The Highland railway lines not only connect you to essential destinations in Scotland but also unveil the breathtaking and remote landscapes of this stunning country. Embrace the adventure and immerse yourself in Scotland's rugged beauty and distinctive allure, all while relishing the ease and luxury of train travel.

Highlights

Day By day

Welcome to Scotland

Welcome to Scotland! One of our trusted chauffeurs will collect you at the airport and transport you to your hotel to settle in the heart of the city! Edinburgh is a relatively small capital city and easily navigable. Its skyline is dominated by the Castle, perched atop an ancient volcanic hill offering panoramic views. The contrast between the medieval streets and buildings of the Old Town and the elegant Georgian architecture of the New Town, both UNESCO World Heritage sites, creates an unforgettable experience. There are also plenty of opportunities in Edinburgh for a dram of whisky, with many fantastic bars on offer! If live music is your thing, then in the evening why not head over to the Royal Oak or the Captain's Bar for traditional Scottish folk music? Overnight: Edinburgh

Fife's Coastal Charms

Continue your exploration of Scotland's capital with a walk up the hill known as Arthur's Seat for great views over Edinburgh or visit the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood where you can listen to a debate or take part in a guided visit. If you’ve had your fill of city life, then there are plenty of places to visit on a day train trip from the city! Head to the golfing haven of St Andrews and explore the fishing villages of Fife, venture to Rosslyn Chapel and the Borders for a trip back in time or set sail on the Firth of Forth to gaze in awe at the breathtaking bridges spanning the estuary! Overnight: Edinburgh

The railroading adventure begins!

The first leg of your Scottish railroding adventure is a short train ride between Edinburgh and Glasgow, before hopping aboard the Western Line running to the coastal town of Oban. This train line passes through the scenic beauty of Argyll and Bute, with views of Loch Awe and Connel Bridge. Oban is renowned for its authentic seafood dining and there are plenty of options for a delicious evening meal. If you fancy a dram of whisky, then the town's distillery offers some fantastic malts, as well as guided tours. McCaig's Tower, a prominent local landmark resembling a Roman colosseum, sits atop the hill overlooking the town. It offers panoramic views of Oban harbour, and the surrounding islands and is a great spot for a scenic walk. Overnight: Oban

Wild Islands Cruise

Discover the enchanting allure of Scotland's west coast through an exhilarating cruise. This voyage offers a captivating exploration of the islands of Mull, Staffa, and Iona. Mull, the second largest of the Inner Hebrides, is teeming with wildlife, incredible scenery, and beautiful beaches. Mull is also home to one of Scotland’s most picturesque towns – Tobermory - with its colourful houses lining the seafront. The tiny island of Iona is reached from Mull and is a sacred place where spirituality and tranquillity unite. Explore the ancient Iona Abbey, founded by St. Columba in the 6th century and considered as ‘The Cradle of Christianity’ in Scotland. Next up is the mystical island of Staffa revealing nature's artistic prowess with Fingal's Cave, surrounded by amazing hexagonal basalt columns. Return to Oban and relax after your maritime adventure. Overnight: Oban

Epic Highland Views

There is no rail network linking Oban to Fort William in western Scotland, so one of our trusted partners will chauffeur you on the 75-minute drive between the towns. Fort William can be considered the "Outdoor Capital of Britain". This highland town is most certainly a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, offering world-class activities such as hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, and winter sports. For any hiker, Ben Nevis is a formidable challenge being the highest peak, not only in Scotland but in the entire UK. Although it's only 4413 feet, the hiking trail starts close to sea level! If this adventure takes your fancy then we'll book you on a guided hike with one of our trusted guides who'll offer you insights into the local wildlife, culture, and history as you walk. If you prefer your day to continue closer to sea level, then a cruise on Loch Linnhe or a visit to the local distillery could be for you! Overnight: Fort William

