The journey begins by heading south from Edinburgh and across the border into the north east of England. This is the ideal tour for Harry potter fans.
Our driver and guide will entertain you on the way with stories and the history of Scotland’s ancient enmity with England, while you pass over the lush green hills of the borders. Enjoy the beauty that has been famed through poetry and song in Scotland and England for hundreds of years.
Enjoy a mid-morning rest and refreshment at “The Hirsel”. This idyllic country manor and estate is home to the ‘Home’ family who welcome you to enjoy one of their home-made cakes, scones or sweet treats available in the tea room. As “The Hirsel” is situated directly on the border, the journey will continue with immediately entering England and the first main attraction of the tour, the Holy Isle of Lindisfarne.
Lindisfarne is a small, but beautiful island accessible at low tide. Famed for its dominating castle, delicious mead and ancient monastery ruins. In 793AD, the monastery was attacked and pillaged in the first recorded contact the British Isles had with Viking raiders.
Once the coach departs Lindisfarne, our driver will take you on to the highlight of this tour, Alnwick. This massive castle has been present for at least 1,000 years, in one form or another. It has been the residence of the Percy family for the last 700 years and they have opened its gates to the public to enjoy it’s splendour. Recently, the castle has enjoyed it’s time in the limelight, having been used in the filming of the 'Downton Abbey' Christmas special in 2014 and also in some scenes as Hogwarts from the Harry Potter films. For 2015, Alnwick Castle has a new 'Downton Abbey' exhibit. This fine display boasts photography, period costumes and props from the shoot. The stop at Alnwick is for about two and a half hours which grants our passengers opportunity to enjoy the castle, beautiful castle gardens and have lunch.
After Alnwick castle, the coach will return to Edinburgh for city center drop offs.
Please note: The tour routing and availability are subject to the tidal timetable at Lindisfarne which may result in the tour having to operate in reverse. In the rare event that Lindisfarne cannot be reached due to unworkable tide timings, a suitable substitute will be implemented at the driver’s discretion