Alina Ovesea
[Alina Ovesea]
2020-03-04 21:03:24

Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

[natural] [ mountain , hills and depressions , volcanic activity , botanical , wildlife , natural wonders ]

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When to visit

The Scotland Highland is a place for all seasons. We wanted to see it in the early spring and we planned our trip end of February, beginning of March.

Description

This itinerary in Scotland starts in Glasgow, then takes you to Highlands and Isle of Skye and it ends in Edinburgh. We choose train as our transport, which fits very well for this itinerary, as ScotRail has a very good coverage and some scenic routes you don't want to miss. First and second day in Glasgow are a great way to take in the culture and the culinary scene. The third day we start the adventure with a train raid to Mallaig that will pass through famous Harry Potter bridge - Glenfinnan Viaduct. From Mallaig you pass to Isle of Skye where you will spend a full day discovering what this amazing volcanic island has to offer with a private tour. Then is back to the train raids to get to Inverness and then to Edinburgh as our departure hub. Edinburgh is another amazing city that is worth to be included in the trip.

Points

Itinerary of Scotland starts at Edinburgh Airport Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Itinerary of Scotland starts at Edinburgh Airport

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distance

0.1km

Duration

00:5 h

Description

we landed on Edinburgh Airport. We arrived with Ryanair, but there are other low cost airlines landing here. Our first 2 days we spend it in Glasgow.
Buy tram tickets to Edinburgh Haymarket Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Buy tram tickets to Edinburgh Haymarket

[information] [payment point]

13.4

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Tram to Edinburgh Haymarket Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Tram to Edinburgh Haymarket

[transport] [tram]

distance

11.2km

Duration

00:30 h

Description

Free WiFi
Arrive in Edinburgh Haymarket Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Arrive in Edinburgh Haymarket

[transport] [walk]

distance

0.2km

Duration

00:11 h

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Buy tickets for Glasgow Queen Street Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Buy tickets for Glasgow Queen Street

[information] [payment point]

26.8

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Train to Glasgow Queen Street Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Train to Glasgow Queen Street

[transport] [train]

distance

73.8km

Duration

00:41 h

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Arrive in Glasgow Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Arrive in Glasgow

[transport] [walk]

distance

2.7km

Duration

01:41 h

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Stereo Restaurant Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Stereo Restaurant

[food and beverages] [restaurant]

17.0

Description

We had vegan fish and chips and cauliflower buffolow wings. We had to go for locals, but the fish-fish is not an option for us .

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Point A Hotel Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Point A Hotel

[accommodation] [hotel]

45.0
Flying duck Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Flying duck

[food and beverages] [restaurant]

28.0

Description

We had the Shrimp & chorizo burger. Don't let the name fool you, it is 100% vegan. Around 19:30 the drag queen bingo started. People are really into it.

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Subway from Buchanan Street Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Subway from Buchanan Street

[transport] [metro]

3.5

distance

2.9km

Duration

00:12 h

Description

The Glasgow subway system is something you have to try. There is only one live going in a circular route and the directions are call Inner and Outer. Everything is really small - the tunnel, the train (both in height and in length), the hole station. It is an experience to try.

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Get off at Hillhead Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Get off at Hillhead

[transport] [walk]

distance

14.4km

Duration

05:55 h

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Breakfast at S'mug cafe Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Breakfast at S'mug cafe

[food and beverages] [coffee shop]

10.0

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Botanical Garden Glasgow Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Botanical Garden Glasgow

[landmark] [garden]

Description

In this itinerary in Scotland includes 2 amazing botanical gardens: Glasgow and Edinburgh Botanical Gardens. Like most of the museums and public places, these are also free to access.

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Kibble Palace Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Kibble Palace

[landmark] [building]

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University of Glasgow Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

University of Glasgow

[landmark] [building]

Description

A great landmark in this Scotland itinerary. A walk in the Harry Potter world.

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Kelvin Grove Art Gallery and Musem Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Kelvin Grove Art Gallery and Musem

[landmark] [museum]

Description

An eclectic mix of history, art and biology in an amazing building. The entrance is free of charge. It is a small universe, with something for everyone.

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Saramago Cafe Bar Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Saramago Cafe Bar

[food and beverages] [coffee shop]

19.6

Description

A great vegan platter at Saramago Cafe. We split the plate because it was to big for one person.

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Bridge over River Clyde Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Bridge over River Clyde

[landmark] [bridge]

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Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow

[landmark] [museum]

Description

A little bit of modern art in Glasgow.

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George Square Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

George Square

[landmark] [square]

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end day 2

[end day]

Description

Nest day it has an early start, we are off to Isle of Skye.
Sainsbury's Local Market Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Sainsbury's Local Market

[food and beverages] [others]

10.0

Description

Buy sandwiches and drinks for the train raid.

