Full day tour
Max 4 persons
Packed lunch recommended!
Visit some important and spectacular Border castles with us.
Starting at Kelso we will visit Roxburgh Castle once home to the Kings of Scotland.
Then we will visit Littledean an all but forgotten Border Reiver Castle and then up the coast to visit the spectacular Fast Castle. None of these castles are on the tourist trail.
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We start our tour at Roxburgh Castle
This castle sits of what was once a fork in the river where 2 rivers met and the main river (river tweed) flowed to the sea at Berwick.
The castle was built to control the trade routes from the central parts to Europe, trading in things like wool and textiles and this made the area very rich.
The fact that this was area played importance the town of Roxburgh was regarded as the capital of Scotland controlling vital aspects such finance.
The castle in the modern day is in the shadow of the spectacular Floors Castle, with much of the castle destroyed and scant remains left from it destruction and deterioration.
The importance to hold this castle on both sides was upmost important, and there is many stories of legendary characters involvement in capturing this castle. Finally the castle was self destroyed as the torment to hold the castle on both sides was to hard to administrate.
Next we will take a 10 mile drive to Littledean Castle
Littledean Castle is build on the river Tweed and possible controlled a river crossing.
Although the castle no longer exists, a tower now occupies the site.
The tower is D-shaped and it is quite fascinating!
As you will see on your visit, this building is built as a fortress, suggesting the area it served played significant importance in protecting and defending the river, river-crossing and surrounding lands.
We will then drive about 40 miles to the East Coast to see a remarkable sea cliff Castle
This will involve around a 2 mile hike with a steep hill, but it is well worth the trip.
The castle lies on a rock out crop that is prominent to over look the North Sea and along the coast line.
The site is so prominent that it is probably adapted from an iron age settlement that wa son the site before the main defensive castle of medieval times was built.
Another caste that was upmost importance to both the Scots and the English having been occupied and seized many times over during a number of periods in British history, such as the Rough Wooing.
The area is synonymous of smuggling and the likely hood the castle played a large part of that.
The name of the castle suggests this, as the modern day name has been developed from Fause (false), in the way that it hung lights that confused the shipping vessels to come near the coastline.