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Premier Round Scotland by Train

The beautiful island of Skye has a captivating landscape

Best Time To Go

Apr - Oct

Why not...

include a private tour of Perthshire?

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The beautiful island of Skye has a captivating landscape

Premier Round Scotland by Train

Best Time To Go

Apr - Oct

Why not...

include a private tour of Perthshire?

Prices From


No of Nights


Savour fabulous lochs, hills and isles at your own pace, while experiencing memorable rail trips on the renowned West Highland and Kyle Lines.

This holiday draws on memorable train journeys and private day tours to weave together a Caledonian odyssey. Take in breath-taking lochs, peaks and wilderness on the mainland plus the famous Isle of Skye. Add potent history – and potent whisky if desired! With superb hotels providing luxury along the way, this trip is ideal for independent travellers looking for personal service and a touch of special Scottish style.

If you would prefer a fully-escorted Scottish tour in a small group, take a look at these options:

Loch Ness, The Jacobite & Skye Guided Rail Tour

Castles, Gardens, Skye & Glencoe Guided Rail Tour

North Highlands & Orkney Guided Rail Tour

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Day One – North to Perthshire and the Gateway to the Highlands

Day Two – A Free Day to Explore or Relax

Day Three – Further north to the Highland Capital

Day Four – Explore Loch Ness

Day Five – the Kyle Line to Skye

Day Six – Private Tour of the Isle of Skye

Day Seven – Over the Sea to Mallaig

Day Eight – Returning South on the West Highland Line

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 local guides on this holiday.


This holiday starts in Edinburgh; travels to Perthshire and on to Inverness; drops southwest to Kyle of Lochalsh for the Isle of Skye; crosses the sea to Mallaig, from where you steam to Fort William; and finally traverses the length of the West Highland Line to end the holiday in Glasgow.

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


£3445 per person for April, £3585 per person for May to September and £3495 per person for October

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

The supplement for a single traveller is £1990 per holiday, based on single occupancy of double/twin rooms.

A day tour with private guide can be arranged in Perthshire for an extra £350 per person.

We would also be delighted to assist with hotel reservations in Glasgow and/or Edinburgh from our selection of centrally located, high-quality four- and five-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 manageable 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.

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. This tour will still feature the same route however.

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Premier Round Scotland by Train

This holiday can be arranged from April to October. In 2024, the Jacobite Steam train will run from the 28th March until the 25th 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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