Mists rolling over cavernous Glens and Lochs, woolly mountain cattle grazing on rocky hillsides, castles of fame and tragedy towering over their surrounds, fireside whisky’s in warm pubs and the haunting sounds of bagpipes drifting on the breeze. Scotland is at once romantic, wild, majestic and characterised by those enterprising and fiercely independent people that Winston Churchill famously declared, “Of all the small nations of this earth, perhaps only the ancient Greeks surpass the Scots in their contribution to mankind.”
Some of the most spectacular scenery and the UK’s highest mountains are to be found in Scotland extending from the English borders, up through the Lowlands and the Highlands, to the Orkney and Shetland Islands. Our tour is bookended by the two principal cities of Glasgow in the west and the capital, Edinburgh, in the east.
Experience amazing train journeys on the scenic railways of Scotland, many built during very beginnings of the great Railway Age. We visit some of Scotland’s iconic castles steeped in history and legend and stay in coastal towns along the way including the northern city of Inverness, and Dundee on the Firth of Tay. We will travel over the famous Tay Rail Bridge and cantilevered Forth Rail Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage site, before arriving in Edinburgh, dominated by its castle dating from the 12th century. Scotland has some of the UK’s wildest scenery and highest mountains and it’s all on the menu on board our tour of Scotland by Rail.
Led by your experienced UK-based tour leader, we will be staying in quality accommodation, travelling as much as possible by the local trains through wild areas viewing the Highland scenery at a time of year Billy Connolly humorously relates to…. “There are two seasons in Scotland. June and winter.”
At a glance
- Travel the Cairngorm Mountain Railway, Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway and along historic Strathspey Railway
- Experience all manner of ScotRail trains and our own private coach connections
- Visit some of Scotland’s most iconic castles, abbeys and churches
- Travel over the famous Tay Rail Bridge and World Heritage Forth Rail Bridge
- Lots of Guided tours including Glasgow city, Edinburgh city, the RRS Discovery
- Cruise Loch Ness, the Isle of Staffe and Ferry to the sacred Isle of Iona
- Stay in the heart of Scotland’s two foremost cities—Glasgow and Edinburgh
- Tours and tastings at whisky distilleries, and special Scottish themed dinner