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Edinburgh, Loch Ness and Highlands by train - 3 days

Guided tour to Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands

 

Fully guided tour to Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands. Travel from London by fast train and stay in city centre accommodation. Departures available every weekend throughout the year. Price includes:

  • Return London-Edinburgh high speed train
  • Expert, friendly guides.
  • City Centre 2* Guest House accommodation included. Upgrades available to 3* Guest House and Hotels.
  • Fantastic optional extras including Loch Ness, Whisky Tasting and Ghost Tours!
  • Fully escorted 3 day tour. Meet your Tour Manager at London Euston on day 1 before departing to Scotland.

If you would like to book our 4 day New Year Hogmanay tour to Edinburgh departing Friday 30th December 2016 click here

Edinburgh Tour Highlights

Come with us across the border to Bonnie Scotland, to an ancient land of mountains, lochs and glens and to its historic capital city of Edinburgh.

Hear the history of Holyrood Palace and Mary Queen of Scots, walk along the Royal Mile, climb to the monuments on Calton Hill, see Edinburgh Castle and the new Scottish Parliament building. Experience the breathtaking scenery of the Scottish Highlands and see if you can catch a glimpse of the mysterious Loch Ness Monster (Loch Ness & Highlands day trip must be booked as an optional upgrade). 

New for 2016 - Optional Edinburgh Ghost & Ghouls evening Tour!

Day 1

Join your Tour Manager at London Euston for a beautiful, scenic journey from London to Edinburgh by high speed Virgin train. With onboard WiFi (charges apply) and a fully stocked shop, you can enjoy breakfast in England and lunch in Scotland.


On arrival in Edinburgh the day begins with a two hour fully guided coach tour. Discover the adventure and misfortune of Scotland's tragic queen, Mary Queen of Scots, as we start our tour at Holyrood Palace. This 900 year old Palace was built on the orders of King David after an encounter with a mythical white Stag, and remains today as the official residence of the British monarchy in Scotland. After a brief stop at the Palace it's on to one of Edinburgh's highest points in Holyrood Park before continuing our tour of the 'Old Town'. The tour will include some of the cities most famous landmarks including Edinburgh Castle, National Museum of Scotland, Grassmarket, Greyfriars Bobby and the Elephant House coffee house where J.K.Rowling first penned Harry Potter.  

We depart the Old Town and continue towards the Georgian New Town, home to some of the world's most famous writers, scholars and inventors. The Scots have long been at the forefront of innovation and discovery from Alexander Fleming's discovery of penicillin to John Logie Baird's invention of television; James Simpson and chloroform to Alexander Bell and the telephone. Where would we be today without Scottish scientists and inventors? In the fictional world many characters would not exist were it not for authors born and raised in Edinburgh's New town including Harry Potter, Long John Silver, Jekyll & Hyde, Peter Pan and Sherlock Holmes.

After a guided drive through the elegant 18th century squares and terraces of the New Town we transfer you to your nearby accommodation, a chance to have a late lunch and visit some of the attractions or sites your guide will have talked about on the tour. Your tour manager will remain available to provide local information, help and advice. 

Optional Ghosts & Ghouls evening tour - 8pm - A spine tingling evening with ghoulish tales of torture and witchcraft as you learn of Edinburgh's ghostly past! The guided tour takes place in medieval closes and the haunted Blair Street Underground vaults. Included in the tour is a shot of Dewar's super Scotch Whisky to keep you warm on this chilling tour!!

Rest of the evening free to enjoy Edinburgh’s atmospheric old inns to sample some local ales and whisky, joined by the tour guide. A great opportunity for you to get to know some other fellow group members on the tour.

Day 2

Enjoy a full free day in Edinburgh to visit one of the many amazing attractions on offer. Time to explore the Royal Mile, visit the Castle, enter Holyrood Palace or one of the many free museums and galleries in the city. OR

Loch Ness & Scottish Highlands Upgrade - £44 - Prepare to see some amazing scenery on this fully guided day trip, with entry included to the stunning Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness (see image on left). Leave city life behind as you head into a land of mountains, lakes (lochs), beauty, mystery and legend!

Depart Edinburgh and travel along the Forth Valley towards Stirling, passing the famous battle site of Bannockburn (1314) and into William Wallace (Braveheart) country. See Stirling Castle and the National Wallace Monument, where the mighty hero defeated the English forces of King Edward I at Stirling Bridge in 1297.

border=0Entering the Trossachs National Park we make our official entrance into the Highlands and the land of the outlaw Rob Roy. After crossing The Rannoch Moor, one of Europe’s most sparsely populated areas, we come across the 'weeping' Glen Coe. Brace yourselves for the treacherous tale of Highland rivalries, as the MacDonald clan were betrayed and brutally slaughtered by their bitter enemies, the Campbells.

