Hadrian's Wall, Roman Britain & The Borders Small-Group Day Tour From Edinburgh

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  • Duration: 10 Hrs 30 Mins
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  • Departure Time :
    8:15 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Rabbie's Cafe Bar, 6 Waterloo Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3EG, UK
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Travel through 2,000 years of history as you visit ancient Roman sites such as Hadrians Wall, Dere Street, Birdoswald Fort, Steel Rigg and historic villages along the border of Scotland and England. You'll drive through stunning scenery in Northumberland National Park, the Irthing Valley and the Southern Uplands and learn about the Anglo-Scottish wars of the 14th16th centuries. Your professional guide will illuminate the fascinating history of Roman Britain and the Scottish Borders on this small-group (limited to 16 people) day tour from Edinburgh.


  • Small-group tour
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city

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Itinerary -

This is a basic itinerary for your Hadrian's Wall, Roman Britain & The Borders Small-Group Day Tour From Edinburgh - 

Stop At: Jedburgh Abbey, Jedburgh, Scottish Borders, Scotland

A beautiful market town that Mary Queen of Scots famously visited. Optional visit to the Abbey.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Carter Bar, Jedburgh, Scottish Borders, Scotland

Make a stop at the scenic Carter Bar on the edge of the Cheviot Hills. This crossing point between Scotland and England runs close to the ancient Roman road and has formed the border between the two countries for the past 700 years.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Vindolanda, Hexham, Northumberland, England

Vindolanda is one of Europe's most important Roman archaeological sites. Vindolanda means white lawns or white fields. Get a glimpse of the past when exploring the ruins with your guide. 

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Steel Rigg, Henshaw, Hexham, Northumberland, England

Hadrians Wall - The wildest and most northerly frontier of the ancient Roman Empire.
Follow the road that takes along the south side of the wall, stopping at Steel Rigg. Walk beside the wall and experience the isolation that Roman foot soldiers would have experienced as they guarded their empire against the barbarians to the north.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Birdoswald Roman Fort, Gilsland, Brampton, Cumbria, England

See the remains of all of the Wall's defining features. Stand in awe as the longest remaining stretch of the Wall spans as far as your eye can see, and explore the ruins of the Roman fort, a turret, and milecastle.

Duration: 10 minutes




Transport by luxury Mercedes mini-coach

Small group tour (16 people max) for a more personal experience.




Admission fees

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Entry/Admission - Vindolanda

Entry/Admission - Jedburgh Abbey

Additional Info

Not wheelchair accessible

Near public transportation

Most travelers can participate

The minimum age for this tour is 5 years

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Check-in closes 15 minutes prior to departure

Confirmation will be received at the time of booking

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.

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

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  • 16-Mar-2020

    It was an amazing trip. James was so informative and made several stops we had not anticipated so we could see as much of the wall as possible. Highly recommend.

  • 06-Jan-2020

    This was our favorite day trip while visiting the UK. James, our guide, made the trip truly memorable with his extensive knowledge, humor, and anecdotes. We loved getting out of the city and seeing some of the beautiful countryside. Seeing the Jedburgh Abby, Hadrian's Wall, and Vindolanda was an incredible experience that we would highly recommend.

  • 11-Dec-2019

    I have to say I was let down by this Rabbie's Trip. I have used them before and loved the tour. My guide and driver were wonderful and extremely engaging. They aren't the issue. The issue with this tour is the Itinerary. Our first stop was at the ruins of an abbey. However, with winter hours they did not open until after we left. The drive to the border, with stop, and to Hadrian's wall was exactly right. There were things to see and a short walk along the wall the was perfect. The next stop was at Vindolanda. These are an ancient Roman ruins. We were given three hours here. There is no way anyone could spend 3 hours there! And we had to pay for our own entrance fee. So if seeing the ruins wasn't your cup of tea you would sit in a cold bus for 3 hours. After that waste of time we drove to another section of Hadrian's wall. It was about 30 meters long with a sign. Nothing really there at all. Then a scenic drive back in the dark, couldn't see anything. I can understand how this trip would check some boxes for many people. But there needs to be a change for the winter hours/light. Honestly you just paid to drive out to the country side and back.

  • 04-Oct-2019

    My 9 year old grandson and I took the tour in July 2019. It is a good tour and a full day with a knowledgeable and friendly driver/guide. One caution I have is for folks who are not in pretty good health and physical conditioning; you may not get to see Hadrian's Wall. A close-up visit to the wall requires a steep walk down a hill that is about a 200 foot drop in elevation over an eighth of a mile and then a climb up an ancient stairway carved into the mountain to about a 500 foot elevation and then back over everything to get to the parking lot. My grandson was able to do it, but I had to just watch while he did. The other parts of the tour were very good, especially the visit to the expansive archeological dig and excellent museum at Vindolanda. Vindolanda was by itself worth the trip especially if you are a fan of archeology or Ancient Rome. In that case, I recommend this tour.

  • 16-Aug-2019

    Dougie made this trip interesting and fun. Lots of driving but great narration helped make the time pass. Nice stops along the way.

  • 12-Aug-2019

    My husband and I really enjoyed this tour. Robbie was a great host. He was also very sweet and accommodating, he helped me access the stops by pulling closer without even being asked which was very ( I have some mobility issues due to an injury )
    The tour was fun and informative and full of nice little surprises.. We loved that Robbie had music picked out for us as well. Over all it was a great value and we will look at other tours from Rabbies our next trip.

  • 12-Aug-2019

    The knowledge of the tour guide was impressive to say the least. One thing not appreciated is the stated opinion, by the tour guide, regarding American politics. In this case the opinion was visceral dislike to hatred when it came to the office of the president. That office is to be respected, period. Then there is the fact that the current President was elected by a significant margin. Lastly one needs to ask why this President was elected. This President was elected because the Congress has done NOTHING to address the major issues over the last decades, leaving the public, the voter, in a position to voice their dismay. That was clearly what occurred. Study the "why" and you will see the result, gross incompetence by the Congress, which elected a non-politician. semper Fi.

  • 29-Jul-2019

    We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves on this trip. Jan was a fantastic guide! He regaled us with Scottish stories and lore during the ride. The ruins of the wall was set amid pastures and farmland and was breath taking! We stopped at charming villages along the way. Before we took off he warned us that if anyone did not appreciate history and ancient ruins, then you probably wouldnt enjoy this. We do love history and ruins and enjoyed every minute!!!

  • 08-Jul-2019

    Mac (Rabbies Tours) was a wonderful guide, full of history on the diverse places we visisted and made the whole experience really come alive. The history, the scnery, the countryside of Scottland and England, along with wonderful music made the long day very special. Loved taking the back roads instead of another "intersate" highway. Highly recommended.

  • 08-Jul-2019

    It was an incredible tour full of history and natural beauty! Our guide Ewan B. was amazing, a natural born storyteller! The tour made a stop at the Scottish Border, the charming, quaint town of Jedburgh where we saw the magnificent 12th century Abbey, we explored the ruins of Vindolanda which is an active excavation site, and of course the remarkable remains of Hadrian's Wall. I highly recommend this tour. When in Scotland this is a must see!

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