Edinburgh and Hadrianís Wall tour by train

“A five day, tailor made trip to Edinburgh for two nights and then heading south to Hadrianís Wall for two nights, travelling by train.”


Edinburgh tour with walking guide | Train journey along Northumberland coast | Haydon Bridge | Hadrianís Wall

Description of Edinburgh and Hadrianís Wall tour by train

This five day tailor made trip starts in Edinburgh, Scotlandís magnificent capital city where you will spend two days enjoying its historic highlights. The best way to do an Edinburgh tour is on a guided walk around the ancient city centre, which we organise for you, to help get your bearings and learn more about the cityís natural and cultural heritage. Between this, and plenty of free time to explore, you can take in all the cityís sites, including the famous castle, Arthurís Seat, the Scott Monument and a plethora of shops and museums. Edinburgh is an easy city to navigate, with wonderful architecture, ancient pubs and tiny shop and galleryfilled alleys. And with a local guide on hand, you will hear plenty of the history, folklore and contemporary tales too.

Your accommodation in Edinburgh is one of our favourites, an elegant four star hotel near the city centre.

From Edinburgh, you head south of the border by train, on one of the UKís finest rail journeys that clings to the dramatic coast of Northumberland, overlooking the North Sea. After changing trains at Newcastle, you head inland for another beautiful journey through the gentle undulations of the Tyne Valley, your final stop being Haydon Bridge. This is a small town tucked into the valley, and the gateway for visiting Hadrianís Wall World Heritage site and Roman forts. After checking into your friendly, locally owned guesthouse, you have half a day left to explore the area yourself, followed by a full dayís guided tour tomorrow of the Wall from an expert local guide.

Hadrianís Wall is one of the UKís most stunning historic sites, stretching for over 100km between the west coast and the east. Dating back to AD128, it was built by the Romans as a defence against the Scottish Pict tribes. Consequently, there are remains of castles, forts and Roman towns all along the route of the wall. Some of the Wallís highlights include the Roman Army Museum, Vindolandaís archaeological digs and the fine forts found at Chesters and Housesteads.

Your final day is for your onward journey, and we are happy to help arrange the logistics of this for you.
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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

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Responsible tourism: Edinburgh and Hadrianís Wall tour by train


We are continually increasing our range of public transport holidays for those who want to leave the car behind. We grapple with the timetables of trains, boats and buses, and fill-in the gaps with short taxi transfers to make this possible in the more remote areas. Not having a car in-tow can transform your experience Ė exploring on foot and by bike helps you to properly engage with the environment and experience the place at a more appropriate, slower pace.

We encourage our customers to try local produce Ė and provide recommendations for the best places to visit to do this. From seaweed lamb on Shetland and Orkney to langoustines, crabs and scallops caught off the west coast; from many varieties of Scottish cheese to all sorts of Irish bread and bakingÖ not forgetting local ales from microbreweries and the chance to sample a dram of Scotch whisky or Irish whiskey.

The accommodation providers we select share this commitment Ė many have kitchen gardens growing their own herbs, salad and vegetables, and some even have chickens roaming in the grounds to provide eggs for breakfast. Dinner menus focus on local specialities. We make it possible for our holidaymakers to learn more directly from the producers, through a trip with a creel fisherman, a visit to a Scottish oyster farm or a holiday uniquely designed in association with Good Food Ireland.

We predominantly market our holidays via the internet. We produce a small quantity of compact brochures each year for past customers and enquirers. If we do have any left over, we ensure these are recycled.


For us, true sustainability means promoting and helping to maintain a way of life in remote, often rural locations, where the economic benefit from tourism can make a genuine difference. Thatís why we work almost exclusively with local, family-run businesses, not with large corporate organisations.

We build close and lasting relationships with our business partners, based on mutual trust and an unerring commitment to customer satisfaction.
We directly employ a small team of local people in Glasgow. We offer part-time and flexible working. We ensure staff take undertake at least two recce visits in a year so that they have first-hand experience and knowledge of our products throughout Scotland, England and Ireland. All staff share our values of environmental and sustainable responsibility.

We are corporate members of the John Muir Trust, an organisation committed to protecting the wild land of the Scottish highlands and islands.
We are members of AITO, the Association of Independent Tour Operators, and adhere to their strict code of conduct.

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