Scotland’s capital for over 600 years. Home to the Scottish Parliament and seat of the monarchy. Spectacular setting and packed full of history.
Our Edinburgh guided tours take you from London to Edinburgh by train along the east coast of Britain, you arrive in Edinburgh at Waverly station, positioned below Edinburgh Castle – which at over 800 years old and sitting on an old extinct volcano overlooking the entire city, is an unforgettable sight. The city is filled with Scottish history, stories of battles, sieges and executions, as well as grand stone buildings home to Scotland’s high society for 100’s of years. Explore its narrow alleys, shop and eat in many of its fine shops, pubs and restaurants and visit sights such as the Royal Mile, Holyrood Palace and Carlton Hill - this has to be one of the finest cities to visit in all of Britain.
Scottish Highlands Tour and Loch Ness
This mountainous, barren, open landscape - the source of many gruesome stories in Scottish history is simply breath-taking.
Our Scottish Highlands tour gives you the chance to discover Britain’s most sparsely populated area, full of mountains, glens and lakes (lochs). Dotted with castles, distilleries, historic battle sites, not only is the scenery absolutely stunning, the sense of history, identity and tradition means the highlands is one of the most evocative areas in the world. Take the chance to join a day tour from Edinburgh to the Highlands, through spectacular Glen Coe, up to Loch Ness to see the monster (with luck!) and a visit to beautiful Urquhart Castle on the banks of the Loch. Pass through William Wallace (Braveheart) country, and see Stirling Castle and the National Wallace Monument. The sights and stories will stay with you forever.
Meet your tour manager at London Euston station prior to your train’s departure to Edinburgh at 06.43am. Enjoy a beautiful scenic journey up the east coast to Scotland on board a high speed train, with a fully stocked shop, buffet car and on board WiFi. Enjoy breakfast in England and lunch in Scotland!
On arrival, enjoy a tour of Scotland’s capital, taking in the landmarks of Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh Castle, the National Museum of Scotland, Grassmarket, Greyfriars Bobby and the Elephant coffee house where J.K.Rowling first penned Harry Potter. After your tour, we’ll transfer you to your nearby accommodation, and take the chance to visit some of the attractions or sites your guide will have talked about on the tour. Your tour manager will remain available to provide local information, help and advice.
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.
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Either enjoy a full free day in Edinburgh to visit some of its best attractions or join an optional upgrade tour to Loch Ness & Scottish Highlands - see option 2 for more details.
Upgrade available for £49. This day tour to the Scottish Highlands and Loch Ness will take you right into the heart of the Highlands, past Stirling Castle, the site of the famous battle of Bannockburn, past the National Wallace Monument. Through the Trossachs National Park into the spectacular Glen Coe. Stop for lunch and have the chance to sample haggis, then on to Loch Ness. Visit lovely Urquhart Castle, with the option of a boat cruise on the Loch before heading back to Edinburgh.
Join your guide on a walk up Calton Hill for views of the city and the Firth of Forth. From here you can see the tower in honour of the great Admiral Nelson and his victories over Napoleon. Admire the great National Monument of Scotland next to the tower. From here it is clear to see why many refer to Edinburgh as 'the Athens of the North.'
From Calton Hill the tour manager will accompany you to Edinburgh Castle (entry extra) OR
A tour of Glenkinchie whisky distillery, the closest to Edinburgh. After experiencing the highly skilled process of making a bottle of 'Scotch' you will have the chance to taste some of the whisky made here. If you select this day trip you will be dropped back in Edinburgh after the tour in time for the coach departure transfer to the train station.
Our departure transfer coach will collect you from your accommodation at 13:30 for the transfer to Edinburgh station, your train departs at 14:51 for your return journey to London Euston. Arrival time in London is shortly after 20:30pm.