3-Day Rail Trip to Edinburgh, Loch Ness and the Highlands from London

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Day 1: London to Edinburgh by train, then visit Edinburgh Castle & hop on hop off bus

Stop At: Edinburgh Castle, Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG Scotland
Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress which dominates the skyline of Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, from its position on the Castle Rock. Archaeologists have established human occupation of the rock since at least the Iron Age, although the nature of the early settlement is unclear.
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Itinerary

Day 1: London to Edinburgh by train, then visit Edinburgh Castle & hop on hop off bus

Stop At: Edinburgh Castle, Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG Scotland
Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress which dominates the skyline of Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, from its position on the Castle Rock. Archaeologists have established human occupation of the rock since at least the Iron Age, although the nature of the early settlement is unclear.
Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX Scotland
The Palace of Holyroodhouse, commonly referred to as Holyrood Palace, is the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland, Queen Elizabeth II.

Pass By: 53 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2DG Scotland
Princes Street is one of the major thoroughfares in central Edinburgh, Scotland, and the main shopping street in the capital. It is the southernmost street of Edinburgh's New Town, stretching around 1 mile from Lothian Road in the west, to Leith Street in the east

Stop At: Edinburgh Waverley Station, Edinburgh Scotland
Waverley Bridge is a road bridge in Edinburgh linking Market Street in the Old Town with Princes Street in the New Town. The bridge forms part of the roof of Edinburgh Waverley station and marks the eastern boundary of Princes Street Gardens. The current bridge was built between 1894 and 1896 by Blyth and Westland.
Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: John Knox House Museum, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR Scotland
John Knox House, popularly known as "John Knox's House", is a historic house in Edinburgh, Scotland, reputed to have been owned and lived in by Protestant reformer John Knox during the 16th century.

Pass By: Arthur's Seat, Queen's Drive Holyrood Park, Edinburgh EH8 8HG Scotland
Arthur's Seat is an extinct volcano which is the main peak of the group of hills in Edinburgh, Scotland, which form most of Holyrood Park, described by Robert Louis Stevenson as "a hill for magnitude, a mountain in virtue of its bold design".

Pass By: Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2PB Scotland
The Royal Mile is a succession of streets forming the main thoroughfare of the Old Town of the city of Edinburgh in Scotland.

Pass By: The Museum of Edinburgh, 142 Canongate Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH8 8DD Scotland
The Museum of Edinburgh is housed in Huntly House, one of the iconic and historic buildings on the Royal Mile, in the Canongate area, toward the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Scottish Parliament. It is well served by regular and city sightseeing buses.

Pass By: St John's Episcopal Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 4BJ Scotland
The Church of St John the Evangelist is a Scottish Episcopal church in the centre of Edinburgh, Scotland. It is sited at the west end of Princes Street at its junction with Lothian Road, and is protected as a category A listed building.

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight in Edinburgh - 3 star hotel

Day 2: Loch Ness, Glen Coe & the Highlands Tour

Stop At: Loch Ness Region, Loch Ness Region, Scottish Highlands, Scotland
Loch Ness is a large, deep, freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands extending for approximately 37 kilometres southwest of Inverness. Its surface is 16 metres above sea level. Loch Ness is best known for alleged sightings of the cryptozoological Loch Ness Monster, also known affectionately as "Nessie".
Duration: 45 minutes

Pass By: Cairngorm Mountain, CairnGorm Ski Area, Aviemore PH22 1RB Scotland
The Cairngorms are a mountain range in the eastern Highlands of Scotland closely associated with the mountain of the Cairn Gorm. The Cairngorms became part of Scotland's second national park on 1 September 2003

Pass By: Inverness, Inverness, Scottish Highlands, Scotland
Inverness is a city on Scotland’s northeast coast, where the River Ness meets the Moray Firth. It's the largest city and the cultural capital of the Scottish Highlands. Its Old Town features 19th-century Inverness Cathedral, the mostly 18th-century Old High Church and an indoor Victorian Market selling food, clothing and crafts. The contemporary Inverness Museum and Art Gallery traces local and Highland history.

Pass By: Ben Nevis, Fort William Scotland
Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles. Standing at 1,345 metres above sea level, it is at the western end of the Grampian Mountains in the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands, close to the town of Fort William.

