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A tale of two Scottish cities, this week-long itinerary helps you make the most of the cultural and architectural delights of Edinburgh and Glasgow. This variation includes berths on the Caledonian Sleeper train to get you to and from London.

This is the perfect itinerary for any time of year, since both cities have plenty to do indoors and outside. You'll always find a warm and friendly welcome and a hot drink at a moment's notice, and you will never run out of options for things to keep you busy. With numerous bullet-proof transport options between the two locations, with this dual city break, you can cross the Scottish weather off your list of worries.

We'll let you into a little secret: Visiting outside the peak summer months can make for a much more rewarding Scottish city break as you won't have to beat the crowds. So kick back, relax and enjoy Scotland's wonderful cities at your own pace!

Please note, departures are available from London on any evening except for Saturdays. This itinerary includes 7 nights accommodation, including 2 nights on the sleeper train.

7 Days / 6 Nights

City Break

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Day 1 - Evening - depart London on the Caledonian Sleeper

Euston Station

    You'll leave London Euston station just before midnight, but if you want to get settled sooner, you can check into your private room on the train from around 10:30 PM.

    The train will whisk you 300 miles north while you sleep, and you'll arrive refreshed in Edinburgh at around 7:30 in the morning.

    Day 2 - First day in Edinburgh - exploring the city

    Edinburgh Castle
    • Overnight in: Edinburgh

    Arriving at Edinburgh Waverly station, you'll have a chance to freshen up in the Caledonian Sleeper lounge if you wish, before a private transfer brings you to your hotel. Whilst your room may not be ready this early in the morning, you'll be able to drop off your luggage and head out to explore the city.

    If you'd like some inspiration, here's our destination guide to Edinburgh.

    You can eat breakfast on the train, but you may prefer to enjoy a leisurely brunch in one of Edinburgh's many excellent cafes - we'll give you a guide to our favourites before you go.

    Edinburgh is Scotland's largest and most populous city, with almost half a million people calling it home. There are a wealth of activities, sights and cultural experiences, and many excellent places to eat and drink that we barely know where to start. We'll always take the time to find find out your interests and preferences before we start, so we can help you plan an itinerary that suits you.

    Suitably refreshed and refuelled, it's time to explore this historic city. A few unmissable things we recommend:

    • Pay a visit to Edinburgh Castle
    • Explore the treasures of the National Museum of Scotland or the Scottish National Gallery
    • Grab a cake from Lovecrumbs
    • Enjoy a cocktail at Bramble

    Let us know if you'd like us to make dinner reservations, or if you'd prefer to explore yourselves.

    Day 3 - Second day in Edinburgh

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    • Overnight in: Edinburgh

    We can guarantee that you won't even have come close to exhausting all your options on day one, so day two gives you plenty of time to discover more of Edinburgh's many sights and activities.

    How about:

    • Taking a stroll in the Royal Botanic Gardens
    • Walking up Calton Hill for the views
    • Visiting St Giles' Cathedral
    • Stepping back in time at Real Mary King's Close
    • Having dinner at the Witchery or Number One at Balmoral

    Day 4 - Third day in Edinburgh

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    • Overnight in: Edinburgh

    We are sure you won't regret having another day to make the most of all that this wonderful city has to offer.

    Today we recommend:

    • Taking a walk up to Arthur's Seat to admire the views of the city
    • Shopping in Grassmarket, Prince's Street or the Royal Mile
    • Nipping into one of Edinburgh's many excellent independent bookshops
    • Letting out your inner child at the Museum of Childhood
    • Treating yourself to a cheese platter at Pickles

    Day 5 - Edinburgh to Glasgow - Exploring Perthshire

    Glen Artney, Crieff
    • Overnight in: Glasgow

    The best thing about this longer city break is that it gives you time to explore outside the cities as well.

    Your guide will collect you in the morning and take you on a private chauffeur-driven adventure to the edge of the Highlands in the historic county of Perthshire, before heading on to Glasgow.

    We'll always customise this day to suit your particular interests, but our favourite tour goes something like this:

    • Leave Edinburgh around 9am
    • Head to Stirling to visit the spectacular castle and learn about its long and varied history, from the Romans to the present day
    • Stop for lunch at the famous Gleneagles Hotel
    • Take a tour of Glenturret Distillery, where they've been making whisky since 1763

    You'll arrive in Glasgow in time for dinner at one of the city's many excellent restaurants.

    Day 6 - First day in Glasgow

    Glasgow University
    • Overnight in: Glasgow

    Today you'll have plenty of time to explore all that Glasgow has to offer. Our destination guide to Glasgow will help you with some ideas. We think you'll love:

    • Visiting Glasgow Science Centre (and climbing the tower for amazing views!)
    • Wandering around the architectural delights, including Charles Rennie MackIntosh's Lighthouse
    • Shopping in the 'Style Mile'
    • Craft beer at Drysdale Brewery

    Day 7 - Second day in Glasgow

    Glasgow Buchanan Street

      Your final day in Glasgow is a chance to think outside the box and perhaps try something a little different. If there's an attraction you were keen to see before the end of your trip, now is the time! If you're stuck for ideas on what to do or where to go, remember our destination guide is here to help.

      We suggest:

      • Getting your nature fix by taking a short trip out to Pollok Country Park
      • Visiting House for an Art Lover
      • Treating yourself to a last night dinner at Two Fat Ladies at the Buttery

      Finally, you'll board the Caledonian Sleeper in Glasgow Central Station. Your room on the train will be available from around 10pm and you'll arrive in London just after 7:00 the next morning.

      Variations

      All of our tours are bespoke and tailored to exactly what you want to do. This itinerary is just an example - get in touch and let us customise it for your perfect holiday.

      People make Glasgow

      Start in Glasgow

      With numerous transport options available between Edinburgh and Glasgow, you can easily begin this itinerary in Glasgow and head to Edinburgh second. Just let us know what works best for you when you enquire!

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