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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
4.4 stars(114 reviews)
2022MarAprMayJunJul...
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
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Highland Adventure
4.4 stars(99 reviews)
2022MarAprMayJunJul...
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£745 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsInverness
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A Castle On The Shore Of Loch Fyne
4.0 stars(74 reviews)
2022AprMayJunAugSepOct
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsGlasgow
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Orkney, Shetland and The Caledonian Sleeper
3.4 stars(28 reviews)
2022MayJunSep
7 days from
£1,475 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
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The Outer Hebrides
4.1 stars(79 reviews)
2022AprMayJunJulAugSep
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsGlasgow / Edinburgh, Glasgow
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A Scottish Christmas
2021Dec
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
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The Aberdonian Steam Train - © Alan Weaver
4.4 stars(24 reviews)
2022JulAugSep
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
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Alladale Wilderness Reserve
4.3 stars(16 reviews)
2022AprMayJunSepOct
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsLondon Euston
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Armadale Castle
3.2 stars(13 reviews)
2022AprMayJunJulSepOct
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsLondon Euston
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Grand Tour of the UK
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
2022MayJulSepOct
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  • DestinationIreland, Scotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh / Holyhead
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Our customers love our Scotland tours
Scottish Islands and Lochs Cruise
14/Oct
customer
5 stars
“Excellent relaxing holiday.
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Scottish Highlands Cruise
12/Oct
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
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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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A Castle On The Shores Of Loch Fyne
18/Oct
Tony Carr
4 stars
“A good holiday marred by the below standard service and food at the Hotel Indigo on the first night in Glasgow.
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Castles and Wildlife of Scotland
16/Oct
Kenneth Owen
4 stars
“Overall an enjoyable different experience. Caledonian Sleeper an experience but very cramped, unsuitable top bunk access or descent for older generation. Positive sleep not forthcoming on this train so elected to return over two days at end of tour at own expense. Food for breakfast on sleeper tick box request and don't forget to tick for milk for morning tea!. Adequate not inspiring. Boat trip saw no dolphins. Totally hit and miss. Free time in Inverness pe Tulloch Hotel journey fine. Hotel had atmosphere being an ancient castle turned into hotel.No lift so lots of stairs for fitness. Food fine in our view. Kyle rail Line to Lochalsh its scenic best and trip to Skye bridge and Eilean Donan castle. Long coach trip back but scenic different route. Dunrobin Castle and grounds with our good weather was most enjoyable. Alledale Wilderness Centre accommodation and food and 4x4 trek with rangers was just excellent and the principle reason for taking tour. Excellent service, beautiful lodge atmosphere and food. The trek was excellent with well informed passionate commentary explanations from principle ranger. Due to poor sleeper and additional 4 hours in Inverness again following Battlefield tour (which we did not do) we took train to Edinburgh, stayed overnigh, and train next day to London. The tour was in total worthwhile. Weather turned out extermely well. However it is suggested that changes be made to itinerary and travel in day to Edinburgh, then Inverness and likewise return with appropriate overnight stays. First Class of course both ways. Potentially reconsider the boat trip, although again a different aspect for the tour enjoyed with good weather. Alladale though just superb and a third night here would be icing on the cake.
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Orkney, Shetland and The Caledonian Sleeper
16/Oct
Mrs Brown
4 stars
“This was an amazing tour, well-planned and covered such a lot in a short time. It would have been a definite 5, had it not been for the frustrations of the cancellation of the Caledonian Sleeper on the first night. Alternative journey arrangements were made, but we arrived in Aberdeen late and tired, and our tour there was necessarily curtailed. No fault of GRJ, and all credit to superb tour manager, who sorted everything!
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Highland Adventure
16/Oct
Julie
4 stars
“The holiday was quite enjoyable, apart from the fact that two of the excursions didn’t leave till quite late, which resulted in not enough time to get adequate refreshment breaks between coach dis-embankment , and embankment of the train. The Sunday excursion was the worst, with no time for lunch, and then arriving at Culloden battlefield visitor centre after the cafe had closed. It left a lot of people hungry and did-satisfied. The tour manager was great. And food at the hotel and hotel facilities very good also.
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Royal Deeside and The Tornado Steam Train
5/Oct
R Towner
4 stars
“We did submit a review a couple of weeks ago. We enjoyed the trip very much, with the exception of the hotel in Dundee. we were asked to be seated for our meal at 7.15, which everyone one was. we were not served until 8.45 and then one person on our table didn't get their dessert. Staff took drinks orders then food and ours was the last table for everything. When the food came it was cold. Also not great choices on the menu. we felt there was an attutide of, Oh Its the party, lets serve everyone else because they are paying full whack, whereas the party will be cheap rate. If only they knew how much the holiday cost! Reception staff couldn't tell us if the rooms would be serviced, so tea and milk could be replenished and just said they didn't know and made no effort to find out. The room staff happened to be passing and said they would be. Not impressed by the Apex. We really enjoyed the day in Dundee with the guide, then free time and then the trip to Arbroath. the Royal Deeside train was nice. trip to Balmoral a bit pointless, as there was little to see. The trip on the Tornado was first Class, thoroughly enjoyable. Our Tour Guide was excellent.
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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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