SCOTLAND BY TRAIN

8 Day Tour

Our Scotland by train tour has been designed especially for travellers who don’t wish to drive but still want to see the real Scotland. Your itinerary departs from Glasgow on the world-famous West Highland Line towards the beautiful Isle of Skye, then on via Inverness, Cairngorm National Park, and Perthshire before concluding in Edinburgh. This trip through Scotland by rail is laden with epic vistas, rich history, and deep-rooted culture. It also includes a trip on the world-famous Jacobite Steam Train.

Highlights include:

  • The spectacular West Highland Railway Line from Glasgow to Mallaig

  • Fort William

  • Ben Nevis

  • World famous Jacobite Steam Train 

  • Ferry "Over the sea to Skye"

  • Isle of Skye (2 nights)

  • Cuillin mountains

  • 'The Kyle Line' to Inverness

  • Inverness

  • Loch Ness

  • Cairngorm National Park

  • Pitlochry

  • Perthshire

  • Forth bridges

DAY 1

Glasgow/Edinburgh – Fort William

Your journey starts in Glasgow by taking the train along the highly acclaimed “West Highland Line” to Fort William. As the tracks weave through the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park majestic mountains and stunning Glens are revealed. You will start to see why this has been voted one of the most beautiful railway journeys on earth.

Accommodation - Small luxury Hotel or B&B

DAY 2

Fort William – Skye (via Mallaig)

Today your Journey continues along the West Highland Line towards Mallaig only this time you will leave the Scotrail train behind and take a step back in time. Your seats await you onboard the world-famous “Harry Potter “ or Jacobite steam train. Revel in the glory of the age of steam as you steam slowly north towards Mallaig. Make sure your cameras are on hand as the train slows to cross the impressive Glenfinnan Viaduct. Whilst laterally known for the Harry Potter film, Glenfinnan was the site where Bonnie Prince Charlie landed in 1745 before leading the Jacobites to face government forces at Culloden in April 1746.

On arrival in Mallaig you’ll have a short time to refresh before taking the www.calmac.co.uk ferry across the sea to Skye. On arrival, you will be met and taken to your accommodation in the south end of the island.

Accommodation - Small luxury hotel or B&B x 2 nights


DAY 3

You will have the full day to explore the “Misty Isle”. You might want to spend the day relaxing at your accommodation. Alternatively, we can arrange a local private driver-guide to take you on a sightseeing trip to the Old Man of Storr, Quirang and Dunvegan Castle, home of the McLeod’s for over 800 years. Skye also has 2 distilleries, Talisker and Torabhaig if you fancy a wee dram.

Alternatively, if you want to explore more independently we can arrange car hire for you.

DAY 4

Skye – Inverness

This morning will see you take a taxi ride across the spectacular and dramatic Skye Bridge to Kyle of Lochalsh. Here you will re-join the www.scotrail.co.uk towards Inverness. This is also a stunning and memorable journey.


Accommodation - Small luxury hotel or B&B x 2 nights


DAY 5

Welcome to Inverness, Capital of the Highlands. You will have the day to explore the city. The legendary Loch Ness and its monster are only a few miles away, perhaps you might want to take a boat ride and see if you can spot the legendary beast. Good Luck! Overlooking Loch Ness is the impressive ruins of Urquhart Castle, once an impenetrable fortress of the highland clans. Culloden Battlefield and visitor centre is only a short hop from the city and is well worth a visit (especially you Outlander fans!)


DAY 6

Inverness – Pitlochry

Hop on the train once more to journey through the vast Cairngorm National Park before arriving at the picturesque highland town of Pitlochry. Originally a victorian Spa town, Pitlochry has a fine high street of small shops and cafes.

Accommodation - Small luxury hotel or B&B x 2 nights


DAY 7

As you are nearing the end of your grand tour of Scotland you might want to kick back and relax in the peaceful surroundings of your accommodation, perhaps take a gentle stroll along the banks of the mighty river Tummel and visit the impressive dam and fish ladder. Many wonderful sights and sounds can be found close by. Killiecrankie Gorge, site of the 1689 Jacobite uprising or a short taxi ride to nearby Blair Castle and its 700 years of history. Nearby there are also 2 small distilleries www.edradour.com and Diageo’s Blair Athol distillery.

DAY 8

Pitlochry – Edinburgh

Departing Pitlochry on the final leg of your journey towards Scotland capital City, Edinburgh where your journey concludes. You may wish to extend your stay by a few days. Edinburgh is a compact city and quite easy to explore by foot as long as you don’t mind the odd incline, cobbled street or medieval steps! The Old Town and Royal mile is packed with ancient buildings with the formidable castle dominating the skyline. Just a few minutes from the Royal Mile is the New Town. Build during the age of enlightenment the New Town hosts spectacular Georgian architecture and great shopping too.

Price includes:

  • 7 nights in our hand-picked accommodation

  • All train tickets including tickets on the world-famous Jacobite Steam Train from Fort William to Mallaig (subject to availability)

  • Taxi costs from your hotel on Skye and onto the Kyle of Lochalsh

  • Personalised holiday information and detailed itinerary with local recommendations and suggestions depending on your interests to help you get the most from your holiday.

  • Detailed maps with the highlighted route and full directions

Please note that visitor attraction admission is not included in the price.

Should you wish to extend your holiday and need help with accommodation in Glasgow or Edinburgh we are happy to help.

 
 

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