Pass By: Glen Coe, Scotland
Glencoe is a village in western Scotland. It lies in steep-sided Glencoe valley, in the Scottish Highlands. The area is known for waterfalls and trails that climb peaks such as Buachaille Etive Mor and Bidean nam Bian. In the village, Glencoe Folk Museum occupies 18th-century thatched cottages, with displays on local heritage and the Glencoe massacre of 1692. Wildlife in the area includes red deer and golden eagles.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in Edinburgh - 3 star hotel

Day 3: Edinburgh (full day free in Edinburgh) then train back to London

Pass By: 53 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2DG Scotland
Princes Street is one of the major thoroughfares in central Edinburgh, Scotland, and the main shopping street in the capital. It is the southernmost street of Edinburgh's New Town, stretching around 1 mile from Lothian Road in the west, to Leith Street in the east

Pass By: Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2PB Scotland
The Royal Mile is a succession of streets forming the main thoroughfare of the Old Town of the city of Edinburgh in Scotland.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.
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Important Details

Included
  • Hop-on hop-off Sightseeing tour of Edinburgh on Day 1
  • 2x Breakfast
  • Entry to Edinburgh Castle (on day 1)
  • A free city map and information booklet
  • Round-trip train tickets to Edinburgh with reserved seats
  • Entry/Admission - Edinburgh Castle
  • Stay two nights in a centrally located 3-star hotel, bed and breakfast.
  • Accommodation included: 2 nights
  • Day Tour to Loch Ness & the Highlands (on day 2) - including an expert guide and mini coach.
Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Gratuities
  • Transport between station and hotel
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Guide except Day 2
  • Entry/Admission - Edinburgh Waverley Station
Departure Point
King's Cross, Euston Rd, Kings Cross, London N1 9AL, UK
6:30 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 30 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Unfortunately children under the age of five years cannot be permitted on this tour, as the minivans are not fitted with child safety seats
  • The train trip is approximately 5 hours each way
  • This tour is unescorted on the train and in Edinburgh
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Child age: 5-11 yrs inclusive. This Tour is not suitable for children under 5 years old
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
Voucher Requirements

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

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Cancellation Policy

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

Customer Reviews

4.2
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Based on 35 reviews

Reviewed: September 20, 2019

cccduluth

Hotel was very close to railway station and bus stops for hop on hop off. Wish we had had more time. Weather was beautiful.


Reviewed: July 18, 2018

grillocaro

This is a self-guided tour, meaning that you are on your own for 2 of the 3 days in Edinburgh. So you could organize it yourself: book a Loch Ness tour out of Edinburgh Take the hop-on/off bus tour all the way around the circuit to get oriented. Fabulous guide to Loch Ness. Awful hotel: small, cramped, worn and no A/C during a heat wave. Evans Tours messed up my train reservation.


Reviewed: March 19, 2018

rondeanmc

The person that arranged our rail trip did not give us accurate or adequate information regarding how to get to our hotel from the train station. We had upgraded our train trip to first class to make sure we had a reserved seat and had that on the trip to Edinburgh but they had not arranged for reserved seat on the way back so we ended up having to jockey for an available seat. It was really an uncomfortable situation. Accommodations were nothing special but comfortable and adequate.

The best part of the trip was our trip to the Highlands - our guide was Duncan and he did a very good job pointing out highlights and also letting us rest it was a long trip. The rest of the trip you are on your own and it was nice to be in control of where and when you wanted to go.


Reviewed: December 18, 2017

neri

My husband and I took this quick trip in December. We were not given the tour vouchers and did not have our accommodation details until the morning of the tour. However, we trusted Viator since we have joined other tours before in various cities.
The tour was well-organised from London Kings Cross Station to Edinburgh and Loch Ness. The first class coach was worth the extra, since it was a very early trip to Edinburgh and late return to London. We were pleasantly surprised that the quoted B and B was Hilton hotel in a central location in Edinburgh. The hotel was a short walk to Waverley Station, Christmas Markets , the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle.

Going up to Loch Ness the view was magical .. the bends and loch were all covered with snow. Our lady tour bus driver and tour guide, Katryn was excellent considering we were going up the Highlands in snowy winter weather. Being a local from Edinburgh, she was very proud of her heritage and managed to give us a good history and interesting folklores of the Scottish Highlands. The Loch Ness cruise was optional but it was an interesting experience to go through the deep black waters with humorous local guides .Unfortunately, Nessie must be frozen under the lake .
Thank you Viator for another exceptional experience!


Reviewed: November 28, 2017

Deborah   |   United States of America

Trip if a lifetime! Loved it! Everything went great and couldn't have picked a better tour!