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Premier Round Scotland by Train

For those looking for extra special levels of service while enjoying the freedom to travel independently.

This holiday combines some of the best small, luxury hotels in Scotland with travel by spectacular railways and includes private day tours with local guides. It is designed for the independent traveller, happy not to be confined by a group, but looking for personal service and a touch of luxury at each destination.

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Apr - Oct

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Day One – The West Highland Line

Your journey starts by train from Glasgow, travelling the scenic West Highland line, passing by Loch Lomond and over Rannoch  Moor, where the line runs many miles away from any roads, to reach  Fort William.  From here it’s a short taxi ride to the unique Inverlochy Castle Hotel, a fine five star country house and your first stop on this journey.

Day Two – Over the sea to Skye

Today, travel first class on the Jacobite steam train from Fort William to Mallaig, over the famous Glenfinnan viaduct and through some more stunning Highland scenery, before reaching the ferry port. Next, travel by ferry over the sea to southern Skye, where a local taxi will transport you the short journey to reach your white-washed hotel with an acclaimed restaurant in a superb lochside setting.

Day Three – Touring the Isle of Skye

A day to relax and explore with the service of our local guide. He will design the day around your preferences, whether it is to enjoy the superb mountain and coastal scenery which have made Skye such a favourite with visitors for generations, discover the historical castles of Dunvegan and Armadale, find quality arts and craft, or visit the Talisker distillery. Return to Kinloch for a second night.

Day Four – to Loch Ness

Another taxi ride across the Skye bridge, then catch your next train, at Kyle of Lochalsh, for a majestic and dramatically picturesque trip  to Inverness. On arrival, you will transfer to the gorgeous Culloden House. 
If you like your accommodation traditional and on a grand scale then this is the place for you. Standing majestically in almost 40 acres of immaculate grounds, this historic homestead once played host to Bonnie Prince Charlie and is close to the Culloden Battlefields.

Day Five – Explore Loch Ness

Today a guide will show you some of the Loch Ness area, and give  you an insight to some of the famous and less well-known parts of this famous area. Should you wish, you can also enjoy getting close to the Loch, with a boat trip from nearby Drumnadrochit, maybe also visiting Castle Urquhart.  Stay a second night at Culloden House.

Day Six – To Perthshire

Return to Inverness by road then join the first class Scotrail service south through the highlands to the popular tourist town of  Pitlochry. Tonight you will stay in Fonab Castle, overlooking Loch Faskally.

Day Seven  – free day to relax

Time to explore the National Trust gorge, site of a famous battle, or take a taxi to visit nearby Blair Castle and the adjacent House of Bruar – a mecca for Scottish souvenir shopping – or simply relax in comfortable country house surroundings. We can also arrange a full day tour with private guide, perhaps to visit the many castles within a short drive, including Stirling (additional cost, see below).

Day Eight – to Edinburgh

Return to Pitlochry for your final train journey to Edinburgh – with options to extend your stay in the city.


Map Round Scotland by Train

This holiday starts in Glasgow, travels the length of the West Highland Line via Fort William, continues to Mallaig, crosses to Skye by ferry, before continuing to Inverness, and Perthshire. You end in Edinburgh.

We can also arrange the holiday to start in Edinburgh, and although accommodation in both cities is not included, we can help with our hand-picked selection of 4 and 5 star hotels.


£2355 per person for April, £2395 in May & October, £2450 per person for June, July, August & September.

All prices based on two adults sharing a double or twin room and includes 5 nights bed & breakfast, and 2 nights dinner, bed & breakfast in our hand-picked selection of small 4 and 5 star hotels. Train travel where possible will be in first class including the Jacobite steam train, but standard class from Glasgow to Fort William and Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness. Taxi transfers are included in Fort William, Skye, Inverness & Pitlochry. The holiday includes a private guided tour of Skye, and private half day tour of Loch Ness, plus one hour boat trip (not private).

A day tour with private guide can be arranged in Perthshire for an extra £125 per person.

We would also be delighted to assist with hotel reservations in Glasgow and Edinburgh from our selection of centrally located, high quality 4 and 5 star hotel options.

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

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.

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

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All our holiday prices include a service charge of £9 per person per night towards the costs we incur in researching, planning and designing your holiday.

We guarantee to refund this service charge if you believe that arranging your holiday through McKinlay Kidd has not met your expectations for value. All we ask is that you write to us within 7 days of your return and explain your reason for claiming the refund. This will ensure that we can improve the experience for all our future guests.

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Check availability for Premier Round Scotland by Train

This holiday can be arranged from April to October.  In 2019, the Jacobite Steam train will run from the 19th April until the 25th October. Outside these dates the same route can be booked, but a standard train service operates to Mallaig.

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