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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
4.4 stars(114 reviews)
2022MarAprMayJunJul...
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  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
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Highland Adventure
4.4 stars(102 reviews)
2022MarAprMayJunJul...
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsInverness
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A Scottish Christmas
2021Dec
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  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
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Grand Tour of the UK
4.5 stars(6 reviews)
2022MaySep
12 days from
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  • DestinationEngland, Scotland
  • Starts / EndsYork / London
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Our customers love our Inverness 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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Highland Adventure
19/Oct
Diane
4 stars
“Beautiful Hotel, Very nice Tour Manager. The first day of the holiday was wonderful and left us very excited for the following two days, but the second day was slightly disappointing in that we had a Scotrail Deisel train rather than a "Great Steam Train Rail H=Journey of The Highlands" and were back at Inverness station by about 4:15pm. The third day was the drive to Aviemore by coach followed by a steam train ride on the Strathspey line. Scenery was nice but all in all quite disappointing, an extremely short train ride with a ten minute stop at Boat of Garten station, then another ten minute stop at the end of the line. We had been told this was the Glen Bogle Village, and most people seemed to think we would see the castle, but it was just a platform with a sign saying Glenbogle! That afternoon we were deposited back at the Hotel by 3:15pm, which was really the end of the Great Rail Journeys holiday as all that was left was to have dinner in the hotel and breamkfast the following morning and that was that. We were not expecting miracles, considering restrictions over the past year, but really this was only a three day holiday and NOT a five day one as advertised. We did still enjoy the trip as we were with friends, but it is doubtful that we would book another holiday with Great Rail Journeys. The Jacobite Express was really the only decent rail journey of the whole trip. Sorry.....
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Grand Tour of the UK
1/Oct
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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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.
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