Depart from central London in the early morning and travel by train to Edinburgh, roughly 4.5 hours away. Travel through the pretty English countryside, passing the canals and waterways of the Midlands and old mill towns built in the Industrial Revolution. Should you wish, enhance your experience by booking first-class train tickets for wider seats, complimentary Wi-Fi and snacks, and quieter coaches.
Begin your exploration of the Scottish capital with a hop-on hop-off bus tour. With your included ticket, board the double-decker bus at the station and take in the sights from the open-air upper deck, hopping on and off at the sights that interest you the most.
Choose to jump off in Edinburgh Old Town, where you can walk along the UNESCO-listed Royal Mile and visit St Giles’ Cathedral, the National Museum of Scotland and other nearby landmarks and attractions. Perhaps uncover the country’s royal history at Edinburgh Castle (ticket included), or visit the Scotch Whisky Heritage Center to learn about the nation’s favourite tipple. Alternatively, hop back on the bus to Palace of Holyroodhouse, where the Queen holds official state ceremonies when she is in Scotland.
You’ll enjoy complete freedom to explore Edinburgh at your own pace on this unescorted tour. When the time comes, return to London by train.