This trip is essential for those who have read the Harry Potter books, seen the movies or ever dreamed of becoming a wizard. Attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry, learning how to cast spells and fly on broomsticks is something we’ve all got to try!

Whilst we can’t promise that you will become a bonafide wizard on this tour, we can promise the next best thing. Used as a filming location for Hogwarts, Alnwick Castle has both a medieval and magical charm about it. The castle dates from the 11th century and is a ‘Grade 1’ listed building. It possesses a rich and interesting history, a few Hollywood secrets and it’s very own Duke and Duchess who continue to reside there today.

You’ll also learn about one of Scotland’s greatest kings, Robert the Bruce as we make our way south, towards England. We’ll stop off in the borders town of Melrose where ‘The Bruce’s’ heart was laid to rest. Before returning back to Edinburgh up the east coast of England and then Scotland there will be time to also enjoy the Northumberland town of Bamburgh, famed for its beach and imposing castle which overlooks the town.

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A snippet of your Hairy Coo tour experience

Home to the 12th Duke of Northumberland

Alnwick Castle & Gardens*

Where Robert Bruce’s heart was laid to rest after fighting for Scottish Independence.

Melrose Abbey

One of Alnwick’s incredible free activities open to all visitors…

Broomstick Riding

A stunning coastal beach, with a 12th-century castle towering over

Bamburgh Beach & Castle*

Alnwick Castle Library

Tour Itinerary


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Depart Edinburgh

Melrose Abbey

Alnwick Castle & Gardens

Bamburgh Beach & Castle

Arrive Back in Edinburgh



Optional Extras – prices subject to change

(Alnwick Castle & Gardens Adults £20.75, Children £9.50)

(Melrose Abbey  Adults £6, Children £3.50)

Think of yourself as a bit of a King or Queen?

With over 3000 Castle’s in Scotland, there’s room for everyone to carry out their royal duties…

We know all the facts!

Our driver guides are Scotland obsessed.

Their knowledge of Scotland will entertain and excite you throughout your tour.

They’ll share their passion for the place they call their home, leaving you with a piece of Scotland in your hearts forever.

Where and when we pick you up and drop you off

We’ll pick you up and drop you off at the same location. You’ll find us waiting for you outside Deacon’s House Cafe.

Check-in for your tour will start at 8:00AM – If you get there early you’ll get first choice of where you site. Seats are unreserved so we recommend you arrive early if you have a preference!

Departure will promptly be at 8:15AM. We’re unable to wait for guests who are late due to the time restraints of the jam packed itinerary we have planned.

We aim to get you back to Edinburgh between 18.30PM

Address – Deacon’s House Cafe, 304 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, Postcode: EH1 2PS


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