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Scotland doesn't waste an inch of its mountainous area in order to delight and impress visitors. The space between beautiful and historic cities such as Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Dundee is filled with the breath-taking mountains, lochs, glens and valleys that have inspired poets, artists and visitors for hundreds of years.

Wild and unspoilt, Scotland's landscapes are timeless, and few pleasures can compare with stepping aboard a magnificently-restored steam train and gently rolling through the dramatic heather-clad hills of the Scottish Highlands.

In truth Scotland is packed with unique and unforgettable experiences. Here you can search for a pre-historic monster that lurks beneath the placid surface of Loch Ness. You can visit one of Scotland's iconic distilleries and sample the finest single-malt whiskies in the world. Take a cruise to the ruggedly pretty Hebridean Islands, Orkney or Shetland. Witness the spectacle of the world-famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo. These are just a few of the countless pleasures that are you'll enjoy on an escorted rail holiday in Scotland with Great Rail Journeys.

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Edinburgh, Highlands & Islands
4.3 stars(304 reviews)
2022JulAugSepOct
2023MayOct
9 days from
£1,595 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
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Highland Adventure
4.4 stars(137 reviews)
2022JulSepOct
2023Jul
5 days from
£895 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsInverness
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The Outer Hebrides
4.1 stars(92 reviews)
2022JulAugSep
8 days from
£1,545 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsGlasgow / Edinburgh, Glasgow
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A Castle On The Shore Of Loch Fyne
4.0 stars(99 reviews)
2022AugSepOct
7 days from
£1,095 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsGlasgow
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4 days from
£635
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  • DestinationScotland
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Alladale Wilderness Reserve
4.2 stars(34 reviews)
2022SepOct
7 days from
£1,745 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsLondon Euston
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A Scottish Christmas
4.5 stars(12 reviews)
2022Dec
7 days from
£1,295 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
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Armadale Castle
3.2 stars(16 reviews)
2022JulSepOct
9 days from
£1,645 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsLondon Euston
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Grand Tour of the UK
4.5 stars(6 reviews)
2022Sep
12 days from
£2,395 pp
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  • DestinationEngland, Scotland
  • Starts / EndsYork / London
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Orkney, Shetland and The Caledonian Sleeper
3.8 stars(41 reviews)
2022Sep
7 days from
£1,545 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
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The Aberdonian Steam Train - © Alan Weaver
4.4 stars(24 reviews)
2022JulAugSep
5 days from
£945 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
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Giants Causeway
2022JulSepOct
2023MayJul
13 days from
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  • DestinationIreland, Scotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh / Holyhead, Dublin
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Our customers love our Scotland tours
Highland Adventure
28/Jun
Philip Moxon
5 stars
“Brilliant
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A Castle On The Shores Of Loch Fyne
26/Jun
M Milner
5 stars
“Very well organised. The return train journey from Oban was delayed but this was outside your control
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Orkney, Shetland and The Caledonian Sleeper
23/Jun
Stuart Gammon
5 stars
“An excellent tour, with excellent guides, food and accommodation (apart from the Caledonian Sleeper). Great tour guides bringing to life ancient and more recent history, plus a visit to see and walk Shetland ponies. The only let down was the Caledonian Sleeper which was cramped and ye bunk beds were definitely not suitable for anyone with limited mobility; microwaved breakfast left a lot to be desired.
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Edinburgh, Glencoe and Isle of Skye
7/Jun
Gillian Tully
5 stars
“Lovely guide, small group, diverse destinations and hotels and a well organised tour. Great places to visit. Spectacular scenery and lots of varied experiences.
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A Scottish Christmas
10/Jan
Anne
5 stars
“I was really pleased that I made the decision to take this trip. The group, smaller than it would have been, gelled really well. I think we were let down by ScotRail. The tour manager was very efficient and helpful. The hotel in Edinburgh was much more geared up to deal with my having Coeliac disease and therefore follow a gluten free diet but I was rather disappointed by the attitude of the hotel in Inverness who did not seem to be prepared although I had advised of my special diet on booking and I cannot believe that I was the only guest in the hotel who had this need. I enjoyed the excursions on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day.
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Orkney, Shetland and the Highlands
14 Oct 2019
Mr P Allen
5 stars
“An excellent tour, Sandra our tour manager was really efficient and the tour itself was very well thought out
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Western Highlands and Hebrides
03 Aug 2019
Mr P Johnson
5 stars
“Thoroughly enjoyed the round of experiences in this holiday. A bit spoilt by the weather.
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Edinburgh, the Highlands and Islands
28/Jun
B Masterman
4 stars
“The tour was well organised and conducted at a relaxed pace. The only disappointment was that what should have been the highlight of the trip, the steam train from Fort William to Mallaig, was booked on the poorest accommodation on the train.
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The Outer Hebrides and The Highlands
23/Jun
MRS EVI TRICKEY
4 stars
“We had a very good tour manager. It was disappointing that the train journey from Fort William was cancelled but not the fault of GTJ. It rained so hard that day that visibility would not have been good on this spectacular piece of rail track. It was very interesting tooter the Isle of Lewis. I enjoyed the Callanish standing stones. The food was always good. It became a little wearisome continually packing and unpacking.
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Discovering Scotland with Great Rail Journeys

