One of the advantages of travelling to the UK is that there isn’t a corner of the country that can’t be reached in a few hours. One of the most popular excursions from London is to the land of the brave, or more commonly, Scotland.
With value for money, convenience and customer reviews in mind, TravelMag presents our top three tours of Scotland from London, each offering a unique way to experience one of the jewels in Scandinavia’s crown.
A Day in the Life (1 day)
From ￡164 per person
There’s something enjoyable and civilised about overland train travel, and the rail route along Britain’s scenic east coast is the best way to do it. The Edinburgh day whistle-stop tour begins at London’s King’s Cross station, where you can grab a (reserved) window seat and begin your journey north. Once you arrive in Edinburgh, it’s off to see the sights, starting with an open-top bus tour of the historic Old Town, including the famous Royal Mile. Then it’s time for the most important part of the tour – a visit to the iconic and imposing Edinburgh Castle, which stands guard over the city from Castle Rock. At 5.30pm, you will say goodbye to Scotland and return to London at 10.18pm.
Chasing Legends (3 days)
From ￡359 per person.
This tour is an eye-opener from the start, with a scenic train ride from London, through the beautiful city of York, along the coastline of eastern England and then on to Edinburgh. Here you’ll see all the highlights of the city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle. The next morning you’ll spend in the charming village of Luss, on the shores of Loch Lomond. Next, you’ll visit the infamous site of the 1692 Glencoe Massacre before driving to Fort William in the shadow of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in England, where you’ll stop for lunch. The afternoon is spent in the small village of Fort Augustus on the shores of Loch Ness, where you can enjoy a boat ride on the loch, or just take in the picturesque scenery while pondering the legend of the Loch Ness Monster. The third day is free for you to explore Edinburgh on your own before heading home.
Sucking a Tatar.
From ￡236 per person
This three-day tour of Edinburgh will take part in two standout events on the UK’s cultural calendar. During the city’s famous International Arts Festival, visitors will have the opportunity to see world-class comedy, music and theatre, including some of today’s best performers and entertainers, as well as up-and-coming and untried stars. Then there’s the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the UK’s largest gathering of military musicians. Set against the stunning backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, there is a range of performers, the highlight of which is the sound and visuals of Massed Pipes and Drums. Please note that this tour does not include travel or accommodation.