Half-Day Tours - up to 4 hours duration.

1.  Hopetoun House and Linlithgow Palace

Visit one of Scotland's finest stately homes, set in magnificent parkland on the shore of the Firth of Forth, with fine views of the famous Forth Road and Rail Bridges.  See the impressive ruins of the royal palace where Mary Queen of Scots was born in 1542.

                                                                         Forth Rail Bridge                                                                  

2.  Dunfermline, Culross and Linlithgow

Cross the Forth Road Bridge into the Kingdom of Fife to Dunfermline, burial place of King Robert the Bruce and birthplace of King Charles I and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.  Culross is an ancient Royal Burgh on the north shore of the Firth of Forth;  many 16C and 17C buildings still survive in this small picturesque village.  Linlithgow is the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots and the ruins of the royal palace are open to the public.

                                                                                  Culross Palace

3.  East Lothian Coast

Follow the shores of the Firth of Forth to North Berwick, returning by Haddington, birthplace of the 16C reformist preacher John Knox.  Attractions en route include the medieval ruined castles of Dirleton and Tantallon and one of Scotland's oldest working grain mills, the 18C Preston Mill at East Linton.

                                                                                Dirleton Castle

4.  Traquair House

A scenic route into the Borders country, via the pretty town of Peebles and following the river Tweed, famed for its fishing, brings us to Traquair House.  Dating back to the 12C, Traquair is said to be the oldest continuously inhabited house in Scotland.  Visit this historic house which has previously been visited by 27 Scottish and English monarchs!

                                                                            Traquair House