Great Rail Journeys ensures that when customers select any of our superb escorted rail tours of Scotland they will enjoy the best possible experience and customer service and receive exceptional value for money. The cost of each of our Scottish rail holidays covers all travel arrangements, overnight accommodation, an itinerary of sightseeing excursions and guided tours that show Scotland at its best, and a selection of meals.

A helpful and experienced Tour Manager accompanies each of our rail tours of Scotland and can answer questions, provide assistance and offer information to help our guests to have a pleasureable and memorable time in Scotland.

West Highland Line

We carefully plan our itineraries to include a selection the most interesting and enjoyable highlights among Scotland's many historic, cultural and natural attractions. These might include a journey along a scenic or heritage railway such as the Jacobite Steam Train or the Kyle Line, a visit to an historic castle, a cruise on Loch Lomond or a tour of a whisky distillery. Whatever your particular itinerary includes, we endeavour to choose excursions and activities that have something to delight every guest.

We only choose tour accommodations which are conveniently located, comfortable and provide excellent value, service and amenities. In order for guests to enjoy a friendlier and more personal service and to relax in informal surroundings we often opt for quality family-owned and run hotels.

From the moment our guests join Great Rail Journeys on an escorted rail tour of Scotland to the moment they return home we want them to enjoy a safe and stress-free holiday. As the UK's longest-established specialist rail tour operator our guests can take confidence from the fact that we are members of AITO and ABTA.

Scotland's Heritage Trains

Discover the fantastic railways of Scotland. It should come as no surprise that we love railways and we know many of you do too! That's why our tours feature some of the most iconic railways and trains on the continent.

Scotland Traveller's Guide

In the First Century AD, the hostile Pictish tribes that had settled in Scotland shortly after the last ice age, confounded attempts by the invading Romans to add the country to their empire. Instead, the Romans built Hadrian's Wall to prevent the 'barbarians' entering Roman Britain. That same spirit of fierce independence saw Scotland become an independent sovereign state in the Middle Ages; a status it retained until the creation of the Kingdom of Great Britain, the union of England and Scotland, in 1707. Almost a century later political agreement with Ireland was reached and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland was established. Despite this union with its closest neighbouring countries, Scotland's spirit of independence remains and the country has striven to protect its unique identity, character and culture and is fiercely proud of its notable achievements.

 

 

Scotland's Climate

Despite its compact size, Scotland's climate is remarkably variable. Accusations of continuous rain throughout are exaggerated, although the Western Highlands are particularly wet. Scotland's high position in the northern Hemisphere means that it has longer daylight hours than other areas of Britain during the summer and shorter days during the winter. Whilst extreme temperatures are rare, January and February tend to be Scotland's coldest months although still mild with daytime maximum temperatures averaging between 5° to 7 °C. Late summer, July and August sees Scotland at its warmest when temperatures generally reach an average 19 °C.

Scottish Cuisine

Scotland has always benefited from an abundance of fresh local produce of excellent quality and this has shaped the country's cuisine, producing traditional dishes and specialities that have become globally recognised and renowned. Among some of the best Scottish fayre that our guests should sample is Haggis, Scottish Tablet, Cullen Skink, Aberdeen Angus Beef, Cranachan. Arbroath Smokies, and of course Whisky.

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