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

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At a glance
Category: Tours, Day Trips
Duration: 3 days

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, St. Johns 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.
2x Breakfast
Accommodation included: 2 nights
Stay two nights in a centrally located 3-star hotel, bed and breakfast.
Hop-on hop-off Sightseeing tour of Edinburgh
A free city map and information booklet
Day Tour to Loch Ness & the Highlands (on day 2) - including an expert guide and mini coach.
Round-trip train tickets to Edinburgh with reserved seats
Entry/Admission - Edinburgh Castle
Guide except Day 2
Hotel pickup and drop off
Food and drinks, unless specified
Transport between station and hotel
Entry/Admission - Edinburgh Waverley Station


Meeting point
King's Cross, Euston Rd, Kings Cross, London N1 9AL, UK


Dec 2017

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!

Nov 2017

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

Nov 2017

We have joined a good number of package tour but this is the best one we have even joined. Everything about it is grea - the comfort of the bus for the long ride, the stops and the pack lunch, too. t. We especially appreciated the Loch Ness and the Highlands leg of the tour. The tour leader Caitlin is the best!!! Her enthusiasm for her work is was very infectious!!! She can energize the whole bus!!! She is the best tour leader we have ever had! Her lectureson Highlands History was a very great eye-opener for me and my husband. The rail trip from London to Edinburgh was also good. The extra we paid for first class seats was worth it.

Oct 2017

What a wonderful experience. Edinburgh is a fantastic place - so much history. The Highlands are absolutely beautiful and the boat ride on Loch Ness was so much fun.

Mar 2018

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.

Nov 2017

It was a good compact trip. I suppose three days and two nights is not really enough to visit any place but it sure was a good introduction to Edinburgh. I wish though that there was more information on the distance of the hotel from the train station, especially for travelers who have difficulty in walking.

Jun 2017

Fun short trip to Scotland! Well organized and good value. I only took off one star because the highland tour involved a lot of time spent on a bus it was really scenic, but wish there was more time to explore off of the bus.

Mar 2017

This tour is an excellent way to see Edinburgh and the highlands in a short period of time. We elected to go first class on Virgin Rail which I recommend as meals are included and service is attentive. Our hotel for 2 nights was only a 5 min walk from the station however the tour company had failed to place a booking with the hotel. Which was quickly remedied by Reception staff but could have been a disaster. The tour is self guided except for the all day highlands experience which is a short walk to their Royal Mile offices to start and end the bus tour.

Our driver/guide Duncan and assistant Graham for the highlands bus tour were overall informative and a wealth of local knowledge. The 2 hour lunch stop and cruise opportunity at Loch Ness was too long particularly as there were few open shops which meant the cruise was the only attraction. Though the cruise only goes for 1 hour. A half hour less at Loch Ness could easily be added to our dinner stop at Pitlochry which appeared to be a charming town worth exploring rather than only time for a comfort stop and a bag of take away chips.

The bus stopped a couple of times for photo opportunities however one of the local attractions, ie., the native hairy cow was merely pointed out as we drove past. There were a number of other tour buses who made a point of stopping for this purpose. I'm disappointed we didn't get a chance to see the cows up close after travelling so far from Australia.

Disappointingly the tour guide and assistant took the opportunity on a number of occasions to openly criticise other travellers whether for their tardiness or choice of food which was unprofessional and uncomfortable for myself and my daughter sitting at the front of the bus.

Jul 2018

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.

Aug 2017

Despite telling the tour company when I booked the tour that I am disabled and use a mobility scooter, I was booked in a hotel that was not accessible. The tour to the Highlands had its own issues, including the fact that I was never told about having to book a separate ticket to see the Loch Ness. So I went to Scotland, expecting to visit Loch Ness, and never got more than a passing view from the distance. For what I paid for this tour, I could have made my own reservations and had a more accessible time.

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