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Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands

5 days from £895 per person

  • Explore the beautiful Scottish Highlands.
  • Stay in luxurious 4-Star accommodation.
  • Hunt for the mythical Loch Ness Monster.
  • Enjoy a trip along the stunning Kyle Line.
  • Experience the Strathspey Steam Railway.

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Edinburgh, Fort William and the West Highlands

7 days from £1,695 per person

  • Ride the nostalgic Jacobite Steam Train.
  • Experience the 'Road to the Isles'.
  • Visit the Kelpies and Falkirk Wheel.
  • Enjoy a fantastic farewell banquet.
  • Stay in elegant 4-Star hotels.

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Edinburgh, the Highlands and Islands

9 days from £1,995 per person

  • Wander through colourful Tobermory.
  • Admire the locks of Neptune's Staircase.
  • Marvel at the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct.
  • Sail across Loch Ness to Urquhart Castle.
  • Spend 8 nights in 4-Star accommodation.

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The Aberdonian Steam Train - © Alan Weaver
3.7 stars(38 reviews)
2024JulSep
5 days from
£1,295 pp
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Highland Adventure
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4.2 stars(233 reviews)
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Edinburgh Tattoo
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The Outer Hebrides
4.1 stars(122 reviews)
2024AugSep
8 days from
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Edinburgh, Highlands & Islands
4.3 stars(455 reviews)
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The Outer Hebrides
4.1 stars(122 reviews)
2024AugSep
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  • Starts / EndsGlasgow
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Edinburgh, Highlands & Islands
4.3 stars(455 reviews)
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  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
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7 days from
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  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
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A Scottish Christmas
4.4 stars(20 reviews)
2024Dec
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  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
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6 days from
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The Aberdonian Steam Train - © Alan Weaver
3.7 stars(38 reviews)
2024JulSep
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Highland Adventure
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4.2 stars(233 reviews)
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Edinburgh Tattoo
4.7 stars(6 reviews)
2024Aug
2025Aug
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Edinburgh Tattoo
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Brae
4.0 stars(66 reviews)
2024JunSep
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Orkney and the Shetland Isles
23/May
B Derbyshire
5 stars
“Great tour. Local guide Jim in Shetland was so good, explained everything really well. Yvonne Cox was the best Tour Manager we have ever had.
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Edinburgh, the Highlands and Islands
23/May
SAO
5 stars
“Our tour director, Ed, was very knowledgeable and made sure he connected with everyone on the tour. The first coach driver, Dave, was awesome. Being a native of the Highlands, he brought the area to life with his commentary. The tours, lodging and meals were very good. My one complaint is that you provide no transportation to the airport or train at the start and end of the tour which makes for unneeded stress.
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Edinburgh, Fort William and The West Highlands
10/May
Customer
5 stars
“The Tour was very well organised from start to finish, with an EXCELLENT Tour Manager Steve. The Hotel in Edinburgh was situated near the Royal Mile, ideal location. Food and rooms very good, no complaints. The Hotel near Glencoe was surrounded by amazing scenery. Again food and rooms ,no issues. A view from our room. The steam train journey from Fort William to Mallaig via the Glenfinnan Viaduct, on The Jacobite, the highlight of our holiday. The Glenfinnan Viaduct The ferry crossing to Mull, and Tobermory an added bonus.
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The Outer Hebrides and the Highlands
26/Apr
Patti Hassell
5 stars
“Enjoyed getting the history and visiting the sited
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Skye, Orkney and the Wild North
10 Oct 2023
Dennis May
5 stars
“Excellent holiday despite bad weather affecting some trains but first class tour manager.
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Peebles, the Edinburgh Tattoo and Floors Castle
09 Sep 2023
J Urbanowski
5 stars
“Our trip with GRJ was excellent in every respect from dealing with the office staff, accommodation, meals provided, coach transport and the service of our Tour Manager.
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Edinburgh Tattoo and the Highlands
29 Aug 2023
B Derbyshire
5 stars
“First time on a trip like this, very well organised and very friendly
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Highland Adventure
22/May
Charles
4 stars
“Chiff was an excellent team leader. We were let down by the coach company not arriving at the right time the first day, bank holiday traffic added to missing the train up to Mallaig. However the drive up was very interesting and the train journey back stunning. This journey should be train both directions as better views are mainly on one side. Strathspey railway were unable to supply a steam train driver and this also needed train in both directions as the best views are on one side. The visit to Culloden could easily done without the guide inside the museum. Battle field information was good. Castle visit excellent.
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Royal Deeside and the Tornado Steam Train
07 Aug 2023
Diana Clarke
4 stars
“Enjoyable trip Not impressed with not getting final holiday details until a week before going Great tour manager David Indge who was very kind and helpful Loved the Highland cattle visit
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Scotland

