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Experience some of Britain's most spectacular and scenic rail journeys as you explore Scotland and the Highlands by train.  Cross the Glenfinnan viaduct on the famous West Highland way and visit famous destinations including the Isle of Skye, Inverness and the capital city of Edinburgh.



11 days / 10 nights

Regions visited:
All of Scotland

Start point:
Glasgow or Edinburgh

End point:
Glasgow or Edinburgh

Yes (subject to rail timetables)


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Glasgow City, Glasgow Cathedral and Kelvingrove Musuem

Explore Scotland by Rail Tour - Glasgow

Glasgow Cathedral, Glasgow, Scotland

Begin your exploration of Scotland in the thriving city of Glasgow, home to a modern Scottish culture. Explore the Victorian monuments of George Square, the bustling Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow Cathedral and necropolis, Kelvingrove Park and Museum to the new Riverside Museum. By night enjoy a vibrant nightlife around the fashionable bars of the Merchant City or the West End.

accommodationOvernight: Glasgow.

attractionsHighlights: Glasgow City, Kelvingrove Museum and George Square.


The West Highland Way and Fort William

Today embark on one of Scotland's famous rail journeys as you travel the West Highland Railway to Fort William. On route you will pass scenic coast line, the tranquil shores of Loch Lomond and through the heart of the desolate expanse of the Rannoch Moor. Arriving in Fort William you can spend walk the harbour overlooking Loch Linhe, visit the Ben Nevis Distillery or the West Highland Museum or if you're brave hike the towering mountain of Ben Nevis overlooking the town.

accommodationOvernight: Fort William.

distanceJourney time: 3 hours 50 minutes (approx.)*.

attractionsHighlights: The West Highland Rail Line and Fort William.


The Glenfinnan Viaduct and Portree

Explore Scotland by Rail Tour - Glenfinnan Viaduct

Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scottish Highlands

Departing Fort William you continue on the second leg of the stunning West Highland line crossing the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct (which appears in the Harry potter Movies) with views of the Glenfinnan monument. Arriving in Mallaig, take a ferry ride to the beautiful Isle of Skye. There is no railway network on Skye so take a public bus (private transfers can be arranged if preferred) to the main town of Portree to see the pastel fishing cottages overlooking the tiny harbour with the Cuillin mountain in the distance.

accommodationOvernight: Isle of Skye.

distanceJourney time: 1 hour 25 minutes (approx.) to Mallaig - not including crossing to the Isle of Skye.

attractionsHighlights: Glenfinnan Viaduct, Portree and the Isle of Skye.


The Isle of Skye and Dunvegan Castle

Today explore the wonderful natural beauty of Skye. You may choose to use local bus services or perhaps take one of the mini-bus tours available from Portree (can be prebooked and included in your tour if required) to the north of the island to see some of her famous natural landmarks along the Trotternish Peninsula such as the "Old Man of Storr". You could visit Dunvegan Castle, Talisker Distillery or take a boat ride to spot the natural coastal birdlife and sealife.

accommodationOvernight: Isle of Skye.

distanceJourney time: Depending on excursions/ day trips.

attractionsHighlights: Dunvegan Castle.


Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness

Explore Scotland by Rail Tour - Inverness

Inverness, Scottish Highlands

Departing Portree, travel by public bus (or pre-booked transfer) via the Skye Bridge, back to the Scottish mainland. Here you can pick up yet another of Scotland's stunning train rides taking you through the remote, barren, heather-strewn Highlands between Kyle of Lochalsh and Inverness. Arriving in Inverness spend the balance of the day shopping in the gift shops, visiting the charming St Andrews Cathedral or exlploring the hill-top Inverness Castle and Museum.

accommodationOvernight: Inverness.

distanceJourney time: 2 hours 40 minutes (approx.)*.

attractionsHighlights: Highland rail journey Lochalsh to Inverness and Inverness Castle.


Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle

From Inverness you may choose to take a public bus ride or book a guided mini bus tour along the shores of Scotland's most famous Loch, Loch Ness. Visit the Loch Ness visitor centre at Drumnadrochit, take a Nessie hunting cruise on the Loch or simply enjoy a stroll along the banks watching the mist rise off the waters. Not to be missed is the stunning Urquhart Castle set overlooking the Loch.

accommodationOvernight: Inverness.

distanceJourney time: Depending on excursions/ day trips.

attractionsHighlights: Loch Ness and/ or Urquhart Castle.


