7-Days in Scotland by Rail

Scotland

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Ever dreamed of visiting the rugged landscape and enchanting cities of Scotland? You’re in luck. Pick your cities and we’ll book your hotel, transportation and activities.

Three nights in Edinburgh with another three nights in either Glasgow, Inverness or York 

 

| EDINBURGH |

However you want to structure your adventure, your trip will always start in Edinburgh – Scotland’s Capital. You’ll spend three nights in a centrally located hotel in Edinburgh where you’ll  have ample time to explore the intricate city. Begin each day with a hearty included breakfast before heading out to take in this Scottish metropolis. Beyond your hotel stay, we’ve also included entrance to the world famous Scotch Whiskey Experience and Edinburgh Castle. On the Scot Whiskey Experience, we will take a guided tour through the history of Scotch Whiskey, complete with a whiskey tasting. Take another day to climb the hill to Edinburgh Castle, poised on ‘Castle Rock” where you can take in the breath taking views of Edinburgh and revel in the rich history this epic Scottish castle has to offer. 

Overnight in Brooks Hotel, Edinburgh or similar.

After you’ve spent a few days exploring Edinburgh on your own, it’s time to explore another city! Which city? It’s up to you! You can choose from Glasgow, Inverness OR York.

 

| GLASGOW |

If you’re into Music, History and Culture than Glasgow is right for you. Glasgow has been continually rated as one of the best places for live music in Britain. It also boasts a host of classic music halls and other underground music venues. Glasgow also lays claim to the most complete Medieval Cathedral on the Scottish Mainland. Included in your tour here will be access to a hop-on-hop-off day trip pass so that you can explore Glasgow at your leisure and take advantage of learning about the city from a certified tour guide.

That’s not all, beyond Glasgow we’ll also include a Day Tour to Oban – the picturesque town on the Scottish Coast. On the tour we’ll pass Dumbarton’s imposing rock fortress and stop on the shores of Loch Fyne. From there we’ll continue exploring to see Kilchurn Castle and make a lunch stop (food not included) in the town of Oban. We’ll have plenty of time to explore before migrating to the banks for Loch Lomond before returning to Glasgow in the evening. For details see FAQ below.

If you choose the Edinburgh + Glasgow Package, you will also receive an included Day Tour to St Andrews from Edinburgh. This tour includes a crossing of the Iconic Forth Bridge into the ancient “Kingdom of Fife”. After a scenic ride, we’ll arrive in St. Andrews for lunch (not included) and a free afternoon. From there, we’ll visit the village of Falkland, Loch Leven (scene of Mary Queen of Scot’s imprisonment and escape) and on to the picturesque village of South Queensferry where we enjoy our final stop before returning to Edinburgh. For details see FAQ below.

Overnight in Jury’s Inn, Glasgow or similar.

| INVERNESS | 

Inverness lays claim to the title of “Capital of the Highlands” and it lives up to that. Located just a 30 minutes north of the famous Loch Ness, Inverness is a great choice if you’re not as keen to spend vacation based in a very large city. The city boasts it share of culture and history but it’s also easy to explore on foot for a quiet day in the city. Here you’ll find a thriving food seen and a lovely opportunity to stroll through historic neighborhoods and quaint shopping. Included in this option is a hop-on-hop-off tour day pass of Inverness as well.

No visit to Inverness would be complete without a visit to Loch Ness! With that in mind, we’ve included a Day Tour to Loch Ness complete with an included boat cruise and visit to Urquhart Castle. Learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Nessie the Loch Ness Monster and visit the mighty stronghold of Urquhart Castle – complete with a Nessie exhibition.

If you choose the Edinburgh + Inverness Package, you will also receive an included Day Tour to St Andrews from Edinburgh. This tour includes a crossing of the Iconic Forth Bridge into the ancient “Kingdom of Fife”. After a scenic ride, we’ll arrive in St. Andrews for lunch (not included) and a free afternoon. From there, we’ll visit the village of Falkland, Loch Leven (scene of Mary Queen of Scot’s imprisonment and escape) and on to the picturesque village of South Queensferry where we enjoy our final stop before returning to Edinburgh. For details see FAQ below.

