The chapel at Rosslyn was a tourist attraction long before Dan Brown thought of using it in a novel. It's a lovely small church in an attractive location. So don't let da Vinci put you off!
I'm surprised that Rabbie's feel the Borders warrants only a half-day. There's plenty to keep you busy for days. A full-day tour would give you time to stop in a few places.
You could organise a tour for yourself - the service bus will take you to Rosslyn (a dormitory village), and with a little back-tracking you could pick up another to Peebles and then on to Melrose and Galashiels. From there to, say Kelso, Floors Castle and Berwick-on-Tweed, to pick up a train back to Edinburgh. Adjust as suits your fancy! The undiscoveredscotland website will probably provide you with as much background information as most tour guides would.
If you have access to a car, then have a look at the driving tours on this page:
The Border Abbeys is ecellent and could easily be combined with the Slkirk and Lnagholm tour
Having a car would help then you do the wonderful route:
Edinburgh > Peebles > Innerleithen > St Mary's Loch > Grey Mares Tail > Moffatdate to Moffat > back to Edinburgh via Broughton.
Fine market towns, The Tweed and rolling Border hills up to the highest Border hills down Moffatdale along with Walter Scott, James Hogg [The Ettrick Shepherd] and John Buchan en-route.
Thanks a lot for your reply!
We will indeed rent a car for the rest of the trip, so might be worth it to take the care a day early to go visite the Borders Abbey!
The Chapel seems fantastic, and such a tragic story with the carved pillar. I was just a but afraid of the mention of Dan Brown lol
If you have a car you can go at your own speed and stop where you want and for as long as you want. It is much better than a guided tour.
The best Border Abbeys are Jedburgh, Melrose and Dryburgh . There isn't as much of Kelso left. You might also enjoy Smailholm Tower which is close by.
Check out details using the links from the map here:
Many thanks for your reply, its very kinds of you ;)
And thanks for the links ;)
Best wishes from Ottawa!
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