie!
star-5
Excellent Tour!!!!
BRIAN_B
, Jul 2022
Excellent Tour. Doug did an excellent job of talking to us from point to point on this wonderful tour. Very accommodating and informative!!!!!
star-5
Rosslyn Chapel was amazing!
Jeff_H
, Jul 2022
We saw a lot on this tour including Walter Scott's overlook, a statue of William Wallace, the ruins of Melrose Abbey, and Rosslyn Chapel, which was amazing. The ruins at Melrose Abbey were very interesting, and Rosslyn Chapel was stunning. The stone masonry work and carvings were truly amazing.
star-5
Loved Andy and Rosslyn Chapel!
Diana_W
, Jul 2022
Andy, our driver was wonderful! Very well informed and great mix of information and humor. No missteps that I noticed. Rosslyn Chapel was the highlight of the day for me!
star-5
Lovely Day Trip
Karen_B
, Jul 2022
We enjoyed this tour so much more than the one to Loch Ness (which had us sitting on the bus for far too many hours). Highly recommend it!
star-5
Fantastic
Nicol_W
, Jul 2022
This was a fantastic day out. Full of history, stunning architecture and THE most amazing giant custard cream biscuit from ‘Maid by Marion’ in Melrose! Highly recommend the food in Marions bakery and she was the most lovely lady ever as well. Tour was informative, and interesting. Ross was a knowledgeable guide, and devout/passionate Scot (in the best way)…. And I have since been to the Scottish archives to look up my Scottish ancestors Ross, so, thank you for that tip too. Highly recommend this tour…. We got married in Edinburgh on the Saturday before this, and it was a lovely way to finish our visit. We shall be back…
star-5
Great Tour
addydingo
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide, Ross (aka angryscott the stunt double) was excellent. Good information and Rosslyn will take your breath away.
star-5
Scottish borders
ALBERT_G
, Jun 2022
Everything, excellent driver and tour guide who has a wealth of knowledge. Highly recommended, the visit to Melrose Abbey and beautiful town.
star-5
Great tour with a great guide!
Lindsay_A
, Jun 2022
This was a great tour with a wonderful guide. The bus was comfortable and there were plenty of stops and fun things to see. I learned a lot about the local history and enjoyed the trip immensely. Both the Abbey and Rosalyn Chapel were beautiful. Would definitely recommend.
star-5
Nostalgic trip
Atin_S
, May 2022
Extremely awesome trip, our guide come driver was very hospitable friendly and completely knowledgeable. He made the trip and drive memorable. Loved it completely.
star-5
Incredible experience
Mary_M
, May 2022
The carvings both inside and out were incredible. To think that is was done over 400 years ago, with only hand tools. It's wonderful that they've been able to restore it and will continue to preserve it.
star-3
Wish it had been more
Carol_R
, May 2022
Enjoyed the scenery but not enough to the trip to merit a whole day. Would be great to skip Melrose and visit a sheep farm. Rosslyn Chapel is interesting but not for an hour long visit. Graham our guide was great
icon Response from Host , May 2022
It's great to hear that you were impressed with Graham the tour guide and enjoyed the scenery. Rosslyn Chapel recommend a visit of between 60 - 90 minutes, so we really wouldn't want to offer less than an hour. We're sorry you didn't find it worthy of that time though and appreciate your feedback regarding this and the stop at Melrose.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Lovely tour
Jessica_L
, Apr 2022
Excellent tour. Our tour guide, Nick, did a wonderful job of telling us stories and history of the places we were seeing. Rosslyn Chapel is beautiful.

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