Overnight in Columbia Hotel, Inverness or similar.

| YORK |

If you want to split your time between Scotland and see a bit of England as well, visit the famous walled English City of York! To the south of Edinburgh, York is known for it ‘medieval’ feel. York’s ancient walls enclose a winding maze of close streets with the breath taking York Minister Gothic Catedral. No need for a tour bus to take you around this this tourist friendly city – it’s easy accessible by food. Make sure you wander into York’s museums and spend some quality time getting to know it’s traditional pubs.

From York we also include a Day Trip to the Yorkshire Dales. On this day tour we’ll visit the brewery laden town of Masham before heading to Castle Bolton, one the best preserved medieval castles in the country. From there we’ll visit the famous waterfalls of the River Ure, with their three massive drops over the course one mile. The afternoon will find us with some free time at Grassington with its bustling cobbled streets with local food vendors for a bite. On the way back to York we’ll pass through more breathtaking scenery offered by the Yorkshire Dales. For details see FAQ below.

If you choose the Edinburgh + York Package, you will also receive an included Day Tour to Stirling and Loch Lomond from Edinburgh. On this tour, well marvel at the sculptural engineering feat known as the Kelpies. Following that, we’ll head to the city of Stirling for about 2 hours of free time before heading to Aberfyole for lunch (not included) while passing through the dramatic views of Trossachs National Park and its Lochs. That afternoon we’ll make a final stop at Glengoyne, the legendary distillery (entrance not included). For details see FAQ below.

Overnight in B+B York Hotel, York or similar.

Details

Pricing

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Trip Includes

Choose from three different combinations to build your own adventure.
Edinburgh & Glasgow Inclusions:
  • 3 Nights in an Edinburgh City Center Hotel &
    3 Nights in a Glasgow City Center Hotel
  • 6 Hearty Scottish Breakfasts
  • Round-Trip Transfer to/From Edinburgh Airport
  • Round-Trip Train tickets from Edinburgh to Glasgow
  • Day tour to St Andrews from Edinburgh
  • Day tour to Oban from Glasgow
  • 1 Day Hop on Hop Off Pass in Glasgow
  • Entrance to Edinburgh Castle
  • Entrance to Scotch Whisky Experience
Edinburgh & Inverness Inclusions​:
  • 3 Nights in an Edinburgh City Center Hotel &
    3 Nights in a Inverness City Center Hotel
  • 6 Hearty Scottish Breakfasts
  • Round-Trip Transfer to/From Edinburgh Airport
  • Round-Trip Train tickets from Edinburgh to Inverness
  • Day tour to St Andrews from Edinburgh
  • Day Tour to Loch Ness from Inverness with boat cruise and visit to Urquhart Castle 
  • 1 Day Hop on Hop Off Pass in Inverness
  • Entrance to Edinburgh Castle
  • Entrance to Scotch Whisky Experience
Edinburgh & York Inclusions​:
  • 3 Nights in an Edinburgh City Center Hotel &
    3 Nights in a York City Center Hotel
  • 6 Hearty Scottish Breakfasts
  • Round-Trip Transfer to/From Edinburgh Airport
  • Round-Trip Train tickets from Edinburgh to York
  • Day tour to Stirling and Loch Lomond from Edinburgh
  • Day Tour to The Yorkshire Dales from York
  • Entrance to Edinburgh Castle
  • Entrance to Scotch Whisky Experience

Pickup Locations

Your adventure starts and ends in Edinburgh!

FAQ

Can I combine all of the different options?

Unfortunately not! You’ll need to select one option at the time of booking

Is transportation included?

Yes! Train tickets are included!

How do I know which train to take?

We will book anytime open return tickets for you. You can then choose any train with the booked train operator on that day. We will deliver train tickets will be delivered to the first hotel you stay in in Edinburgh and attach a train timetable.

Is this a guided tour?

No! There is no guide on this trip – it’s a self guided package!

What are the details of the Day Tour to St Andrews from Edinburgh?

From: Edinburgh
Leaves at: 09:00
Returns by: 17:45

What’s included? 

  • Knowledgeable Driver-Guide
  • Luxury modern air-conditioned coach

What’s not included?

