Scottish Tours

Scotland Tours from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and London

Official Sightseeing Tours of Scotland since 1907


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Edinburgh, Skye and the Far North
See, Visit & Explore: Edinburgh, Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe, Loch Ness, Inverness, Eilean Donan Castle, Isle of Skye, Cuillin Hills, Portree, Glen Carron, Golspie, Helmsdale, Duncansby Head and John O’Groats.

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5 day tour from £655

Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays
19 March to 11 October, 2016

Hotel

Twin/Double/Family room from £ 655 per person
Children from £ 490 per child
Single room from £ 855 per person

Accommodation information

Notes

Child reduction applies to children aged 3 to 15 inclusive on the basis that they stay in a room with 2 adults.

We regret that children under the age of 3 are not carried on this tour.

Seasonal Price Range
£655 - £925

Once booked this package cannot be altered or cancelled.

Departure times are for guidance only.
The actual time of your train journey will be confirmed at time of booking.

Tour Summary

On this comprehensive tour you will experience the many viewpoints of Scotland from the history of Edinburgh to the scenic beauty of the Isle of Skye and the magnificent seascapes of the far north. This comprehensive tour has something for everyone!

Day 1: Speed from the heart of London to Edinburgh by Express train. This afternoon explore Edinburgh by hop-on, hop-off tour.

Day 2: Departing from Edinburgh travel through vast Rannoch Moor then stop in awesome Glen Coe. At Loch Ness visit Urquhart Castle and take a cruise on the loch. Drive to Inverness.

Day 3: From Inverness travel through Glen Shiel to visit Eilean Donan Castle. Cross to the Isle of Skye to see the amazing Cuillin Hills and visit the colourful town of Portree. Back on the mainland tour through Glen Carron and the Black Isle to reach Inverness.

Day 4: Head for the Far North. Visit Duncansby Head, stop at John O’Groats for a selfie and discover prehistoric sites.

Day 5: Travel from Inverness to London aboard the Highland Chieftain train.

Tour features:

  • Visit Edinburgh, Glen Coe and John O’Groats
  • Overnight accommodation: Edinburgh (1) and Inverness (3)
  • Depart from and return to London
  • Tour duration: 5 days/4 nights
  • Freestyle Train Tour

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Day One
London to Edinburgh
All aboard! Join your express train for the swift journey to Scotland. Along the way the train will travel through the historic communities of York, Durham and Newcastle which sits on the famous River Tyne. After Berwick-upon-Tweed we cross the Border and enter Scotland. There are wonderful sea views to enjoy as we make our way along the cliff tops towards Edinburgh. On arrival in Edinburgh, it is a short walk to your hotel for tonight.
This afternoon explore Edinburgh by open-top bus. This absorbing tour will first take you into the Georgian splendour of the New Town with it’s wide streets and grand squares. You’ll see majestic Edinburgh Castle which stands guard over the city and has done since the earliest of times. Next you’ll discover the hidden secrets of the medieval Old Town where murder and mystery were the canvas on which the history of this historic city was painted. A joint highlight will be the views of the Scottish Parliament building and then Palace of Holyroodhouse, The Queen’s official residence in Scotland.
Overnight: Jury’s Inn (or similar)
Day Two
Edinburgh – Glen Coe – Inverness
We head into the Highlands today as we make our way from Edinburgh to Inverness. The journey starts with fantastic views of Stirling Castle which sits atop a volcanic core. Soon we’ve crossed from the Lowlands into the Highlands and almost instantly the scenery around us changes into a panorama of lochs and mountains.
Enjoy the views as we stop in spectacularGlen Coe. Hear the sad story of the massacre of the resident MacDonald Clan by Campbell troops in 1692 which has given this scenic valley the epithet of "The Glen of Weeping”. Soon we’re in Fort William, Scotland’s outdoor sport centre, before entering the Great Glen.

