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

What You Can Expect

3-Day Rail Trip to Edinburgh, Loch Ness and the Highlands from London

Royal Mile, Edinburgh
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On your enriching 3-day tour of Scotland’s natural and architectural highlights, delve into the rich history of this intriguing country. Explore the capital city of Edinburgh on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour and gain entry into Edinburgh Castle, an impressive fortress with an ancient origin. Delight in the verdant beauty of the Scottish highlands on explorative tours and see the iconic Loch Ness, reputedly home to the mythical Loch Ness Monster. 

Included on the tour is the following: a return train ticket to London from Edinburgh; 2 nights accommodation; entry to Edinburgh Castle; a 24-hour hop-on hop-off bus ticket; and transportation by comfortable coach. 

Please see the Itinerary section for details of each day.


Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 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!

Deborah United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Trip if a lifetime! Loved it! Everything went great and couldn't have picked a better tour!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 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.

Lucy P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 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.

Clayton T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 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 .

Tracy B

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.

Amy P

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.

Ian Martin H

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

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