  • Entrance to attractions
  • Food and drink

Description:

We leave Edinburgh, crossing the iconic Forth Bridge, into the ancient “Kingdom of Fife”. We enjoy a photo stop at Aberdour before continuing into the East Neuk of Fife. We stop in the town of Anstruther, home of the Scottish Fisheries Museum, then we travel through the villages of Pittenweem, Crail and St. Monans, once thriving fishing centres which were made prosperous by trade within the continent. We arrive in the beautiful medieval town of St. Andrews in time for lunch. Here you can enjoy a walk around the town, where Prince William met Kate, home to the oldest university in Scotland, famous Cathedral and golf course. Enjoy approximately three hours of free time to explore its medieval buildings and wonderful cobbled streets in the centre, and have lunch and refreshments. Heading homewards we travel across the Lomond hills to Falkland for a photo stop. The village was used as the setting for 1960s Inverness in the Outlander series. Then, descending to Loch Leven (scene of Mary Queen of Scot’s imprisonment and escape) and on to the picturesque village of South Queensferry where we enjoy our final stop before returning to Edinburgh.

What are the details of the Day Tour to Oban from Glasgow?

From: Glasgow
Leaves at: 08:45
Returns by: 18:30

What’s included?

  • Knowledgeable Driver-Guide
  • Luxury modern air-conditioned coach

What’s not included?

  • Entrance to attractions
  • Food and drink

Tour Description:
Leaving Glasgow our Oban tour will head west, crossing the Firth of Clyde, where we pass Dumbarton’s famous and imposing rock fortress with its equally impressive castle. We then reach Inveraray, a quaint town built in the mid-18th century on the shores of Loch Fyne. Here we can choose to visit Inveraray Castle* the historic home of the Duke of Argyll, chief of the Clan Campbell, nestled in large beautiful gardens overlooking Loch Fyne. Alternatively, explore the town’s white- washed Georgian houses, wide streets and breathtaking views across the loch. The Oban tour will then climb further north into the Highlands through stunning scenery, and a route marked by several dramatic castles and beautiful lochs. We then pass Kilchurn Castle, one of Scotland’s most photographed castles, nestled on the banks of Loch Awe and beautifully framed by mountains. Next we make a stop for lunch in the picturesque harbour town of Oban, ‘Gateway to the Isles’, with free time to explore its horseshoe bay and see McCaig’s Folly, an iconic 19th century tower reminiscent of the Colosseum in Rome. After free time exploring, we travel onwards past the 15thcentury Castle Stalker, which is set on a small island on Loch Laich, before reaching Glencoe, one of Scotland’s most haunting glens and site of the 1692 massacre of the MacDonald clan. Our return journey takes us over the dramatic landscape of Rannoch Moor and the Black Mount before we make our final stop at the pretty conservation village of Luss on the ‘Bonnie, Bonnie Banks’ of Loch Lomond. Here we can walk along the shore or admire the village before returning to lasgow where your OGban tour will end.

What are the details of the Day Tour to Loch Ness from Inverness?

From: Inverness
Leaves at: 10:15
Returns by: 17:15

What’s included?

  • Driver & Tour Guide
  • Transport in a Coach
  • 1.5 hours cruise of Loch Ness and Caledonian Canal
  • 2 hours to discover historic ruins of Urquhart Castle and Visitor Centre at leisure
  • Visit the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre
  • Visit Invermoriston
  • All admissions included in the ticket price

What’s not included?

  • Food and Drink

Tour Description:
Cruise the Loch, visit a castle, and experience the legend on this guided coach tour and cruise that transports you from Inverness city centre to the myths, history and spectacular views of Loch Ness. Learn everything there is to know about the home of Nessie as you roll along her shores. Then get your camera ready for a 30-minute cruise on the world-famous waters, complete with an onboard audio guide to fuel your imagination with unbelievable stories from the Great Glen’s turbulent past. What’s more, you’ll have a fascinating hour to have a nosy around the once mighty stronghold of Urquhart Castle, as well as a trip to the Loch Ness Monster Exhibition – all entry fees included.

 

What are the details of the Day Tour to Stirling and Loch Lomond from Edinburgh?

From: Edinburgh
Leaves at: 09:00
Returns by: 18:45

What’s included?

