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Discover the architectural delights and natural splendor of Scotland on a 3-day tour of Edinburgh, Loch Ness and the Highlands from London. Visit some of Scotland’s most important cultural institutions in its beautiful capital city of Edinburgh; gaze at the beguiling beauty of Loch Ness and the Great Glen on a guided tour; and travel through the scenic delights of the Scottish highlands while learning of the region’s rich historical heritage. Enjoy two nights accommodation in a comfortable B&B and travel by comfortable and scenic train from London to Edinburgh.
  • Three-day rail tour from London to Edinburgh and the Highlands
  • Return standard-class train tickets from London to Edinburgh
  • Explore Edinburgh at your leisure
  • 24-hour hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour of Edinburgh
  • Entry to Edinburgh Castle
  • Free Edinburgh city map and guide
  • Scenic Great Glen and Loch Ness
  • Two nights B&B accommodation
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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)
Breakfast (2)
Guide except Day 2
Hotel pickup and drop off
Transport between station and hotel
King's Cross , Euston Rd, London N1 9AL, UK

Meeting at Kings Cross Rail station - meet Evan Evans representative at the information booth to collect your tickets. Meeting at 6.30am

6:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • 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
  • OPERATED BY Evan Evans Tours
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

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    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during 3-Day Rail Trip to Edinburgh, Loch Ness and the Highlands from London?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    See all safety measures taken by 3-Day Rail Trip to Edinburgh, Loch Ness and the Highlands from London.
    What is the policy on sanitization during 3-Day Rail Trip to Edinburgh, Loch Ness and the Highlands from London?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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    What is the social distancing policy during 3-Day Rail Trip to Edinburgh, Loch Ness and the Highlands from London?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during 3-Day Rail Trip to Edinburgh, Loch Ness and the Highlands from London?
    A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    See all safety measures taken by 3-Day Rail Trip to Edinburgh, Loch Ness and the Highlands from London.


