Concierge Questions: Can I go on a Scottish Tour from London over the Christmas / New Year Period?

The simple answer is yes and I will tell you how to do this.

However this can be confusing when searching for tours, as none of the out of London operators have tours that go to Scotland between 20th December and the 3rd of January.

So every year we are asked; how can we do this tour during this period?

Beautiful Scotland at Christmas

The answer is simple and in many respects makes for a better experience. There are really good tours that start from Edinburgh that do run during this period and the way to do this is to take a regular train from London to Edinburgh and meet the tour there.

Plus you can choose to book an extra one or two nights in Edinburgh which you will find refreshingly cheap after London and makes for a far more comfortable experience.

Here are some links you may find helpful:

National Rail EnquiriesNational Railway Enquiries

 Official Local Government Tourist Advice for Edinburgh

 Official Scottish Government Advice

As a good example we found this excellent tour that departs from Edinburgh:

6 Day Tour of the Islands of the Outer Hebrides and Skye

Get away from it all with this magnificent adventure to the Outer Hebridean Islands of Lewis and Harris, home to pre-historic stone circles of Callanish and the famous white sandy beaches of Harris. Your tour will also include magical Isle of Skye

White sandy beaches on the Isle of Harris

On day one include Dunkeld for a short forest walk to the Hermitage waterfalls, lunch in the Spey Valley overlooked by the Cairngorm Mountains, Loch Ness and the Corrieshalloch Gorge

Your overnight stop is the west coast fishing port of Ullapool

Your ferry will take you past the Summer Isles to the Isle of Lewis with opportunities to see dolphins, whales and seabirds

You are on the north west edge of Europe now and your afternoon is spent exploring historic blackhouses, crofting townships and the Butt of Lewis. 2 nights in Stornoway, capital of the Western Isles

Day three includes the pre-historic stone broch at Dun Carloway, Gearrannan blackhouse village, the famous Callanish stone circles and the remote beaches and communities of Great Bernera or Uig

This is the wilderness of the Western Isles at its finest

Next you explore the Isle of Harris, famous for its locally produced Harris Tweed, and home to the highest mountains in the Outer Hebrides and the stunning white sands of Luskentyre

Following a visit to the historic 16th century church at Rodel and lunch in nearby Leverburgh you travel over the sea to Skye, for your overnight stay in the picturesque town of Portree

Day five is a very flexible day on Skye. You will discover the stunning Quiraing mountain pass and enjoy a spectacular walk through some of Skye’s extraordinary geological scenery

Neist Point for a walk out to the lighthouse at the most westerly point on Skye. We return you to your accommodation in Portree

On the last day your return to Edinburgh has many highlights – the Cuillin Mountains of Skye, a visit to Eilean Donan Castle, Fort William, the dramatic scenery and dark history of Glencoe and the Falls of Dochart at Killin

An adventure to remember forever

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