Edinburgh, Loch Lomond & Whisky - 3 day tour
Edinburgh, Loch Lomond and Whisky
3 day / 2 night
A comfortable express train brings you swiftly to Edinburgh. On arrival, discover the medieval streets of the ancient Old Town. Enjoy a stroll along the famous Royal Mile to visit Edinburgh Castle (included). Enjoy a full-day excursion to see the impressive Stirling Castle and the beauty of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. End the day at pretty Glengoyne Distillery. On the last day, explore Edinburgh on a hop-on, hop-off tour and enjoy free time before returning to London.
Price range: £415 - £645
High Speed Train - travel between London and Edinburgh in just under 4.5 hours
Edinburgh Castle - see the Scottish Crown Jewels and enjoy the incredible views from the ramparts
Loch Lomond - enjoy free time by the “bonnie, bonnie banks”
The Trossachs - known as the Highlands in Miniature” discover a scenic area of lochs and mountains
Glengoyne Distillery - take a tour to learn how Scotch whisky is made and enjoy a wee taste of the end product!
Movie locations - The Angels’ Share, Rob Roy and Braveheart
Hotel accommodation included
Full Tour Itinerary
Day 1 - London - Edinburgh - Edinburgh Castle
This afternoon explore the history and architecture of Edinburgh's medieval Royal Mile. For centuries this famous thoroughfare was the hub of life in Edinburgh.
A gentle stroll along this historic street will take you in the footsteps of Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and a host of colourful Scottish characters.
Today's highlight is a visit to Edinburgh Castle which sits on a crag and provides a striking backdrop to Edinburgh's skyline.
Join a guided tour led by one of the castles warders to hear dramatic tales of siege, warfare, dark deeds and intrigue!
During your visit, see Mons Meg (a giant cannon) and St Margaret's Chapel, the oldest building in Edinburgh. There are also spectacular views of Edinburgh to enjoy from the battlements.
In Crown Square, visit the Royal Apartments, Great Hall and see the spectacular Scottish Crown Jewels, known as the Honours of Scotland.
Edinburgh has lots of quality restaurants to choose from, with many specialising in Scottish fish and seafood. Look out for popular "pre-theatre" menus to enjoy good food at significant savings if you eat early.
There will be plenty of choices available, just a short walk from your hotel.
Day 2 - Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Glengoyne Distillery Excursion
Our journey commences with a drive past The Kelpies, two 30-metre high horse-head statues which sit at the gateway to the Forth and Clyde Canal. Designed by the Scottish sculptor Andy Scott, they are the largest equine statues in the World.
On arrival in Stirling, there is a chance to explore this historical city or visit its imposing castle. This mighty fortress stands on a sheer crag looking down towards Bannockburn, the battle site where Robert the Bruce defeated the English in 1314.
During your time at Stirling Castle, step back in time to its heyday when it was home to Scottish Royalty. Visit the sumptuous Royal Apartments, built by King James V, then see the Chapel Royal and impressive Great Hall, scene of many banquets and celebrations.
The Trossachs is a beautiful area of lochs and wild mountains. We travel along the banks of Loch Venachar then enjoy the views as our coach climbs the Duke’s Pass to reach the pretty village of Aberfoyle.
This area of Scotland is famed for its connections to the renowned folk hero Rob Roy MacGregor. During the next part of our tour, we’ll hear stories of his many exploits.
Our next treat is a visit to the “bonnie, bonnie banks” of Loch Lomond, where there is time to enjoy a stroll and admire the views.
The last stop of the day is at pretty Glengoyne Malt Whisky Distillery. Here you can take a behind the scenes tour to learn how whisky is made using traditional methods. Your visit ends with a tutored tasting of the end product and a chance to visit the distillery shop.
Day 3 - Edinburgh Sightseeing Tour - Free time - London
Today explore Edinburgh at your own pace on an open-top bus tour of the city. Hop-off to visit the places that interest you, then catch the next bus to continue your sightseeing.
Discover many of Edinburgh's key attractions, including the New Town with its grand squares and sweeping crescents that feature some of the finest Georgian architecture in Europe.
There are dark tales to be told of executions and two of Edinburgh's most infamous citizens, Burke and Hare, as you tour through the Grassmarket.
A little later on, hear the tale of Greyfriar's Bobby and see the statue of the little Skye terrier after touring the new Quartermile area.
At the foot of the Royal Mile sits the iconic Scottish Parliament building and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, HM The Queen's official residence in Scotland.
Finally there are incredible views of Arthurs Seat and Holyrood Park to enjoy as we make our way back to the city centre.
If you fancy some retail therapy, you'll find the designer label shopping galore in fashionable George Street. Discover the shops on Princes Street while admiring the views of the castle and Princes Street Gardens.