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Train from Glasgow to Mallaig - one of the most amazing train raids in the world Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Train from Glasgow to Mallaig - one of the most amazing train raids in the world

[transport] [train]

76.0

distance

263.5km

Duration

05:21 h

Description

The train that goes to Mallaig leaves at 8:23. It is considered one of the most beautiful train journey in the world. All the way to Mallaig I saw rhododendron bushes, so if you manage to take this route when the rhododendron is in bloom, I suspect it would be amazing. The trip is 5 hours long, and one of the main attractions is the Glenfinnan Viaduct. We bought the tickets with a few days before the trip, just to make sure we have a good price and that we find good seats. When buying tickets with a seat, you have this card placed right above your seat, so people with no allocated seat can know where to stay. We had a nice dog traveling right next to us. We started the trip in a British rainy weather and we reached some 500 meters altitude where we had snow. The hole trip is so wild, that we saw also some deer.

warnings

There are 4 carts, the ones in the back are for Mallaig and the ones in the front are for Oban. Make sure you are in the right ones. Also if you have a reservation, the seat will have a card mentioning that, so people with tickets with no seat would know.

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Highland view Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Highland view

[landmark] [view point/ panorama]

Description

From here onward you will see the typical Highland view: lochs and hills. This is the reason we started this itinerary in the first place - true and unspoiled natural beauty of Scotland. And the train is the best way to see it. PS, loch is the local name for lake or sea inlet, like Loch Ness.

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Loch Lomond Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Loch Lomond

[landmark] [lake]

Description

Typical Highland landscape. Just take in the scenery .

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Train to Mallaig Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Train to Mallaig

[information] [orientation]

Description

Train carts that go to Oban split from the ones that go to Mallaig. Make sure you are in the right ones.
Kinglass Viaduct Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Kinglass Viaduct

[landmark] [bridge]

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Monessie Gorge Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Monessie Gorge

[landmark] [canyon / gorges]

Description

A brief view of the Monessie Gorge
Glenfinnan Viaduct Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Glenfinnan Viaduct

[landmark] [bridge]

Description

The famous Glenfinnan Viaduct from Harry Potter

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Loch Eilt Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Loch Eilt

[landmark] [lake]

Description

Amazing lake with a snowy mountain background. There are also some islands on the lake. The loch was used as a filming location for several movie, including Harry Potter.

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Arrive in Mallaig Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Arrive in Mallaig

[transport] [walk]

distance

8.2km

Duration

02:00 h

Description

You would arrive in Mallaig at 13:35. There is 3 hours waiting for the ferry to Skye Isle. I would say the connection is not that good.

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Buy ferry tickets (Mallaig to Armadale) Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Buy ferry tickets (Mallaig to Armadale)

[information] [payment point]

6.0

Description

The ticket is 3 pounds per person.

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Ferry from Mallaig to Armadale Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Ferry from Mallaig to Armadale

[transport] [ferry]

Description

Ferry leaves at 16:00

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Arriving on Isle of Skye Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Arriving on Isle of Skye

[transport] [walk]

distance

77km

Duration

00:52 h
Bus from Armadale to Broadford Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Bus from Armadale to Broadford

[transport] [bus]

8.5

distance

26km

Duration

00:28 h

Description

Unfortunately the bus connections are really bad on the island. If you know you have a ferry coming, you should have a bus waiting (since there are only 2 ferries a day).

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walk  

[transport] [walk]

distance

0.3km

Duration

02:25 h
Cafe Sia Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Cafe Sia

[food and beverages] [pizzeria]

20.0

Description

We stopped at this restaurant and had an amazing pizza with hot tea. It was exactly what we needed after 10 hours on the road.

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Bus from Broadford to Portree Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Bus from Broadford to Portree

[transport] [bus]

11.4

distance

41.1km

Duration

00:41 h

Description

After another 2 hours waiting we had our bus from Broadford to Portree .

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Arrive in Portree Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Arrive in Portree

[transport] [walk]

distance

0.9km

Duration

00:39 h

Description

We finally arrived in Portree, the capital of the Isle of Skye after 13 hours on the road (train, ferry and 2 buses). But let me tell you that it was all worth it. The next day we had a private tour of the island and the day spend on the Isle of Skye was the most memorable from our Itinerary in Scotland.
Rockview Portree Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Rockview Portree

[accommodation] [guest house]

66.0

Description

Nice accommodation with amazing view over Portree.

