Classic Round Scotland by Train

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    Your first Highland hotel is cosy & family run

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    Take a break from the train - and sail over the sea to Skye

  • The Jacobite Express

    The Jacobite Express steam train - the holiday highlight for many!

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    Skye's magnificent Cuillin mountains

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    The Jacobite Express steaming across the Glenfinnan Viaduct

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    Stunning setting for your hotel on Skye

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    Your route includes the wonderful North Highland Line too

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    Your final stop is a country hotel near Pitlochry

In these eco-aware times, many holidaymakers long to abandon the car; however grappling with Scottish train timetables and ferry charts is not for the faint-hearted. We have designed this holiday especially for ‘car-less’ travellers who want to experience authentic Scotland independently.

Day One - The West Highland Line

Your journey starts by train from Glasgow, travelling the scenic West Highland line - voted "Best railway journey in the world" by readers of Wanderlust magazine. You pass by glorious Loch Lomond and over beautiful but desolate Rannoch Moor to reach Spean Bridge in the Highlands and a cosy family-run small hotel.

Day Two - Over the sea to Skye

Today, travel first class on the Jacobite steam train from Fort William to Mallaig, over the famous Glenfinnan viaduct and through some more stunning highland scenery, before reaching the ferry port.  Next, travel by ferry over the sea to southern Skye where a local taxi will whisk you the short journey to reach your white-washed hotel deep in the heart of the Gaelic community on this part of the island.

Day Three - the Isle of Skye

A day to relax and explore the village and local area - on foot or local bus. Should you wish to explore much of this large island, we strongly recommend hiring a car for a day or using the services of our local guide.

Day Four - to Inverness

Another taxi ride across the Skye bridge, then catch your next train at Kyle of Lochalsh, for a majestic and dramatically picturesque trip to Inverness. You will stay in an award-winning family-run guesthouse close to the centre.

Day Five

Time to explore the highland capital, perhaps taking a boat trip on nearby Loch Ness or tour to Culloden.

Day Six - To Perthshire

Continue south through the highlands to the popular tourist town of Pitlochry, then by taxi to the nearby village of Killiecrankie, where you will stay in a comfortable country hotel.

Day Seven

Time to explore the National Trust gorge, site of another famous battle, or visit nearby Blair Castle, with the adjacent House of Bruar - a mecca for Scottish souvenir shopping, or simply relax in comfortable country house surroundings.

Day Eight - to Edinburgh

Return to Pitlochry for your final train journey to Edinburgh - with options to extend your stay and explore the historic delights of this imposing city, where the "New Town" is in fact already more than two centuries old!

This route starts in Glasgow, travels by the world-famous West Highland Line up the West coast, crosses to the Isle of Skye, then travels by the North Highland Line to Inverness, before heading south through Perthshire, and finishes in Edinburgh.

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£985 per person for April & October, £1020 for May & June, £1050 per person for July, August & September.

Price is based on two adults sharing a double or twin room and includes 4 nights bed & breakfast, and 3 nights dinner, bed & breakfast in our hand-picked selection of small 3 and 4 star hotels. It includes rail, ferry and taxi travel as detailed above.

The supplement for a single traveller is £205 per holiday, based on single occupancy of double/twin rooms.

We would also be delighted to assist with hotel reservations in Glasgow and Edinburgh, from our selection of centrally located, high quality hotel and aparthotel options.

All touring holidays include a map of Scotland, suggestions on places to see and visit depending on your personal interests and our expertise to help you get the most from your holiday.

All itineraries and room types are presented subject to availability at specific hotels.

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This holiday can be arranged from April to October.  Holidays from mid May onwards usually include the Jacobite steam train. Outside these dates the same route can be booked, but a standard train service operates to Mallaig.

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