We’ll drive the entire length of mysterious Loch Ness, so keep a careful watch just in case! There is a stop at Urquhart Castle* where you can visit this picturesque ruin which overlooks the deepest part of the loch. Here you can also enjoy a short cruise* on the loch before making the short journey to Inverness.

Overnight: PentaHotel (or similar)
Day Three
The Isle of Skye and Eilean Donan Castle
There’s an exciting day in prospect as we head for the lovely Island of Skye. Our first stop is in the little village of Invermoriston so we can explore this pleasant little community. Soon we are heading through Glen Shiel, a spectacular valley with mountains over 3,000 feet soaring skywards on both sides of the road.

Iconic Eilean Donan Castle* is next. This picturesque castle stands on a little island at the confluence of Lochs Duich and Alsh. There is a stop here so you can enjoy the views and take a tour of the castle.

Soon we are crossing "
over the sea to Skye”. This famous island is known for its wild and beautiful landscapes of deep lochs and jagged mountains. This is a land that has had a harsh history, with Norse invasions, fierce clan battles and the tragic Highland Clearances of the 19th Century. The stories that you will hear will be even more stirring as you drive through this dramatic scenery!

The main stop of the day will be in the colourful fishing port of Portree which sits around a pretty harbour. Later we’ll have wonderful views of the Cuillin Mountains, considered by many to be the finest in Britain!
We return to the mainland and enjoy a drive through Glen Carron and the Black Isle before returning to Inverness.
Overnight: PentaHotel (or similar)
Day Four
John O’Groats and the Far North
Today we have a day of nature, history and scenic beauty as we travel to John O’Groats and the Far North. Our east coast route offers beauty, solitude and a wealth of history. We’ll discover ruined brochs of the Iron Age people to the carved stones left by the mysterious Dark Aged Picts.
We head for the Cromarty Firth where, hopefully, we will catch a glimpse of the local seal population. The attractive village of Golspieboasts a railway station that was built for the 3rd Duke of Sutherland who lived in nearby Dunrobin Castle. High above the village is a huge statue to the first Duke who infamously evicted some 15,000 of his tenants to make way for sheep farming during a sad time in our history called the "Highland Clearances”. We will learn more as we travel northwards.
The traditional industry in this part of Scotland was fishing and as such many attractive harbours were built where the fishing boats shelter to this day. We’ll make a stop so you can enjoy a harbourside stroll.
The northern coast of Scotland offers a rich variety of scenery from tall storm swept cliffs to gentle sandy bays. After an "I was there” photograph atJohn O’Groats we travel to remote Duncansby Head where a lighthouse stands guard over the surrounding cliffs. Duncansby is rich in birdlife including Guillemot, Kittiwakes and, the most famous residents, Puffins (until late July).
Overnight: PentaHotel (or similar)
Day Five
Inverness to London
It’s an early start as we transfer to Inverness Railway Station to catch the famed "Highland Chieftain” train to London. This "iron road” will take you through the Cairngorm National Park before climbing to reach Slochd Summit. As the train leaves Aviemore look out for the high peaks of the Cairngorm Mountains in the distance.
Soon we’ll reach the Druimuachdar Pass, the highest summit in the British rail network before descending towards the gentle scenery of Perthshire. Look out for white-washed Blair Castle, the home of the Duke of Atholl. From Perth the train continues to Gleneagles, built to serve the nearby 5 star hotel, then to Stirling and Edinburgh.
From Edinburgh the train will follow the same route as your northbound journey. Your tour will terminate at London (Kings Cross) Station around 15:54 hrs.

 

* Admission Fees

Urquhart Castle/Loch Ness Cruise ticket - £18.50 Adult £13.00 Child
Eilean Donan Castle - £7.00 Adult £3.50 Child

This information is given for guidance only and prices are subject to change without notice.