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Skye Mini Bus Tour Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Skye Mini Bus Tour

[transport] [minbus]

108.0

distance

24.6km

Duration

00:50 h

Description

This tour is about 9 hours and covers most of the Skye Island landmarks. The owner and our driver, Rab, is a gentleman that will tell you all the stories of Skye with fairies and all. You can contact him at 01470 521 448 or https://www.skye-minibus-tours.co.uk/. It is one of the only tour that operates during winter, with the only condition that there are minimum 3 people joining his tour. It is really hard to see the hole island in one day without the help of a local or some private transportation (car or tour). If you have more than one day you can try to arrange it using public transport. You know me, I'm all about self organizing , but this one should be done with a tour.

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Old Man of Storr Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Old Man of Storr

[landmark] [rock formation]

Description

Old Man of Storr is a rock formation visible from a distance. Of course, if you have the time I would recommend hiking there, I'm sure it is very rewarding. For me it looks like the guarding of the island.

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walk  

[transport] [walk]

distance

0.2km

Duration

00:14 h

Description

15 minute stop
Mealt Falls Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Mealt Falls

[landmark] [waterfall]

Description

The waterfall is created by Loch Mealt. The water drops from the edge of the island 55 meters into the sea. We had the good fortune to have an amazing sunny day during our Isle of Skye trip, so we enjoyed a great rainbow at Mealt Falls.

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Kilt Rock Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Kilt Rock

[landmark] [rock formation]

Description

The Kilt Rock is a 90 meter high wall made of basalt columns plunging into waters. The name is inspired by a striking resemblance with a Scottish kilt.

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minbus  

[transport] [minbus]

distance

9km

Duration

00:15 h
Road over Quiraing Mountain Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Road over Quiraing Mountain

[landmark] [street / road]

Description

Road passing Quiraing Mountain at 200 meters altitude and offering an amazing view of the island.

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hike  

[transport] [hike]

distance

0.4km

Duration

00:17 h

Description

20 minute stop
View of Quiraing Mountain Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

View of Quiraing Mountain

[landmark] [rock formation]

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View over the Skye Island Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

View over the Skye Island

[landmark] [view point/ panorama]

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minbus  

[transport] [minbus]

distance

9.5km

Duration

00:16 h
View of Uig Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

View of Uig

[landmark] [village]

Description

A typical village scattered on the hills.

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walk  

[transport] [walk]

distance

0.1km

Duration

00:24 h
The Isle Of Skye Brewing Company Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

The Isle Of Skye Brewing Company

[food and beverages] [others]

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minbus  

[transport] [minbus]

distance

4.5km

Duration

00:9 h
 Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

hike  

[transport] [hike]

distance

0.6km

Duration

00:24 h
The Fairy Glen Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

The Fairy Glen

[landmark] [rock formation]

Description

A magical place where the fairies would appear from time to time.

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minbus  

[transport] [minbus]

distance

44.2km

Duration

00:40 h
 Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

walk  

[transport] [walk]

distance

0.1km

Duration

01:01 h
The Misty Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

The Misty

[food and beverages] [restaurant]

25.0

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minbus  

[transport] [minbus]

distance

17.6km

Duration

00:29 h
Hike to the lighthouse Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Hike to the lighthouse

[transport] [hike]

distance

2.1km

Duration

00:52 h

Description

An amazing walk towards the lighthouse. We had a very strong wind that made it very hard to advance. It was so strong that a waterfall falling at the edge of a cliff, would never reach the ground. It was vaporized by the wind.

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Neist Point Lighthouse Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Neist Point Lighthouse

[landmark] [lighthouse]

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minbus  

[transport] [minbus]

distance

53.3km

Duration

01:05 h
Hike to Fairy Pools Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Hike to Fairy Pools

[transport] [hike]

distance

2.2km

Duration

01:09 h

Description

A strong wind and snow started to blow during our hike, so we did not see very much of the scenery.

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Fairy Pools Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Fairy Pools

[landmark] [waterfall]

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Fairy Pools Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Fairy Pools

[landmark] [waterfall]

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minbus  

[transport] [minbus]

distance

33.9km

Duration

00:50 h
Sligachan Old Bridge Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Sligachan Old Bridge

[landmark] [bridge]

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[transport] [minbus]

 Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

walk  

[transport] [walk]

distance

0.8km

Duration

01:39 h
Fat Panda Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Fat Panda

[food and beverages] [restaurant]

18.0

Description

Chinese take away.

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Rockview Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Rockview

[accommodation] [guest house]

66.0

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Bus 917 from Portree to Kyle of Lochalsh Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Bus 917 from Portree to Kyle of Lochalsh

[transport] [bus]

15.0

distance

57.3km

Duration

01:04 h

Description

After 2 nights in Portree, the capital of Isle of Skye, we head back to the main land.

