Scotland by railway holiday

“A tailor made trip for those wanting to travel independently by train. There’s a Highland fling with island ferries too. Staying in small, locally owned hotels en route.”


West Highland Line | Isle of Skye | Train from Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness | Pitlochry | The Pass of Killiecrankie gorge | Edinburgh

Description of Scotland by railway holiday

Scotland by Railway is an eight day tailor-made trip for those who want to experience Scotland independently, while following a route that has been designed by local experts who have spent years exploring the Scottish Highlands. All travel, food and accommodation has been personally tried and tested to ensure you have an authentic and truly memorable trip.

On this car-free holiday, as well as travelling between some of the country’s most stunning destinations by train, we will also organise taxi transfers when necessary. All you need to do is sit back and enjoy the ride.

The itinerary starts in Edinburgh, then follows a wonderful Caledonian circuit through the likes of Pitlochry in the heart of the Southern Highlands, Inverness – the capital of the Highlands and home to Loch Ness of course – and the Isle of Skye, the largest island in the Inner Hebrides.

The grand finale of this trip around Scotland by rail is an excursion on the West Highland Line, considered by many to be one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys. Travelling on board the Jacobite steam train, you will cross impressive feats of construction including Glenfinnan Viaduct and natural wonders such as Rannoch Moor.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made from April to the end of October.
Our top tip:
Summer is lovely for this trip, but don’t overlook the magnificent seasonal changes of autumn. With roaring fires and hot toddies to boot.
Trip type:
Tailor made.
Solo travellers welcome. Surcharge for single room.
Small 3 and 4 star hotels.
1 night, dinner, b&b, rail and ferry fares, taxis as necessary, first class ticket on Jacobite Express.
“You leave the rest of the world behind when you take the famous West Highland line, heading off onto Rannoch Moor and Glencoe.”

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Scotland by railway holiday


We are continually increasing our range of public transport holidays for those who actively choose low-carbon transport. This holiday has been carefully-designed to allow you to explore much of Scotland, from the cities of Glasgow, Inverness and Edinburgh to rural Perthshire and even the magical Isle of Skye without a car. It takes you beyond the end of the train lines, through the careful addition of short taxi transfers. We recommend that you explore further on foot or by public transport in each local area. The accommodation chosen takes you a little off the beaten tourist track, so that you will have a more authentic experience. In each place, there are plentiful local walks, and some short trips available by local bus - we will provide suggestions and recommendations in your holiday pack, but do check the most up-to-date information with the staff at your hotel.

We take the utmost care to choose local business partners who share our values and commitment to sustainable travel, preferring to work with locally-owned and managed businesses wherever possible. Your hotel in Spean Bridge is committed to home-cooked organic food, while the country house hotel in Perthshire has its own kitchen garden and prides itself on making the most of locally-sourced produce. We build long-term relationships based on mutual trust with our business partners, with a joint commitment to excellent customer satisfaction and care for the environment.


For us, true sustainability means promoting and helping to maintain a way of life, where the economic benefit from tourism can make a genuine difference. That’s why we work almost exclusively with local, family-run businesses, not with large corporate organisations. We build close and lasting relationships with our business partners, based on mutual trust and an unerring commitment to customer satisfaction. We carefully select these partners to ensure that they share our values of sustainable and responsible travel. For example, the small hotel featured in this holiday on the Isle of Skye is based in the heart of a Gaelic community, and all staff are encouraged to learn the language, whatever their original native tongue.

All of our holiday packs include "Robert's Recommendations", our specific tips on places to visit, places to eat and places to shop locally, all of which have been researched by us, and many of which are off-the-beaten track.

32 Reviews of Scotland by railway holiday

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 15 Oct 2017 by

The most memorable was staying in 200+ year-old homes, which have been meticulously maintained. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2017 by

Great trip. Loved Scotland and its people. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Oct 2017 by

Skye is stunning and the trip on the Jacobite Express was a lovely afternoon. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2017 by

Of course as always it is really the people you meet that make the journey, Scotland did not disappoint. Everyone was exceedingly friendly, helpful and a delight. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Sep 2017 by

Wonderful scenery. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Aug 2017 by

The most memorable part was the visit to the Isle of Skye where my ancestors came from, and our stay at Kinloch Lodge there, with outstanding food prepared by their chef. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Jun 2017 by

The scenery and the stunning views were the highlight. An excellent trip - thanks!! Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Jun 2017 by

It was an excellent stay. Beautiful landscapes, Scots charming, good quality of restaurants and guest houses. Not or few traffic jams in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Jun 2017 by

Our holiday was exceptional, we enjoyed every aspect of the trip and the effortless planning was most enjoyable. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Jun 2017 by

The Jacobite Express was terrific and we had really good seats. The pub at our accommodation in Skye was great fun and good food. Best meals at Killiecrankie Hotel. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Oct 2017 by

The most memorable was our private tour of the Isle of Skye. Good way to see a lot of Scotland without driving. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Oct 2017 by

Our holiday was well planned and ran very smoothly. The accommodation was of really good quality and we most enjoyed our visit to Pitlochry and Glasgow. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2017 by

Train travel is so relaxing although it does perhaps preclude some of those unplanned and impetuous detours! Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Aug 2017 by

We enjoyed all of the holiday... Isle of Sky was probable the most memorable Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Jul 2017 by

Most enjoyable part was our two days on Isle of Skye. Very beautiful and dramatic scenery! Very enjoyable! Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Jun 2017 by

The most memorable moments was breakfasts, some of the greetings we got and the dinner on the last night. Add to that some fantastic scenery and the stream train. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Jun 2017 by

The highlights was probably the steam journey to Fort William and the and the final days journey over Rannock Moor the whole holiday lived up to our expectations. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 May 2017 by

The most memorable was Isle of Skye and Viewfield House. Well organised, interesting places choosen, lovely hotels. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 May 2017 by

The highlight was traveling by train thorough the moors and mountains of Scotland in the comfort of the train. We travel extensively and this rated as one of our top 3 vacations. Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Mar 2017 by

The most memorable was walking up to the Old Man of Storr. Amazing views. Top class. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Sep 2016 by

The entire trip was absolutely breath-taking and well planned. The highlight was Killiecrankie, beautiful scenery and magnificent food. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Jul 2016 by

Excellent enjoyed every minute so keep up the great service to visitors to your country. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 May 2016 by

This was a first-class tour which is very well thought out and planned. The trains were comfortable and a great way to travel about. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2015 by

Excellent. We loved everything about it except that it was over too soon! Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Sep 2015 by

Excellent. Accommodations, hosts, meals, and travel arrangements all exceeded our expectations. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Sep 2015 by

Excellent ... so easy, comfortable and enjoyable. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Jul 2015 by

Very good indeed. In general and excellent holiday and a good way to see Scotland. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Jun 2015 by

It was very enjoyable and I recommend it for train enthusiasts. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Jun 2015 by

Simply ONE OF THE BEST holidays that I have every been on Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Sep 2014 by

A wonderful experience.... Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Jul 2014 by

Excellent...particularly the West Highland Line Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Jun 2014 by

Excellent holiday with wonderful hotels and superb organization, the sun followed us around Scotland ! Read full review

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