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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
Small Group
4.4 stars(114 reviews)
2021AugSepOct
2022MarAprMayJunJul...
9 days from
£1,495 pp
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£1,495
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Highland Adventure
Small Group
4.5 stars(82 reviews)
2021SepOct
2022MarAprMayJunJul...
5 days from
£695 pp
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£695
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsInverness
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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The Outer Hebrides
Small Group
4.1 stars(39 reviews)
2021AugSep
2022AprMayJunJulAugSep
8 days from
£1,745 pp
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£1,745
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsGlasgow / Glasgow, Edinburgh
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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5 days from
£965
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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A Castle On The Shore Of Loch Fyne
Small Group
3.9 stars(36 reviews)
2021AugSepOct
2022AprMayJunAugSepOct
7 days from
£1,045 pp
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£1,045
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsGlasgow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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4 days from
£635
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
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  • TransportRail
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Dunrobin Castle
Small Group
3.5 stars(15 reviews)
2021Oct
2022MayJunSep
7 days from
£1,700 pp
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£1,700
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Alladale Wilderness Reserve
Small Group
2021Oct
2022AprMayJunSepOct
7 days from
£1,695 pp
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£1,695
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsLondon Euston
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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8 days from
£1,595
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  • DestinationScotland
  • AccommodationHotel
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Grand Tour of the UK
Small Group
4.6 stars(5 reviews)
2021Sep
2022MaySep
12 days from
£2,445 pp
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£2,445
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  • DestinationEngland, Scotland
  • Starts / EndsYork / London
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Scottish Islands & Lochs Cruise - Lord of the Glens
4.6 stars(5 reviews)
2021SepOct
7 days from
£1,945 pp
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£1,945
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh / Oban
  • AccommodationCruise, Hotel
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Giants Causeway
Small Group
2021SepOct
2022MayJulSep
13 days from
£2,795 pp
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£2,795
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  • DestinationIreland, Scotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh / Holyhead
  • AccommodationHotel
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Our customers love our Scotland tours
Highland Adventure
29/Jun
Stephen Donnellan
5 stars
“Very nice hotel. With friendly helpful staff. The tour manager Alan, was very approachable, and always looking out for us.
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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.
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
Scottish Highlands Cruise
03 Oct 2018
Dr T James
5 stars
“very good atmosphere created by the staff and crew of the Lord of the Glens
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
Edinburgh, the Highlands and Islands
3/Jul
J Wheatley
4 stars
“Good choice of places, experiences etc. Covid restrictions adhered to without affecting the trip.
Collected by Trustpilot
A Castle On The Shores Of Loch Fyne
2/Jul
R Brook
4 stars
“Very good itinerary in spite of Covid restrictions and the cancellation of the West Highland train journey to Oban and the ferry crossing to Bute. Both situations dealt with quite promptly. Stonefield Castle suited us very well with good food and genuine old fashioned hospitality. Wonderful position and outstanding views.
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The Outer Hebrides and The Highlands
29/Jun
Mr C J Elliott
4 stars
“The holiday was fantastic. The Tour guides were very good. WOULD have given FIVE if we had traveled on the steam train from Fort William to Mailag there was time to do this within the day. And seeing the company is renowned for great rail travel this was MOST DISAPPOINTING. Do realize this would have added to the cost of the holiday but would have gladly paid the extra.
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Orkney, Shetland and The Caledonian Sleeper
27/Jun
Robert Lane
4 stars
“Interesting places pity about the weather very good guides on the island tours. We had some excellent meals . Smaller group made it easier to get about and our tour leader was excellent .
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Scottish Islands and Lochs Cruise
Nov 03 2018
Miss S Perry
4 stars
“Overall good cruise and food
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
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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