4 Day New Year Hogmanay tour to Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands
From Friday 30 December to Monday 2 January (4 days/3 nights)
Celebrate the New Year in style on our traditional Scottish Hogmanay tour. We travel directly to Edinburgh by fast train in a journey time of just under 5 hours (from London). On arrival in Edinburgh, we take a fully guided tour of Edinburgh before we check in to our centrally located accommodation, which is within 20 minutes walk of Princes Street and the Royal Mile.
As we travel to Edinburgh by fast train, you will be in Edinburgh in good time to join in the famous Torchlit Procession between Parliament Square and Calton Hill. This event is free but torches can be purchased in advance - see this link for details and to pre book torches (please note, if you wish to participate the procession, you would not be able to join the ghost tour).
On the second day (count down to the New Year) you will have free time to explore Edinburgh's many attractions and special events or you can join our guide for a leisurely tour of Edinburgh's best pubs. This is a perfect opportunity to sample some fine Scottish single malt whisky's. Later in the day we gather at the street party in Princess Street to enjoy the sensational firework display over Edinburgh Castle to bring in 2018.
On the third day you have the option of joining our fully guided tour of Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Scottish Highlands. This is a full day's excursion and is being led by our own guide Andrew, who is one of the most experienced and knowledgable guides in Britain!
On our last day you will have free time to do any last minute sightseeing in Edinburgh before we take our late afternoon train back to London (or Cambridge).
- Return fast train from London
- Guided tour of Edinburgh
- 3 nights accommodation on bed and breakfast basis
- All rooms have ensuite shower/wc
- TV & tea coffee making facilites
- Hogmanay Street Party Pass
- Hotel/Guest House coach transfers from rail station (for convenience, although it is within easy walking distance)
- FULLY BONDED TOUR OPERATOR - YOUR PAYMENT IS 100% PROTECTED WITH INTERNATIONAL FRIENDS
Our choice of hotels and guest houses for this tour:
Being the number one operator to Scotland throughout the year, we offer reasonably priced good quaility accommodation, close to the centre of Edinburgh.
- Traditional 2 star hotel with multi-bedded rooms at the Caravel Guest House
- Caravel Guesthouse - multi-bedded rooms, singler rooms and twin/double rooms - this family run guesthouse is ideally situated in the centre of Edinburgh with all amenities almost on your door step!
Travel to Scotland
Northbound *TBA from Kings Cross
Depart London 07.00 (Check with group leader 06.15am)
Arrive Edinburgh 11.20 (approx.)
Southbound *TBA to Kings Cross
Depart Edinburgh 17:00
Arrive London 21.50 (approx.)
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.
Loch Ness, Glenco & Scottish Highlands (31st December 2017) - £49per person (not suitable for under 3s)
- Entrance to Urquhart Castle included
Enjoy a spectacular New Year's Day out and explore some of the most beautiful and dramatic areas of Scotland. After a morning coffee stop at Kilmahog, we travel through Rob Roy Country and arrive at the Weeping Glen of Glencoe, the infamous site of the 1692 Massacre, for a photo stop. after another short drive we arrive at Fort William for lunch. Fort William is in the shadow of Ben Nevis - Britain's highest mountain. We then continue to Spean Bridge where we have another opportunity to view and photograph Ben Nevis. From here we follow the Caledonian Canal to Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle. here you will have ample time to view the 12th Century castle, visit the new Visitor's Centre which offers an audio visual display along with other interesting objects and take a short cruise (depending on availability) on the Loch if you wish. After your cruise the coach will pick you up and we start our homeward journey by way of the Grampian Mountains, passing Blair Castle in the distance famous for it's private army. at Pitlochry we have a short break before arriving in Edinburgh at approximately 20.00 hrs at Caravel Guesthouse, where the tour ends.