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Viking Coast and Alnwick Castle Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

Highlights
  • 9-hour tour of Holy Island and Alnwick Castle from Edinburgh
  • Cross the border into the north England county of Northumberland
  • Hear stories of early Christian settlers and Viking invasions on a tour of Holy Island
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Viking Coast and Alnwick Castle Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
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Viking Coast and Alnwick Castle Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
$50.62
Overview
Discover Northumberland’s weird and wonderful history, from Vikings to wizards, on this full-day tour from Edinburgh. Cross the border into North England and follow the causeway to Holy Island to learn about the island’s ancient Christian settlement and notorious Viking invasion. After visiting the hilltop Lindisfarne Castle, head back to the mainland and continue to Alnwick Castle, a magnificent palace with a completely different claim to fame – as a film location for Harry Potter and Downton Abbey! This small-group tour is limited to 16 people, ensuring a personalized experience.
What to Expect
Your scenic drive follows the North Sea coastline before crossing the Scotland/England border into historic Northumberland. Located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty you cross the Pilgrims Way onto Holy Island where there’s plenty of time to enjoy a short walk to 16th century Lindisfarne Castle, visit the Priory where the famous Lindisfarne Gospels were created and enjoy the spectacular views to Bamburgh Castle and the Farne Islands. Holy Island was settled by Irish monks circa AD635 and from here the Christian message spread throughout the north of England. In 793 a fierce Viking invasion of the island heralded the beginning of the Viking Age.

Arriving at Alnwick Castle around lunchtime you’ll stop here for a minimum of two-and-a-half hours. This amazing castle, one of Europe’s finest, has been the centre of many historical events – from bloodthirsty battles between the Scots and English to the intrigue of the Guy Fawkes plot. Its sumptuous setting and exquisite architecture has famously been used as a filming location, including the Harry Potter movies (Hogwarts) and Downton Abbey. Visit the new Downton Abbey exhibition featuring costumes, photography and props from the series and enjoy ‘Harry Spotter Tours’, revisiting some of your favourite scenes. Next door to the castle is the world-renowned Alnwick Garden, several acres of beautiful parks, woodland walks and the Poison Garden.

The return home takes you through beautiful Border country and Northumberland National Park.
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Reviewed 4 days ago
LOVED touring with Andy!!!

Andy was a fabulous tour guide and gave wonderful commentary to us as he drove! Holy Island was beautiful!!! Alnwick Castle has gorgeous gardens! Definitely would use Heart of Scotland Tours again! They were very flexible with our family as we rode with them just...More

Thank SLVpartyof4
Reviewed 1 week ago
Beautiful scenery

Andy C took us on a tour of Holy Island and Alnwick Castle. He was very entertaining, and we learned a lot.

Thank Sheridan78
Reviewed 1 week ago
Lindisfarne was amazing!

I chose this trip because I`d never been to Holy Island and I was very impressed by the scenery and St Marys Church and the Lindisfarne Gospels. Alnwick Castle was also very imposing, with its turrets. Iain was a good guide and gave us plenty...More

Thank annereichdultz
WeeRedBus, Guest Relations Manager at Heart of Scotland Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Anne, Thank you for joining us on the Wee Red Bus recently. So pleased to hear that you enjoyed visiting Holy Island and Alnwick Castle with Iain. Kind regards Helen and the HOST team

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great Day out with an excellent guide (Iain)

This was a fantastic day out on the "wee Red Bus" with our driver and guide Iain. He was amusing and knowledgeable and excellent with regard to providing adequate time at each stop. The Viking Coast, with its visit to the Holy Island, was a...More

Thank larktexas
WeeRedBus, Guest Relations Manager at Heart of Scotland Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi there, Thank you for the smashing review of your recent day trip with Iain on the Wee Red Bus - he will be delighted to read your lovely comments. Kind regards Helen and the HOST team

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Beautiful places and funny driver

This tour showed us some really beautiful places of Scotland and northern England. Holy Island and Alnwick Castle were fascinating. The last stop at the border between Scotland and England was very picturesque. Our bus driver was a very friendly, warm, and amusing Scotsman that...More

Thank sarah311291
WeeRedBus, Guest Relations Manager at Heart of Scotland Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Sarah, Many thanks for the fantastic review of your recent tour with us on the Wee Red Bus - really pleased to hear that you enjoyed your day out! Kind regards Helen and the HOST team

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Response from Jewels2111 | Reviewed this property |
We were running late. I think it was just before 8pm.
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