Train Tour of Scotland

Explore the Highlands of Scotland by train on this 8-day itinerary. Enjoy the independence of sightseeing at your own pace, with no need to drive!

Train Tour of Scotland

Explore the Highlands of Scotland by train on this 8-day itinerary. Enjoy the independence of sightseeing at your own pace, with no need to drive!

Scotland by Train - For the Independent Traveler

Our most popular independent tour of Scotland. A unique opportunity for the seasoned and independent traveler to see the beauty of Scotland by train.

Scotland by Train Tour Includes

  • Seven (7) Nights accommodations in 3-4* properties, in rooms with private facilities.
  • Breakfast daily, except for morning of arrival (Scottish or continental depending on the accommodations booked).
  • Visits to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Fort William, Isle of Skye, Inverness, and Pitlochry.
  • Spirit of Scotland eight (8) Day Travel Pass including selected trains and Caledonian MacBrayne ferry. Also includes handling fee and postage within the UK.
  • Service charge and VAT.

Additional Notes

Clients might find that not all hotel accommodation booked is within walking distance from the station, comfortable to them. We recommend that all accommodation location is checked by the client in advance of their travel. Clients are responsible for their own transport to the hotel, where required.

It is the client's responsibility to ensure timely arrival at the stations to not miss trains. In some locations there may be no alternative and any program changes and resulting charges from missed trains will be charged in full to the client.


Day 1: Arrival into Edinburgh

Arrival into Edinburgh or Glasgow (Glasgow to Edinburgh trains run every 15 minutes and take 50 minutes). Spend the rest of the day visiting some of Edinburgh’s tourist attractions, such as Edinburgh Castle***, Royal Yacht Britannia**, or the Scotch Whisky Experience**. Overnight: Edinburgh.

Day 2: Perth and Pitlochry

Today, catch the train to Perth. This service leaves Edinburgh across the Forth Estuary, travelling on the famous Forth Rail Bridge. During your journey you will see beautiful coastal and inland scenery. You can store your luggage at Perth Railway Station while you explore this small city, which was once the capital city of Scotland. With accommodation in Pitlochry,jump back on the train and make the short journey to this charming highland town, the gateway to the highlands. For whisky lovers, why not visit Blair Athol Whisky Distillery*** this afternoon, which is located a short walk from the main street in Pitlochry, to learn more about whisky and sample the national drink of Scotland? Overnight: Pitlochry. Train journey time: appr. 1 hour 45 minutes

Day 3: Inverness and Loch Ness

Today take a morning train to Inverness and spend the afternoon exploring the city they call the Capital of the Highlands. Enjoy the circular walk from Inverness Castle along the river and through the Ness Islands. Time permitting. Take the free shuttle bus from the Tourist Information centre at Bridge Street, which takes you to Loch Ness pier. From here you can take a boat trip*** on this famous loch, best known for its fabled Loch Ness Monster. Overnight: Inverness. Train journey time: appr. 1 hour 35 minutes

Day 4: Highland Scenery

Today take the train for the 2 hour 40 minute journey to Kyle of Lochalsh on the west coast of Scotland, along one of the most scenic railway routes in the world! Arrive at Kyle of Lochalsh and board the local bus service, which will take you across Skye Bridge and onto the Isle of Skye or the ‘Misty Isle’ as it is called. Overnight: Isle of Skye area. Train journey time: appr. 2 hours 40 minutes.

Day 5: Day on the Isle of Skye

Free day for exploring the Isle of Skye by bus. You may want to visit the Clan Donald Centre** near Armadale to learn more about the Lords of the Isles and the clan system. Or if you’d like to venture further why not hire bicycles** to explore the rest of the island? Overnight: Isle of Skye area

Day 6: Mallaig and Harry Potter Viaduct

Today you will catch the ferry from Armadale to Mallaig, back on the mainland. This beautiful little town is the gateway to the Western Isles. In the afternoon board the train to Fort William, on the route described as one of the greatest railway journeys in the world. Along the way, you will cross the famous Glenfinnan viaduct, which was featured in the Harry Potter films. Check into your hotel or B&B in the Fort William area. Overnight: Fort William area. Train journey time: appr. 1 hour 20 minutes

Day 7: Glasgow Sightseeing

Depart in the morning by train to Glasgow, enjoying a scenic rail journey across Rannoch Moor and along Loch Lomond. In the afternoon spend some time discovering this vibrant and stylish city, with its various galleries and shops. The open top bus tour is highly recommended as it will take you round the main sights***. Overnight: Glasgow. Train journey time: appr. 4 hours

Day 8: Depart

Today you will leave Glasgow from Glasgow Airport, or take the train from Glasgow to Edinburgh and fly out of Edinburgh airport. Or why not extend your stay by a few nights in Edinburgh? Train journey time: appr. 50 minutes

Rates & Hotels

To book this package, please contact one of our reservation agents at 1-800-833-4373.
To book this package, please contact one of our reservation agents at 1-800-833-4373.

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Tour Details

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(As most International flights are overnight flights - please book air accordingly)

Flight Details

Accommodation Details


Edinburgh, Scotland -


Accommodations booked by Rabbies UK


Depending on package booked, accommodations can be BB/Guesthomes, 3* Hotels/Inns (and some packages may include 4* Hotels) [more]


Prices are based on two (2) passengers sharing a twin/double room. If a single room is booked, single supplement applies. Triple rooms offer discounts.

This tour does not include:

  • Items not noted on itinerary
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Transfers
  • Visitor attractions
  • City Tax to be paid locally


Unfortunately, due to the 2020 pandemic, Celtic Tours will only be offering airfare for groups sizes of 15 or more. Individuals should book directly with airlines. Please make sure you book your flight to arrive and depart on accurate dates. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Departures & Transfers

Departure date is the date the tour starts in Edinburgh. Please book your air one day before to accommodate overnight flights.