Scotland luxury rail holiday

A tailor made trip for those wanting to travel independently by train. With luxury hotels and one to one guides thrown into to this rail-y first class mix.
West Highland Line Isle of Skye Train from Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness Boat trip on Loch Ness Pitlochry The Pass of Killiecrankie gorge Edinburgh
£2950To£3225 excluding flights
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8 Days
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Price includes 3 nights bed & breakfast, and 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast in our hand-picked selection of small 4 and 5 star hotels, based on two adults sharing a double/ twin room.
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Description of Scotland luxury rail holiday

One of the most luxurious and laid back ways to see Scotland, train holidays that are tailor made to suit your needs take you into the heart of the highlands and islands. For eight days, you will not only be embarking on spectacular train journeys, but also staying at some of the countryís finest hotels, such as the 5* Inverlochy Castle Hotel in Fort William, the terminus of your first train journey Ė the historic and mesmeric West Highland Line from Glasgow to Fort William. Sit back and relax as you rumble your way through the wild swathes of Rannoch Moor or past Loch Lomond.

Your second day combines rail and sail, taking a Jacobite steam train, through dramatic highland scenery to the port of Mallaig on the west coast, where you pick up the ferry to the Isle of Skye to spend two nights exploring this rugged island, with its mountainous interior and cove rich coastline. With Kinloch Lodge as your base where, after plenty of outdoor exploring and hiking, you can feast on fine Scottish fare in their great restaurant. We offer the services of a local driver and guide during your stay on Skye, to help you explore all that the island has to offer, from Dunvegan and Armadale castles, local galleries to the famous Talisker whisky distillery.

Returning to mainland Scotland by taxi over the Skye bridge to pick up your next train at Kyle of Lochalsh which takes you to Inverness through eighty miles of Scottish splendour. Here you will stay in the equally splendid 5* boutique hotel overlooking the famous waters, which you can explore the next day by boat.

This Scotland luxury train holiday continues travelling first class to Pitlochry, where your luxury guesthouse is in the nearby village of Killiecrankie, with views over the magnificent River Garry gorge. With a free day built into the itinerary, you have time to walk around this National Trust protected area, or perhaps you might like to explore nearby historic gems such as Blair Castle. There are several other castles in the area, and we are happy to arrange a driver guide to assist you on this free day.

Your holiday ends in the capital, Edinburgh, which you will travel to by train from Pitlochry.


Price information

£2950To£3225 excluding flights
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Price includes 3 nights bed & breakfast, and 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast in our hand-picked selection of small 4 and 5 star hotels, based on two adults sharing a double/ twin room.
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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made from April to the middle of October

Travel guides

Scotland railway
Train is, without a doubt, the best way to explore Scotland. Relaxed, and wonderfully scenic as it takes you through landscapes unscarred by roads, ra...
Scottish Highlands
Thereís an incredible sense of space in the Scottish Highlands, whether youíre cruising across a misty loch, pausing for breath on a snowy Cairngorms ...

Holiday information

Our top tip:
Donít believe what anyone says, the food is fab in Scotland. But not great on the trains, so stock up before your journey.
Trip type:
Tailor made by train experts and Scotland devotees.
Solo travellers welcome. Surcharge for single room.
4-5* country manor and castle hotels.
Accommodation, all breakfasts, 4 dinners. First class rail travel except Glasgow to Fort William and Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness. Taxi transfers, guided tour Skye, boat trip on Loch Ness.


4 Reviews of Scotland luxury rail holiday

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 10 Sep 2015 by

Excellent! The train rides through the highlands - such scenery, and having the train stop at so many lovely, tiny places. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Jul 2015 by

The whole experience was memorable. The Jacobite steam train, the Culodin battlefield, and the warm and friendly people. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Sep 2013 by

Excellent....Time on Skye, and the rail journeys on the West Highland line and from Kyle of Lochalsh to Dingwall Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2013 by

Wow, a number of exciting parts, firstly the train journey from Queen Street station to Fort William, absolutely superb. Staying at Inverlochy Castle, truly breathtaking location. Steam train. Read full review

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.


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. Beyond the included tours, 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. 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. Thatís 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.

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.

We directly employ a small team of local people in Glasgow. We offer part-time and flexible working. We ensure staff undertake at least two recce visits in a year so that they have first-hand experience and knowledge of our products throughout Scotland and Ireland. All staff share our values of environmental and sustainable responsibility.

We are corporate members of the John Muir Trust, an organisation committed to protecting the wild land of the Scottish highlands and islands.

We are members of AITO, the Association of Independent Tour Operators, and adhere to their strict code of conduct.

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