The number 1 weekend tour to Scotland from London and South East England
The best train times - giving you more time in Scotland
The best guides - many years of experience and knowledge
The best value central accommodation
More sightseeing options than all other weekend tours to Edinburgh
Extra - enjoy Edinburgh's nightlife with our guides
Hear the history of Holyrood Palace and the story of Mary Queen of Scots, walk along the Royal Mile, see Edinburgh Castle and the new Scottish Parliamentbuilding, experience the breathtaking scenery of the Scottish Highlands*and see if you can spot the mysterious Loch Ness*Monster.
Edinburgh is less than 5 hours away by high speed train from London. This tour gives you the chance to see Scotland's capital and even the Scottish Highlands and Loch Ness - all in a weekend. Feedback from our clients for this tour has been nothing short of outstanding. We have also noticed than many of the people who travel to Edinburgh with us, book because the tour was recommended by their friends. We promise you will not be disappointed.
We travel north departing from London King Cross station to arrive in Scotland's capital, Edinburgh by 11.15 am. The normal journey time from London is just under 5 hours, which means you can have 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 Place was built on orders of King David after an encounter with mythical white Stag, and remains today as the official residence of the British monarchy in Scotland. After a brief stop at the Place it's on to one of Edinburgh's Highest points in Holyrood Park before continuing our tourof 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 coffe house where J.K. Rowling First penned Harry Potter.
You may wish to join us for some casual drinks close to your hotel in the evening - we promise you will enjoy our evenings just as much as the sightseeing! Coming away on a tour like this is also a great way of meeting people from all over the world.
Optional Ghosts & Gouls 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 haunted Blair Street Underground vaults. Included in the tour is a shot od Dewar's super Scotch Whisky to keep you warm on this chilling tour!
If you have chosen our upgrade option to the Scottish Highlands and Loch Ness prepare to see some amazing scenery, with entry included to the stunning Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness (see image on right). We operate a full day out into Scotland’s wild and rugged landscape leaving city life far behind as we head into the mountains!
The coach will collect you from your accommodation and we head along the Forth Valley towards Stirling, entering William Wallace (Braveheart) country. We pass the famous battle site of Bannockburn (1314) then onto the land of Braveheart. Our guide will point out Stirling Castle and the National Wallace Monument where we will hear of his famous victory over the English at Stirling Bridge in 1297.
We follow the River Teith to Callander and the Highland Boundry Fault, rising up into the mountains to the land of Rob Roy. Entering the Trossachs National Park we pass the still waters of Loch Lubnaig, the crooked loch. Climbing even higher above Loch Earn towards Crianlarich we find ourselves on the windswept isolated desolate Rannoch Moor with nothing but marsh grass and distant mountains as far as the eye can see. After crossing one of Europe’s most sparsely populated areas we come across Glen Coe, the ‘weeping glen’ and learn of the bloody fate of the MacDonald clan at the hands of their bitter enemies, the Campbells.
Next, descend to the coast, to sea lochs with salt water and fishing boats and on to Fort William and Spean Bridge with a stop for lunch and a chance to buy souvenirs. We now enter the Great Glen and follow the Caledonian Canal in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. The huge fault line of the Great Glen is filled with deep lochs such as Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and the most famous of all, Loch Ness. We follow the banks of this huge body of water looking for a glimpse of the famous monster as your guide tells you tales of sightings and encounters of this elusive beast. Fact or fiction? You decide.
Next stop at historic Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness with entry included and time to explore. After the Castle we continue to our northernmost point, Inverness the Capital of the Highlands before turning south through the Cairngorms and our return to Edinburgh.
Your third day in Edinburgh is a day spent at your leisure, or if you wish to learn more about Scotland, you can choose our optional upgrade and include a Whisky Tasting tour
Whisky Tasting upgrade - £22 - (over 18's only)
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.
Make sure you get the most out of the fantastic Scottish capital before returning to England late afternoon. Edinburgh is a city full of museums, galleries, traditional gift shops, Castles, cathedrals and more. Mid afternoon the coach will collect you from your accommodation and transfer you to the train station for the return journey to London.
