Scotland by Train 2025 - Edinburgh Start

Scotland by Train 2025 - Edinburgh Start

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Scotland by Train 2025 - Edinburgh Start

7 Days Starting in 51-59 York Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3JD and ending in 51-59 York Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3JD, UK

Visiting: Edinburgh, Scottish Highlands, Plockton, Inverness

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History, Rail Tours

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Tour Overview

Scotland’s railways are among the most historic – and beautiful – in the world, so what better way to explore this spectacular nation than via a series of scenic train rides that allow you to carve through the very heart of Scotland in just a week. We’ll start in the capital, Edinburgh, before hopping over to Glasgow, sipping whisky in Glengoyne and spending the night in Glencoe. In the Scottish Highlands things get magical as we hop aboard the real-life Hogwarts Express – the Jacobite steam train – from Fort William to Mallaig. We’ll explore Loch Coruisk and the Isle of Skye, as well as hike in the Cairngorms, before winding our way back down to Edinburgh. Enjoy the ride!


  • Ride the iconic Jacobite steam train over the Glenfinnan Viaduct

  • Get into the Scottish spirit with a whisky tasting session at Glengoyne Distillery

  • Learn all about Scottish history on a Glasgow walking tour

  • Explore the Isle of Skye by boat and on a guided hike

  • Visit one of Scotland’s most spectacularly beautiful castles

  • Dive into Inverness’s art scene

  • Strike out on a scenic hike in the Cairngorms

  • Receive the royal treatment on a tour of Edinburgh

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Day 1 : Welcome To Edinburgh!

Location: Edinburgh

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Indigo York Place (or similar)

Meals Included: Dinner

Where better to start your Scottish adventure than in the capital of Scotland. Edinburgh is one of the most historic and beautiful cities you’re ever likely to come across. Picturesque cobblestone streets, storied old pubs and ancient monuments give Auld Reekie its character, but it’s the people that bring the personality. You’ll discover this immediately with a warm welcome at our first hotel, where you’ll also get to meet your fellow travellers and settle down for a hearty group dinner.

Activities included:
Welcome Dinner

Day 2 : A Stroll Around Glasgow And Whisky-Tasting In The Country

Location: Scottish Highlands

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Ballachulish (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

From one iconic city to another, we leave Edinburgh via train this morning – don’t worry, we’ll be back for more – for Scotland’s largest town, Glasgow. Bigger, buzzier and imbued with a working spirit, this epic city has become one of the UK’s trendiest travel spots. You’ll take a tour to learn all about the city’s huge industrial heritage, vibrant cultural institutions and two iconic football clubs – Celtic and Rangers. You’ll get a further taste of Scotland at lunch, before heading out to Glengoyne Distillery for a soul-warming whisky tasting session – the ultimate Scottish welcome. Our hotel for the evening is on the spectacularly beautiful west coast, reachable via a stunning drive through the Trossachs National Park.

Activities included:
Train from Edinburgh to Glasgow
Glasgow city tour
Whisky tasting at Glengoyne Distillery

Day 3 : Take A Steam Train To The Isle Of Skye

Location: Plockton

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Plockton Inn (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today is an epic adventure in itself. After breakfast, we’ll make our way to Fort William station to board the Jacobite steam train (AKA the Hogwarts Express). Unarguably one of the world’s greatest train journeys, this 42-mile stretch of track takes you past lochs, mountains and over the soaring Glenfinnan Viaduct, made famous by the Harry Potter films, to the small fishing town of Mallaig. From here, we’ll ferry across the glassy waters of Loch Nevis to the Isle of Skye before transferring to the remote waterside hamlet of Elgol where we’ll meet the Mackinnon family, who’ve lived and worked in Elgol since the 1300s. Today, their business is in showing people the jaw-dropping beauty of this slice of Scotland, with a boat trip (plus a brief hike) to Loch Coruisk. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins along the way. We’ll end the day with a transfer to our accommodation in Kyle of Lochalsh, stopping off en route at Eilean Donan Castle – one of Scotland’s most famous, and spectacular, castles.

