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Train Holidays in Scotland

Find your perfect Scottish rail holiday from our unique selection

If your idea of a carefree holiday is car-free, then look no further than our selection of unique Scottish train holidays: from a celebration short break with a difference, including a first-class day-trip on the Jacobite steam train, on our West Highland Line Experience to a Grand Tour of Scotland by Train, taking in the Isle of Skye and the Northern Orkney Islands. Re-live the bygone era of steam train travel on our West Highland Line to Skye short break or Explore Scotland by Train on a week long circular adventure, taking in many highlights, including the beautiful North Highland Line from Inverness to Kyle and across to Skye. For an extra special occasion, staying in the best hotels in each area, with lots of extra trips included, try Premier Round Scotland by Train. Or add in a loop to the south, enjoying Scotland and Hadrian’s Wall by train. We only choose the best in welcoming and friendly local accommodation – and we won’t send you anywhere we haven’t been ourselves. We include private taxi transfers where necessary to join things up – so that you can reach must-see places like the Isle of Skye, even though the train-line doesn’t go that far.

The beauty of our train holidays – apart from the relaxation – is that each one is planned and booked individually to suit your requirements. You have the flexibility to enjoy your own trip, in your own company. If you’ve got time to spare, we can arrange for you to linger longer in an appealing spot, or if you want to see more, we can add in stops at other places or time to discover Glasgow and Edinburgh at the end. Then for that very special occasion, and undoubtedly the ultimate in train travel, why not treat your self to a short trip aboard the Royal Scotsman – an effortless and luxurious way to experience Scotland? Just let us know your desires and we’ll do all we can to create the perfect Scottish rail holiday for you.

Our trip on the Jacobite railway was a memorable event spectacular scenery whilst enjoying a bottle of champagne - George & Jean, Surrey
Travelling first class on the Jacobite steam train and the magnificent views of Ben Nevis were a trip highlights - Patricia & Peter, Gillingham

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Destinations to Inspire You

Scottish Highlands

Overflowing with jaw-dropping scenery from giant mountain ranges to wild, windswept beaches, dark forests, deep lochs and magnificent castles.

Abbotsford House

Borders & South

The serene rolling landscape and peaceful ambience of the Borders belies its turbulent past.

Orkney from above


The enchanting Orkney islands lie just off the northern tip of Scotland and boast some of the best archaeological remains in Europe.