Discover the wild places of Scotland on an 8-day railway tour!
This tour can also be booked as an individual walking tour that will take you to places off the beaten track! You will receive a diverse range of detailed descriptions for walks and hikes along your route.
Travelling by train through Scotland combines the romance of the railways with the enjoyment, in comfort, of overwhelming natural beauty. Queen Victoria and countless writers, composers, poets and painters have known the value of this mode of travel. Allow yourself to be captivated by the enchantment as slowly rising mists reveal the romantic scenery of isolated glens. Discover the landscape, from the wild flower meadows of the island valleys to the fascinating world of mountain and waterfalls in the Northern Highlands. Rail travel in Scotland has a romance all its own.
The special charms of a train journey through Scotland are the distant views of tremendous cliffs and ancient castles, of empty moorland and misty peaks, of lochs and glens, giving way to isolated beaches of white sand and dreamy vistas over the Hebridean Islands, or to picturesque fishing village.
Be astonished by the achievements of pioneering engineers, such as the world-famous Forth Railway Bridge and the bold viaducts of the West Highland Line. Encounter the impressive monuments of Scotland’s eventful history as you follow winding railtracks through deep glens.The capital city, Edinburgh, with its abundant choice of cultural activities, and a flexible and varied sightseeing programme which includes castles, distilleries, woollen mills, cosy little Highland towns and many other attractions complement a successful discovery tour of Scotland.
The trains all have open-plan carriages with large windows and comfortable seats, normally in double rows or single seats facing rearward as well as forward. There are many tables for four people. All trains have drinks and snacks available, generally served from a small trolley which is pushed through the compartments.
Day 1: Arrival in Edinburgh
Transfer from airport to hotel or B&B as booked.
You will have time to explore the exciting capital of Scotland. Take the chance to:
- Go on a guided city tour: there are walking tours which take you to the most famous and secret places of Edinburgh or you can take the Hop on-Hop off-Bus which will take you to all the must-see places (departure every 30 minutes).
- Sightseeing: There is an abundance of sights in Edinburgh – from Edinburgh castle to Holyrood Palace and Calton Hill to many different museums and galleries.
- A hill walk to Edinburgh’s highest point, Arthur’s Seat.
- In the evening, for instance, a ghost tour, or pub crawl, jazz club or a typical Scottish evening.
Overnight in Edinburgh.
Day 2: Rail journey to Oban
You can choose to stop in Glasgow on the way or to travel straight on to the beautiful harbour city ‘Oban’ on the West coast of Scotland. So you will either get to spend time in Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, and Oban or to spend more time in Oban.
Day 3: Oban or a trip to the Inner Hebrides
You have the option to spend the day in Oban where you can visit the Oban distillery, Oban fisheries, Dunstaffnage Castle, MacCraigs Tower or you can just stroll along the town and the harbour and visit its nice cafés and pubs.
If you decide to visit the Inner Hebrides, you will take the ferry across to the wild Isle of Mull and continue to the cradle of Christianity, the Isle of Iona.
Day 4: Rail journey from Oban to Fort William
The West Highland Line is the “Road to the Isles” which takes you over wild Rannoch moor to the Atlantic coast at Fort William – the gateway to the West Highlands. This railway journey has been rated one of the most beautiful railway journeys in the world. Before you board the train in Oban, you can also take some time for little walks. Alternatively, you can stop for walks on your way to Fort William.
At the foot of Scotland’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, you can explore the area or even climb up the 4,411 ft high mountain.
Day 5: Isle of Skye or Loch Ness
You get the choice between a day trip to the famous Isle of Skye and a breath-taking bus tour along the Great Glen and Loch Ness to Inverness. Both options give you the opportunity to explore the capital of the Highlands ‘Inverness’. From there, you will take a train to Pitlochry in the heart of the Central Highlands. This train ride will take you through UK’s largest National Park, the Cairngorms National Park.
