Alnwick Castle, the Northumberland Coast & the Borders Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Alnwick Castle, the Northumberland Coast & the Borders Day Tour from Edinburgh
from £42.90
Explore the stunning scenery of the Scottish Borders on this full-day tour of Kelso, Alnwick Castle and Berwick. Head to the pretty border town of Kelso and soak up the atmosphere in the large market square. Visit the ruins of Kelso Abbey, then cross the border and travel on to Alnwick Castle, the setting for Hogwarts Academy in the Harry Potter movie series. Continue onward along the Northumberland coast to the walled town of Berwick-upon-Tweed. All entrance fees at your own expense.
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In Brief

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
United Kingdom
9 hours
Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Rabbie's Cafe Bar, 6 Waterloo Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3EG, UK

Meet here for boarding 15 mins before the published departure time.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Kelso Abbey, Kelso Scotland

A ruined abbey, a stunning, cobbled town square, and beautiful boutique shops.

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Alnwick Castle Greenwell Lane, Alnwick NE66 1NQ England

This gorgeous castle was used as a set for both Harry Potter and Downton Abbey.

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Seahouses NE66 3ED England

This captivating coastline is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Duration: 10 minutes


  • Driver/guide
  • Transport by top of the range Mercedes 16-seat mini-coach
  • Small group tour (max 16 people)


  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Admission Fees (Alnwick Castle)
  • Entry/Admission - Kelso Abbey
  • Entry/Admission - Alnwick Castle

Departure Time

8:45 AM

Departure Point

Rabbie's Cafe Bar, 6 Waterloo Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3EG, UK

