Edinburgh and the Highlands Weekend Tour from London

Duration: 2 days
Destination: United Kingdom, United Kingdom, London
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  • 2 days
  • London
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

Discover the top attractions and hidden secrets of Scotland on this 4-day Edinburgh and the Highlands weekend tour from London. Take the overnight coach to the UNESCO World Heritage–listed city of Edinburgh with a guide. Delve into centuries of Scottish history during a walking tour and enjoy free time at your leisure. Afterward, take an optional tour deep into the Highlands (own expense) — home to famous sites including the Forth Bridge and the Wallace Monument. This 4-day tour includes round-trip travel by executive coach from central London.

Highlights

  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point

Itinerary

Day 1: London to Edinburgh

Pass By: Edinburgh Castle, Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG Scotland
This castle situated atop a volcanic rock called Castle Rock has been a royal castle since the 12th century. Its part as an important fortress during the Wars of Scottish Independence makes it a historically important monument. It is hosts a series of performances known as Edinburgh Military Tattoo where parades of pipes and drums fills the air.

Pass By: Scottish National Gallery, The Mound, Edinburgh EH2 2EL Scotland
This museum located in central Edinburgh in a neoclassical design by William Henry Playfair, houses the Scottish national collection of fine art, including Scottish and international art. The collections represented begin from the Renaissance up to the 20th century. Masterpieces by Jacopo Bassano, Van Dyck among others will leave art lovers interested for hours.

Pass By: National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF Scotland
This museum was once the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland and The Royal Scottish Museum before being joined together. Its collections relating to Scottish Antiquities, culture and history and the Royal Museum covering science and technology, natural history, and world cultures are some of the best in the world.

Pass By: Calton Hill, St. Andrews House 2 Regent Road, Edinburgh EH1 3DG Scotland
This hill in central Edinburgh just next to Princes Street is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Atop the hill we can see some of Edinburgh’s most iconic landmarks such as the National Monument, the Nelson Monument, the Dugald Stewart Monument among others whilst offering panoramic views of the city.

Pass By: Scott Monument, E. Princes St Gardens, Edinburgh EH2 2EJ Scotland
This Gothic monument dedicated to the Scottish author Sir Walter Scott overlooks Princes Street near to Edinburgh Waverly Station. With a height of 61 meters, it offers a series of viewing platforms open to the general public.

Pass By: Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX Scotland
The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence of the British monarch and is located at the bottom of the Royal Mile at the opposite end to Edinburgh Castle. It has served as the principal residence of the Kings and Queens of Scots since the 16th century. Visitors can enter and get a unique view of how royalty live.

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: 2 nights accommodation with breakfast included

Day 2: Scottish Highlands

Pass By: Queen's View, Pitlochry Scotland
As well as a stunning viewpoint overlooking the loch and beyond to the iconic Schiehallion, the area offers a range of woodland walks suitable for all abilities.

Stop At: Blair Athol Distillery, Perth Road, Pitlochry PH16 5LY Scotland
Go on a tour of one of Scotland's famous distilleries and see the process of making a fine single malt.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: National Wallace Monument, Hillfoots Road Abbey Craig, Stirling FK9 5LF Scotland
The National Wallace Monument is a tower standing on the shoulder of the Abbey Craig, a hilltop overlooking Stirling in Scotland. It commemorates Sir William Wallace, a 13th-century Scottish hero.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Forth Bridge, North Queensferry KY11 1HP Scotland
The Forth Bridge is a cantilever railway bridge across the Firth of Forth in the east of Scotland, 9 miles west of Edinburgh City Centre. It is considered as a symbol of Scotland, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Duration: 30 minutes

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

Inclusions
  • Accommodation included: 1 night
  • Round-trip travel by air-conditioned coach from central London
  • Guide
  • Two nights' accommodation
  • Entry/Admission - Blair Athol Distillery

Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - National Wallace Monument
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Rooms based on multiple occupancy (2-3 people of same gender sharing a room)
  • Please note that the majority of passengers are students, but non-students are welcome
  • Minimum age is 18 years
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
Departure Point

London, London, England


Departure Time

10:00 PM

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

2 days

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

User's Reviews

Image - 24 Aug 2016 -

Veronica S

Edinburgh is a must see, so too the highlands! We were under the impression that the trip to Scotland would be by train, and not coach. Surprise! Prepare yourself for nine hours on the bus! The coach itself has been around the block a few times. No wifi, very dirty windows that made sightseeing a challenge! Great tour leader and excellent driver, though.

Image - 06 Sep 2018 -

Maria S

If you take this tour be aware that it departs at 10:00 pm from Hatton Cross Station which way out there towards Heathrow. We took the tube from central London about 1 hour. When we got to the station we thought we could grab some snacks to take with us on our overnight coach ride. The station is not what you would expect. The little convenience store was already closed and there were no restrooms. We had to cross a busy highway there were crossing lights in the dark and walk over to a gas station where they had a store and toilets. The ride up went smoothly. When we arrived in Edinburgh we immediately started our walking tour. My husband and I broke off from the group because we are older most people were young students and were afraid we wouldn't be able to keep up. We took a Hop-on Hop-off tour on our own. That went well and we loved the city of Edinburgh. We met our coach and tour guide Richard back at the drop off point at 7 pm and headed off toward our accommodations, making a couple of stops along the way. We stayed at Stirling College in Stirling quiet a ways from Edinburgh. We arrived on campus around 8:30 and were dropped off and given keys to our dorm room. We shared and apartment with 5 other people. The room was so small that we had to climb over each other to get out of bed to go down the hall and use the bathroom during the night. At first we had no towels and there, of course no toiletries or even a cup to use in brushing our teeth. I called Richard to tell him and he told me I had to walk back to reception to ask for towels. I did that and the young man was surprised that we had no towels. He immediately came up with towels for everyone in the apartment and showed us where we could find cups in a kitchenette attached to the dorm rooms. Apparently, Richard did tell the group that they should eat while in town but since most of the students were foreigners and had very limited English, most of them went without having eaten and had to wait til breakfast. Breakfast was served across campus, supposedly at 7:30 when we got there they said it was only served at 8:00 and we were to meet back at the bus for 8:30. We were given not direction on how to get to breakfast some people had maps of the campus that were not very detailed, others us had no maps. That morning we had to walk .8 miles in the rain not certain where we were going and then walk back .8 miles to where the bus was parked near our dorms. When asked why we couldn't be taken as a group to breakfast by bus for the following day, our guide said he'd think about it. As it turned out he decided against it. Scotland itself was beautiful and we saw some breathtaking sites. We've used La Vacanza Travel several times and had no complaints but this was different. The guide was not very good at communicating and not open to suggestions. While it is true that the tour description does say that during high times the three star hotel would be substituted by a dorm, I don't see that this particular dorm was at all comparable to a three star hotel. The walls of our room were made of particle board, no place to get something to eat aside from breakfast, sharing a bathroom with six people, no toiletries, etc. If they knew we would be staying in the dorm at least make an attempt at better conditions and service or give a discount on the price. Because of this experience I will be very careful of checking out the actual provider of future tours. I have to tell you that I am a very easy-going person and extensive world traveler who is used to all kinds of experiences but this was definitely not what I expected of La Vacanza Travel.

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