Rosslyn Chapel, Borders & Glenkinchie Distillery from Edinburgh (13/13)

Visit the intriguing Rosslyn Chapel, famous from the Da Vinci Code. See the pretty town of Melrose and explore its Abbey. Then discover how whisky is made at the Glenkinchie Distillery.

  • Explore the famous Rosslyn Chapel and seek out the secrets of the Da Vinci Code
  • Visit Melrose Abbey, said to be the burial place of Robert the Bruce’s heart
  • Enjoy a dram of whisky at Glenkinchie Distillery
  • Have some lunch in Melrose and explore the town and its Abbey

Travel through the Scottish Lowlands and Borders on an enjoyable day-tour. See the varied natural wonders that make this section of Scotland famous. See historic sites and sample real Scottish whisky as you travel with a friendly and knowledgeable guide!

Your tour will head out from Edinburgh Castle to the lovely village of Roslin. There, you will have the opportunity to visit Rosslyn Chapel. Dating back to 1445, the chapel gained worldwide fame thanks to the increasing interest in Freemasonry and the Knights Templar. See the intricate “musical” boxes and green men carved throughout the chapel.

Leave Roslin and continue your journey into the heart of the Scottish Borders in the eastern part of the Scottish Uplands. This area is rich in hills, valleys, rivers, and moorland, and is also the traditional home of Scottish rugby. Travel to the historic town of Melrose, the birthplace of the game of Rugby Sevens and home to of Melrose Abbey.

The Abbey, founded in 1136, is one of the most beautiful religious ruins in the United Kingdom, containing many intricate carved sculptures. It is also said to be the burial place of the embalmed heart of Robert the Bruce. Enjoy a tasty lunch in Melrose and have plenty of free time to explore the town and the abbey.

Before heading back to Edinburgh you will have to option to explore the lowland distillery of Glenkinchie, now owned by Johnnie Walker. Join a tour to learn how whisky is made and taste some of their most popular single malt.

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Written by Richard Ascough

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