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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 policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Rosslyn Chapel and Scottish Borders Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh.
Q:
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
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Rosslyn Chapel and Scottish Borders Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Rosslyn Chapel and Scottish Borders Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Rosslyn Chapel and Scottish Borders Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Rosslyn Chapel and Scottish Borders Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Rosslyn Chapel and Scottish Borders Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh.

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Traveler Tips


  • "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-4
Our tour guide Nick was...
Wendy_E
, Nov 2021
Our tour guide Nick was very knowledgeable and shared some interesting historical stories, would highly recommend this tour
star-5
Rosslyn Chapel
Rachel_V
, Nov 2021
Lovey day trip. William, our guide, was knowledgeable and friendly. Would definitely book again with the company.
star-5
Amazing tour
Rosanna_Z
, Oct 2021
Wonderful tour and tour guide. A lot of historical information, music and stories. Amazing 15 century Stone Carving at the Rosslyn Chapel. Definitely would recommend.
star-5
Lovely short day tour....
Holly_M
, Sep 2021
Lovely short day tour. Perfect gap filler. Look for Priorwood Gardens next door for a pretty spot to sit for lunch outside.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Roslyn and the Borders beyond the DaVinci Code
Theresa_W
, Sep 2021
We had a spectacular trip with John Scott as our guide. We spent day in Scottish Borders and Roslyn Chapel. We explored small villages and the countryside on our way to the chapel. John provided excellent information through stories and lived experiences. It was a beautiful part of Scotland and this was a fabulous way to see it in a small group personal way.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Very entertaining
Pauline_B
, Sep 2021
The driver was an extremely knowledgeable man and told very interesting and exciting stories all the way through the trip
star-5
Really good day out.
Adrian_H
, Jul 2021
Guide was a chap called Jim - knew his stuff and spent time with the group but also made time for individuals. Good day with interesting stuff spread out well. We will book with Rabbies again
star-5
Fab tour with Dougie
Jo_C
, Oct 2020
It was a fabulous day start to finish Dougie (not Doug) haha, was amazing. The depth of knowledge he had was amazing. We were the only 2 people on the tour and he shown and shared his knowledge with us from start to finish. Rosslyn chapel was something else. It is a must see!!! The views of the Highlands were breathtaking and Melrose Abbey was stunning. An excellent day all round
star-5
my trip
monica_t
, Oct 2019
very well organised tour we enjoyed it immensly the guide nick made the day for us very informative knew his history would highly recommend it
star-5
Roslyn absolutely beautiful
Paul_G
, Sep 2019
Absolutely breathtaking. Grant our guide was bright, amusing and very accommodating. Add humor to his descriptions of our tour. His warm spirit brought us all together for a full day of fun.

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