Highland Harmony: Scotland by Train

Embark on a captivating journey by train through the heart of Scotland with this carefully curated itinerary
Explore the heart of Scotland with a 3-night stay in vibrant Edinburgh, where history meets modern allure. Continue your adventure with 2 nights in Glasgow, a city renowned for its art and Victorian elegance. Experience tranquility in Pitlochry for an overnight escape surrounded by stunning landscapes. Conclude your journey with 2 nights in Inverness, the gateway to the Highlands, immersing yourself in Loch Ness's mystique. This itinerary weaves historic charm, cultural richness, and natural wonders for an unforgettable Scottish getaway
9 Days, 8 Nights from $3,199/person CAD
Family
Off The Beaten Path
Premium
Rail & Train
Self-Guided
UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Primary Location

Scotland, UK

Departures

Available all year

Included:

  • 3 nights in Edinburgh
  • 2 nights in Glasgow
  • 1 night in Pitlochry
  • 2 nights in Inverness
  • Accommodation in 3 to 4-star hotels
  • Daily breakfast included
  • Roundtrip Bus Shuttle Service (Air Link) between the Airport and City Center
  • 4-day ScotRail Pass - Spirit of Scotland
  • Entrance to Blair Athol Distillery
  • Loch Ness Cruise included
  • Entrance to Edinburgh Castle
  • Spirit of Scotland Show with dinner included
  • Entrance to the Johnnie Walker Experience

Not Included:

  • International or domestic airfare
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers
  • Travel insurance
  • Additional meals when not mentioned on the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to monuments or museums when not mentioned on the itinerary
  • Local city tax for overnight stays
  • Visas required for entry into the country as necessary
  • Anything of a personal nature or that is not mentioned in included

Pricing Details

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  • Edinburgh Airport Shuttle Service - Guests will be provided with a voucher for the return service, which must be redeemed with the driver on the coach. The coach departs from Bus Stop A (Airlink 100), conveniently located just outside International Arrivals at Edinburgh Airport. Travel times do not require pre-booking, as the shuttle operates every 30 minutes, 24 hours a day.
  • The itinerary is subject to change based on the availability. If a particular service is not available, an alternative option will be provided
  • Additional charges may apply during fairs, holidays, and special events
  • From price is CAD per person, based on double occupancy in low season
  • The final price will vary and is also based on the month of travel
  • Prices are subject to change

Optional Extras:

  • Enhance your trip with additional options and upgrades available in Scotland. You have the flexibility to customize your experience by adding extra nights, opting for the convenience of private airport or train station transfers, selecting from a variety of additional shared, small-group, or private activities, and upgrading your accommodation to perfectly suit your preferences

Custom Itinerary

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Itinerary

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT SCOTLAND TRAIN PASS

The train pass will be booked and sent by mail to your accommodation in Edinburgh. Upon receipt, guests are required to fill in their details on the pass.

The pass is valid for 4 days, allowing guests to use it on 4 specific days. For example:

Day 2: Travel from Edinburgh to Glasgow
Day 4: Travel from Glasgow to Pitlochry
Day 5: Travel from Pitlochry to Inverness
Day 7: Travel from Inverness to Edinburgh

Guests have the flexibility to choose any off-peak train and also enjoy discounts for local buses and ferries. It's important to note that lost passes cannot be reimbursed, and guests must keep them secure.

Checking timetables is the responsibility of the guests, as they can change on short notice. We recommend opting for morning journeys, especially since some trains operate only twice per day. Seat reservations are not required. The distance from the train station to the hotel is approximately 1 km.

DAY 1: EDINBURGH ARRIVAL

Upon arriving in Edinburgh, head to the Airport Shuttle Bus for a convenient 30-minute journey to Edinburgh Central. Upon arrival, walk to your hotel for either check-in or to store your luggage, depending on the time of your arrival.

Following this, embark on your exploration of the Scottish Capital. Take a stroll along the Royal Mile and Princess Street, absorbing the rich atmosphere. Make a point to visit the majestic Palace of Holyrood House.

To facilitate your travels, pick up your Scotrail Passes – included in your package – at the hotel reception. With your passes in hand, you can seamlessly navigate the city's transportation.

To enhance your overall experience, consider opting for an optional private transfer, adding an extra layer of convenience and comfort to your journey. After a day of exploration, unwind and enjoy your evening in one of the many local pubs, immersing yourself in the vibrant culture of Edinburgh.

Accommodation at Hampton by Hilton West, Edinburgh, or similar

DAY 2: EDINBURGH TO GLASGOW

Your journey toward Scotland's east coast begins. Walk to the train station and board your train headed towards Glasgow. Sit back and relax, taking in the beautiful landscapes from the comfort of your seat. Upon arrival in Glasgow, make your way to your accommodation.

After settling in, explore the vibrant city by starting with a walk to the popular George Square. Gain insight into Glaswegian history and continue your journey to discover the iconic Glasgow Cathedral, considered the oldest cathedral in Scotland. Conclude your walk by visiting The Gallery of Modern Art, the leading contemporary art gallery in Glasgow.

As the day winds down, immerse yourself in the local culture by enjoying the evening in one of the many inviting local pubs. It's a perfect way to unwind and experience the unique atmosphere of Glasgow. Meals: B

Accommodation at Millennium Hotel, Glasgow, or similar

DAY 3: GLASGOW

After a delightful breakfast, gear up for a day of exploration in the cultural center of Scotland – Glasgow. Begin your day by visiting the charming Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Recognized for its Baroque architecture, it stands as one of Scotland's most popular free attractions, boasting 22 themed, state-of-the-art galleries.

