4.5 star rating: Recommended 17 Reviews

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  • Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Duration:  3 days (approx.)

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

Absolutely loved it! Beautiful countryside. Our guide Heather was fantastic. She had some great historic stories that she talked about along the way. Very knowledgable and could make a little story seem like you were right there when it happened. Loved her! The trip was well worth it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

So supportive! As a solo traveller, I was met at Kings Cross station where details of the trip were clearly explained to me. The lovely lady then personally escorted me to the train carriage. The train ride was a breeze, The Missoni Hotel was a real treat (though getting there is a little bit of a hike if lugging a suitcase). Kenny the bus driver was a fantastic and informative tour guide on our 11 hour day to the Loch Ness (I didn't mind your singing one bit!). Edinburgh is a beautiful city, rich with stunning architecture, history and culture. And plenty of whisky shops.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2013

Travelling first class on the train is a must for other travellers one is treated like a king as for the hotel one could not better .
the tour guide Andy was well informed on the whole trip and a joy full character on the bus

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2013

The hotel was fantastic!
The Haggis Adventures tour to the Highlands and Loch Ness was my favourite part.
Thanks for a great trip!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2013

Great Trip ! ! !
We stayed at the Missoni Hotel right near the castle, close to everything.
I wouldn't recommend coach, pay the extra for first class.
Amazing city cannot wait to go back.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2012

Amazing experience, hotel outstanding and guide (Emma) and driver (Keith) were exceptional.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2012

This tour was great. Edinburgh is a beautiful city and the Scottish Highlands are magnificent. It was also fun taking a ferry ride on Loch Ness, although unfortunately I wasn't able to spot the monster!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2010

The tour guide was great on the trip to Loch Ness. Edinburgh was very nice. The hotel was good with typical smaller european room sizes. Overall all a very worth while trip. The boat trip on Loch Ness is a must or you won't see much of the loch.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2009

Only problem was we got to the train station and they only had tickets for one out of four in our party. This was corrected and we left about an hour later than originally planned. Highland Tour was excellent!!Great accommodations in Edinburgh in perfect location!

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2009

Great tour, especially if you're looking to cover a reasonably large amount of ground in Scotland, on not much time. Thought the pace was very good, and really some of the scenery is simply breathtaking.

4 star rating: Recommended
June 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.

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2015

Edinburgh is a beautiful city to explore. The tour was very independent, meaning there was lot of options on when to visit Edinburgh Castle or take a ride on the Hop On, Hop Off bus tour. The hotel was a Holiday Inn, which was not located in the city center. You either had to cab or take local transit to get there. I was disappointed that on the day of the Highlands bus tour there was no hotel pick up or drop off. With such an early departure, it was a rush to have breakfast at the hotel which was included and then take a bus to the meeting point. Other than that, I had a great time. The Highlands were amazing, a must see for sure!

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2013

Our trip to Edinburgh was a terrific experience. The tour guide at King's Cross station explained everything well. The hop-on, hop-off bus tour of Edinburgh was very good. The bus trip to Loch Ness was interesting and the guide was amazing. Our hotel in Edinburgh was very comfortable, the breakfast was great. The only thing that could have been improved was the lunch on the bus trip to Loch Ness. The sandwiches were substandard and it was raining when we arrived so we had to stand under the roof of a gas station to eat them because there was no place to sit.

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2013

All in all the trip was great. The day trip to Loch Ness was full of great scenery. It was a long day but lots of stops to stretch. The guide was very good. There were a few things that were not as advertised. Instead of a bed and breakfast, we were put up in a hotel. The room was too warm and the window only opened a crack. It was a smoking room and the smell was bothersome as I have asthma. The guide said the hop on hop off ticket was good for all three days, but once you activate it, it is good for 24 hrs. (For £3.50 we got a day pass to get around on the third day so that wasn't a problem.) I followed another reviewer's advice and upgraded the train to 1st class. Well worth the £s. Comfortable seats , free meal, tea and coffee.

Robyn A
Australia

4 star rating: Recommended
April 2009

Culturally enlightening. Would definitely recommend. The trip to Loch Ness was fantastic, absolutely magic scenery.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
June 2011

The tour package was done very badly.
First, the organiser was late to meet us at King's cross station. She only arrive at 640am when the train was to depart at 7am. For first timer like me, it causes unnecessary worries that we are unable to get proper briefing from the organiser.

Furthermore the hotel allocated was so horrible.
The Royal British Hotel is not only old.
The room is very very dirty with many dust gathering in all parts of the room.
The floor squeaks no matter how quietly you try to walk.
We have to find ourselves another hotel on our own expense so that we can sleep for the night.

Luckily the second day tour by the highlands tour is a good one.
I strongly recommend to do a free and easy tour on your own bypassing this package altogether.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
April 2009

While Edinburgh was beautiful and worth seeing, the tour was packed with screwups and disappointments. The Royal British Hotel, supposedly a 3 star B&B, was absolutely disgusting. I felt like my room was a scene from a scary horror movie. The bed linens looked worn and moldy. The staff was very unfriendly. The train experience going there was fine, but on the way back to London, the train company failed to put an entire coach on the train. We were part of 50 people without a seat or place to put our luggage. Arguments amongst the passengers ensued, NO APOLOGIES OR HELP from the train staff. Lastly, the day trip to Loch Ness and the Highlands. The bus driver was extremely unfriendly, and even yelled at a family of Asian tourists in front of the whole bus that he was tired of them and that they were no longer allowed to ask questions. I figured out that they just didn't understand if they were on the right bus. When we got closer to the highlands, a truck turned over in front of our bus, now blocking the entire two-lane road. We had to turn around and go the other way, now 2.5 hours behind. We got to Loch Ness finally, which was nice. However, the entire time, the driver would say things to the entire group like 'if you are not here in exactly 10 minutes, I will leave without you.' I did not appreciate his arrogance or attitude. In the end we missed out on many stops in the highlands as mentioned in the tour. Loch Ness is worth seeing but this bus company was very unprofessional.

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