With Soul of Scotland Tours we are keen to show you some of the jewels of our country within a day’s trip from Edinburgh. Your Tour means that we will try to fit an itinerary around what you would like to see and experience. Perhaps you would love to explore the fascinating history of churches and castles? Or have a go at falconry and archery next to an old castle? Maybe you would like to do a trip involving beautiful seaside and go to Holy Island (Lindisfarne) as well? Or visit Stirling or St Andrews? Would you love to hear dramatized storytelling, along with singing and harp music in a medieval church? We can arrange a full day, or half day trip, with or without lunch. Transport will be provided.
Number of guests: Minimum of four.
Prices: Because it is Your Tour prices will vary depending on how much, or little, you would like to do.
We can tailor a tour to suit your requirements. Below we give two possible examples but we are quite happy to discuss alternatives. Please use the enquiry form below to open a dialogue with us about this.
The Mystery Tour (transport provided)
Gilmerton Cove is one of the best kept secrets in Edinburgh; a mystery which scholars have yet to solve. Beneath a 19th century cottage lies a network of seven chambers hewn out of the rock with stone tables and benches. Who used them? A blacksmith’s family, witch covens, illegal drinking clubs, Freemasons, the Knights Templar, or persecuted Covenanter Christians? Can you solve the mystery? Story-telling by the guide brings the history alive in this atmospheric place.
This trip is combined with a visit to the nearby Craigmillar Castle(1). This 14th century fortress is one of the best preserved medieval buildings in Scotland. It was used by Mary, Queen of Scots in 1566, when she recovered from an illness after giving birth to James VI, and the castle is full of mystery and intrigue.
After enjoying lunch(2) in the quaint Scottish village of Lasswade, the tour visits Rosslyn Chapel, built in 1446. This beautiful church was made famous by Sir Walter Scott, William Wordsworth the poet, and by Dan Brown in his book, The Da Vinci Code (and subsequent blockbuster film starring Tom Hanks). Time is given to explore the ruins of Roslin Castle before returning home.
1 Craigmillar open season is only from March – October.
2 Please let us know of any allergies or special food requirements at least 48 hours before your tour.
The Medieval Tour (transport provided)
We travel to Rosslyn Chapel with our own medieval monk. This church is one of the pearls of Scotland. Built in 1446 by Sir William Sinclair, it boasts some of the finest medieval architecture in Scotland and has been the source of much speculation about the Holy Grail, Knights Templar and the Freemasons. This speculation has been fuelled by Dan Brown’s book, The Da Vinci Code, with its subsequent blockbuster film, starring Tom Hanks. There is time to wander through the ruins of Roslin Castle before heading to Dalhousie Castle.
Dalhousie Castle is the oldest continually lived-in castle in Scotland. Originally built in 1280, it became the seat of the powerful Ramsay family over the centuries that followed. King Edward I stayed in the early castle in 1296 before his battle with William Wallace at Falkirk, and Sir William Ramsay was a key figure in the famous Declaration of Arbroath in 1320. There will be an opportunity to see golden eagles and birds of prey up close, and perhaps do some archery and falconry.
It’s time for lunch(3) and what better place to enjoy a Scottish meal than at the Laird and Dog, an 18th century pub in the beautiful old village of Lasswade. After lunch it’s time to get out into the wild countryside, past Borthwick Castle, built in 1430, and into Crichton Collegiate Church. The story of Edinburgh will be told through an actor, singer and harpist in this special building, which was built in 1449. Time will be given afterwards for a walk(4) down to the 14th century Crichton Castle(5), with its beautiful landscape, before heading home.