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(Tour code: SHP19)

Immerse yourself in the culture and majesty of the Scottish Highlands

Immerse yourself in the culture and majesty of the Scottish Highlands. You take in the rugged landscapes on two of the UK's most famous train lines; the West Highland Line and the Jacobite. You also visit Loch Ness and castles that transport you through the history of this region.

  • Loch Lomond
  • Armadale Castle and Gardens
  • Glen Ord Distillery
  • Dunvegan Castle
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Glamis Castle
  • West Highland Line
  • Jacobite steam train
  • Stay at the 5-Star Fairmont St Andrews
What’s Included
  • 1st & Standard Class Rail
    Heritage Rail Excursion
  • 4-5* Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Selected Porterage

Grand Tour of Scotland 2019Tour Details

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Day 1 Edinburgh

Arrival in Edinburgh

Today you arrive in Edinburgh to meet your Tour Manager and fellow travellers in your hotel, the Radisson Blu Hotel. This evening we enjoy dinner together at the hotel.

  • Dinner
Day 2 Royal Yacht Britannia
Royal Yacht Britannia

The Royal Yacht Britannia

This morning, we visit the majestic Royal Yacht Britannia, once the official yacht of the Royal Family. This fantastic ship sailed for forty years, and now enjoys life as an attraction for thousands every year. Regularly voted one of Scotland's best attractions, it is a delight to be able to explore this magnificent floating residence, which saw the Royal family sail majestically around the world. We enjoy a guided audio tour here, which grants some insight into what life must have been like onboard, including detailed explorations of the main decks, as well as the State Apartments, the Crew's Quarters, and the Engine Room.

Your afternoon is at leisure to venture into Edinburgh. Perhaps spends some time exploring the famous Royal Mile? Alternatively, the short climb up to Arthurs Seat might be worth a go, as from the top you are rewarded with spectacular views across the cityscape of Edinburgh.

Another iconic location to visit whilst here is Edinburgh castle, a magnificent and ancient fortress set solidly atop an extinct volcano, overlooking the beautiful city.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Stirling Castle
Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle

Our excursion today takes us to the wonderful Stirling Castle, a 12th century castle and one of the most historically important castles in Britain. Notably. this has previously been the site of many coronations of Scottish monarchs, including the infamous Mary, Queen of Scots, throughout the ages and remains a vital part of Scottish history. Like Edinburgh castle, this fortress is also located overlooking Stirling in a marvellous defensive position on top of Castle Hill. We enjoy a guided tour here before transferring by coach to our hotel in the Trossachs National Park.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 Jacobite Steam Train
Jacobite Steam Train

Jacobite Steam train and Skye

Today we begin by travelling from Crianlarich to Fort William on the famed West Highland Line on a scheduled Scotrail service (Standard Class). From Fort William we join the Jacobite Steam Train to Mallaig (First Class). After disembarking the train, we take a ferry to Skye and continue to our hotel, the Skeabost, where we stay for two nights.


Please note: For Departure SHP1903 our Jacobite journey is in Standard Class.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 Dunvegan Castle
Dunvegan Castle

Dunvegan Castle and Armadale Castle

Our first stop today is Dunvegan Castle. The castle is the oldest continually inhabited castle in Scotland and for 800 years has been the seat of the MacLeod Clan. We take a tour of this history rich building and its gardens. Contained within the castle are numerous heirlooms of the clan, including the Dunvegan cup, which dates back to 1493, the Fairy Flag, which is said to contain magical and mysterious properties, and also Sir Rory Mor's Horn, which aspiring clan chiefs drink wine out of to prove themselves to the clan.

We have some time here for lunch before we then transfer to Armadale Castle and Gardens, home to the Clan Donald Centre. This 20,000 acre estate in southern Skye was once home to the Donald Clan and was purchased in 1971 by the Clan Donald Lands Trust. The Trust's main role is to promote and restore the estate for the benefit of guests.

The estate is home to a number of scenic walks which take in the surrounding landscape and the wonderfully restored historic gardens. The on-site museum showcases a library and study centre and was opened in 2002. The estate is also home to a variety of wildlife including many of Scotland's most well known species, such as the roe deer, otters and a range of birds including the majestic golden and sea eagles.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle & The Kyle Line

Today we visit another spectacular Scottish castle, the Eilean Donan. Set on a tiny island in Loch Duich, joined to the mainland by a small, elegant bridge. The island was part of the Macrae Clan's territory and in the 13th century they built Eilean Donan Castle, which occupies almost all of the land space. It was initially designed to defend the clan's land from invading Vikings, who had previously seen the site - at the meeting point of three sea lochs - as a weak spot. Eventually the castle saw more battles between the warring Scottish clans.

Later we take a ride on the historic Kyle Line, first laid down in 1870 and taking twenty-seven years to complete. Despite being neither privately owned nor a preserved heritage railway, this marvellous line is a popular tourist attraction, thanks to it's fantastic route through many of Scotland's most dramatic natural landscapes.


Please note: For Departure SHP1903 we stay at the Ness Walk Hotel.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 Loch Ness
Loch Ness

Loch Ness Cruise and Glen Ord Distillery

Today, discover mysterious Loch Ness, famous for its prehistoric resident, the Loch Ness Monster. We enjoy a cruise across this shimmering expanse of water, the deepest freshwater lake in the U.K., before visiting the atmospheric ruins of Urqhart Castle that overlooks the loch. We have some time here to discover the Castle before we coach to Glen Ord, a distillery that produces one of Scotland's most favoured drinks - whisky. After enjoying a wee dram, we return to our hotel.

  • Breakfast
Day 8 To St Andrews
To St Andrews

To St Andrews

We travel by rail to Perth where we change to coach for the short transfer to St Andrews today, on arrival we check in to our 5-Star hotel, the Fairmont.


Please note: For Departure SHP1903 we stay at the Macdonald Russacks Hotel in St Andrews.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9 Glamis Castle
Glamis Castle

Glamis Castle

Glamis Castle is our main stop today, this beautiful castle was the former childhood home of the Queen Mother and proves to be an enjoyable visit with history and fine architecture in abundance. Later you have time to explore St Andrews under your own steam. Tonight we gather for a final farewell meal.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10 Edinburgh
Tour Group

Departure day

Following breakfast we transfer to Dundee for our rail service to Edinburgh where the tour concludes, and your Tour Manager bids you farewell. You are free to begin your journey home or enjoy more time sightseeing independently.

  • Breakfast

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • First and Standard Class rail and coach travel throughout
  • Porterage between Aberfoyle and Mallaig, Skye and Inverness, and from Inverness to St Andrews

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 9 nights' hotel accommodation including 2 nights in Edinburgh, 1 night at MacDonald Forest Hills Hotel in Aberfoyle, 2 nights at Skeabost, 2 nights at the Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness and 2 nights in St Andrews

Delicious meals included

  • 17 meals including 9 breakfasts and 7 dinners
  • Welcome reception with a glass of prosecco in Edinburgh


Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Armadale Castle and Gardens
  • Tour of the Glen Ord Distillery with a tasting
  • Visits to Stirling, Dunvegan, Eilean Donan and Glamis Castles
  • Journey on the Jacobite steam train and on the Kyle Line
  • Loch Ness cruise

Enhancing your tour

  • Upgrade to garden view or columba room at Skeabost from £65 per person (twin occupancy only)
  • Upgrade to superior garden view or superior columba room at Skeabost from £95 per person (twin occupancy only)


Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

Lynne Broadley
Luke Simpson
Helen Laverack
Grand Tour of Scotland

Immerse yourself in the culture and majesty of the Scottish Highlands


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