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Weekend 3 Day Short Break By Rail To Scotland

Accommodation & Guided Tour in Edinburgh, with Options for Freetime in Edinburgh or Guided Highland Tour

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Weekend 3 Day Short Break By Rail to Scotland Tour Included Highlights:

- Return travel in standard class from London Euston to Edinburgh by high-speed train

- A two hour professionally guided tour of Scotland's Capital, Edinburgh

- Two nights at a traditional Scottish Guest house/hotel accommodation in central Edinburgh with breakfast (with upgrade options)

- Services of Tour Manager for entire duration of the tour

- Option to purchase an additional tour each day; Loch Ness & Highlands Tour, Whiskey Tasting and Ghosts & Ghouls Evening Tour

Days Of Operation & Duration:

Departures all year departing every Friday early morning on a 6:43 a.m. train from Euston Station returning to London Sunday scheduled to arrive back by 8:30 p.m.

Over Easter an extended 4 day tour is run.

Note: Travel on a minority of dates will be with East Coast Virgin trains from London Kings Cross. Exact dates are detailed on the main tour detail page reached via the banner below. Kings Cross Station is only 600 yards fro Euston Station the normal departure station.

Tour Itinerary:

This short break tour gives you the chance to see Scotland's capital and even the Scottish Highlands and Loch Ness - all in a weekend.

The typical group size on our 3 day weekend breaks to Edinburgh is 30-45 people.

The basic tour includes a good orientation tour of Edinburgh, the rest of the time is yours to choose exactly what you want to see at the pace you want to see it, based in Edinburgh.

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On the first day there is a Ghosts & Ghouls Evening Tour.

On the second of the three days you have two options to choose from. You can take a full day guided tour of the Scottish Highlands including Loch Ness, with entry included to the stunning Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness.

Or you can choose to spend your time in Edinburgh, perhaps visiting the Royal Mile, or the Castle, entering Holyrood Palace or one of the many free museums and galleries in the city.

On the third day there is an optional Whiskey tasting.

Day 1

We travel north from London by comfortable train with reserved seating. A journey of just over five hours means you can have breakfast in England and lunch in Scotland. 

Once we have left the train our guide will transfer us to the coach for an eye opening informative tour of Scotland's capital city.

We will head to the Royal Mile that links the Palace of Holyrood House with the ancient castle on top of an extinct volcano. We will see the High Kirk of St Giles (the cathedral), the old Parliament Square and the Castle Esplanade. At the foot of this famous street we will stand outside Holyrood House and learn of Scottish Royalty, of King David, Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots.

We journey from the Old Town towards the New Town and climb Calton Hill to see the National Monument and admire the view towards Arthur's Seat, a 250m high rocky crag that lies within the whole city. We will learn of Scotland's writers, Robbie Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson, view their memorials and see where they lived.

Afterwards we drive through the elegant squares and terraces of the New Town we transfer you to your nearby accommodation and a chance to have a late lunch and explore some of the excellent free museums your guide will have talked about on the tour.

Optional Ghosts & Ghouls Evening Tour

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!!

Scottish Highlands

Scottish Highlands

Day 2 (two choices)

Edinburgh Free Time

Enjoy a full free day in Edinburgh to visit one of the many amazing attractions on offer. You could take a walk down the Royal Mile, or a trip to the Holyrood Palace, the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland. There will be an opportunity to visit Edinburgh Castle on day three.


Or: Optional Guided Scottish Highlands Visit

If you have chosen our upgrade option to the Scottish Highlands and Loch Ness prepare to see some amazing scenery.

Entry is included to the stunning Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness. This tour is a full day out into Scotland's wild and rugged landscape leaving city life far behind as we head into the mountains and moors.

Full details of this tour are on the tour detail and booking page linked from the price banner at the foot of this page.

Day 3 (two choices)

Morning Walk with afternoon free time for Edinburgh Castle

Scottish Kilt & Bagpipes

You tour guide will take you for a morning walk up Calton Hill for views of the City of Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth. From here you can see the 171 metre tower in honour of the great Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson and his victories over Napoleon Bonaparte. Next to the tower is the National Monument of Scotland which commemorates Scottish soldiers and sailors who died during the Napoleonic wars. From here it is clear to see why many refer to Edinburgh as 'the Athens of the North.'


From Calton Hill, if you wish, your tour guide will accompany you to Edinburgh Castle (entrance fee extra). At this 1000 year old fortress you can see the Crown Jewels of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny, Royal Palace and Great Hall. Learn about the Scottish Monarchy, Scottish heroes such as William Wallace or Robert the Bruce.

Our departure transfer coach will collect you from the accommodation at 13:30 for the transfer to Edinburgh Waverley station, train departing at 14:51 for the return journey to London.

Or: Optional Whisky Tasting Tour - Day 3

A transfer and tour of Glenkinchie whisky distillery, the closest to Edinburgh. After experiencing the detailed and highly skilled process of making a bottle of 'Scotch' you will have the chance to sample some of the whiskies 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.

Your Hotel Accommodation - A Choice Of Options

There are various grades of accommodation on offer to suit your pocket.

The standard package uses a guest house in rooms with private shower, toilet, television and tea/coffee making facilities.

There are upgrade options or you can ask for a quotation at a 3 or 4 star property.

Edinburgh is a very seasonal destination, during the peak summer months, the best deal accommodation is soon sold out.

Prices & Tour Reservations

Prices displayed on the banner link are the current prices for this tour. Sometimes on special occasions there may be slight changes to the tour, dates or price so do check on the booking page linked below. Extra dates are often put on around long holiday weekends, notably Easter and New Year.

Major credit and debit cards are accepted. You will be emailed a confirmation with a booking reference after reservation. The booking reference and the name of the person ordering is all that you need to quote when joining the tour, there are no paper tickets.

On the tour detail page from the link below, there is a date drop-down at the top right of the page, which depicts which dates still have availability. By selecting your required date you start the reservation process. Once we list a date for operation it is guaranteed to run, there are no minimum numbers.

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