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Explore Scotland by Train

Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye

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Apr - Oct

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add a boat trip on Loch Ness or private tour on Skye?

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Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye

Explore Scotland by Train

Best Time To Go

Apr - Oct

Why not...

add a boat trip on Loch Ness or private tour on Skye?

Prices From


No of Nights


Seven night self-guided rail tour from Edinburgh, travelling through the Scottish Highlands and enjoying a stay on the Isle of Skye.

We have designed this holiday especially for ‘car-less’ travellers who want to experience Scotland independently. Begin your journey in Edinburgh, before travelling round Scotland by train. Enjoy the sights of the Highlands, explore Inverness and its famous loch, then hop over to the Isle of Skye. Complete your circular tour with a trip on the Jacobite Express Steam Train and the West Highland Line, renowned as one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys.

All McKinlay Kidd self-guided trips can be tailor-made to suit you preferences – skip one place, stay longer somewhere else, add on a celebratory night, include the Edinburgh Tattoo in August – just let us know your wishes!

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Day One – Journey to Pitlochry

Day Two – Exploring Pitlochry

Day Three – To Inverness

Day Four – Exploring Inverness

Day Five – The Isle of Skye

Day Six – Exploring the Isle of Skye

Day Seven – All Aboard The Jacobite Express

Day Eight – Journey to Glasgow

Sustainable Travel

This holiday is part of our ever-growing collection of public transport based holidays, enabling you to reach destinations around Scotland without the need to drive. We feel strongly that true sustainability also means promoting and helping to maintain a way of life in areas where the economic benefit of tourism can make a genuine difference to the local community, which is why we have used locally-owned small accommodation and a local guide on this holiday.


This holiday departs from Edinburgh and includes nights in Pitlochry, Inverness, Skye and Spean Bridge, before returning to Glasgow.


£1395 per person for April & October, £1545 per person for May to September. 

Price is based on two adults sharing a double or twin room for seven nights on a bed and breakfast basis in our hand-picked selection of small 3 and 4 star hotels. Dinner is also included for your final night in Spean Bridge. The holiday also includes:

  • Train travel in standard class between Edinburgh, Pitlochry and Inverness, on the North Highland Line between Inverness and Kyle of Lochalsh, and on the West Highland Line between Fort William and Glasgow.
  • First class single journey on the Jacobite Express Steam Train, from Mallaig to Fort William (if unavailable or out of season, this leg of the trip will be onboard a ScotRail train service).
  • Full day tour of the Isle of Skye in a small group
  • Single ferry journey from Armadale to Mallaig
  • Transfers to and from the train at all locations, except for Glasgow, Edinburgh & Inverness.

The supplement for a single traveller is £650 per holiday, based on single occupancy of double/twin rooms.

We would also be delighted to assist with hotel reservations in Glasgow and Edinburgh, from our selection of centrally located, high quality hotel and aparthotel options.

Before your departure, you will receive personalised holiday information including full directions, recommended routes, and suggestions on places to visit depending on your interests and our local knowledge to help you get the most from your holiday.

As porterage is not included in this largely self-guided holiday, and assistance at train stations is somewhat sporadic, we recommend packing just one manageable suitcase per person.

All itineraries and room types are presented subject to availability at specific hotels.

We work hard to make sure the unexpected doesn’t affect your trip. On rare occasions, changes or cancellations may occur, affecting accommodation, transport or excursions, including the Jacobite Express Steam Train. We are committed to informing you of any such circumstances and will use our knowledge and resources to offer suitable alternatives wherever possible.

Please note, the Jacobite Express Steam Train service is currently suspended, as of 20th March 2024. We are closely monitoring the situation and presently providing travel via the Scotrail service along the same route over the Glenfinnan Viaduct along the West Highland Line.

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Explore Scotland by Train

This holiday can be arranged from April to October. In 2024, the Jacobite Steam train will run from April until October. Outside these dates the same route can be booked, but a standard train service operates.

Availability is individually checked for a hand-picked selection of smaller hotels, guest houses and other independent businesses, so please bear with us and we will respond in 1-2 working days.

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