  • Driver & Tour Guide
  • Transport in coach

Not included?

  • Entrance to attractions* and Whisky distillery
  • Food and drink

Tour Description:
Explore Stirling Castle and its City… As you drive north-east out of Edinburgh you can marvel at the engineering feat that are The Kelpies, two 30-metre-high horse-head sculptures. Then, as you are travelling through Stirlingshire, our guide will bring to life the turbulent times of William Wallace – dramatised in the film Braveheart – and explain his link to the countryside you’re passing through. We’ll stop at the beautiful city of Stirling for about two hours. This gives you ample time to explore the stunning castle* or stroll through the beautiful and ancient streets that surround it. Scotland’s biggest Loch and through the National Park… Our route then takes you over the Duke’s Pass where you will experience dramatic views of the Trossachs National Park and its Lochs, home of the Highland rogue Rob Roy. We then make our way to Aberfoyle, a small holiday village at the southern edge of the West Highland Fault and the heart of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, for lunch. Finishing off our time in Loch Lomond, we visit the beautiful loch side village of Balmaha where you can take a short but steep hike up to Craigie Fort to enjoy stunning views of the loch, or enjoy the bonnie banks on flat ground. A taste of Scottish Spirit at Glengoyne… Our final stop is one of Scotland’s prettiest distilleries, Glengoyne*. Here you can learn the process of how they create the perfect dram, and you can taste a couple too! If you aren’t interested in whisky you can walk to the nearby Dumgoyne Hill and take in the stunning waterfall and tranquil secret glen that sits behind the distillery.

What are the details of the Day Tour to Yorkshire Dales from York?

From: York
Leaves at: 09:00
Returns by: 17:30

What’s included?

  • Driver & Tour Guide
  • Transport in a comfy Minibus

Not included?

  • Entrance to attractions (clients can purchase this on the day)
  • Food and drink

Tour Description:
On leaving York we head to the famous Yorkshire Dales.
We travel through Boroughbridge, which is located in the middle of London and Edinburgh. As we head through Ripon we enjoy views of the Medieval Cathedral. We make our way to Masham (pronounced ‘Mass’em’) for a morning stop. Located in Lower Wensleydale, it’s famous for its family-run breweries and annual sheep fair. Masham has a local market that started over 762 year ago, it is held on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the year. We travel further into the Dales and reach Middleham, nestled between two rivers, stopping to view the magnificent castle once home to a young Richard III and the largest castle keep in the North of England. Its royal heritage once earned it the title of the ‘Windsor of the North’. Heading up into the hills we pass Leyburn and past Bellerby Moor Army Ranges where soldiers from Catterick Garrison, England’s largest barracks go through their training. The views as you descend into Swaledale are breath taking. Reeth is our lunch stop, a natural amphitheater, surrounded by spectacular scenery and stunning panoramas. It was championed by Ella Pontefract, one of the Yorkshire Dale’s most esteemed authors as “a little country in itself.” This quirky Saxon settlement
had a huge voice in the domestic economy and is best known for its extensive contribution to England’s lead industry. Onwards we travel to Castle Bolton. Now one of the country’s best preserved medieval castles, Bolton was originally built, by Sir Richard Le Scrope, to rival the finest and most luxurious homes in the land. Completed in 1399, its scars bear testament to over 600 years of fascinating history including involvement in the Pilgrimage of Grace, Mary Queen of Scot’s imprisonment and a Civil War siege. Arriving at Aysgarth Falls, you will have the chance to view the famous waterfalls of the River Ure, which drops over three major falls in less than one mile. The falls were the settling for a famous scene in the film Robin Hood Prince of Thieves. Leaving Wensleydale we travel through Bishopdale and into Wharfedale. As we make our way down Wharfedale we journey through the classic Dales villages of Buckden and Kettlewell. We pass Klinsey and its famous crag, an imposing large limestone cliff. Our afternoon stop is in Grassington. Picture a bustling cobbled market square, fringed by shops offering local foods, speciality gifts and arts and crafts. We then travel back through Nidderdale, an area of outstanding beauty. Enjoying views across Yorkshire we drop back down into the plains and return to York.

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