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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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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.

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Edinburgh, the Highlands and Islands
11 Nov 2023
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“A truly great experience. Aside from the beautiful scenery, the trip was extremely well run by Tracey Richards. The buses were spotless and comfortable, the trains all enjoyable. I thought each of the hotels and meals were superb.......well done by Great Rail. When weather forced some changes in mode os transportation, Tracey made it all appear seamless and an improvement. I felt she balnced her handling of a very diverse group so well. My hats off to Tracey. Thank you Great Rail. Mike and Bonnie Slein Newport, RI USA
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Orkney and the Shetland Isles
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Sara Parker
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Skye, Orkney and the Wild North
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Dennis May
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“Excellent holiday despite bad weather affecting some trains but first class tour manager.
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The Outer Hebrides and the Highlands
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Edinburgh Tattoo and the Highlands
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Highland Adventure
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Royal Deeside and the Tornado Steam Train
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Diana Clarke
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“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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A Scottish Christmas
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“The first time I have done Christmas away in the Uk. It was good and the scenery in Scotland is lovely. The hotel was very busy, as expected, and mealtimes were drawn out affairs, lasting 2hours.
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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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