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The base for many of our Scotland tours, Inverness lies at the north end of the Great Glen where the River Ness flows into the Moray Firth on the country's east coast. Known as 'the capital of the Highlands', Inverness has been a focal point for all travel, trade and communication through the Highlands for hundreds of years. Believed to have been founded by King David in the 12th century, it is known that successive forts and castles were built in the area at about that time. Yet these were either destroyed by fire or razed to the ground during one of the many conflicts that affected and involved Inverness. The red sandstone castle that stands proudly on the River Ness was built during the 1830s, following a significant period of economic boom in Inverness and the surrounding region. Inverness Castle was designed to house the town courts and administrative buildings.

Exploring historic Inverness
In 1822 the Caledonian Canal was created, and during the latter part of the 19th century the railways began to arrive in Inverness. Links then connected the town with Perth, Aberdeen, Kyle of Lochalsh, Wick and Thurso - lines which remain operational to this day - and the town began to expand rapidly as the Highlands' major transport hub. Today, Inverness is a thriving city with a bustling, modern centre and a multitude of attractions.

As well as the castle, there is the grand St Andrew's Cathedral, which dates back to 1869. The bell still chimes on the hour. There is also the Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, which tells the fascinating story of the Highlands through a range of impressive exhibits. The best way to get acquainted with the city is by taking a stroll along the river, as many of Inverness' charms are apparent here.

6 results matching: Escorted Rail Tours to Inverness

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Edinburgh, Highlands & Islands
4.3 stars(278 reviews)
2022JunJulAugSepOct
2023MayOct
9 days from
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
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Highland Adventure
4.3 stars(126 reviews)
2022JunJulSepOct
2023Jul
5 days from
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsInverness
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A Scottish Christmas
4.5 stars(12 reviews)
2022Dec
7 days from
£1,295 pp
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  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
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Grand Tour of the UK
4.5 stars(6 reviews)
2022Sep
12 days from
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  • DestinationEngland, Scotland
  • Starts / EndsYork / London
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Our customers love our Inverness tours
Edinburgh, the Highlands and Islands
24/May
David McKinney
5 stars
“Train run to Mallaig and Kyle just amazing!!
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Highland Adventure
23/May
Lynne
5 stars
“Stunning scenery, an excellent tour guide and comfortable hotel made this a very enjoyable trip
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A Scottish Christmas
10/Jan
Anne
5 stars
“I was really pleased that I made the decision to take this trip. The group, smaller than it would have been, gelled really well. I think we were let down by ScotRail. The tour manager was very efficient and helpful. The hotel in Edinburgh was much more geared up to deal with my having Coeliac disease and therefore follow a gluten free diet but I was rather disappointed by the attitude of the hotel in Inverness who did not seem to be prepared although I had advised of my special diet on booking and I cannot believe that I was the only guest in the hotel who had this need. I enjoyed the excursions on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day.
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Scottish Islands and Lochs Cruise
14 Oct 2021
customer
5 stars
“Excellent relaxing holiday.
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Scottish Highlands Cruise
12 Oct 2021
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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Grand Tour of the UK
01 Oct 2021
Leslie Blake
4 stars
“The tour was good with excellent local guides, the tour manager Peter Scott had to deal with a number of setbacks very successfully including the Sunday train strike in Scotland and arranging for alternative transport. The only drawback was only staying in hotels for one night and moving on to the next phase, this proved to be quite tiring.
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