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Discover Scotland, the Great Rail way

The nation famed for whisky, kilts and Highland hills, Scotland is a wonderful holiday location, only a train ride away. 

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Rail Tours in 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 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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A Castle On The Shore Of Loch Fyne
(41 reviews)
2020AprMayJunJulAug...
7 days from
£980 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsGlasgow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Edinburgh, Highlands & Islands
Topseller
(96 reviews)
2020MarAprMayJunJul...
9 days from
£1,295 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Highland Adventure
(82 reviews)
2020AprMayJunJulSepOct
5 days from
£675 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsInverness
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Grand Tour of the UK
(6 reviews)
2020MaySep
14 days from
£2,695 pp
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  • DestinationEngland, Scotland
  • Starts / EndsYork / London
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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The Outer Hebrides
(32 reviews)
2020AprMayJunJulSep
8 days from
£1,395 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsGlasgow
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  • TransportRail
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Scottish Islands & Lochs Cruise - Lord of the Glens
(6 reviews)
2020AprSepOct
7 days from
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh / Inverness
  • AccommodationCruise, Hotel
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Western Highlands & Hebrides
(12 reviews)
2020AprJunAugSep
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£1,245 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh / Glasgow
  • AccommodationHotel
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The Highlands & Inner Hebrides
(8 reviews)
2020MayJunJulAug
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£2,395 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsInverness
  • AccommodationCruise, Hotel
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Orkney, Shetland & the Highlands
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2020AprMayJulSep
9 days from
£1,595 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
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  • TransportRail
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A Scottish Christmas
2019Dec
7 days from
£1,175 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
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4 days from
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  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
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Ben Nevis
2019Dec
6 days from
£795 pp
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  • Starts / EndsGlasgow
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Five-Star Highlands Cruise
Anonymous
“Great food, good mix of relaxation and interest.
Highland Adventure
Mr D Fetterman
“Excellent holiday. Hotel great
Northern England, The Faroe Islands & Iceland
Anonymous
“We both thoroughly enjoyed the holiday. Hotels were great, Linden especially, excellent room and food if a little pricey for drinks but we expected that in a hotel. The Ship was fine but not our personal favourite. Iceland did not disappoint, the sea was calm for the North Atlantic and the weather was sun if a little chilly.
Orkney, Shetland & the Highlands
Mr P Allen
“An excellent tour, Sandra our tour manager was really efficient and the tour itself was very well thought out
Western Highlands & Hebrides
Mr P Johnson
“Thoroughly enjoyed the round of experiences in this holiday. A bit spoilt by the weather.
A Castle On The Shores Of Loch Fyne
Anonymous
“Very little free time, both to experience the hotel and surroundings and also the local harbour. It is Scotland, but there was a lot of travel to get anywhere. The trip to the distillery was a long way for an hour’s experience, and not really of much interest to the ladies perhaps.
Edinburgh, the Highlands & Islands
Mr W Bean
“A very good holiday overall, but let down badly on the Jacobite train trip with our group allocated a sub-standard carriage which appeared to have been dragged out of the renovation shed and stuck on the end of the train.
Grand Tour of the UK
Mrs L Janse
“There was just a little too much UK in 14 days. I looked forward to visitng Glasgow, but arriving n the evenimg and departing the next mornng diddn't give much time to do that.
Scottish Islands & Lochs Cruise
Miss S Perry
“Overall good cruise and food
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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