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Highlights of Scotland by Rail tour

Highlights of Scotland by Rail

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
8 days
From: $ 1,722 $ 215 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Enjoy scenic views of the city from Edinburgh Castle, which sits perched atop an extinct volcano.
  • Pay a visit to Scotland's oldest pub, the Sheep Heid Inn in Edinburgh!
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the Scottish countryside as you ride the rail from city to city.
  • Embark on a quest for Nessie during your special Loch Ness river tour.
  • Treat yourself to a sampling of Scotland's famous spirit: Scotch!

Short Description

Adventure through Scotland's most popular cities with this 7- or 10-night vacation! Make your way from city to city on the Scottish Rail, then enjoy unique tours at each of your destinations.

Trip Type N/A
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Edinburgh
End City Glasgow

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy class airfare into Edinburgh (EDI), out of Glasgow (GLA)
  • Private round-trip airport transfers
  • 3 nights in Edinburgh at the Principal Edinburgh George Street or similar
  • Royal Tour Ticket with fast-track access to:
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Holyrood Palace
  • Royal Yacht Britannia
  • Standard class rail from Edinburgh to Inverness
  • 2 nights in Inverness at the Mercure Inverness Hotel or similar
  • Loch Ness Cruise & Urquhart Castle Tour
  • Standard class rail from Inverness to Glasgow
  • 2 nights in Glasgow at the DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central or similar
  • Glasgow City Sightseeing Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus Tour (1 Day)
  • Breakfast Daily

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Edinburgh!

Accommodation: Principal Edinburgh George Street

Arrive at Edinburgh Airport (EDI) and enjoy a private airport transfer to your Edinburgh accommodation, the Jurys Inn. The rest of your day can be spent at leisure.

Transfer from EDI Airport to Edinburgh hotel

Day 2: Edinburgh

Start using your Royal Tour ticket today! You’ll receive 48-hour unlimited access to four city tours. Consider hopping on the Edinburgh tour today; you'll make stops at the National Museum of Scotland, Scottish Parliament, Old town and more. Be sure to hop off at the Edinburgh Castle and Palace of Holyroodhouse stops so you can take advantage of your included fast-track access.

Royal Edinburgh Ticket

This unique value-added tour ticket is all you need to explore and experience the royal splendors of Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city! You’ll receive 48-hour unlimited access to four city tours, as well as fast-track admission to Edinburgh Castle (the city’s most famous attraction), The Palace of Holyroodhouse (The Queen’s official residence in Scotland) and The Royal Yacht Brittania (The Queen’s floating Royal residence).

Tours Included with Your Ticket:

The Edinburgh Tour- with a live English-speaking guide, and stops including Edinburgh Castle, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Old Town, New Town, National Museum of Scotland and Scottish Parliament.

City Sightseeing Tour- entertaining and informative commentary, along with a “Horrible Histories” commentary for kids. Highlights include Edinburgh Castle, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Old Town, New Town, National Museum of Scotland, Our Dynamic Earth and Calton Hill.

Majestic Tour- Enjoy an entertaining and informative commentary as you are guided through the history of Edinburgh’s people, places and sights along the route. Highlights include the Royal Yacht Britannia, Royal Botanic Garden, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Old Town and Scottish Parliament.

Day 3: Edinburgh

Choose another included sightseeing bus tour or two today! Be sure to leave time for exploring the Royal Yacht Brittania, the Queen's former floating residence.

You may also want to spend some time exploring the city's Georgian-era New Town today. Admire the well-preserved 18th and 19th-century neoclassical and Georgian-style architecture as you walk along the broad streets. You'll also want to walk along the famous Princes Street, where you can do a bit of shopping or admire the famous Gothic monument to Sir Walter Scott.

Day 4: Edinburgh - Inverness

Accommodation: Mercure Inverness Hotel

After a ride on the Scottish rail, arrive in Inverness! Once settled, take a walk along the River Ness over to Inverness Castle for picturesque riverside views.

Train to Inverness!

Day 5: Inverness

Discover Inverness on your own, then enjoy your special Loch Ness cruise! No visit to the Scottish Highlands is complete without a tour of this world-famous landmark, which is overflowing with fascinating myths, turbulent history, and tales of a legendary monster.

Jacobite Temptation Loch Ness Cruise & Urquhart Castle Tour

Loch Ness is simply overflowing with fascinating myths, turbulent history and tales of a legendary monster. No visit to the Scottish Highlands is complete without a tour of this world-famous landmark! This 2.5 hour Temptation Loch Ness cruise and tour will take you on a journey of discovery, as you soak up the scenery, historic monuments and intriguing tales surrounding our mysterious monster.

Explore ancient Urquhart Castle and the Caledonian Canal in the heart of Scotland's Great Glen. Enjoy a relaxing, guided coach tour, where you will learn about the history, myths and legends, followed by a 30-minute cruise on the awe-inspiring waters of Loch Ness, and an hour exploring the intriguing ruins and turbulent history of Urquhart Castle. Tour meets at Inverness Bus Station at 1:45pm for a 2:00pm departure.

Day 6: Inverness - Glasgow

Accommodation: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Glasgow Central

Enjoy one more train ride over to Glasgow, Scotland's cultural capital today. Start your Glasgow adventure off by touring the breathtaking City Chambers, which is actually comprised of more marble than there is in the whole of Italy's Vatican City!

A Tip For Your Trip: Tours of the City Chamber are free and take place daily.

Train to Glasgow!

Day 7: Glasgow

Explore the city with help from your included sightseeing bus pass today! From the top deck of the tour bus you will enjoy sweeping views of the beautiful landscapes and exceptional architecture that this city has to offer - from famous art galleries and museums to attractive parks. Consider taking one full loop to first enjoy the audio tours, including a special Ghoulish Glasgow channel for children!

Visit the famous Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, home to artworks from many European masters, from Monet to Van Gogh to Rembrandt. Those with a taste for the performing arts may want to catch a show at the Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet, or National Theater of Scotland.

A Tip For Your Trip: The full loop of the sightseeing bus takes approximately 105 minutes.

Glasgow City Sightseeing Hop-on/Hop-off Bus Tour (1 Day)

Experience vibrant Glasgow from the top deck of a tour bus! Explore famous art galleries and museums, hop off at picturesque parks, or enjoy the full-loop on the bus and enjoy the audio tours, including a special Ghoulish Glasgow channel for children! The hop-on/hop-off bus tours provide entertaining and colorful insight into Glasgow’s past and present. The full loop takes approximately 105 minutes - however you can hop on and off wherever and whenever you'd like, along the way.

Day 8: Depart Scotland

Your Scotland adventure comes to an end today. Enjoy a private transfer from your hotel to the airport in accordance with your departure flight.

Transfer from Glascow hotel to GLA Airport

Fly home!

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