Uniquely Scotland’s Top 5 train journeys in Scotland

31st Jul '14

There is nothing more romantic and restful than a train journey which pacts a punch with awe-inspiring views. For such a small country, Scotland has a remarkably diverse landscape and what better way to explore this landscape than from the comfort and unique viewpoint of a train. Why not take a look at our 'Scotland by Train' itinerary which incorporates 3 of the journeys below including our top 2.

There were a number of other journeys that could easily have made it into our top 5 such as the train from Glasgow to Stranraer or one of my favourites, Stirling to Perth, but they have just missed out on this occasion!

1. Glasgow to Mallaig (approx. 5 hrs)

Voted Top Rail Journey in the World by readers of Wanderlust magazine for three years running, this beautiful train journey had to come in at number 1. Without doubt this west Highland line passes through some of the most stunning and remote landscapes in the world including Loch Lomond, Rannoch Moor and on to Mallaig via Glenfinnan. The train from Fort William to Mallaig, famous for the Glenfinnan Viaduct as seen in the Harry Potter films, is probably the best route of all and the Jacobite Steam Train is well worth the trip for train enthusiasts. The route also takes you past the remote and beautiful beaches around Arisaig, as seen in the film ‘Local Hero’.

2. Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh (approx. 2 hrs 30 mins)

Also known as ‘the Kyle line’, this is another stunning rail journey.  It goes from Inverness on the east coast of Scotland through to Kyle of Lochalsh on the west. The journey starts in the rolling agricultural land around Inverness and Dingwall before you head into the dramatic landscapes of the west Highlands.

3. Edinburgh to Aberdeen (approx. 2 hrs and 20 mins)

Just edging out the Inverness to Wick line to 3rd place and in contrast to our top 2 train journeys, the route from Edinburgh to Aberdeen which runs through Fife, over the Tay Bridge and up the charming Angus coastline, is perfect for those who enjoy a sea view with picturesque agricultural landscapes. The journey has the added advantage of crossing the world famous and spectacular Forth Rail Bridge.

4. Inverness to Wick (approx. 4 hrs)

This is the most northerly line in the country and arguably its wildest. The journey takes about four hours and winds through some of the most remote and dramatic landscapes in Britain.

5. Perth to Inverness (approx. 2 hrs)

This is a popular train journey and includes a diverse range of landscapes including the low lying and picturesque agricultural land of Perthshire into the rugged landscapes of the Cairngorm National Park including a trip over the remote Drummochter Summit, one of the highest mountain passes in the UK. Like the other scenic rail journeys in Scotland, it is breath-taking in all seasons, but Perthshire is particularly lovely in the autumn when fiery shades ignite the countryside. 


We have an agreement with Scotrail and can organise a tailored train itinerary for you around Scotland which can include as many of these stunning train routes as you want depending on your interests. Please contact us for further information and we would be happy to assist you in planning your holiday to Scotland.

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