Train Itineraries

SCOTLAND BY TRAIN - 8 DAY TOUR

This itinerary based on two people sharing, is perfect for those who enjoy traveling by train and who are perhaps not so keen on hiring a car or just looking for a more eco-friendly mode of travel. The itinerary includes a number of the most spectacular train journeys in the UK (if not the world), starting off with the world famous West Coast line from Glasgow to Mallaig. For further information or to book this holiday, please contact us.

Guide price: £990 per person

Price includes:

  • Seven nights in our carefully selected accommodation
  • breakfast every day
  • All train tickets including first class tickets on the world famous Jacobite Steam Train from Fort William to Mallaig
  • Taxi costs from Armadale to you hotel on Skye and onto the Kyle of Lochalsh
  • Personalised information package for your tour, including your detailed itinerary and what there is to see and do in each area, depending on your specific interests
  • A detailed map, with your route marked and places of interest highlighted, and directions to each accommodation with their contact details

Highlights:

  • The spectacular West Highland Railway Line from Glasgow to Mallaig)
  • Fort William
  • Ben Nevis (UKs highest mountain at 4,409 ft)
  • World famous Jacobite Steam Train 
  • Ferry "over the sea to Skye"
  • Isle of Skye (2 nights)
  • Cuillin mountains
  • 'The Kyle Line' to Inverness
  • Inverness
  • Loch Ness
  • Cawdor Castle
  • Culloden Battlefield
  • Pitlochry
  • Edradour whisky distillery
  • Perthshire
  • Forth bridges

NB Visitor attractions are not included in the price but can be added on request

 

DAY 1

Glasgow/Edinburgh – Fort William

Distance: 115 miles         Travel time: 3 hrs 45 mins

You will take the beautiful West Highland Line to Fort William from Glasgow, without doubt one of the most dramatic and stunning rail journeys in the world. On your journey you will pass through the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park via Loch Lomond itself before heading north over the remote and desolate Rannoch Moor to your small luxurious hotel in Fort William.

Accommodation

Small luxury hotel x 1 night

This stylish hotel in Fort William (known as the outdoor capital of Scotland), offers fantastic views of Loch Linnhe and the hills beyond, a contemporary award winning restaurant, fantastic Art Gallery hosting National shows, comfy lounges with open fires, drying room, map room, bike storage and Wireless broadband. You are well located close to the town centre and Fort William station for your journey on the famous ‘Jacobite steam train’ the following day.

DAY 2

Fort William – Skye (via Mallaig)

Distance: 50 miles           Travel time: 1 hr 45 mins

Travel first class on the world famous Jacobite Steam Train to Mallaig, well known for its appearance in the Harry Potter films. A truly stunning journey which will include the legendary Glenfinnan viaduct before arriving at Mallaig where you will catch the ferry ‘over the sea to Skye’.

Accommodation

Small luxury hotel x 2 nights

Your small and intimate luxury hotel is located in the south of Skye with beautiful views over the Sound of Sleat, the hotel also boasts one of the top restaurants on Skye.

DAY 3

Spend the day either relaxing at your hotel or exploring the local area either on foot or by public transport. We can also arrange for a local guide to take you out on request. Also available on request (at an extra cost of £145 pp) is a day trip on the owners sailing boat, exclusively available to hotel clients, you will get a chance to explore islands such as Rhum and Eigg or into Loch Nevis or Loch Hourn on the mainland. Look out for whales, basking sharks, seals amongst other wildlife. The trip also includes lunch and light refreshments.

DAY 4

Skye – Inverness

Distance 90 miles            Travel time: 3 hrs 10 mins

You will be taken by taxi across the dramatic Skye Bridge to the Kyle of Lochalsh where you will take ‘the Kyle Line’ to Inverness. Another beautiful train journey through a mixture of mountains, Lochs and Glens and then through rolling agricultural farmland to Inverness, known as the capital of the Highlands.

Accommodation

Bed and Breakfast x 2 nights

You will be well looked after at this homely 4 star family run B&B, perfectly located right in the heart of the city next to the river Ness.

DAY 5

Spend the day exploring and shopping in Inverness, or perhaps take a boat trip onto Loch Ness or a visit the nearby Cawdor Castle or Culloden Battlefield.  

DAY 6

Inverness – Pitlochry

Distance: 85 miles           Travel time: 1hr 40 mins

You will catch the train to the bustling town of Pitlochry which will take you through part of the Cairngorm National Park and over the Drummochter Summit, one of the highest mountain passes in the UK.

Accommodation

Bed and Breakfast x 2 nights

This 4 star luxury B&B was built in the early 20th Century and sits on a quiet elevated corner with its own woodland garden containing some ‘big’ trees for which Perthshire is famous. You are well located only a short distance from the town centre.

DAY 7

You will have the day to explore the popular Highland town of Pitlochry including attractions such as the Pitlochry dam with its salmon ladder and viewing window, Edradour or Bells whisky distilleries, Loch Faskally amongst many other attractions. Pitlochry is also famous for the festival theatre with an international reputation for high quality productions.

DAY 8

Pitlochry – Edinburgh/Glasgow

Distance: 70 miles           Travel time:1 hr 50 mins

Your final leg of the train itinerary will take you out of the Highlands past the ancient town of Dunkeld and on through the rolling farmland of Perthshire before crossing the spectacular Forth Rail Bridge.

Please note that we would be happy to assist you with hotel reservations in both Glasgow and Edinburgh if you wish to extend your stay in Scotland to allow you to explore these great cities. We use a selection of centrally located luxury hotels and bed and breakfast depending on your interests and requirements.

For further information or to book a holiday with Uniquely Scotland, please contact us.

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