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“Hadrian's Wall”

Heart of Scotland Tours
Ranked #33 of 260 Tours in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Small groups of 16 in the Wee Red Bus. Our guided tours have been specially designed to give you maximum variety by including famous sights as well as hidden gems that many tourists never see. We look forward to welcoming you onto our famous Wee Red Buses to experience and enjoy the essential Scotland together.
Reviewed September 2, 2013

We did a day tour to Hadrian's Wall, calling at Rosslyn Chapel, Melrose, the Scottish/English border, Hadrian's Wall/Housestead Fort, and Jedburgh, on August 28, 2013. Our guide and driver was James and we travelled in a small bus with about 13 passengers. I enjoyed everything about the trip and especially appreciated James' almost nonstop commentary. He was full of interesting information about everything, giving us a few general ideas before we visited a place, then filling us in even more as we drove away. I learned about the border "rievers", about Scottish nationalism and the upcoming referendum, more than I ever need to know about Mary, Queen of Scots, about Romans in England, about the Picts, about the man who single handedly preserved large sections of Hadrian's Wall. One thing about the tour and about James is that we were told we had "plenty of time" to visit the various attractions, but it was never enough time! At Rosslyn Chapel, an hour and a half is almost enough time to explore the chapel, but not enough to do the chapel and visit the castle ruins ... and I highly recommend going to the ruins as it is in the woods and it is quiet, uncrowded, peaceful and quite - just what we needed after the bustle and business of downtown Edinburgh. An hour and a half for lunch and a tour of Melrose Abbey is not enough time unless you eat sandwiches and run! And an hour and a half for Hadrian's Wall and Housesteads Fort is nowhere near enough time. We explored the wall out to CastleMile 37, but then had no time to explore around the fort. My recommendation for this tour is to make it a tour to Hadrian's Wall only and give a minimum of 4 hours to explore and hike around - take a packed lunch.

Thank juliaho
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

The tour was an easy day tour of Stirling castle, Glengoyne distillery, Loch Lohmann, Hamish the highland cow and more. Our driver and guide, Donny, was fantastic. His depth of knowledge about Scottish history as well as the sights was complete. The bus we had was very comfortable and clean. As they advertise they size the bus with the group. Pick up and drop off were spot on time.

Thank erishunter
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

We took the walk and wildlife tour. We were tempted by the Loch Ness but we didn't want to spend 12 hours away from Edinburgh. This tour was a nice compromise. About half of our 9.5 hour day was spent in the bus, the rest was spent walking around. A few minor stops and 4 major stops, including two nature walks, a visit to a nature preserve (you feed deer by hand!), and a trip to the very historical Scone Castle (once home of the Stone of Scone). Angela, our guide, was friendly and well informed. She filled the trip with commentary on the history of Scotland as well as present day changes. The scenery is gorgeous and we were very happy to spend one of our 3 days in Scotland seeing something of the Scottish countryside. The bus is comfortable if not quite luxurious (who needs luxury?). There are no toilets on board (it's only a 16 seater) but there are reasonably frequent toilet breaks.

Thank Carl S
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

The tour was excellent and our tour guide/ driver, Keith, was absolutely the best! He was cheerful and very friendly, full of information and exciting stories and made the long drive to the Highlands and back to Edinburgh fun and enjoyable. As one girl on the bus was sick, he made frequent stops to get fresh air and unavoidably we were behind schedule. But Keith, did not leave anything out of the tour, we did everything according to schedule.

The scenery was magnificent and breathtaking. If you go to Scotland, you have got to go and visit the Highlands.... For this tour, you have got to be prepared that it is a LONG tour, overall 12 hours.

The bus was a small Mercedes for 25 people. The size of the bus was ideal, but on the negative side, the bus made a lot of noise and made the journey a bit tiring.

Overall, the tour was a nice experience and I fully recommend it!

PS: I would suggest to Heart of Scotalnd to organise some shorter tours, i.e. half day tours for 4-5 hours.

Miranda- Cyprus

Thank Miranda L
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

There is really nothing to say other than its very near to being perfect. Driver cum guide could take the place of any professor specializing in edinburgh's past history and culture. Its a tour operator one i recommend highly. I have forgotten our drivers name but i remember he came from the hendricks clan. He did make the the trip more wonderful. He described both sides of the coin- the good & bad.

Thank arnab_12
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