    36 Reviews

    Reviews by Viator travelers

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    Lochness tour
    , May 2022
    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.
    icon Response from Host , May 2022
    Hello Harry, Thank you for your review. we are sorry to hear you had a frustrating experience, but we really appreciate you bringing this issue to my attention. We are very sorry we failed to meet your expectations, we will forward this review to our partners so that we can deliver a better experience next time. We hope you come visit us again soon. Best wishes Evan Evans Team
    Much more to it than we expected!
    , Sep 2019
    Hotel was very close to railway station & bus stops for hop on hop off. Wish we had had more time. Weather was beautiful.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Do it yourself!!
    Carolyn G
    , Jul 2018
    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.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    The person that arranged our rail...
    , Mar 2018
    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.
    My husband and I took this quick...
    , Dec 2017
    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!
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Trip if a lifetime! Loved it...
    , Nov 2017
    Trip if a lifetime! Loved it! Everything went great and couldn't have picked a better tour!
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    We have joined a good number of...
    , Nov 2017
    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.
    It was a good compact trip. I...
    , Nov 2017
    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.
    What a wonderful experience...
    Lucy P
    , Oct 2017
    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.
    Despite telling the tour company...
    Kayla M
    , Aug 2017
    Despite telling the tour company when I booked the tour that I am disabled and use a mobility scooter, I was booked in a hotel that was not accessible. The tour to the Highlands had its own issues, including the fact that I was never told about having to book a separate ticket to see the Loch Ness. So I went to Scotland, expecting to visit Loch Ness, and never got more than a passing view from the distance. For what I paid for this tour, I could have made my own reservations and had a more accessible time.
    Fun short trip to Scotland! Well...
    , Jun 2017
    Fun short trip to Scotland! Well organized and good value. I only took off one star because the highland tour involved a lot of time spent on a bus it was really scenic, but wish there was more time to explore off of the bus.
    This tour is an excellent way to see...
    Colleen H
    , Mar 2017
    This tour is an excellent way to see Edinburgh and the highlands in a short period of time. We elected to go first class on Virgin Rail which I recommend as meals are included and service is attentive. Our hotel for 2 nights was only a 5 min walk from the station however the tour company had failed to place a booking with the hotel. Which was quickly remedied by Reception staff but could have been a disaster. The tour is self guided except for the all day highlands experience which is a short walk to their Royal Mile offices to start and end the bus tour. Our driver/guide Duncan and assistant Graham for the highlands bus tour were overall informative and a wealth of local knowledge. The 2 hour lunch stop and cruise opportunity at Loch Ness was too long particularly as there were few open shops which meant the cruise was the only attraction. Though the cruise only goes for 1 hour. A half hour less at Loch Ness could easily be added to our dinner stop at Pitlochry which appeared to be a charming town worth exploring rather than only time for a comfort stop and a bag of take away chips. The bus stopped a couple of times for photo opportunities however one of the local attractions, ie., the native hairy cow was merely pointed out as we drove past. There were a number of other tour buses who made a point of stopping for this purpose. I'm disappointed we didn't get a chance to see the cows up close after travelling so far from Australia. Disappointingly the tour guide and assistant took the opportunity on a number of occasions to openly criticise other travellers whether for their tardiness or choice of food which was unprofessional and uncomfortable for myself and my daughter sitting at the front of the bus.
    This was an amazing trip. Really...
    , Mar 2017
    This was an amazing trip. Really well organised. Timings were perfect. Accommodation was clean and central to everything. Our Coach trip to Loch Ness and Highlands was excellent. Our Driver and Guide Scot was humorous and witty, he gave us all the history and the culture as well as Scottish'isms. Very very enjoyable. Highly recommended.
    The Highlands tour was excellent...
    , Oct 2016
    The Highlands tour was excellent. Out tour guide Rich was outstanding. He is a wealth of information about Scottish history and is a spell binding story teller! Loch Ness was beautiful and the crew on the boat ride were very informative. We opted for 1st class rail and it was worth it. Great service on the trip up to Edinburgh with no delays. A few delays on the return trip but we were fortunate to sit across from two Scottish lassies who were a wealth of information. The only negative were the hotel accommodations. It was a bare bones room with 2 twin size beds, no dressers or phone, one outlet and a wee TV. The beds, however, were comfortable and we didn't visit Edinburgh to watch TV. The staff at the hotel were very nice but we did have an issue after returning from the all day Highlands tour and finding that our bathroom was not cleaned and no fresh towels. Management quickly made sure we got our towels and offered complimentary drinks. This really is a great tour except for hotel and if you are fortunate enough to get Rich as your tour guide you will not be disappointed.
    Good introduction to Edinburgh and...
    , Oct 2016
    Good introduction to Edinburgh and Scottish Highlands.
    I would have given it 5 stars but...
    Martin S
    , Sep 2016
    I would have given it 5 stars but the Waverly Hotel in Edinburgh only had one elevator which wasn't working and my wife and I who have bad knees had to walk up and down 5 flights of stairs to get tlo our room. The Highlands Tour guide who went by the name of Sandy was fantastic. sandy gave us a 5 star tour of the Scottish highlands and Loch Ness.
    Scotland was wonderful! Edinburgh is...
    Susan F
    , Sep 2016
    Scotland was wonderful! Edinburgh is a beautiful city, but the trip to the Highlands was definitely - and unexpectedly - the highpoint for me. I wish that the hotel had been closer to the center of town rather than a 20 walk to where things happened.
    would have been 4 stars if there had...
    Audrey T
    , May 2016
    would have been 4 stars if there had been a option to upgrade the hotel as the room I had was clean but could use some updating. There was no safe for valuables and I was very uncomfortable about having to leave some of my things in my room. Make sure to plan on a cab ride to your hotel when you arrive in Edinburgh because it is very hilly and even having to carry luggage a couple of blocks can be a workout. The Hop o Hop of tour bus was great and very easy to find. The tour of Edinburgh Castle was great. Trip to Loch Ness was very good but very long. The tour guide for this was awesome and she gets 5 stars. Would definitely recommend this tour for a first time adventure to Scotland. I am already thinking of going back to do more exploring.
    We had a great time - good value...
    Clayton T
    , Aug 2015
    We had a great time - good value. We opted to go first class on the Train portion which was really nice. The hotel in Edinburgh not exactly a Scottish guest house was actually much better than we had anticipated for the - it was a European hotel and perfectly located. The amt of time in Scotland was perfect and the Highland Tour was great. This is the only way that we would take a short 3-day exclusion in the future - nice job Viator !! C Taylor / USA .
    Great trip with a Tour...
    Bhanumati L
    , May 2015
    Great trip with a Tour Representative explaining and escorting us to our train at King's Cross Station, London. Our Hotel Thistle was near to the to the Edinburgh Train Station - less than 5 minutes walk and the accommodation was pleasant. Cardiff Castle being about 15 minutes walk from our hotel, was an opportunity to walk around a bit and see Edinburgh. The bus tour to Loch Ness enabled one to see quite a bit of the rugged beauty of the highlands of Scotland with an efficient tour bus driver who doubled as a tour guide, he did a magnificent job.

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