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

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Duration - 3 days

INR 37,580 p.p. onwards

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Greater London, United Kingdom

Discover one of the most memorable and unique cities in all of Europe, Edinburgh. Explore the city, where a sense of history is around every corner, before heading off to experience the wild, untamed beauty of the Scottish Highlands - home of dramatic scenery and the Loch Ness Monster!

• Round-trip train tickets to Edinburgh with reserved seats
• Stay two nights in a centrally located 3-star hotel, bed and breakfast
• Hop-on Hop-off City Sightseeing Tour of Edinburgh
• Entry ticket to Edinburgh Castle
• City map and information booklet
• Day Tour to Loch Ness & the Highlands

Available options

Independent Trip : First class 06:30
First Class Train : Roundtrip First Class train ticket between London & Edinburgh. 2 nights B&B Accommodation

INR 49,348
p.p. onwards

Independent Trip : Standard 06:30
Standard Class : Roundtrip Standard Class train ticket between London & Edinburgh. 2 nights B&B Accommodation

INR 37,580
p.p. onwards


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 Scottish Episcopal Church, 1A Lothian Rd, Edinburgh EH1 2AB 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: Glencoe National Nature Reserve, Glencoe Visitor Centre, PH49 4HX 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:

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:

No accommodation included on this day.

Terms & conditions

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

Additional info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 4 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Outbound on Day 1: Train departs London Kings Cross: 07:02am / train arrives in Edinburgh: 11:02am *Please arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled train departure time.
  • Return on Day 3: Train departs Edinburgh: 17:13 / train arrives at London Kings Cross: 22:10.
  • Your electronic tickets and vouchers will be sent to you one week prior to your scheduled departure date via email (or, if booked within one week then within 24 hours of booking). We recommend arriving at Euston Station 30 minutes before your scheduled train departure time
  • Overnight accommodation: prices stated are per person, based on two people sharing a twin/double room (single travellers pay a single person supplement)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • This Tour is unescorted on Days 1 and 3. The excursion to Loch Ness on Day 2 is fully guided and operated by a local operator, whose terms and conditions apply
  • Child age: 5-11 yrs inclusive. This Tour is not suitable for children under 5 years old
  • We will make every effort to fulfil any requests you have for seating on the train, however this cannot be guaranteed
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons


  • 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 on Day 1
  • 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 to Edinburgh Castle (on day 1)
  • Entry/Admission - Edinburgh Castle

Departure time

06:30 AM

Departure point

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

Recent reviews

Colleen O   28th June 2018

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The 3 day rail trip to Edinburgh, Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands was fantastic! Edinburgh is a beautiful old city with loads of charm. The people were nice and friendly. The Highlands are magnificent! Breathtaking views of gorgeous lush mountains, lakes and countryside. Loch Ness is beautiful and a little restaurant right on the lake serves delicious food at reasonable prices with a great view and their own local Loch Ness Ale. The trip was even better than we anticipated. The tour bus driver was a lot of fun and full of interesting facts. I highly recommend this trip!

neri   18th December 2017

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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!

Deborah   28th November 2017

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

6556   19th September 2019

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Hotel was very close to railway station & bus stops for hop on hop off. Wish we had had more time. Weather was beautiful.

Carolyn G   18th July 2018

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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.

Ronald_M   19th March 2018

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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.

Lucy P   23rd October 2017

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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.

ralreyes   27th November 2017

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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.

Harry_B   1st May 2022

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We opted for the first class train ride from London to Edinburgh. The Twain trip was enjoyable and the breakfast we pretty good. No complaints there. The Lochness Tour is great. Colum was a great driver/tour guide. We missed the Edinburgh Castle tour the first day because we missed the time slot. The tour folks said the bus from the Lochness Tour would drop us off where they picked us up. WRONG!!! The walk back to our hotel was probably twice as far as it was supposed to be. The bus did not have wifi or restroom facilities. The Ibis that we stayed at was probably the worst ibis we have ever stayed at. No room service, but that okay because the room didn’t even have a phone!! You would probably be better off booking all these things yourself. I would use the tour company for the Lochness Tour.

vlaraya   27th November 2017

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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.