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Holidays by rail to Edinburgh from London

Discover dramatic scenery, historic old towns and world-renowned Scottish culture on our carefully planned, semi-independent Scottish rail tours. Our Scotland short breaks from London are designed to fully maximise your holiday time without making you feel rushed or stressed. 


Through a combination of high-speed train travel, comfortable accommodation and quality sightseeing, we’ve crafted itineraries that give you the perfect amount of time to explore historic Edinburgh, breathtaking Highlands and the mythical Isle of Skye. 

Perfectly planned by experts


Every one of our rail tour holidays is meticulously planned by one of our travel experts. Hotels are carefully selected not just for comfort and facilities but also for proximity to the railway station, attractions and tour departure points.   

With everything so close at hand, there is no need for the hassle of group transfers. The comprehensive itinerary issued as part of the EDocuments package includes directions and guidance, making it so easy to explore on your own. 


All the tickets and vouchers that are issued can be saved to your smart device. There’s no need to print anything. Just show and go!

Rail travel to Scotland

Forget the hassle of flying. Letting the train take the strain is the way to travel to Scotland. As well as being environmentally friendly, it’s also fast and comfortable too. Speed from the heart of London to the centre of Edinburgh in under 4 hours 30 minutes on many services. 

Aboard the fleet of modern air-conditioned Azuma trains, you’ll find comfy ergonomically-designed seats, large windows, free wifi and at-seat power. If you feel peckish during the journey, there is an on-board café-bar selling food and refreshments. 

We will make seat reservations for you and your party, so you are seated together* and we’ll try to get you the best views by booking seats on the best side of the train**. 

* This may not be possible for last-minute bookings


** Subject to seats being available


Tours of Scotland


If your tour package includes one or more sightseeing tours, you’ll travel as part of a larger party on a fully-guided tour led by an experienced driver/guide. The tour will feature regular photo stops and time to visit places of interest along the way.  A full commentary in English will be provided by the driver/guide

There won’t be a toilet on the coach in most cases, but regular comfort stops will be made. There will also be breaks for refreshments and lunch, which can be purchased from a local shop or restaurant. 


Due to restrictions on drivers hours of work, it isn’t possible to offer a hotel pick-up service, but the tour departure point will be a short walk from your hotel in the centre of Edinburgh or Inverness. Directions will be provided in your tour itinerary.

Edinburgh hop-on hop-off tour

Get to know Edinburgh like a local on the included hop-on, hop-off city tour. Head to the upper deck for the best views of the city’s key attractions and listen to an informative commentary that brings the story of Scotland’s capital city to life. 


There are 14 convenient stops located throughout the city centre, so joining the tour is easy, and your tickets are valid for 24 hours from the time you exchange our voucher. Buses operate up to every 20 minutes.