Come with us north of the border to the enchanting and beautiful country of Scotland. Together with a knowledgeable and friendly tour manager and guide, you will have two nights accommodation in central Edinburgh, a guided tour of the city and a chance to travel to the stunning Scottish Highlands to visit mysterious Loch Ness and the magnificent mountain scenery of Glen Coe and Rannoch Moor.
Return high speed train London-Edinburgh with reserved seating
Two nights Edinburgh city centre hotel accommodation with breakfast
Services of a professional tour manager
Optional tours to Loch Ness, Ghosts & Ghouls guided walk & Whisky distillery
Arrival and departure transfer to and from your centrally located guest house accommodation
Have breakfast in England and lunch in Scotland as we travel through some of Britain's most beautiful scenery by high speed train, arriving in the Scottish capital for an eye opening tour of Edinburgh, including photo stops at the Royal Palace of Holyrood House, the castle and the Royal Mile. After checking in to our hotel, enjoy the plethora of free museums and art galleries during your free time in the afternoon.
In the evening join your guide in one of Edinburgh's historic pubs to try local whiskies and maybe some haggis. Alternatively, we have the option of a ghost tour to explore some of the city's haunted places, a spine tingling way to end the evening.
After breakfast, enjoy a free day for Edinburgh sightseeing, or if you have selected the Loch Ness & Highlands upgrade we have a full day in the Scottish Highlands with a local guide. Travel up to the mountains to see waterfalls and wild deer, enjoy breathtaking scenery, beautiful Lochs, dramatic glens, windswept Rannoch Moor and mysterious Loch Ness. See if you can spot the monster! See the romantic ruins of Urquhart Castle, see the battle site at Bannockburn and learn of the massacre at Glen Coe.
Entry to the Castle is not included, but a Castle entry & Loch Ness Cruise upgrade can be purchased on the day, subject to weather conditions.
Our final day begins with a guided walk to the viewpoint at Calton Hill, then a walk to historic Edinburgh Castle and the impressive and informative National Museum of Scotland. From here you have the option to take a tour to the nearby Glenkinchie Whisky Distillery, where you can learn how this famous tipple is created and sample the 'water of life' for yourself. Transport is provided by minibus, to any one choosing this tour option. Should you choose not to go to the distillery, the rest of the day will be spent at your leisure.
Our time in Edinburgh draws to a close mid afternoon, when you will be transported back to Edinburgh train station for our return journey to London.
We offer two types of accommodation for this tour, catering for differing budgets and preferences. Breakfast is included in all options.
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. Ideal for single travellers who do not want to pay for single room upgrades, and a great way to meet your fellow travellers.
Shared Accommodation 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.
Single, Twin or Double Accommodation Upgrade You can choose to upgrade from the multi-bedded accommodation to either a single room for a £35 per night supplement, or a twin/double room for a £20 per night supplement. If you are a single traveller booking the twin/double upgrade option, you will be placed in a twin room with another single traveller from the group (same sex).
This is a traditional, family run guest house, which offers fantastic service and a great location. All rooms have private bathrooms and are decorated to a high standard. This guest house has a lounge and free wifi.
3* Twin or Double Accommodation You can choose to upgrade your accommodation to one of the Ecosse International's twin or double rooms for an additional £40 per night. If you are a single traveller booking the twin/double upgrade option, you will be placed in a twin room with another single traveller from the group (same sex).
3* Single Accommodation At the Essosse we also offer a single supplement upgrade option, where you can book a single room for an additional £70 per night.
To avoid disappointment, all accommodation upgrades should be added at the time of booking.
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.
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:
04:15am Ramsgate Train Station 04:30am Outside Cambridge Police Station, Parkside 04:35am Canterbury East Train Station
Passengers joining this tour from the above locations will be transferred to London Kings Cross by private vehicle (not train) by International Friends where you will meet the guide inside the station at the meeting point below:
06:15am London Kings Cross 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 Kings Cross to Edinburgh Depart London Kings Cross 07:00am, arrive Edinburgh Waverly 11:19am
Edinburgh to London Kings Cross Depart Edinburgh Waverly 15:30pm, arrive London Kings Cross 19:45pm
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. Please note that the return transfer for Canterbury passengers could be to either Canterbury East or Canterbury West Train Station, depending how many people are travelling
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 automatically 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 Kings Cross takes approx. 4 hours 20minutes 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.