Frequently Asked Questions

What will I experience on this Freestyle Train Tour?
This carefully planned semi-independent tour will stretch your holiday time to the max, without making you feeling rushed. A unique combination of travel by train, comfortable accommodation and quality sightseeing will give you extra time to explore Scotland in greater detail.
All the documentation you need, including your rail tickets, will be emailed to you around 7 days prior to your trip. Just print these out and you are good to go. Any questions or if you need your documents earlier - just email or call us, we’re here to help.
On the tour you’ll travel independently by train to and from London. We’ll make sure you have a reserved seat and we’ll send you a comprehensive itinerary so you know what’s happening at any time during your tour. This personalised document contains step-by-step directions to your hotel in Edinburgh as well as the sightseeing tour departure points, which are all close by.
On day two you’ll leave Edinburgh for the Highlands on a fully escorted tour. When you arrive in Inverness you will be transferred to your city centre hotel. 
You will be picked up from your hotel for your guided tours to Eilean Donan Castle & the Isle of Skye and John O’Groats & The Far North. When it’s time to leave the Inverness it is a short walk to Inverness Railway Station to board the Highland Chieftain service to London. This scenic journey will take around 8 hours.
What are the train times?
Subject to availability we will make a reservation for you on a train departing London (Kings Cross) Station between 07:00 hrs and 08:00 hrs (arrival time in Edinburgh between 11:22 hrs and 12:20 hrs). The return journey will depart Inverness at 07:55 hrs (arrival time in London (Kings Cross): 15:54 hrs). If you leave Inverness on a Sunday the departure will be at 09:40 hrs (arrival in London at 17:52 hrs) 
 
 
Will someone meet me in Edinburgh?
This is a semi-independent tour so you will not be met on arrival in Edinburgh. A comprehensive and customised itinerary is included as part of your documentation together with Official Guides to Edinburgh and Inverness. Assistance is also available by telephone 7-days a week. 
How will I find my hotel?
This Freestyle Train Tour has been very carefully planned. Your hotel has been selected not just for its comfort but also for its location close to the railway station as well as your sightseeing requirements. Concise directions on how to reach your hotel will be given in your customised tour itinerary.  
What type of room should I choose?
Selecting the right sleeping arrangements can be a little bit confusing so here is a description of what you can expect from your hotel accommodation:
Single room - this is a room for one person sleeping in a single bed. Twin room - this is a room for two people sleeping in two separate bedsDouble room - this is a room for two people sharing one large bed Family room - this is a room for three people sleeping in one large bed (2 people) and one single bed (1 person).
Please note that a family room can be a standard double room with either a sofa bed or a rollaway bed.All our accommodation features en-suite facilities (the toilet and shower are located in your bedroom for your exclusive use. 
How and when will I get my train tickets?
All your documentation will be emailed to you approximately 7 days prior to your tour commencing. It is important that you print these documents and bring them with you on the tour as you will need to exchange the vouchers to access the various services that make up this package.
Can I cancel or alter this tour?
We are sorry but once booked it is not possible to cancel or change this tour without incurring 100% cancellation charges. We strongly recommend that you have travel insurance coverage in place.
What happens if I miss my train?
The tickets that are issued as part of this package are only valid on the train service shown on the ticket and in your itinerary. If you miss the train you will need to purchase new tickets at your own expense. We recommend arriving at London and Inverness Stations at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time of your train so that you have time to locate the departure platform.

What's Included

  • 4 nights accommodation in rooms with private bath/shower
  • Return standard class train tickets from London to Edinburgh/Inverness to London
  • City tour of Edinburgh by open-top bus
  • Full day excursions to Eilean Donan Castle and the Isle of Skye
  • Full day excursion to John O’Groats and the Far North
  • Transportation by luxury coach with guide from Edinburgh to Inverness
  • Customised tour itinerary & Official Edinburgh/Inverness Guides
  • Service charges and taxes

Not Included
  • Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
  • Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
  • Gratuity to your tour hosts

Departure information

The train departure time will be shown on your train tickets and documentation
from Kings Cross Railway Station, Euston Rd, London N19 AL
Returns: 15:54 hrs


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