A trip to the Isle of Skye entails a romantic ferry ride ‘over the sea to Skye’ and a panoramic bus tour around the stunning island. On your way back, you cross the famous Skye Bridge back to the mainland where you arrive in the harbour town ‘Kyle of Lochalsh’. Before catching the train to Inverness, you can spend some time in this nice little town and enjoy more views of the Isle of Skye.
The bus tour gives you the opportunity to stop and explore Loch Ness. You can even go on a boat tour and hear all about the legendary Loch Ness monster.
Day 6: Central Highlands
Enjoy the beauty of a world of mountains, waterfalls and lochs. Experience a scenic walk on Ben Vrackiemountain, or along the picturesque River Tummel to Killiecrankie, or the outlook from Queen’s View.
Visit the imposing ducal seat, Blair Castle and its grounds, and the famous salmon ladder. A special recommendation is a visit to Scotland’s smallest distillery.
Day 7: By rail to Edinburgh
Enjoy your last day in the exciting metropolitan Edinburgh by visiting all the attractions you did not have time to see on your arrival day, such as the castle, museums, the botanic gardens, among others. You can also just stroll around town and relax in one of Edinburgh’s numerous vibrant and colourful cafés.
What about an eventful last evening? You have many choices to make you last evening memorable, for example by going on a ghost tour, on a pub-crawl or a typical Scottish evening.
Day 8: Departure
Airport transfer or next tour programme.
Would you like a detailed description of the tour complete with daily itinerary? Please email us: email@example.com
2020 DEPARTURE DATES for SELF-GUIDED TOURS:
weekly from Sunday 3rd of March to Sunday 24th of November 2019, further departures on request, including throughout the winter.
On our guided tours your friendly tour guide will be delighted to share his/her enthusiasm for the country, its land, people and culture.
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
All three packages include the following: 8 nights in room with bath/shower and WC, 8 full Scottish breakfasts, all train, ferry and bus journeys in the itinerary, Edinburgh City Tour, welcome drink, maps, vouchers and comprehensive information package for clients, airport transfers by bus, transfers from station to hotel whenever the hotel is more than 3 minutes on foot from the station, 24 hour telephone service.
HOW AND WHERE YOU CAN MAKE A BOOKING
You can make a booking through your travel agent or, of course, directly with Rob Roy Tours Ltd. Arrive by plane, train or your own car. Here you can find further information on booking and a straightforward booking form.
per person in double/twin room:
01.11. – 31.03.: EUR 1,270
Single room supplement: EUR 286
Package B: Overnight with breakfast in three star hotels:
01.11. – 31.03.: EUR 1,092
01.04. – 30.06.: EUR 1,198
01.07. – 31.07.: EUR 1,278
01.08. – 31.08.: EUR 1,318
01.09. – 31.10.: EUR 1,198
Single room supplement: EUR 306
Package C: Overnight with breakfast in very good Bed and Breakfast establishments:
01.11. – 31.03.: EUR 1,065
01.04. – 30.06.: EUR 1,171
01.07. – 31.07.: EUR 1,251
01.08. – 31.08.: EUR 1,291
01.09. – 31.10.: EUR 1,171
Single room supplement: EUR 346
– Reduction for children up to 12 years sharing parents’ room: 50%
– Group discount for small groups of 6 plus on request
– Prices do not include flights
HOW AND WHERE YOU CAN BOOK:
Please contact us for further information, a detailed itinerary and to book:
Telephone: +44 131 287 0000. We will call back immediately!
WOULD YOU LIKE TO TOUR FOR MORE THAN 9 DAYS?
You can readily combine this self-guided railway tour with our other tours
– “In the Heart of Scotland” (walking, culture and sport based on one centre, great value)
– “Western Highlands – in the Footsteps of Rob Roy” – our classic tour
– “Islands and Highlands” (Mull, Iona, Skye, and Western Highlands)
– “Northern Highlights” (Orkney and Shetland Islands and Sutherland)