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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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Europe & The Great British Isles 2021

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Edinburgh, Highlands & Islands
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4.3 stars(246 reviews)
2022AprMayJunJulAug...
2023Jun
9 days from
£1,595 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
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The Outer Hebrides
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4.1 stars(79 reviews)
2022AprMayJunJulAugSep
8 days from
£1,545 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsGlasgow / Glasgow, Edinburgh
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Highland Adventure
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4.3 stars(114 reviews)
2022MarAprMayJunJul...
5 days from
£745 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsInverness
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The Aberdonian Steam Train - © Alan Weaver
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4.4 stars(24 reviews)
2022JulAugSep
5 days from
£945 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
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4 days from
£635
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  • DestinationScotland
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Orkney, Shetland and The Caledonian Sleeper
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3.5 stars(32 reviews)
2022MayJunSep
7 days from
£1,865 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
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A Castle On The Shore Of Loch Fyne
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4.0 stars(80 reviews)
2022AprMayJunAugSepOct
7 days from
£995 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsGlasgow
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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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Alladale Wilderness Reserve
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4.2 stars(18 reviews)
2022AprMayJunSepOct
7 days from
£1,695 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsLondon Euston
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Armadale Castle
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3.1 stars(14 reviews)
2022AprMayJunJulSepOct
9 days from
£1,645 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsLondon Euston
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Grand Tour of the UK
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4.5 stars(6 reviews)
2022MaySep
12 days from
£2,295 pp
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  • DestinationEngland, Scotland
  • Starts / EndsYork / London
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Giants Causeway
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2022MayJulSepOct
13 days from
£2,795 pp
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  • DestinationIreland, Scotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh / Holyhead
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Our customers love our Scotland tours
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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Highland Adventure
01 Dec 2021
C Carraway
5 stars
“This experience was amazing. The highlands are so breath taking. Roger our tour guide was awesome. Highly recommend.
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Orkney, Shetland and The Caledonian Sleeper
07 Nov 2021
Martin
5 stars
“Scenic, professionally organised, wild, remote and magical.
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Scottish Islands and Lochs Cruise
14 Oct 2021
customer
5 stars
“Excellent relaxing holiday.
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Scottish Highlands Cruise
12 Oct 2021
Judy
5 stars
“An excellent and rel;axinng holiday. It was a pity that poor weather did npot allow for the full itinerary to be followed. The scenery around the inner isles was obstructed by low cloud which was disapointing.
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Orkney, Shetland and the Highlands
Oct 14 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
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
Western Highlands and Hebrides
Aug 03 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
Nov 11 2021
P Dolman
4 stars
“Third time I have given this review,so short version. Covered a wide selection of places and high points were very knowledgable coach driver bases in Fort William, and due to poor weather interiors of historic castles was high points. Jacobite train disappointing. Squeezing more on the tour into two hotels in Inverness caused unhappiness for those in the original booked Palace Hotel. Tour Manager David Denman was excellent.
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A Castle On The Shores Of Loch Fyne
25 Oct 2021
Mr Gray
4 stars
“All in all a very good holiday experience. This type of holiday is not without it's hiccups and our tour guide Mark reacted very positively.We really enjoyed our stay at Stonefield Castle.
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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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