About The Scottish Borders & National Mining Museum Tour:
Prepare for breathtaking architecture, industrial heritage and a rich tapestry of history and legend on this full day tour from Edinburgh. Meet your professional Lothian Motor Coaches guide at Charlotte Square. As well as insightful English-language commentary you can expect quality on board amenities including: air conditioning, reclining seats, footrests, Wi-Fi, USB charging and even a washroom.
After departing Edinburgh you'll embark on a half-hour drive south towards the village of Roslin, on the edge of which lies Rosslyn Chapel. During the stop here you'll have plenty of time to explore the inner and outer areas of this magnificent 15th-century church. Though small in size, Rosslyn Chapel has an architectural beauty and mythology that far outstrips its stature. It's notable for its vast array of intricate carvings that depict such things as: 'Green Men', a knight on horseback, maize (supposedly) and an angel playing the bagpipes.
One of the most significant pieces of stonework is the 'Apprentice Pillar', so-called because of the legend surrounding its creation. Story goes that an apprentice stonemason completed the carving by himself in his master's absence. The master, upon returning from a trip to reference the original design, was so shocked by the youngster's skill and initiative that in a fit of jealous rage he killed him with a mallet strike to the head.
Other features of Rosslyn Chapel tie-in with its recent connections to the Knights Templar and Freemasonry. While much of this stems from popular culture guests are encouraged to learn, admire and speculate on whatever fascinates them most. To help with this the chapel hosts daily guided talks lasting around 15-20 minutes. These cover the building's history and ownership, as well as descriptions of key carvings. There's also an adjoining visitor centre where guests can learn about Rosslyn Chapel in-depth.
After spending time at Rosslyn Chapel the tour continues on to the Scottish Borders, taking in majestic rural scenery as it goes. You'll eventually arrive in the town of Melrose, where there will be an hour long stop to explore as you wish. We recommend that you take time to visit the ruins of Melrose Abbey, a medieval Cistercian monastery where various Scottish nobles, including King Alexander II, were laid to rest. Popular legend also holds that it's burial place of Robert the Bruce's heart.
Turning north you'll eventually reach the tour's final location, the National Mining Museum. Here you'll venture deep underground to discover the rich history of what was the area's main industry during the last century. The museum is located at the Lady Victoria Colliery, Scotland's first super pit. Once a 4-acre labyrinth of coal mines, it now serves as the best example of a Victorian era pit anywhere in Europe.
- Oct 2, 2018 - Mar 26, 2019 | Tuesdays.
- Live English-speaking guide.
- Depart: 09:30.
- Return: Approximately 17:00.
- Charlotte Square, Edinburgh.
- Approximately 7.5 hours.
- Lunch And Refreshments.
- Visitor Attraction Admission Fees.
- 1) Charlotte Square, Edinburgh (Depart).
- 2) Rosslyn Abbey.
- 3) Scenic Drive Through Scottish Borders.
- 4) Melrose Abbey & Town.
- 5) National Mining Museum of Scotland.
- 6) Charlotte Square, Edinburgh (Return).