The Grampian Highlands and Aberdeen

Explore Scotland by Rail Tour - Aberdeen City

Aberdeen City, Scotland

Getting back on the rails today you can enjoy further glorious scenery as you traverse the Grampian Highlands through the Speyside region of Scotland to arrive in Aberdeen. Spend the afternoon exploring the "granite city" from the 13th century cobbled square of Castlegate, to the Georgian spires and turrets of Union Street and the granite Marchar Cathedral. Don't miss the harbour and traditional fish market or a stroll along the promenade with its sweeping sandy bay and views over the wild North Sea.

accommodationOvernight: Aberdeen.

distanceJourney time: 2 hours and 20 minutes (approx.)*.

attractionsHighlights: Grampian Highlands and Aberdeen.


Stirling, Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument

From Aberdeen return south to the historic town of Stirling which has played a key role in Scottish history throughout the ages. Explore the spectacular Stirling Castle before taking a wander through the cobbled streets of the old town to visit the old town jail or make a short journey to the towering National Wallace Monument.

accommodationOvernight: Stirling.

distanceJourney time: 2 hours and 10 minutes (approx.)*.

attractionsHighlights: Stirling Town, Stirling Castle and National Wallace Monument.


Edinburgh City and Edinburgh Castle

Explore Scotland by Rail Tour - Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland

A short rail ride and you are back in Edinburgh where you spend the next three days exploring the Scottish capital city, from the twisting alleys of the cobbled old town to the sweeping avenues of the opulent Georgian new town. Possible visits include the queen's residence at the Palace of Holyrood House, the Royal Yacht Britannia, the Scottish Parliament building, a host of museums and the crowning glory at Edinburgh Castle.

accommodationOvernight: Edinburgh x 2 nights.

distanceJourney time: 1 hour (approx.)*.

attractionsHighlights: Edinburgh City, Edinburgh Castle, Royal Yacht Britannia and Palace of Holyrood House.


Return home

Your tour ends. Make your way to the aiport for your return flight home or onward travel.


Explore Scotland by Rail Map - rail tour of Scotland


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  • 10 nights accommodation (suggested accommodations listed below).
  • Full cooked Scottish breakfast each morning.
  • Britrail Freedom of Scotland Pass (8 days within 15).
  • Adeo travel rail information including station details, journey durations and departure times.
  • Toll-free calls to your Britain vacation specialist whilst planning your trip.
  • Expert assistance during the planning of your trip and local number for advice during travel.


  • Jurys Inn, Glasgow x 1 night
  • Alexandra Hotel, Fort William x 1 night
  • Dunborrodale Guest House, Isle of Skye x 2 nights
  • Royal Highland Hotel, Inverness x 2 nights
  • Jurys Inn, Aberdeen x 1 night
  • Stirling Highland Hotel, Stirling x 1 night
  • The Place Hotel, Edinburgh x 2 nights

As our rail tours are fully customizable we can tailor the suggested accommodations for your particular quotation based on your preferences, budget etc.

Unless otherwise requested all suggested accommodations for our rail tours will be within walking distance or a short taxi journey from the local railway station.


  • Enjoy City Sightseeing Open Top Bus Tours in Glasgow, Inverness, Aberdeen and Edinburgh.
  • Enjoy a Scottish themed dinner and entertainment including piping of the haggis in Edinburgh.
  • Purchase pre-paid tickets for the Royal Yacht Britannia.
  • Pre-book private airport transfers from your Edinburgh hotel.


  • Add extra nights in any of your destination to explore further.
  • Take a mini-coach tour or private tour from Portree on the Isle of Skye to see parts of this magical island that are not easily reached on public transport.
  • Take a tour or boat trip from Inverness to explore Loch Ness.
  • Combine this tour with one of our other Britain rail tours. Have your own rail travel expert accompany you on your tour.

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arrowDEPARTURE DATES 2017/18

This self-guided tour is customizable and can be taken at any time throughout the year and starting and ending on any day of the week - simply let us know your preferred dates of travel!

arrowPRICING 2017/18

Twin/Double - from GBP £915 per person.

Single supplements apply for solo travellers – please contact us for details


  • Above pricing is an estimated "from" price based on mid-season travel (March/April).
  • As this tour can be taken at any time pricing will vary dependent on departure day, date of travel, selected accommodations etc.
  • Above pricing is based on suggested accommodations listed however please note that we can tailor your specific quote to accommodate your budget and preferences.
  • Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room with one adult Britrail pass per person as specified.
  • Prices are for land only travel and do not include flights.
  • Prices are in GBP£ currency, for approximate amounts in other currencies please contact us.

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