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.
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