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 GlasgowAberdeenEdinburgh 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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Scotland holidays by rail

The Highlands

The Scottish Highlands boast some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes in the world. Towering mountains, serene lochs, and ancient castles characterise this region. Journey through remote beauty on the North Coast or explore the Cairngorms National Park, a haven for outdoor enthusiasts with its stunning nature and amazing wildlife.

Outer Hebrides

Unearth the magic of the Isles. The Outer Hebrides, a chain of islands on the western edge of Scotland, offer a remote and mystical experience. Discover ancient standing stones, pristine beaches, and Gaelic culture in places like the Isle of Lewis and Stornoway.

Edinburgh

Step into a city steeped in history. Edinburgh, the capital city, is a captivating blend of ancient and modern. Wander through the medieval streets of the Old Town, dominated by the iconic Edinburgh Castle. Explore the elegant Georgian architecture of the New Town and visit the Royal Mile, where you'll find shops, cafes, and street performers.

Serene Isles and Coastlines

Escape to island tranquility. Scotland is adorned with picturesque islands, each offering a unique escape. Visit the Isle of Skye for its rugged beauty or the Orkney and Shetland Islands for a glimpse into Norse history and stunning coastal landscapes.

Scottish Cuisine

In Scotland, you'll find hearty, traditional dishes reflecting the country's rich agricultural and coastal resources. From the iconic haggis, a savoury blend of spices and meats. to exquisite Scotch whisky, Scotland offers flavours like no other. Sample locally sourced salmon, celebrated for its pristine taste, or indulge in the buttery allure of traditional shortbread - a sweet homage to Scottish hospitality. Whether you're exploring charming pubs or upscale restaurants, Scotland's culinary landscape promises a delightful fusion of heritage and innovation.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best time to visit Scotland for a holiday?

The summer months, from June to August, are generally the best time to visit Scotland. However, if you prefer fewer crowds and don't mind cooler weather, spring (April to May) and autumn (September to October) can also be delightful.

What should I pack for a trip to Scotland?

Pack layers, as the weather can be unpredictable. Include waterproof clothing, comfortable walking shoes, and a power adapter for your electronic devices. Don't forget essentials like a sturdy umbrella, and a good camera to capture the stunning landscapes.

What are some must-visit attractions in Scotland?

Scotland offers a range of attractions. Some must-visit places include Edinburgh Castle, Loch Ness, the Isle of Skye, the Scottish Highlands, and the historic city of Stirling. Each region has its unique charm and attractions.

What is traditional Scottish cuisine like?

Traditional Scottish dishes include haggis, neeps and tatties (turnips and potatoes), Scotch broth, and, of course, the famous Scotch whisky. Scotland also offers a variety of seafood, including salmon and haddock. Don't miss trying a traditional Scottish breakfast with black pudding and tattie scones.

Are there any cultural events or festivals worth attending?

Scotland hosts numerous festivals and events throughout the year. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August is one of the largest arts festivals globally. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, held in August, showcases, military music and performances against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.

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