Nature's Playground

Next up on your journey through the Scottish Highlands is a day in Glencoe, one of Scotland's most breathtaking and dramatic landscapes, offering a chance to immerse yourself in natural beauty, history, and outdoor activities. With many of our wonderful partner guides based locally, we can ensure a truly bespoke experience that you will not forget! After a rewarding day of hiking and exploring in Glencoe, what better way to round it off than with a hearty traditional Scottish meal at one of the local pubs. Overnight: Fort William

Via Mallaig ferry & Glenfinnan Viaduct

Traveling from Fort William to the Isle of Skye via Glenfinnan Viaduct and the Mallaig ferry is a scenic and memorable journey. Boarding the train at Fort William you will cross the famous “Harry Potter Bridge” on your way to Mallaig on what is often described as one of the most beautiful rail journeys in the World (never mind Scotland). From Mallaig, you'll catch a short ferry to the beautiful Isle of Skye. A transfer will take you to the picturesque town of Portree, the island's capital, home to some great seafood as well as high-class dining options such as Scorrybreac Restaurant. Overnight: Portree

Magical Skye

You'll have a full day on the Isle of Skye as there is just so much to see. You are free to roam as you please using local Scottish buses, or we can arrange a driver for the day. Beautiful scenic landscapes and viewpoints such as The Old Man of Storr, The Fairy Pools, Fairy Glen, Dunvegan Castle, Neist Point, Kilt Rock and so much more await! Remember, Skye's weather can change rapidly, so be prepared with suitable clothing for a day of exploration! Overnight: Portree

A Day of Stories and History

Get back on the rails on your train trip through Scotland with another beautiful journey, this time across the heart of Scotland on the Kyle Train Line to Inverness the 'Capital of the Highlands'. You'll then be whisked off to the cultural sights of Culloden Battlefield and Clava Cairns. A private tour of the battlefield by a local guide will narrate the story of the renowned conflict that marked the end of the Jacobite uprising in Scotland. Back in Inverness, there are numerous options for dining and entertainment. Hootenanny is renowned for its Scottish hospitality and live music, making it a popular spot for both locals and tourists alike! Overnight: Inverness

Legends of the Loch

For your second day in the Highland Capital of Scotland, your first stop will be Loch Ness. Step aboard for a boat tour of one of the most famous and mysterious lochs in Scotland, and perhaps the world! While enjoying the majestic scenery and searching for the elusive 'Nessie,' you'll also have the opportunity to visit Urquhart Castle. To conclude this part of the trip, take a bike tour to stretch your legs before a whisky tasting to sample the local drams and unwind, followed by a dinner reservation to enjoy traditional Scottish dishes. Overnight: Inverness

Exploring Perthshire's Heart

Traveling by train from Inverness to Pitlochry is a convenient and scenic way to return south through Scotland, as your train glides through the Cairngorms National Park. Pitlochry is a charming town located in the heart of Scotland's Perthshire region, known for its stunning scenery and outdoor activities. We can tailor your day to suit your wishes, including a round at the local golf course, a distillery tour, or a visit to the Fish Ladder & Dam. Overnight: Pitlochry

Goodbye Scoltand

After traveling from Pitlochry to Edinburgh by train, a chauffeur will pick you up from the station and drive you to the airport (either Glasgow or Edinburgh). for the end of your adventure riding the rails through the Scottish Highlands. We hope you had a fantastic trip on the railways of Scotland and wish you a safe onward journey!

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While you're in Edinburgh, why not take a ride up the elevator to the top of the Johnnie Walker Experience? You'll not only enjoy a refreshing drink but also catch a breathtaking view! In Oban, treat yourself to some delicious locally caught fish and seafood at one of the town's fantastic restaurants. And when in Skye, make sure to take a leisurely walk through the absolutely enchanting Fairy Glen near Uig—it's a spot you won't want to miss!

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Stephen helped us plan a romantic 12-day trip to Scotland to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. I have wanted to go to Scotland forever, but there are so many things to do and see that I was very overwhelmed with the planning. Stephen and I went back and forth a few times to get the details just right, but in the end, we wouldn't have changed a thing.
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