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It was a good tour, long train trip but worth it to see all the country. We almost got off at the wrong stop but another person told us we needed to get off so it was ok.
Be prepared for the 5 hour train trip each way. Once there it was nice. Took the hop on hop off to castle and explored the rest on foot.
The train ride was pleasant. Edinburgh was great. The train home was a little dirty.
We felt a little rushed everywhere but the castle. Edinburgh is a fantastic city and well worth visiting. We wished we had planned to stay overnight to see everything.
The train trip to Edinburgh was absolutely fabulous! Beautiful scenery all the way up. Our main problem was with the tour guide who was to meet us at Kings Cross Station in London. He was at least 20 minutes late, and at 630 a.m. he has ALL the documents, that was a little scary. This was a full day trip with an early morning departure and expensive. We were really looking forward to the trip. The agent certainly put a damper on the start of the trip, but we decided to not let that spoil the rest of the trip. We had a wonderful time on the train, in Edinburgh, and the trip back to London. Hopefully, no one else will have this agent and go through what we did.
We met our tour guide at the train station in London, only to find out that there would be no tour guide and we were handed our train and tour tickets only to be left on our own for the day. Edinburgh Castle and the Hop on Hop Off Bus were very enjoyable once we figured out our bearings. A tour guide would have been helpful. Train trouble on the way home made for a very long day.
We enjoyed some aspects of our trip of Edinburgh such as the recorded bus tour around Edinburgh as well as visiting the castle. However, we understood that we wouldn't have a tour guide and the direction as to what to do in Edinburgh was very confusing by the lady. We feel that maybe having tour guides would make going to Edinburgh would be more enjoyable, because we saw guided tour groups throughout Edinburgh. The train ride to and from Edinburgh was very scenic as well as very relaxing.
Guide met us at Victoria station but other than that we were on our own once in Edinburgh
after the long train ride, the few hrs that you get in the area just aren't enough. I would recommend the longer trips for sure
The train ride was too long for a short visit. It also rained the entire time in Edinburgh, which didn't help.
It is a very long trip to do in one day. The castle was amazing, but it was exhausting.
We had an hour and half delay to Endinburgh and that really cut in to the time. It wasn't the tour co's fault there was a broken rail but really, you can't see Edinburgh in just a few hours- way too much there to see.
Too much for one day. Train ride was good but long. Edinburgh is a very small city. Not a lot to do other then the castle. Better to take a couple of days and see more of Scotland. Everyone was very nice and helpful.
Long day, the seat on the train didn't have good sight lines and seeing the view was part of the reason I chose a train trip. Edinburgh was very busy and crowded as it was festival season - It was good to visit, though.
Definitely do not get to spend enough time in Edinburgh. Plus it is impossible to upgrade your train tickets because the service the actually gets them does not get tickets with a price so the rail service has no idea what to charge you if you want to upgrade. Basically what my wife and I learned is we just need to go to Edinburgh and spend 2-3 days.
The trip was OK, but getting the info to meet our group, etc. was stressful. It was minutes before our train departure, and we finally found our representative. I found another representateive from another tour that helped me contact my rep. Once we got on the train, it was OK - but yet another stressful situation! Not a good way to start the day off.
Great Trip! However, the person that was suppose to meet us had no intification. Another tour director from another company pointed him out for us or we would have missed the train.....No Pun intented! Poor
There was a strong, cold wind the whole afternoon we were there & we weren't really prepared for it so we mostly tried to stay out of the wind. The idea of the tour was good -- it's a must see city, so I won't tell you that you shouldn't go but your time there feels a lot shorter than 5-6 hours. If I were to do it all over again, I would have made it an overnight stay because a lot of stuff got left undone.
It's just waste of time if you are travelling in short time. The journey takes 10 hours, so there is no time to look around, only for a sightseeing tour. The bus for sightseeing comes to pick you up from castle and takes 2 hours. Not advisable for those whose having a short stay. No tour guide, they hand over to you your train ticket and sightseeing pass.
More information could have been provided to allow time to be used better in Edinburgh. Tour operator was late at the train station and rushed through instructions.
Although the hop on off bus tour in Edinburgh was great, the train ride and the reception we got from the tour guide at the Kings Cross station wasn't so great. The guide was late, he put us in the wrong car and wrong seat. Coming back, our seats were not together.