Our daughter is studying this spring at the University of Winchester and we are planning to visit her in March. We are hoping to include a weekend trip to Edinburgh with her in our itinerary and are trying to figure out what our best options are. We are considering flying into Edinburgh and meeting up with her and then taking train/bus back to Winchester (this option if a friend would accompany her) or flying into LHR and meeting her to train up and back. My questions are:
1) How safe is it (and practical) to take the coach from Winchester to Edinburgh? (Looks like an 11 hr overnight ride with transfer in London if I understand the coach route correctly) Also, appears to be least costly option?
2) How safe/and would it be a significant timesaving for her to coach into London and then to get to King's Crossing to catch a train with us?
We are not familiar, at all, with the feel of the train station/bus station and benefits of each.
Thanks in advance for your help!