After a stop for lunch with Scottish specialities Haggis or even Highland Whisky, we enter the Great Glen and follow the Caledonian Canal in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. The Great Glen is one of the most picturesque parts of the British Isles, filled with perfectly reflecting waters of Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and the most famous of all, Loch Ness. We drive along the entire 23 miles (37km) of Loch Ness as your guide tells you tales of sightings and encounters of this elusive beast.

We stop at the widest point of Loch Ness for an hour to explore Urquhart Castle with entry included. A castle of history and mystery, and the place where the highest numbers of sightings of the Loch Ness Monster have been made. From here you will have the option of taking a boat cruise on the Loch (entry extra, payable on the day), you will never get a better chance to Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster!

After the Castle we continue to our northernmost point at Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands, before turning south past the site of the Battle of Culloden and journey through the Cairngorms and our return to Edinburgh.

Day 3

Join your tour manager for a morning walk up Calton Hill for views of the City of Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth. From here you can see the 171 metre tower in honour of the great Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson and his victories over Napoleon Bonaparte. Next to the tower is the National Monument of Scotland which commemorates Scottish soldiers and sailors who died during the Napoleonic wars. From here it is clear to see why many refer to Edinburgh as 'the Athens of the North.'

From Calton Hill the tour manager will accompany you to Edinburgh Castle (entry extra), an impenetrable fortress which has stood overlooking the city for over 1000 years. Learn about the Scottish Monarchy, Scottish heroes such as William Wallace or Robert the Bruce and see the Crown jewels of Scotland. OR 

Whisky Tasting upgrade - £20 - ( only adults over 18s) A transfer and tour of Glenkinchie whisky distillery, the closest to Edinburgh. After experiencing the detailed and highly skilled process of making a bottle of 'Scotch' you will have the chance to sample some of the whiskies made here. If you select this day trip you will be dropped back in Edinburgh after the tour in time for the coach departure transfer to the train station. 

Our departure transfer coach will collect you from the accommodation at 13:30 for the transfer to Edinburgh Waverley station, train departing at 14:51 for the return journey to London Euston. Arrival time in Euston is shortly after 20:30pm.


City Centre Accommodation Options

Caravel Guest House - Caravel Guest House
The basic price includes 3-5 bedded ensuite accommodation but you can select an upgrade to single, twin or double. If you do not select a upgrade you will automatically be placed in a room with customers of the same gender in Caravel Guest House. These rooms are exceptionally good value for money with short walking distance to the city centre, especially for single travellers who do not want to pay for single room upgrades, and a great way to meet your fellow travellers.

3 Star Upgrade - Ecosse International
This is a traditional family run guest house, which offers fantastic service and a great location. All rooms have private bathrooms are decorated to a high standard. This guest house has a lounge and free wifi.

During peak season (Bank holidays, July and August), other accommodation of equivalent standard may also used, including university halls and quality hostels. We also have 4 or 5 star accommodation options available on request, please contact our office and we will be happy to provide you with a price.

Price includes:

  • Return train travel in standard class from London Euston station to Edinburgh by train. On day 1 the train departs London Euston 06:43am arriving Edinburgh Waverley 12:22pm. On day 3 depart Edinburgh Waverley 14:51pm, arriving London Euston 20:30pm. 
  • Two hour professionally guided coach tour of Edinburgh on arrival, ending with drop off at city centre accommodation
  • Traditional Scottish Guest house/hotel accommodation in 3-5 bedded rooms in central Edinburgh with breakfast. If you require a twin/double or single you MUST select an upgrade in the 'Book this Tour' box.
  • Coach transfer on day 3 from accommodation to Edinburgh train station.
  • Services of Tour Manager for entire duration of the tour  

NB. The typical group size on our 3 day weekend breaks to Edinburgh is 30-45 people. You will travel by luxury air-conditioned train in what will be an excellent, shared experience with one of our professional tour managers 

Please note we will travel with East Coast Virgin trains from London Kings Cross on the following weekends

15th-17th April; 30th April-2nd May;13th-15th May; 28th-30th May; 3rd-5th June; 27th-29th August; 16th-18th December.

 

We also offer return transfers to join this tour from/to the following locations:

  • Cambridge Parkside (outside Police Station) 04.15am
  • Ramsgate Train Station 04.00am
  • Canterbury East Train Station 04.25am
This tour normally ends by 8.30pm in London. If you are travelling onwards to Cambridge, Ramsgate or Canterbury, the final arrival time will vary, as the transfer service that we provide links in with our other tours.  The transfer service will be by private transport or rail.

Option to make your own travel arrangements to Edinburgh - Save £30 per person
If you would like to make your own travel arrangements to Edinburgh but still join this tour, we offer a £30 per adult or child reduction. If you would like to take up this option, please enter notravel in the promotion code box, after you have entered your name(s).


No passport or visa required - You do not need a passport or visa to travel to Scotland from England


What other people have said about this tour:

This trip was really more than I expected. The driver is so nice, the city guide's dress was typically as a Scottish guy.The hotel was very well located and everything was perfect. I hope to see everybody again. Thanks, Aline Lazzarotto, from Brazil - Edinburgh and The Scottish Highlands