Included activities:
Ride the Jacobite steam train to Mallaig
Take a boat trip to Loch Coruisk on the Isle of Skye
Photostop at Eilean Donan Castle

Day 4 : All Aboard To Inverness

Location: Inverness

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Craigmonie Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

After yesterday’s cross-country expedition, we’re taking things a little easier. Around midday we’ll head to Plockton station for the train to Inverness – a leisurely clop across the width of the Highlands, with plenty of gorgeous scenery thrown in. Once in the city we’ll head to the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery for an expert-led tour of its all-thing-Highlands collection. You’ll then have the rest of the day free to explore the city at your own pace – check out the castle, for city-wide views, and take a walk along the River Ness.

Included activities:
Train from Plockton to Inverness
Private tour of the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Day 5 : Take In The Sublime Scenery Of The Cairngorms

Location: Edinburgh

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Indigo York Place (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

We’re getting back on track today, as we take the train south from Inverness to Aviemore. This small town offers easy access to the ski slopes, glassy lochs and ancient woodland that make up the extraordinary Cairngorms National Park. We’ll spend the rest of the morning and the first half of the afternoon exploring on foot with a guided walk, before we hop back on the train to our final destination: Edinburgh. After checking into your hotel in the capital, you’ll have the evening to yourself.

Included activities:
Train from Inverness to Aviemore
Guided walk in the Cairngorms National Park
Train from Aviemore to Edinburgh

Day 6 : A Royal Send-Off

Location: Edinburgh

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Indigo York Place (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today is the last full day of this trip, so we’re going out on a high – literally, with an Insider-led tour of the Royal Mile. Tour over, you’ll have the rest of the day to see Edinburgh at your own pace – take a stroll in Princes Street Gardens, browse the Edinburgh Farmers Market and dip into the National Museum of Scotland. Just make sure you’re available to meet back up with the rest of the group in the evening for a farewell dinner – where we’ll swap highlights, and toast to what we hope has been a rail-y good time!

Activities included:
Guided tour of the Royal Mile
Farewell dinner

Day 7 : See You Later, Scotland!

Location: Edinburgh

Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy a final breakfast in the Scottish capital before checking out and making your way home, or on to other adventures!

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    Six nights accommodation

  • 5 train rides (inc. the Jacobite steam train to Mallaig)

  • Glasgow city tour

  • Visit of Glengoyne Distillery with whisky tasting

  • Take a boat trip to Loch Coruisk on the Isle of Skye

  • Private tour of the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

  • Guided walk in the Cairngorms National Park

  • Guided tour of the Royal Mile

  • Meals described in the itinerary

    5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

What's Not Included

  • International flights

  • Airport transfers

  • Visas (If required)

  • Travel Insurance

  • City/Resort Taxes (if applicable)


Indigo York Place
Found right in the heart of Edinburgh’s Unesco-listed centre, this charming boutique hotel is as full of character as the cobbled streets surrounding it. Feel right at home in the colourfully designed rooms, sip a wee dram in the bar and enjoy the city’s most iconic sights within a short walking distance.

Ballachulish Hotel
This grand old building – tastefully modernised as a classy country hotel – serves up a classic slice of Scottish Highlands beauty. Sitting pretty on the waterfront, the hotel is surrounded by splendidly verdant hills rising from the glassy surfaces of deep Scottish locks. Enjoy views of Ballachulish Bridge, which separates Loch Leven and Loch Linnhe, from the Waterside Cafe or dine on seafood specialties in the aptly named Fish Restaurant. Either way, you’ll be well fed and ready to explore the stunning surrounds of Glencoe and the Scottish Highlands.

Plockton Inn
This characterful family-run pub with rooms on the edge of Loch Carron epitomises Scottish hospitality. Rooms are simple but homely, with a nautical theme to the decor. Downstairs, the pub bar hums softly with local chit-chat, while the kitchen serves up fresh, locally-caught seafood.

Craigmonie Hotel
It’s hard to believe that you’re just minutes away from central Inverness when you’re in the quaint leafy surrounds of this storied old hotel, which dates back to 1880. Think country house vibes in the city, with a cosy bar to keep the cockles warm, and a free-to-use indoor pool and sauna, for that refreshing start to the day.

Please note that, while unlikely, the accommodation indicated may be subject to change (see T&C’s). On a rare occasion, alternative arrangements may be necessary – this may be due to a lack of availability at our preferred accommodation, or other reasons outside our control. We’ll do everything we can to prevent this from happening; however, in cases where it is unavoidable, we will use a similar standard of accommodation.

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