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

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neri

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!

vlaraya

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.

Nellie

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.

sampkja

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

Courtney L

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!

Benjamin T

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.

Charles H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2012

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

Mark D

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!

Tom W USA

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.

Deborah United States of ... 

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!

Anonymous

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.

ralreyes

4 star rating: Recommended
November 2017

It was a good compact trip. I suppose three days and two nights is not really enough to visit any place but it sure was a good introduction to Edinburgh. I wish though that there was more information on the distance of the hotel from the train station, especially for travelers who have difficulty in walking.

her_too

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2017

Fun short trip to Scotland! Well organized and good value. I only took off one star because the highland tour involved a lot of time spent on a bus it was really scenic, but wish there was more time to explore off of the bus.

Colleen H

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2017

This tour is an excellent way to see Edinburgh and the highlands in a short period of time. We elected to go first class on Virgin Rail which I recommend as meals are included and service is attentive. Our hotel for 2 nights was only a 5 min walk from the station however the tour company had failed to place a booking with the hotel. Which was quickly remedied by Reception staff but could have been a disaster. The tour is self guided except for the all day highlands experience which is a short walk to their Royal Mile offices to start and end the bus tour.

Our driver/guide Duncan and assistant Graham for the highlands bus tour were overall informative and a wealth of local knowledge. The 2 hour lunch stop and cruise opportunity at Loch Ness was too long particularly as there were few open shops which meant the cruise was the only attraction. Though the cruise only goes for 1 hour. A half hour less at Loch Ness could easily be added to our dinner stop at Pitlochry which appeared to be a charming town worth exploring rather than only time for a comfort stop and a bag of take away chips.

The bus stopped a couple of times for photo opportunities however one of the local attractions, ie., the native hairy cow was merely pointed out as we drove past. There were a number of other tour buses who made a point of stopping for this purpose. I'm disappointed we didn't get a chance to see the cows up close after travelling so far from Australia.

Disappointingly the tour guide and assistant took the opportunity on a number of occasions to openly criticise other travellers whether for their tardiness or choice of food which was unprofessional and uncomfortable for myself and my daughter sitting at the front of the bus.

c3murphy

4 star rating: Recommended
October 2016

Good introduction to Edinburgh and Scottish Highlands.

Martin S

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2016

I would have given it 5 stars but the Waverly Hotel in Edinburgh only had one elevator which wasn't working and my wife and I who have bad knees had to walk up and down 5 flights of stairs to get tlo our room. The Highlands Tour guide who went by the name of Sandy was fantastic. sandy gave us a 5 star tour of the Scottish highlands and Loch Ness.

Susan F

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2016

Scotland was wonderful! Edinburgh is a beautiful city, but the trip to the Highlands was definitely - and unexpectedly - the highpoint for me. I wish that the hotel had been closer to the center of town rather than a 20 walk to where things happened.

Bhanumati L

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.

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