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Min. age 5 years old. We do not accept children under the age of 5 years.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • 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.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Our tour guide was Henry excellent and he has the right personality for this role- informative, funny, adaptable, accomodating and at the same time gracious. The day was so well organised. Our one big mistake was going to the converted railway station at Alnwick (now a huge second hand book shop) and ordering lunch there as well. In a word, Don’t! Line up to order took 10 mins, delivery 20mins and the hot beef bread roll was inedible. Go to the Castle instead for far better options.
• Submitted 18 Oct 2019
JIm was our driver. He did a great job of reviewing the history of the castle as it relates to Scottish royal history. Broke up the trip with good stops at interesting spots. Three hours at the castle but could have used 4. Recommend this trip.
• Submitted 31 Jul 2019
amazing tour and great guide! super worth it!
• Submitted 07 Aug 2018
Such a fun day! The guide was amazing, the castle was beautiful as were all the stops along the way.
• Submitted 19 Jul 2018
An amazing day trip around Scotland and to Alnwick Castle. My tour guide, Richard was AMAZING. Would highly recommend.
• Submitted 18 Jul 2018
This was an amazing tour and our tour guide, Jude, was outstanding! After leaving the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh, we arrived in a lovely town called Kelso. We stopped there to pick up something for breakfast. This town looked like it stood still in time. I had the best sandwich in my life in this town. We continued then towards the border of Scotland and England. Jude recommended we walk across the border, which we did. We arrived in Alnwick Castle which was beautiful with rolling hills and lots of treasures. We saw numerous pheasants walking across the grounds. On our way back, Jude drove past the coast, we stopped in a town for fish and chips and to buy wool sweaters. This tour was definitely worth taking!
• Submitted 23 Dec 2017
Probably one of the most beautiful castle we have ever seen. Overall a wonderful trip and highly recommended!
• Submitted 30 Nov 2017
We had an awesome time!
• Submitted 28 Nov 2017
Loved it! Plenty of time to explore the castle. Very informative guide.
• Submitted 31 Oct 2017
I absolutely loved this tour! We booked with Rabbie tours and our guide was Willie. He was great! I loved all the stops we made and Willie went above and beyond I felt like. If at all possible request him!!!
• Submitted 09 Oct 2017
We enjoyed our day very much. I had a rental car and could have driven but it was nice to sit in a nice bus, enjoy the scenery and let someone else drive. Since it was my daughter's first trip to Europe, it was also a kick to cross over to England and take a picture at the border. The countryside is remarkable. We spent 1/2 our trip in the Highlands so seeing the south of Scotland was a great experience because they're very different.
• Submitted 05 Oct 2017
A remarkable place to visit. It hits all the marks and Rabbies tour guide was perfect. A must trip even if you are not a Harry Potter fan. Mike is a great tour guide. Thank you Mike.
• Submitted 09 Sep 2017
The Castle was absolutely amazing. The only problem was the trip arrived arrived back in Edinburgh too late and we missed another appointment. The last toilet stop was far too long.
• Submitted 09 Aug 2017
Our tour guide Jude was really entertaining and informative! We really enjoyed our time...We had to buy our tickets to Alnwick castle and the gardens and they were worth it!! Inside the castle was spectacular. Since the weather was so nice we alsovisited the beach by Bamburgh castle. Beautiful views
• Submitted 05 Aug 2017
Alnwick Castle was great but we needed more time. The tour guide was lots of fun and very knowledgeable. The Rabbie's tour company is fantastic. I would take any tour with them. They have their act together and check in is easy and everyone was friendly and helpful.
• Submitted 27 Jul 2017
My husband and I really enjoyed this tour! Our guide was Richard and he was awesome- lots of knowledge, good stories, and funny too. The castle was a lot of fun to explore. Would highly recommend!
• Submitted 22 Jun 2017
This trip was amazing! Our driver Nic was the best!
• Submitted 16 Jun 2017
nice day. the castle was great and the food in the cafe was good. we enjoyed the swinging bridge and children were having a great time. we liked the hairy coos and the sheep.
• Submitted 06 Jun 2017
Our day traveling the Scottish borders, England and Alnwick castle WOW!!! highly recommended Highlight was flying on broomsticks along with seeing so many sites you'd only see on tv or in the movies. MIke our driver through Rabbie's was brilliant. Thank you for an awesome day.
• Submitted 09 May 2017
This place is so great. I totally enjoyed it : Rabbis is great for these kind of tours. I just loved it.
• Submitted 19 Oct 2016
A few days ago I had the most wonderful time visiting the Scottish Borders and Alnwick Castle, which was led so adeptly and with great humour by our guide, James. The locations we visited were steeped in history and so beautiful. Our guide gave us plenty of time to soak in our surroundings as well.
• Submitted 26 Sep 2016
This trip was amazing! Our guide was Catty, who was so sweet and very informative, very kind and witty, and she truly sought to make our trip the best it could possibly be. She had both great information about the landmarks and about Scotland in general as well as fun anecdotes that we really enjoyed. We really enjoyed the trip and we highly recommend it!
• Submitted 25 Jul 2016
As always Gill,the Rabbies tour guide, was knowledgable, entertaining and very happy to help with any sort of question or need. We spent a short time in Kelso viewing the abbey ruins before heading off to Alwick. The castle is very well organized for tourists and we had plenty of time there. There are several different venues for eating, lots of clean restrooms and several options for activities. We opted to tour the state apartments which was a good view into how the nobility currently live. At least if you are the Duke of Northumberland. The docents were knowledgable but they answered questions so there was no tour as such. The kids really enjoyed playing quiddich and getting their photos flying on brooms. There was also a dragon quest area but we didn't participate. Parents are shown costumes worn by Downton Abbey stars in the castle state rooms. There are also all the wonderful portraits and furnishings as well as the china which is nicely displayed. The grounds are beautiful and the gardens are amazing. It was a very fine place for families to visit. After our visit to Alnwick we drove back along the east coast of the North Sea and along the Firth of Forth into Edinburgh. The Borders are very different countryside to the highlands and even the lowlands and it made for a nice change of scenery. Well worth the time especially for families.
• Submitted 20 Jul 2016
Our tour guide was Gillian and our driver was Nick. This tour was nice, not only because of the places were visited, but also because the bus only holds 16 people, plus the driver. The smaller group size made the trip more enjoyable. We saw Alnwick Castle, which was used as a locale for several productions, including two Harry Potter movies and two holiday episodes of Downton Abbey. There were activities for children in the courtyard and ghost stories told in the cellars for those 12 and older. A thoroughly enjoyable day.
• Submitted 05 Jul 2016

In Brief

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
United Kingdom
9 hours
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