Following your art and culture immersion, take a stroll to The Clydeside Distillery, a landmark as the first dedicated single malt distillery to be built in Glasgow in over a century. Indulge in a delightful tasting of whisky and savor the rich flavors.

Continue your journey by walking toward the Riverside Museum, home to over 3000 objects on display. The museum showcases a diverse range of items, from skateboards to locomotives, paintings to prams, and even cars to a Stormtrooper.

As the day unfolds, relish the evening in one of the local pubs, enjoying a refreshing beer and soaking in the vibrant ambiance of Glasgow. Meals: B

Accommodation at Millennium Hotel, Glasgow, or similar

DAY 4: GLASGOW TO PITLOCHRY

Today, you'll depart from Glasgow and embark on a visit to Pitlochry, often referred to as the Heart of Scotland. Begin by walking to the Glasgow train station and board your train bound for Pitlochry, with a travel time of approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. Upon arriving in Pitlochry, make your way to your accommodation.

After settling in, take a stroll to the Atholl Palace Museum of the Atholl Palace Hotel. Explore the history of the hotel, from its opening as a hydropathic establishment in 1878 to its reopening after World War II and beyond.

Following this, spend your afternoon at one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland, Blair Athol Distillery. Your package includes a guided tour, allowing you to enjoy an educational walk around the distillery and a delightful tasting of Blair Athol Single Malt Whisky.

As the day concludes, savor the evening in one of the local pubs, immersing yourself in the warm atmosphere of Pitlochry. Meals: B

Accommodation at Fisher’s Hotel, Pitlochry, or similar

DAY 5: PITLOCHRY TO INVERNESS

After a satisfying breakfast, make your way to the train station and board the train to Inverness, with a journey time of approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. Upon arrival at the station, make your way to your accommodation.

Once settled, start your exploration by walking to Inverness Cathedral, dedicated to St Andrew. Not only is it the most northerly Anglican Cathedral in the UK, but it also holds significance as the Scottish Episcopal Church in Inverness.

Continue your journey on foot to the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, nestled in the historic center of the city at the foot of the castle hill. This museum is a treasure trove of artifacts that offer insights into the history of Highland Scotland.

Conclude your day of exploration at the Inverness Botanic Gardens, where you can marvel at a colorful array of plant life, trees, ponds, a tropical house, a cactus house, and wildflowers. As the day winds down, enjoy your evening in one of the local pubs, immersing yourself in the welcoming atmosphere of Inverness. Meals: B

Accommodation at Kingsmill Hotel, Inverness, or similar

DAY 6: LOCH NESS CRUISE

After enjoying your breakfast, prepare yourself for the included Loch Ness Cruise Tour. Check your voucher for details on the designated city center pick-up point. Embark on the cruise tour to witness breathtaking views of Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands. Throughout the journey, immerse yourself in eerie tales of a mysterious monster said to dwell in the depths of Loch Ness, captivating imaginations worldwide since 1933.

Relax on board with refreshing drinks and snacks available from the boat's bar. As the boat tour concludes, you'll be conveniently dropped off at the city center, leaving you ready to savor the remainder of your day! Meals: B

Accommodation at Kingsmill Hotel, Inverness, or similar

DAY 7: INVERNESS TO EDINBURGH

Bid farewell to your accommodation and head to the train station for your journey to Edinburgh. After a 30-minute train ride to Edinburgh Central, either check into your hotel or store your luggage, depending on the time of arrival.

Once settled, explore Edinburgh anew. Start with a visit to Edinburgh Castle, using the included ticket. Take a stroll along the Royal Mile, enjoying the Old Town's charm and stopping at delightful shops and cafes.

Continue to Princess Street to marvel at the Victorian Gothic Scott Monument dedicated to Sir Walter Scott. End your day at Calton Hill for a breathtaking panoramic view of Edinburgh.

As night falls, indulge in a truly Scottish experience with a dinner show included in your package. Immerse yourself in Scotland's rich culture while savoring a delightful dinner, creating lasting memories in this vibrant city. Meals: B

Accommodation at Hampton by Hilton West, Edinburgh, or similar

DAY 8: JOHNNIE WALKER WHISKEY EXPERIENCE

On your final day in Edinburgh, start with a hearty breakfast before heading to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of the King in Scotland. Explore the historical significance of this regal abode.

Following your visit, immerse yourself in Scots history and celebrity portraits at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. This grand, red-stone Victorian gallery offers a captivating experience, complete with a shop and cafe.

Next, indulge in a delightful Whisky experience at the Johnnie Walker distillery on Prices Street, with the ticket included in your package. Learn about the art of whisky-making and savor the flavors of this iconic Scottish spirit.

Conclude your day by soaking in the local atmosphere at one of the charming local pubs. Enjoy the evening, savoring the unique charm and warmth of Edinburgh's pub culture as you reflect on the memorable experiences of your trip. Meals: B

Accommodation at Hampton by Hilton West, Edinburgh, or similar

DAY 9: EDINBURGH DEPARTURE

It's time to bid farewell to the captivating capital of Scotland. Head to the designated bus stop for your shuttle to Edinburgh Airport or opt for a private transfer for a seamless and comfortable journey. Meals: B

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