Grand Tour of Scotland by rail

Grand Tour of Scotland by rail

You will roam the rails to the glorious Scottish Highlands and take a “Great Railway Journey of the World” on this rail tour. Relax as magnificent vistas glide past your window and the sensational views unfold on this Grand Tour of Scotland.

Duration: 7 Days, 6 Nights

Departure Dates:
Throughout 2018-2019

Arrival / Departure Airports:
Edinburgh International Airport or Glasgow International Airport

Tour Highlights:
A rail holiday taken at your own pace
Stunning cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow
Spectacular Highland scenery
Steam Train Tour
The famous railway line to Mallaig our the Glenfinnan Viaduct
Sea crossing to Isle of Skye
Inverness the Capital of the Highlands

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1:
Arrive into Edinburgh by rail or on a flight into the city’s Airport.

Your hotel for the next two nights will be located in the Haymarket area of Edinburgh which is situated close to Edinburgh Castle and the famous Princess Street shopping location.

Day 2:

Explore Edinburgh the capital of Scotland!

You could either take a city sightseeing bus tour or purchase a Royal Edinburgh Ticket which is valid for 48 hours and gives you access to various attractions for your time in Edinburgh.

Scotland’s cosmopolitan capital city borders with miles of lush countryside and the attractive coastline of the Lothians, which offer visitors a captivating blend of rich history, natural beauty and adventure.

We are not lying when we say that the region bursts with historical attractions. From the striking clifftop fortification of Tantallon Castle in North Berwick and the imposing Blackness Castle near Linlithgow to the magnificent Palladian style mansion of Arniston House in Gorebridge and Gladstone’s Land at the top of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile – be prepared to be swamped for choices! Edinburgh itself is steeped in history. From its world-famous castle, perched atop a volcanic rock, to its palace, HM The Queen’s official residence in Scotland, and from the Georgian House to the National Museum of Scotland and every brick and cobbled alley in between – the city is a historical jewel.











Day 3:

Explore the City of Glasgow, once the second city of the British Empire!

Take the train at your own pace from Haymarket to Glasgow Queen Street, these trains run every 15 mins and the journey takes around 45 mins.

In Glasgow Queen Street railway station there are left luggage facilities for you to leave your suitcases and luggage while you explore this great city.

Glasgow is one of the most exciting cities you’ll ever come across. Scotland’s largest city is a lively, bustling place, distinctive and full of character, where you are bound to get a very warm welcome indeed.


Once you have had your retail therapy in one of Glasgow’s many excellent shopping venues or taken an early lunch you can then began your adventure by rail.

Your train will departure from Glasgow Queen Street and take you to Corpach in the Scottish Highlands.







Day 4:

The Beautiful Scottish Highlands from the window of your train!

After breakfast you can leave Corpach by train to Fort William.

In Fort William railway station there are left luggage facilities for you to leave your suitcases and luggage while you explore this great highland town.

Fort William, the largest town in the Highlands and situated at the southern end of the Great Glen, lies in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Britains highest mountain. This area is a fine location to use as a base to discover the West Highlands.

After lunch you can take your train to Mallaig. You will cross the 21-arched Glenfinnan viaduct (a location made famous in the Harry Potter films) which overlooks Loch Shiel and the Jacobite monument. A short while later you will reach the little fishing port of Mallaig.


*Between 9 April 2019 and 26 October 2019 you will have the option to purchase a ticket from Fort William to Mallaig to travel on the Steam Train*








Day 5:

Over the sea to Skye!

Today you will journey by Sea on the short crossing to Armadale on the Isle of Skye.

From Armadale you will take a road transfer by coach across the island passing through the town of Broadfoot and back onto the mainland to Kyle of Lochalsh.


From Kyle of Lochalsh you will travel on the scenic railway line to the capital of the Highlands, Inverness.

Royal Highland, Inverness
A classic Scottish ‘station hotel’, the Royal Highland, offers guests the charm and elegance of a distinguished past, combined with modern splendour. The bedrooms have been tastefully contemporised whilst retaining their unmistakably traditional feel, including satellite television and even a choice of pillows.





Day 6:

Explore Inverness, The capital of the Scottish Highlands!

Inverness sits in the south of the Highlands, on the banks of the River Ness.















Day 7:

You can take the train at your own pace back to Edinburgh or Glasgow from Inverness and end your Grand Tour of Scotland.

Hotel Information:
2 Nights Haymarket area of Edinburgh, Scotland.
1 Night Corpach, Scotland.
1 Night Mallaig, Scotland.
2 Nights Inverness, Scotland.

Whats included?
6 nights accommodation as listed above.
Rail travel & seat reservations where possible on a Off Peak Flexible basis. (Standard Class)
Rail pass is valid after 0915 and is valid for four flexible days of travel.
PDF Guide for your journey with useful hints and tips.

Price from with flights; $TBCpp

Price without flight from; $TBCpp