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Skye Bridge Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Skye Bridge

[landmark] [bridge]

Description

This is the bridge that connects the Isle of Skye to the mainland

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walk  

[transport] [walk]

distance

0.8km

Duration

00:36 h
Hector's Bothy Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Hector's Bothy

[food and beverages] [restaurant]

25.0

Description

We had to wait 5 hours for the train to Inverness, so we found this cozy restaurant where we had breakfast and some warm drinks to compensate the cold weather outside.

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Train from Lochalsh to Inverness Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Train from Lochalsh to Inverness

[transport] [train]

29.0

distance

132.3km

Duration

02:44 h

Description

The left side would be the best for the views

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view point/ panorama  

[landmark] [view point/ panorama]

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Arrived in Inverness Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Arrived in Inverness

[transport] [walk]

distance

2.7km

Duration

01:17 h
The King's Highway Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

The King's Highway

[information] [check in]

42.0

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The King's Highway Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

The King's Highway

[food and beverages] [restaurant]

16.0

Description

We had the vegan burgers.

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Old High Church Inverness Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Old High Church Inverness

[landmark] [church / monastery]

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River Ness Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

River Ness

[landmark] [river]

Description

This is the river that flows from Lock Ness - one of the most famous places in Scotland.

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Inverness Castle Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Inverness Castle

[landmark] [castle / citadel / fortress]

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Inverness City Center Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Inverness City Center

[landmark] [city]

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The King's Highway Hotel Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

The King's Highway Hotel

[accommodation] [hotel]

41.0

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[end day]

Train from Inverness to Edinburgh Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Train from Inverness to Edinburgh

[transport] [train]

54.4

distance

299.6km

Duration

03:34 h

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Cairngorm National Park Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Cairngorm National Park

[landmark] [natural park]

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The Kelpies Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

The Kelpies

[landmark] [artwork / installation]

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Arrive in Edinburgh Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Arrive in Edinburgh

[transport] [walk]

distance

21.9km

Duration

14:48 h
Haymarket Hotel Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Haymarket Hotel

[information] [check in]

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grams Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

grams

[food and beverages] [coffee shop]

25.0

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Victoria Street Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Victoria Street

[landmark] [street / road]

Description

A very eclectic and colorful street in Edinburgh

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St Giles' Cathedral Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

St Giles' Cathedral

[landmark] [church / monastery]

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Advocates Close Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Advocates Close

[landmark] [street / road]

Description

It is a narrow and steep alley in Edinburgh

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Hume’s Statue Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Hume’s Statue

[landmark] [statue / sculpture]

Description

A famous statue, known to bring luck to those who touch David Hume's Toe

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Tolbooth Kirk Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Tolbooth Kirk

[landmark] [building]

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Viewpoint over Edinburgh Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Viewpoint over Edinburgh

[landmark] [view point/ panorama]

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Security check and ticket for Edinburgh Castle Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Security check and ticket for Edinburgh Castle

[information] [entrance]

40.0

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Edinburgh Castle Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Edinburgh Castle

[landmark] [castle / citadel / fortress]

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Paradise plams - Lucky Pig Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Paradise plams - Lucky Pig

[food and beverages] [restaurant]

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Haymarket Hotel Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Haymarket Hotel

[accommodation] [hotel]

40.0

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[end day]

Chapter One Coffee Shop Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Chapter One Coffee Shop

[food and beverages] [coffee shop]

19.0

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Water of Leith Walkway Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Water of Leith Walkway

[landmark] [trail / eco-trail]

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Danger notification Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Danger notification

[information] [safety notifications]

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Waterfall on Water of Leith Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Waterfall on Water of Leith

[landmark] [waterfall]

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Dean Village Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Dean Village

[landmark] [neighborhood]

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St Bernard's Well Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

St Bernard's Well

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Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh

[landmark] [botanical]

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Scott Monument Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Scott Monument

[landmark] [monument]

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Hendersons Restaurant Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Hendersons Restaurant

[food and beverages] [restaurant]

26.0

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Haymarket Hotel Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Haymarket Hotel

[accommodation] [hotel]

40.0

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 Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

tram  

[transport] [tram]

13.0

distance

11.3km

Duration

00:32 h
 Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

walk  

[transport] [walk]

Edinburgh Airport Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

Edinburgh Airport

[end point]

Statistics


501m

-27m

529m

11,196m

1,252km

57:10 h

Means of transport

 Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

train

769.2km
528.8m
12:22 h
 Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

minbus

196.6km
270.9m
04:38 h
 Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

walk

130.6km
154m
33:55 h
 Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

bus

124.5km
149.2m
02:15 h
 Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

tram

22.5km
58.4m
01:02 h
 Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

hike

5.3km
243.9m
02:44 h
 Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

metro

2.9km
18m
00:12 h
 Scotland's Highlands itinerary by train

ferry

0km
0m
00:0 h