Try Friendly Stockbridge or Victoria Street, just off the Royal Mile if you're looking for antiques or quirky souvenirs.
All too soon, it's time to head to Waverley Station to board your comfortable train for the return journey to London. Haste ye back!
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect 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. They are in electronic format, so all you need to do is show them on your smart device. If you prefer, you can print your documents, so you have hard copies.
Any questions or if you need your documents early - just email or call us. We’re here to help.
On 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 planned day by day.
Accommodation is provided in comfortable 3-star hotels that are just a short walk from the railway station and convenient for sightseeing and the tour departure points.
A buffet breakfast is included in the cost of the tour.
The sightseeing tours included in this package are led by an experienced driver/guide who will provide an entertaining and informative commentary in English.
Can you tell me more about the optional extras on this tour?
Admission fees are not included in the tour fare. Here are the attractions that are visited on this tour:
The above links will provide you with more details including prices. The tour itinerary has been carefully created to allow sufficient time for an interior visit, should you wish. In some cases discounts are available to tour participants, your driver/guide will give you more information if this applies on this tour. Some attractions don’t accept payment by credit/debit card so it’s recommended that you bring sufficient cash should you wish to make a visit.
Tell me what the visit to a whisky distillery will be like?
A visit to a traditional whisky distillery is a feast for all the senses. After a warm welcome you’ll normally have a short audio/visual presentation on the the history of the distillery and the traditional methods used in the distilling process.
Next is a tour of the distillery where you you will experience all stages of the whisky making process from mashing and fermenting to distilling and maturation.
Your tour will end with a tutored tasting of a malt whisky and the opportunity to buy a souvenir of your visit in the distillery shop.
Will someone meet me in Scotland?
This is a semi-independent tour, so you will not be met on arrival in Edinburgh or Glasgow.
The hotels that are used in this package have been carefully selected to be not only a short walk from the railway station, but also convenient for sightseeing and onward travel connections.
A comprehensive tour itinerary is included as part of your documentation. Each guide is personalised and provides easy to follow directions. You will also receive an Official City Guide which can be downloaded onto your smart device.
One of our travel experts is also available to offer assistance by telephone 7-days a week.
How much luggage can I bring?
There are no restrictions on the amount of luggage that you can bring on this tour.
Please bear in mind that luggage storage on the train is limited and you will be required to lift your case onto a shelf unaided.
- 2 nights hotel accommodation
- Location: Edinburgh (2)
- Scottish/Continental breakfast (2)
Visits, Admissions and Experiences
- Admission to Edinburgh Castle
- Full day tour to Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Glengoyne Distillery
- Hop-on, Hop-off tour of Edinburgh
- Return standard class train tickets between London and Edinburgh with seat reservations
- Customised tour itinerary & Official Edinburgh Guide
- Service charges and taxes
- Admission charges unless stated above
- Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
- Gratuity to your driver/guide
From Kings Cross Railway Station
London N1 9AL
Check-in: 06:30 hrs
Tour Departs: 07:00 hrs
Tour Returns: 20:55 hrs
Child discount applies to children aged 3 to 15 years inclusive.
We’re sorry but children aged under 3 years cannot travel on this tour.
Photo-ID may be requested to confirm discount entitlement.
IMPORTANT: Once booked this tour cannot be changed or cancelled
The price of this tour includes hotel accommodation with en-suite bathroom.
The times shown above are for guidance only. The train times for your journey will be shown on your tickets and itinerary.
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.
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Customer Reviews Overall Rating:
Rating:(4 /5) 09 May 2015
Rooms were sizable which was nice. Location to the royal mile was good. Might gave like to stay on the main strip? Hotel should be able make recommendations for restaurants, things/places to must see. They seemed indifferent when asked any question, said they didnt know the area and couldnt recommend a restaurant. Found that a little annoying. But otherwise the stay was fineCatherine from Mount Prospect, United States
Rating:(5 /5) 03 Mar 2015
Had a great time. Very informative and fun! Great hotel and location too. The van was a bit small for my rather tall dad but other than that no complaintsHillary from Leicester, United Kingdom
Rating:(5 /5) 01 Sep 2014
Train tickets had great seats, with a table, and riding forward each way. Hotel was perfectly located for our activities and the staff were very accommodating. Driver-guide Iain was marvelous -- knew his history and was a wonderful story teller, complete with accents. I picked the tour with no prior information about Scottish Tours, but the 3-day Scotland tour with Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and a distillery, Edinburgh & the Royal Mile, and the Hop-on/Hop-off tour -- where we got off & toured the Botanical Garden -- were everything we hoped for and more.Edith from Aiken, United States