Travel over the rolling Lammermuir hills and Southern Uplands, south of Edinburgh, through picturesque woodland and river valleys to discover the many charming market towns of the Scottish Borders, such as Lauder, Selkirk, Peebles and Hawick. This area has been synonymous with textiles and weaving for around 800 years. Your guide can explain the connection between the wool industry and the Cistercian monks of Melrose Abbey and you may want to continue your journey to discover the varied history and architecture of the other 12th century Abbeys at Dryburgh, Kelso and Jedburgh.
Floors castle, the home of the Duke of Roxburgh, is probably our largest inhabited castle and you will be captured by Thirlestane’s magnificent architecture and collection of paintings. Stately homes pepper the region and include Mellerstain, Paxton, Bowhill and Monteviot. Abbotsford House is notable as the “conundrum castle” home of Sir Walter Scott and Traquair is Scotland’s oldest inhabited house. Lived in for over 900 years and originally built as a hunting lodge for Scotland’s Kings and Queens.
Historically this area has been a land of turmoil and strife, home to the Reivers. We can unravel the past and showcase the best the Scottish Borders has to offer.
Loch Lomond & the Brooch of Scotland
Less than an hour’s drive from the centre of Glasgow and under 2 hours from Edinburgh, Loch Lomond is arguably one of Scotland’s most scenic lochs. Visit the conservation village of Luss, take a boat trip on the loch, or simply sit and admire the view. Not far from Loch Lomond lies the area known as The Trossachs, made famous in Sir Walter Scott’s epic poem The Lady of the Lake, and offering a first glimpse of the mountain scenery for which Scotland is renowned.
Alternatively, you could head for Stirling, one-time capital of Scotland. Stirling Castle was at the centre of many of the battles during the Wars of Independence in the 13th/14th centuries and later became one of the showpieces of the Stewart dynasty.
The Royal Kingdom of Fife
Begin with a stop in South Queensferry for spectacular views of the Forth bridges, before heading across the newly opened bridge to Fife. See the fishing villages of the East Neuk before visiting St Andrews. This wee town is not only the home of golf, but also Scotland’s first university and the ruins of what was the largest cathedral. If time allows; visit Falkland village (used for filming Inverness in Outlander) and also home to a real tennis court used by Mary Queen of Scots.
Your trip is unique to you, and so is the price. However, we know you’ll want a rough idea of what kind of price you might be looking at before you get in touch, so that’s why we’ve set out our pricing structure below.
Our driver-guides can take up to 8 passengers on a trip. If you’re part of a group of between 8 and 18 people then we’ll hire a mini coach for your trip. The mini coach will come with a driver licensed to operate larger passenger vehicles, and we’ll then work as a step-on guide.
Terms & conditions
- Our rates are based on a standard working day of 8 hours, however for longer days we may need to charge extra hours at £40 per hour for walking tours and £60 per hour for driver-guided tours depending on the overall length of day. Our maximum working day is 12 hours of which no more than 10 hours actual driving time
- None of our fees include the price of entrance to sites or ferry crossings – we can advise clients of the pricing for these
- Unless previously agreed, clients are responsible for the cost of the guide’s meals and overnight expenses incurred during the course of a tour
- For extended tours where our guides are required to stay away overnight we charge from £125 per night. We will provide an estimate for these expenses during the planning stage.
- Ancestral Research and Itinerary Planning services will be charged at £40 per hour (minimum 2 hours). Please contact us for further details
- A deposit of 50% will be due to confirm the booking with the remainder payable 8 weeks before the start of the tour
- As we are all self employed tourist guides, we are unable to make refunds or move your booking to a later date if you are unable to travel. We suggest that you take out travel insurance at the time of booking to cover any eventual cancellation or postponement of your booking.
- In extreme circumstances, we may be unable to complete confirmed bookings at short notice due to ill health but we will endeavour to find a replacement guide or driver guide for you. In the unlikely event that we are unsuccessful, we will provide a full refund of any monies you have paid for your tourist guide or driver guide.