Scotland by railway vacation

“A tailor made trip for those wanting to travel independently by train. Thereís a Highland fling with island ferries too. Staying in small, locally owned hotels en route.”


West Highland Line | Isle of Skye | Train from Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness | Pitlochry | The Pass of Killiecrankie gorge | Edinburgh

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made from April to the end of October.
Our top tip:
Summer is lovely for this trip, but donít overlook the magnificent seasonal changes of autumn. With roaring fires and hot toddies to boot.
Trip type:
Tailor made.
Solo travelers welcome. Surcharge for single room.
Small 3 and 4 star hotels.
1 night, dinner, b&b, rail and ferry fares, taxis as necessary, first class ticket on Jacobite Express.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Scotland by railway vacation


We are continually increasing our range of public transport vacations for those who actively choose low-carbon transport. This vacation has been carefully-designed to allow you to explore much of Scotland, from the cities of Glasgow, Inverness and Edinburgh to rural Perthshire and even the magical Isle of Skye without a car. It takes you beyond the end of the train lines, through the careful addition of short taxi transfers. We recommend that you explore further on foot or by public transport in each local area. The accommodation chosen takes you a little off the beaten tourist track, so that you will have a more authentic experience. In each place, there are plentiful local walks, and some short trips available by local bus - we will provide suggestions and recommendations in your vacation pack, but do check the most up-to-date information with the staff at your hotel.

We take the utmost care to choose local business partners who share our values and commitment to sustainable travel, preferring to work with locally-owned and managed businesses wherever possible. Your hotel in Spean Bridge is committed to home-cooked organic food, while the country house hotel in Perthshire has its own kitchen garden and prides itself on making the most of locally-sourced produce. We build long-term relationships based on mutual trust with our business partners, with a joint commitment to excellent customer satisfaction and care for the environment.


For us, true sustainability means promoting and helping to maintain a way of life, where the economic benefit from tourism can make a genuine difference. Thatís why we work almost exclusively with local, family-run businesses, not with large corporate organisations. We build close and lasting relationships with our business partners, based on mutual trust and an unerring commitment to customer satisfaction. We carefully select these partners to ensure that they share our values of sustainable and responsible travel. For example, the small hotel featured in this vacation on the Isle of Skye is based in the heart of a Gaelic community, and all staff are encouraged to learn the language, whatever their original native tongue.

All of our vacation packs include "Robert's Recommendations", our specific tips on places to visit, places to eat and places to shop locally, all of which have been researched by us, and many of which are off-the-beaten track.

22 Reviews of Scotland by railway vacation

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 26 Jun 2017 by

The scenery and the stunning views were the highlight. An excellent trip - thanks!! Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Jun 2017 by

It was an excellent stay. Beautiful landscapes, Scots charming, good quality of restaurants and guest houses. Not or few traffic jams in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Jun 2017 by

Our vacation was exceptional, we enjoyed every aspect of the trip and the effortless planning was most enjoyable. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Jun 2017 by

The Jacobite Express was terrific and we had really good seats. The pub at our accommodation in Skye was great fun and good food. Best meals at Killiecrankie Hotel. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Jul 2017 by

Most enjoyable part was our two days on Isle of Skye. Very beautiful and dramatic scenery! Very enjoyable! Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Jun 2017 by

The most memorable moments was breakfasts, some of the greetings we got and the dinner on the last night. Add to that some fantastic scenery and the stream train. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Jun 2017 by

The highlights was probably the steam journey to Fort William and the and the final days journey over Rannock Moor the whole vacation lived up to our expectations. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 May 2017 by

The most memorable was Isle of Skye and Viewfield House. Well organised, interesting places choosen, lovely hotels. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 May 2017 by

The highlight was traveling by train thorough the moors and mountains of Scotland in the comfort of the train. We travel extensively and this rated as one of our top 3 vacations. Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Mar 2017 by

The most memorable was walking up to the Old Man of Storr. Amazing views. Top class. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Sep 2016 by

The entire trip was absolutely breath-taking and well planned. The highlight was Killiecrankie, beautiful scenery and magnificent food. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Jul 2016 by

Excellent enjoyed every minute so keep up the great service to visitors to your country. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 May 2016 by

This was a first-class tour which is very well thought out and planned. The trains were comfortable and a great way to travel about. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2015 by

Excellent. We loved everything about it except that it was over too soon! Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Sep 2015 by

Excellent. Accommodations, hosts, meals, and travel arrangements all exceeded our expectations. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Sep 2015 by

Excellent ... so easy, comfortable and enjoyable. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Jul 2015 by

Very good indeed. In general and excellent vacation and a good way to see Scotland. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Jun 2015 by

It was very enjoyable and I recommend it for train enthusiasts. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Jun 2015 by

Simply ONE OF THE BEST vacations that I have every been on Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Sep 2014 by

A wonderful experience.... Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Jul 2014 by

Excellent...particularly the West Highland Line Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Jun 2014 by

Excellent vacation with wonderful hotels and superb organization, the sun followed us around Scotland ! Read full review

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