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The wild and rugged beauty of the Highlands of northern Scotland has inspired artists for centuries, its dramatic imagery gracing countless postcards and shortbread tins. Explore the Scottish Highlands with Great Rail Journeys and you'll discover some of the most magical, picturesque and unspoilt landscapes in the British Isles.

Our Scottish Highlands tours offer varied and exciting itineraries; one moment you could be sweeping through the breathtakingly majestic scenery of the mountain glens of Glenfinnan on an iconic steam train, and the next be visiting the fairy-tale perfect Eilean Donan Castle, one of the most photographed locations in Scotland thanks to its superb setting on an island in Loch Duich.

Whilst large areas of the Scottish Highlands are wild, open and uninhabited, traversed only by remote roads and scenic railway lines, the region is also dotted with charming and picturesque villages, interesting towns, ancient castles such as Dunrobin Castle near the town of Beuly, and a host of distilleries, each with its own history and characteristics, which produce Scotland's most famous export: malt whisky.

When you explore the Scottish Highlands on one of our tours you'll have free time to seek out these highlights of Scotland and many more as you journey through a region rich in tradition, culture, history and sublime beauty.

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Edinburgh, Highlands & Islands
4.3 stars(339 reviews)
2022SepOct
2023MayOct
9 days from
£1,595 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
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Highland Adventure
4.3 stars(149 reviews)
2022Oct
2023Jul
5 days from
£895 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsInverness
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A Castle On The Shore Of Loch Fyne
4.1 stars(118 reviews)
2022Oct
7 days from
£1,095 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsGlasgow
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Alladale Wilderness Reserve
4.2 stars(34 reviews)
2022SepOct
7 days from
£1,745 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsLondon Euston
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Armadale Castle
3.4 stars(19 reviews)
2022Oct
9 days from
£1,645 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsLondon Euston
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Giants Causeway
3.0 stars(6 reviews)
2022Oct
2023MayJul
13 days from
£2,795 pp
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  • DestinationIreland, Scotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh / Holyhead, Dublin
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Our customers love our Scottish Highlands tours
Edinburgh, the Highlands and Islands
27/Sep
brian evans
5 stars
“Excellent throughout the whole experience of Scotland.
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Edinburgh, Glencoe and Isle of Skye
23/Sep
M Jenkins
5 stars
“We saw a lot of the area in the time we were there. The steam train was great fun, travelling through places that would be hard to access by other means and the sleeper was an experience not to be missed. David was a fantastic guide who was very knowledgable and looked after everyone on the tour. Great tour, great accommodation and would recommend.
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Orkney, Shetland and the Highlands
14 Oct 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
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Western Highlands and Hebrides
03 Aug 2019
Mr P Johnson
5 stars
“Thoroughly enjoyed the round of experiences in this holiday. A bit spoilt by the weather.
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The Outer Hebrides and The Highlands
27/Sep
C T
4 stars
“We would have marked this trip higher but for one of the advertised highlights of the tour, one of the Great Rail Journeys of the world, the Rail trip from Fort William to Mallaig did not take place. The famous train trip was not listed at all on tour notes given to us by our tour leader on the first evening of our trip despite being part of the advertised itinerary. No real explanation was given why were taken by coach to Mallaig for the ferry instead of the train trip. The tour manger said she thought Scotrail had cancelled the train, but I checked, and it was booked to run as normal. We were looking forward to this world class rail journey including the trip over the Glenfinnan Viaduct with its Harry Potter connections. I must admit that day seemed to turn in to 'Great Coach Journeys of the World' rather the Great Train Journeys. I email the company on return and received an automated reply that one of the team would get back to me within 28 days. No reply as yet. (Not so good customer care.) We have used this company before without problem. Putting the above to one side We enjoyed the rest of trip throughout, first class tour manager, guides and drivers. Cannot fault the hotels or food.
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Highland Adventure
26/Sep
K Russell
4 stars
“We enjoyed our trip, especially the Jacobite steam journey. We would have liked more time at Eilean Donan castle and Culloden battlefield. It was a shame we were never introduced to the other members of our group .We had to share a coach and train with another Great Rail Journeys group which meant the coach was very full. The presentations at Aileen Donan castle and Culloden were excellent. Our tour guide Ulric kept us well informed of each days activities in advance.
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A Castle On The Shores Of Loch Fyne
25/Sep
Warwick Eden
4 stars
“The holiday introduced my wife and I to an area of Scotland we knew little about and had never visited before. We were stunned by its beauty, the friendliness of its people and the variety and value of the places to visit. Great Rail organised a packed itinerary and delivered it almost without fault. The two hotels we stayed at were comfortable and the food at one - the Stonefield Castle - was outstanding. The shine was taken off the whole holiday by circumstances beyond Great Rail's control - namely the threat and actuality of national rail strikes.
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Castles and Wildlife of Scotland
22/Jun
John Davies
4 stars
“Fantastic locations, excellent dining, loved the castles and Alladale reserve.
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The Best of Scotland and Ireland
1/Jun
B Smith
4 stars
“Two hotels were not up to standard, we had two train rides changed to coach, one of which was the Steam train. Not the tours fault but a disappointment none the less. Tour manager was brilliant. Didn't rate The Dark Hedges, would rather have gone to the Titanic Museum. Tours were excellent, well organised. Coach drivers were very experienced and well informed of local history. We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday.
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Great Rail Journeys offers a selection of tours which explore different aspects and areas of the Highlands of Scotland. A tour of the western Highlands reveals Scotland's rugged coastline, as well as wild inland areas such as the remote Rannoch Moor which, in the absence of roads, can only be crossed by train. The western Highlands, back-dropped by dramatically scenic mountain ranges is a region of legend - on this tour you'll visit Loch Ness, home of the infamous monster - and of legendary beauty in the form of the wildlife-rich Hebrides and Small Islands, Fort William and Ben Nevis; the highest mountain in the British Isles.

Some of the UK's most scenic railways are to be found in the Scottish Highlands and when you taking a Highland Adventure with Great Rail Journeys offers the chance to travel on the Strathspey Steam Railway, the Jacobite Steam Train and the Cairngorm Mountain Railway; Scotland's only funicular railway which gently ascends to give superb views of the Cairngorm range and the popular Highland resort of Aviemore.

There can be few more enjoyable ways of enjoying Scotland's unique scenery, remarkable railways and historic heritage than by exploring the Scottish Highlands with Great Rail Journeys.

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