Our Scotland holidays
Our Scotland holidays are ideal for those craving spectacular natural landscapes, wildlife watching and low carbon travel, since getting there by train is as easy as it is enjoyable. Continue with rail tours through the Highlands or small ship cruising around the islands of the Inner and Outer Hebrides, such as Mull and Skye. Family-friendly cruises are often accompanied by naturalist guides who explain wildlife behaviour for you, while skippers keep a safe distance from dolphins and seals. Then there are walking holidays in Orkney and the Cairngorms, staying in locally owned hotels in remote communities whose hosts love to spoil their guests with Scotlandís natural larder.
Our top Scotland holidays
Orkney & Shetland self drive holiday, Scotland
From £895 to £10157 days ex flights
Island hop the wild Scottish Northern Isles on this week's holiday to Orkney and Shetland
Scotland by railway holiday
From £1275 to £13458 days ex flights
Experience authentic Scotland independently and car-free
Wildlife holiday in the Isle of Mull, Scotland
From £575 to £7905 days ex flights
Spot whales, otters and eagles on Isle of Mull, Scotland
West Highland Line railway holiday in Scotland
From £1075 to £11455 days ex flights
Take the world's best rail journey to the Isle of Skye
Argyll and the Isles walking holiday in Scotland
From £2085 to £21857 days ex flights
Walk in the glorious coastal region of western Scotland
Small group2023: 12 Aug, 30 Sep, 2024: 6 Apr, 27 Apr, 1 Jun, 29 Jun, 20 Jul, 10 Aug, 7 Sep, 28 Sep, 19 Oct
West Highlands guided rail tour in Scotland
From £21957 days ex flights
Discover Scotland's Highlands & distinctive islands by train
Small group2024: 12 May, 9 Jun, 14 Jul, 4 Aug, 15 Sep
Wildlife sailing holiday in Scotland
From £950 to £24806 days ex flights
Extraordinary wildlife above and below the waves
Small group2023: 6 Jun, 1 Jul, 18 Jul, 28 Jul, 30 Jul, 7 Aug, 19 Aug, 23 Aug, 26 Aug, 2 Sep, 4 Sep, 5 Sep, 11 Sep, 14 Sep, 15 Sep, 19 Sep, 22 Sep, 23 Sep, 28 Sep, 30 Sep, 1 Oct
Walking in Outer Hebrides & the Isle of Skye
From £2095 to £23457 days ex flights
Walking adventure to the wild Hebrides, Skye, Harris and Lewis
Small group2023: 10 Jun, 15 Jul, 23 Sep, 21 Oct, 2024: 23 Mar, 6 Apr, 20 Apr, 11 May, 25 May, 8 Jun, 22 Jun, 6 Jul, 13 Jul, 3 Aug, 17 Aug, 31 Aug, 21 Sep, 5 Oct
Scotland guided rail tour, Skye & Glencoe
From £19757 days ex flights
Visit Scottish castles and beautiful gardens by train
About our Scotland holidays
Railway holidays in Scotland
The romance of rail travel is alive and well in Scotland. You’ve just got to get out of Glasgow and onto the West Highland Line, where you can skim past looking-glass lochs and pretend you’re on the Hogwarts Express as you chug over the Glenfinnan Viaduct. Or take the Kyle Line, which starts at Eilean Donan Castle, near Inverness, before tugging you away from the rumble of day-trip coaches and through the towering munros of the Torridon Peaks instead. With no need to keep your eyes on the road or hands on the wheel, you can busy yourself looking out for golden eagles.
Small ship cruising in Scotland
Small ship cruises in Scotland are voyages on boats designed to navigate the remote islands, skinny inlets and sandy seal beaches of the jagged Scottish coast. Small means small, so you’ll probably be in a boat with no more than six cabins – all the better for watching dolphins, puffins, whales and sea eagles supremely unbothered by your little vessel. In true Victorian style, cruises along the Caledonian Canal set a more sedate pace, stretching from coast to coast via a gorgeous gauntlet of lochs and villages.
A sleeper train from London wheels you to right where you want to be for a wildlife holiday in Scotland: the wild heart of the Cairngorms National Park. Red deer, pine martens, golden eagles, otters and red squirrels flicker through the heathery hills and pine forests – and the more people who visit to see these beasts, the less land that’s set aside for the hunting of them. Head to the wild, watery worlds of Orkney and the Shetland Islands for whales, puffins and even – if you’re very lucky, like Tessa from our Travel Team – a pod of orcas.
Types of tours & holidays in Scotland
The pinprick villages and people-free mountains of Scotland lend themselves to small group holidays. You’ll ditch the coaches that trace the same old routes and viewpoints like it’s Groundhog Day, and instead hop from port to village to hiking trail by train or on a small ship. If you’re arriving from the UK or mainland Europe, your holiday can be completely flight-free. The sleeper train from London delivers you directly into the Highlands, while ferries and a hire car are all you need to get to far-flung archipelagos like the Outer Hebrides.
Where to go in Scotland
Holidays to Scotland introduce you to the faraway isles of the Inner and Outer Hebrides, Orkney and the Shetland Islands – archipelagos of cairn-like churches and guillotine puffin cliffs. Further south, you could explore the Highlands and islands, where railway stations pair up with ferry terminals that launch you into the beautiful – and environmentally astute – communities on Skye, Eigg and the Knoydart Peninsula. And Edinburgh is always a good place to start; its fairy tale streets and historic hills are a runaway highlight of many holidays to Scotland.
Read our top Scotland travel guidesOur collection of in-depth, honest travel guides delves a little deeper into some of our favourite bits of Scotland. Read up on how to travel Scotland by rail and find out why you should explore the nooks and crannies of the coast and islands on a small ship cruise. Our Scottish wildlife guide leaves no stone unturned when it comes to revealing which creatures you can see where – and how.
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[Railway holidays : Jack Anstey] [Small ship cruises : pxhere] [Watching wildlife: eric niven] [Types of holidays : Petr Meissner] [Where to go in Scotland : Nathan Anderson]