Explore the fantastical world of Harry Potter's Hogwarts and discover the historic and beautiful Borders.
Kelso - A ruined abbey, a stunning, cobbled town square, and beautiful boutique shops.
The Borders - The gentle valleys and rolling hills are a delight to explore.
Alnwick Castle* - This gorgeous castle was used as a set for both Harry Potter and Downton Abbey.
Northumberland Coastline - This captivating coastline is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
River Tweed - A graceful, salmon-filled river that winds through the borders.
Some dream of kings and queens, others imagine epic sieges, and a lot of us conjure up worlds of wizards and dragons: Alnwick Castle is a playground for your imagination that mixes the make-believe with true history.
It’s been a fiercely fought battleground for the Scots and English. It’s posed as a plush home for powerful earls and dukes. And it’s starred as Hogwarts in the movies of Harry Potter.
Let your imagination soar on this trip through the historic towns, fascinating tales, and beautiful views of the borders of Scotland and England.
Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don't carry children under 5 years old)
Your tour begins by following the road that connected Caledonia with Roman Britannia.
You stop in Kelso where you explore this handsome town and what is thought to be Scotland’s largest market square. You also see the ruins of Kelso Abbey, a reminder of the many ancient conflicts between Scotland and England.
Continuing south, you cross the border and travel to Alnwick Castle, an immense fortification that has stood strong for nearly a millennium.
It was originally built to assert Norman rule over newly conquered lands. But more recently Alnwick Castle* has found fame as one of the settings for the fictional Hogwarts school in the Harry Potter movie series.
Book lovers can also take the opportunity here to explore one of the largest and most impressive second-hand book shops in Britain.
After around three hours at Alnwick, you travel north along the Northumberland Coast. You stop on your way back to Edinburgh at one of the beautiful historic villages or castles that pepper the rolling landscapes of Southern Scotland.
* Unfortunately, on the 4th, 5th, and 6th of October, there will be no access for visitors who are less able, or who use a wheelchair, to the one-person lift to the Upper Guard Chamber and the rest of the State Rooms and exhibitions. Access will be via the stairs only.
The UK and Ireland's historic city centres are full of narrow streets and winding roads. So, to speed up your departure, we only pick up from our central meeting points. What's more is leaving the city using the most direct route also reduces the carbon footprint of our tours.
We don't recommend bringing your car into the centre of our departure cities. It can be hard to find parking, and there are excellent public transportation services.
Arrive 15 minutes before your departure time. Due to waiting restrictions, we can't wait for you if you're late.
If you're late for your tour, our cancellation policy applies.
We have a cancellation period of 48 hours for our one day tours, 15 days for two to nine day tours, and 21 days for 10+ day tours. If cancelled outside this period, we'll give you a full refund minus a 10% admin charge. If you cancel inside this period, refunds are at our discretion. Click here to view full terms and conditions.
Your tour will always follow the itinerary as closely as possible. While there are ongoing coronavirus restrictions throughout the UK and Ireland, itineraries are more likely to change than usual as opening hours and capacities at many visitor attractions are reduced and subject to change. Your driver-guide will keep you up to up to date on the road, and we'll try to get in touch about any large changes prior to your departure.
Due to logistical reasons, we're unable to let you pre-book a seat on the bus. But our comfortable 16-seat mini-coaches have huge windows. So, you'll always get a good view.
Unfortunately, we have no on-board toilet facilities, but you'll have regular comfort breaks.
We aim to accommodate everyone. To read more information on how we do this, click here to go to our accessibility guide.
We regret we don't carry children under the age of five on our scheduled tours.
You can ask us about the tours we recommend for younger children. And if your child is less than 1.35m tall, you should let us know, so we can provide them with a suitable booster seat.
We want you to enjoy Britain and Ireland. And we believe the best way to do this is to get you off the mini-coach and out exploring. So, we give you plenty of time to take photos, go walking, and explore ancient ruins.
We exclude visitor attractions in your tour price because it lets you travel your way. It means you can pamper yourself with a luxury lunch or skip an attraction whenever you feel like it.
You don't need to. We stop in small towns, villages, and rural eateries where you can choose whatever meal pleases both your taste buds and your budget.
Let's be honest, our driver-guides would never refuse a cheeky bonus. But it's up to you, and the amount is entirely at your discretion.
We advise you take out travel insurance.
You're protected by ABTOT when you chose to let us reserve your accommodation on a multi-day tour. This means you can claim back anything you've paid us if we become bankrupt. Read our terms and conditions for more information.
Travel the local way on small group tours of 16 people or fewer
You'll have a guaranteed experience, or your money back
Guaranteed departures: We’ll never cancel your tour because of minimum numbers
Our eco-friendly tours support local communities