TWEED JOURNEY - From Source to Sea

Luxury 2 Day Private Tour - group prices from £850

Of all Scotland’s rivers, none can match the jewel of the Borders, the River Tweed, for history or for sheer romance. In this luxury private tour you’ll travel the whole length of the Tweed, from source to sea, encountering myth and legend, as well as the river’s tumultuous and turbulent history…

Your tour will begin bright and early at your party’s accommodation, where you will be picked up by your driver-guide in our luxury hybrid EV sedan, which can seat up to three adult guests (or family of four including children). Our first stop will be Tweed’s Well near Moffatt, to see the very birth of the river in a high, remote valley.

Coming down the young Tweed, you’ll meet the legend of King Arthur at the traditional burial place of Merlin, his wizard, by the beautiful hamlet of Drumelzier. Nearby, at the ancient Kirk of Stobo, you’ll see the stained glass depicting Merlin’s storied baptism by St Kentigern (St Mungo), patron saint of Glasgow.

Continuing, you’ll encounter the first of our beautiful Borders market towns at Peebles, where we have our lunch stop. In the afternoon, you’ll visit Scotland’s oldest inhabited home, the lovely mansion of Traquair House, scene of an annual medieval fair. Then on to romantic Abbotsford, the Borders home of perhaps Scotland’s greatest literary and cultural hero, Sir Walter Scott.

You’ll finish the first day with dinner in the gorgeous riverside town of Melrose, home to the sport of Rugby Sevens. An after-dinner stroll through the town or along the river before retiring to bed with a copy of Walter Scott or John Buchan might give a perfect end to your day!

After a tasty Border breakfast, your guide will be waiting to bring you to the famous ruins of Melrose Abbey, great religious house of the twelfth century on, and burial place of the heart of Robert the Bruce. Then you’ll carry on down the widening river, and climb up a little to see the fabled Scott’s View, the favourite of Sir Walter, and possibly the best view in the whole Borders. Then you’ll get a taste of the turbulence of Border history at the wonderfully atmospheric fortified tower house of Smailholm, perched on high, lonely ground. From this site of past fighting and danger, we pass to the wonderful opulence of Floors Castle, in the historic town of Kelso; this is truly one of Scotland’s greatest country houses, home to the Dukes of Roxburghe over the centuries.

After lunch in Kelso you’ll continue into the lower stretches of the Tweed, where the river forms the actual border between Scotland and England. Here we criss-cross between the two nations, and turn a few miles south to the tragic Flodden Field, site of Scotland’s worst-ever defeat in war, with the loss of King James IV and most of the Scottish nobility, among some 10,000 other soldiers, with 4,000 killed too on the victorious English side.

Now we are near the end of our Tweed journey, as the river meanders changeably toward the most fought-over town in the whole of the UK, Berwick-upon-Tweed, a town steeped in warlike history, but now beautifully peaceful. Here you’ll see the old guard-houses and fortifications, and cross the last bridge over the Tweed, before heading home to Edinburgh.

Tour essentials

2 day private tour of the whole length of the River Tweed

Fully insured driver/guide

Standard tour price (up to 3 adults or family of 4) £850; (for bigger groups of up to 18 guests, please enquire. Accommodation/meals not inclusive.

One night’s overnight stay in Melrose – various options to choose from, 7 Hills can arrange if wished.

Warm/waterproof clothing may be required depending on weather conditions.

Children welcome but booster seats, if necessary, must be supplied by guests.