Your first Highland hotel is cosy & family run
Take a break from the train - and sail over the sea to Skye
The Jacobite Express steam train - the holiday highlight for many!
Skye's magnificent Cuillin mountains
The Jacobite Express steaming across the Glenfinnan Viaduct
Stunning setting for your hotel on Skye
Your route includes the wonderful North Highland Line too
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.
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.
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.
£1000 per person for April & October, £1050 for May & June, £1080 per person for July, August & September.
Price is based on two adults sharing a double or twin room for 7 nights in our hand-picked selection of small 3 and 4 star hotels. Dinner is included for 3 nights - the first night and both nights at Pitlochry. Other nights include breakfast. The holiday also 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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All our holiday prices include a service charge of £8 per person per night towards the costs we incur in researching, planning and designing your holiday.
We guarantee to refund this service charge if you believe that arranging your holiday through McKinlay Kidd has not met your expectations for value. All we ask is that you write to us within 7 days of your return and explain your reason for claiming the refund. This will ensure that we can improve the experience for all our future guests.
Check availability for: Classic Round Scotland by Train
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.
To check the latest availability for this holiday complete the form below or call us on 0141 308 8009 from the UK, or toll-free from USA & Canada 1 866 922 8538 and +44 141 308 8009 for all other countries.
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Our holiday was incredible. Anna - your planning was really superb, and everything went of without a hitch.
Very well organized. Good choice of hotels with excellent service.
Loved it! Saw so many wonderful sites - Ben Nevis, Skye and stayed in some very charming B&B's/ hotels. Food splendid everywhere. Planned superbly. Found notes about each place very useful. Could not fault anything. You clearly know Scotland thoroughly.
This was a truly special vacation made easy by the fabulous itinerary that connected me to places I had always dreamed of going to; and wonderful accommodation throughout, especially in Skye - delicious food and setting. The entire journey was well thought out and I am grateful to Victoria for pulling together a great 9 days of travel.
It was well organised and having toured parts of Scotland by car, it was a much different style of holiday. The ease of train journeys and transport between stations and accommodation made it relaxed & enjoyable.
The holiday was brilliantly arranged and although we were out of our comfort zone travelling by train, everything went pretty smoothly. Many thanks for customizing our package.
We were very pleased with the transportation that was arranged for us, the trains, ferry, taxi's, etc. it was a relief not to have to worry about that part. I will, and already have, highly recommend McKinlay Kidd. This was the top of our list for holidays together! Thank you!
It was an enjoyable experience made good by the effectiveness of Mckinlay Kidd's overall organisation. I would like to complement you with how all bookings and arrangements were prepared for us.
Well organised and excellent documentation supplied.
We really enjoyed our week travelling around Scotland. The itinerary went according to plan.
All promises kept. Very well organized. The trains and accommodations was excellent. My wife and I heartily recommend McKinay Kidd. We can only praise McKinlay Kidd. All scheduling, ticketing, accommodations, our travel packet of instructions, etc.. were perfect.
We could not have asked for a more perfect experience. The accommodation, food, and Robert's recommendations were all top notch. Choosing McKinlay-Kidd was the wisest decision we could have made!
Thank you for a wonderful experience.
The whole experience was exceptionally good. Have recommended you to several people during our tour. We were very pleased and impressed with all the arrangements. Thank you.
Every staff member I dealt with during the booking/organising process was excellent - so friendly and helpful. I will definitely be recommending you to my friends.
Extremely well-planned, thoughtful itinerary. Our trip went so smoothly. We recommended you to many people
Well-planned, good value for money
Very impressed. I would like to thank Robert Kidd for the work he must have done to find the places to stay and the attention to detail was amazing.
You provided an excellent package which gave us a good experience of several parts of Scotland
Very well organised; excellent travel arrangements & hotel selection.
Very detailed itinerary, great attention to detail, excellent accommodation and very reasonably priced. Really appreciated the personal attention, value for money and professionalism.