<h3 style="text-align: center;">We offer two types of accommodation for this tour, catering for differing budgets and preferences. Breakfast is included in all options.</h3> <h3> </h3> <h3><strong>Included as standard -</strong> <a href="http://www.caravelhouse.com/" target="_blank">Caravel Guest House</a></h3> <p><span style="color: #003366;"><span style="color: #003366;"><span style="color: #000000;">The basic price of this tour includes 3-5 bedded ensuite accommodation, sharing with other members of the tour (same sex). These rooms are exceptionally good value for money with a short walking distance to the city centre. Great for single travellers who do not want to pay for single room upgrades, and a great way to meet your fellow travellers.<strong><a href="http://www.caravelhouse.com/" target="_blank"><span style="color: #000000;"><br /></span></a></strong></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span style="color: #003366;"><strong>Shared Accommodation</strong></span><br /> If you do not select one of upgrade options below, you will automatically be placed in a room with customers of the same gender in Caravel Guest House. </li> <li><span style="color: #003366;"><strong>Single, Twin or Double Accommodation</strong></span><span style="color: #003366;"><strong> Upgrade<br /></strong></span>You can choose to upgrade from the shared accommodation to either a single room for a £35 per night supplement, or a twin/double room for a £20 per night supplement</li> </ul> <h3> </h3> <h3><strong>3 Star Upgrade</strong> - <a href="http://www.ecosseguesthouse.co.uk/" target="_blank">Ecosse International</a></h3> <p>This is a traditionally 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.</p> <ul> <li><span style="color: #003366;"><strong>3 star twin/Double Accommodation</strong></span><br />You can choose to upgrade your accommodation to one of the Ecosse International's twin or double rooms for an additional £40 per night</li> <li><span style="color: #003366;"><strong>3 star Single Accommodation<br /></strong></span><span style="color: #000000;">At the Essosse we also offer a single supplement upgrade option, where you can book a single room for an additional £70 per night.</span></li> </ul> <p> </p> <p>To avoid disappointment, all accommodation upgrades should be added at the time of booking.</p> <p>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.</p>
Please ensure you arrive at your allocated departure point at least 15 minutes before departure time.
You can join this tour from the following locations:
Passengers joining this tour from the above locations will be transferred to London Euston by private vehicle (not train) by International Friends where you will meet the guide inside the station at the meeting point below:
06:00am London Euston Train Station, next to the Information desk
Please adhere to the meeting times above to ensure you have enough time to reach the train for its departure
London Euston to Edinburgh Depart London Euston 06:43am, arrive Edinburgh Waverly 12:22pm
Edinburgh to London Euston Depart Edinburgh Waverly 2:51pm, arrive LondonEuston 8:30pm
The finishing time for passengers who joined the tour in Cambridge, Ramsgate or Canterbury 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.
Making your own travel Arrangements
If you would like to make your own travel arrangements to Edinburgh but still join this tour, we offer a £30 per person 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), this will autopmatically reduce the price of your tour by £30.
Can we extend our stay in Edinburgh so we can see other parts of Scotland? Of course you can, although, since our train journeys are specifically allocated on certain trains at certain times, your ongoing journey from Edinburgh/Scotland, will be at your own expense & no discount will be provided for the unused return ticket.
Do you need a visa to travel to Scotland from England? No, Scotland is still part of United Kingdom and there is no border control
How long is the train journey between London and Edinburgh? Train journey from London Euston Station takes approx. 5.5 hours each way
Does the tour include any food? We include breakfast at the accommodation we provide in central Edinburgh, we do not include lunch or dinner. There are many eateries within walking distance from your accommodation.
Can I take a different train from Edinburgh to London? Not with our train tickets; all our train tickets are for specific trains at the exact times we have booked, therefore, if you wish to travel on a later or earlier train going back to London, you will need to purchase your own tickets.
Is Edinburgh Castle ticket included? No, we do not include Edinburgh castle tickets.
How much free time do I get in Edinburgh? You are free to break up from our organised touring programme at any point but please inform your tour guide beforehand. If you are not looking to join our Scottish Highlands and Loch Ness day trip with us, you would have the entire second day free.