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1 day tour

for your private, flexible tailor-made small group

sample itinerary 1D#5

The Borders, historic market towns, rugged coastline & fishing villages, abbeys & the home of Sir Walter Scott &  original Wallace Monument

Optional visits of:

  • Berwickshire coast – St. Abbs harbour, St. Abbs head nature reserve and cliff walk to the beaches of Coldingham, Eyemouth
  • Historic market towns, such as the cobbled market square of Kelso, the abbey & Floors castle; Melrose, Jedburgh, Hawick, Peebles, Dun, Selkirk & Coldstream
  • the Abbeys: of Melrose, Jedburgh, Drysburgh & Kelso
  • Sir Walter Scott’s Abbotsford house, Sir Walter Scott’s view & the original Wallace monument


  • Wild stunning mountain routes through the Lammermuir hills in the northeast or in the southwest via the Grey Mare’s tail national nature reserve towards Moffat in Dumfries-shire
  • Possible stops en route to the Borders: Rosslyn chapel or one of the many glorious East Lothian beaches along the way
  • Southern extension across into Northumbria, Berwick upon Tweed, Holy Island/Lindisfarne and stunning, historic Bamburgh castle overlooking the beaches and Farne Isles

We would be delighted to run this tour as a private, small group tour  (up to 8 people) 

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The Borders

Melrose Abbey

(Sir Walter) Scott’s view’s_View

(The original) Wallace Monument,_Bemersyde

Scott’s view and Dryburgh

Abbotsford house

Dryburgh Abbey



St. Abbs’ National Reserve

St. Abbs


View our Scottish tour photos by region

What to bring?


Possible stops en route to the Borders:

  • Many sights & attractions of East Lothian with its glorious beaches
  • Rosslyn Chapel in Mid-Lothian


Check our longer 2 day tour 2D#9 to see and experience more and take it more leisurely,

or could be combined with our 1 day Northeast England – (Holy Island/Lindisfarne, Bamburgh Castle/Farne Isles tour

or also our 2 day English Lake District and Hadrian’s Wall tour.

Prices for a 1 day tour


SEASONS: LOW =  November to 15 March MID = 16 March to 30 April + October PEAK = May to September
Tour (=driver/guide+vehicle) Cost per day 10 hours (or longer – no extra)
Tour price per person/passenger numbers  for your private small group tour: Low- Mid- Peak-season
8 tour passengers £30 (£20*) £37 £45
7 tour passengers £34 (£22*) £42 £51
6 tour passengers £40 (£26*) £50 £60
5 tour passengers £48 (£32*) £60 £72
4 tour passengers £60 (£40*) £75 £90
3 tour passengers £80 (£53*) £100 £120
2 tour passengers £120 (£80*) £150 £180
1 tour passengers £240 (£160*) £300 £360

Low season full day private small group tour = £240 per day

Mid season full day private small group tour = £300 per day

Peak season full day private small group tour = £360 per day

The price of a short day tour depends on how short/long many hours and during which season you wish to run the tour for.
*=Short (2/3) day 7 hour low season or winter short daylight hours tour = £160 per day
Included: Fully guided tour Driver/guide & vehicle Scheduled ferries to any Scottish islands included on 2 days & longer tours (Outer Hebrides minimum of 3 days & Shetland minimum of 4 days tour)
Excluded: Entrance fees Castles, museums, attractions, food/drinks & overnight accommodation – we recommend/assist – but you choose your price category, i.e. hostel, B&B or hotel
Discount # 1

(applies all year round)

Based on

(1 hour


Half day tour

1/3 day tour




= 5 hours

= 3.5 hours

10 hours = 1 day rates



= 50% off

= 2/3 off

Discount # 2

(applies all year round)

2 day tour

3 day tour

4 day tours

5 day tours

6 day tours

7 days & longer tours

save 5%

save 10%

save 15%

save 20%

save 25%

save 30%

Discount 2

does neither apply

if Loch Ness

nor if Skye is included

(other than a brief pass through photo-stop)

  Discounts 3,  4  & 5

only apply

from October to April: (i.e. don’t apply May to September)
Discount # 3 Early booking/

paying discount

1 month =

2 months & earlier =

10 % off

20% off

Discount # 4 3 people or more booking/paying together

at the same time,



the tour is designated as a multi-day walking tour

20 % off
Multiple discounts are not available for discounts # 2, 3 & 4 but ok  incl. discount #1 & 5


Discount # 5 = just charging for the driving time:


An additional discount may be requested on our 4 days & longer tours (throughout the whole year, incl. peak-season),

if for example for half a day (i.e. half a day without a mini-bus/driver/guide),

if everyone in your private small group prefers join an activity, a sport, a local event or just to relax, chill out, do their own thing, take & soak in the magic & special atmosphere of the place, go for a walk alone, visit a local attraction, castle, museum or just catch a passenger only ferry to a very small island or something similar along those lines.

Visits, A to B journeys & walks

Concerning same day VISITS (i.e. no scenic touring & multi-stopping involved), A to B journeys & day WALKS (from October to April)

Example only for a same day VISIT, A to B journey or day WALK:


  • Pick you up from A (i.e. where you live or stay)


  • Drive for 2.5 hours (in this example) from A to B


  • At B you have free time or a VISIT (a town, castle, whisky distillery, museum, attraction, event or similar at your own expense) or go for a WALK


  • After a few hours at the end of your VISIT Unicorn Tours picks you up again from B or meets you at the other end of your WALK ( & often I meet you half way into the walk, as I am parked at the far side of the trail, where your walking path ends. On a circular walk I might join you – please note there is no extras payable for those semi-guided same day walks.)


  • From B we drive back for 2.5 hours (in this example) to A and drop you off there or anywhere else you choose/pre-arranged


We only charge for the driving time in this example = 2.5 hours from A to B + 2.5 hours from B back to A = 5 hours

5 hours in this example = half of the 10 hour standard daily rate




Please note that there is a different rate for fully guided CITY (walking) tours, for example a whole day fully guided tour of Edinburgh, subject to duration, season, itinerary & group size.

Special interests, hobbies, activities & themes

Scotland has a lot more to offer and something for everyone should you have a special interest, hobby, activity, which you would like to experience on your tour with us throughout Scotland, please mention it to us and if at all possible, we will attempt to include it in your itinerary.

Private, personalised small group tours (maximum 8 passengers)

best suited for groups of friends of 5 to 8 people as the price is set during each season and you pay per vehicle/driver/guide day and share the cost among yourselves in your private group

– individuals, couples and friends – for example 1 – 4 people are still welcome to book their own private tour, but the cost per person will be higher

3 day tours

1 day tours (short)

1 day tours

4 day tours

2 day tours

5 day tours


best suited for groups of friends of 5 to 8 people as the price is set during each season and you pay per vehicle/driver/guide day and share the cost among yourselves in your private group.


  • Edinburgh and the Lothians
  • Southern Scotland
  • Glasgow and the Clyde
  • Central Scotland
  • Argyll
  • Northeast Scotland
  • The Highland region 
  • Skye and the Western Isles
  • Orkney and Shetland