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Scenic Scotland by Rail

Scenic Scotland by Rail

This fantastic new tour features all the must-see railway journeys across the stunning landscapes of Scotland, travelling on some of the most famous and iconic railway lines in the world where each curve in the track offers up a new and often spectacular scene.

This fantastic new tour features all the must-see railway journeys across the stunning landscapes of Scotland, travelling on some of the most famous and iconic railway lines in the world where each curve in the track offers up a new and often spectacular scene. Scotland is a land of astounding natural beauty and many of these picture-perfect views are only possible from a train. Feast your eyes as Scotland’s breath-taking natural treasures make the perfect backdrop as you gently roll past on this truly remarkable holiday.



This charming family run hotel takes centre stage on the green in the village of Drymen. Sensitively extended and refurbished it retains its traditional bars and log fires and offers a warm and friendly atmosphere. All bedrooms feature television, telephone and tea/ coffee making facilities. The hotel does not have a lift but some ground floor rooms are available.


The Alexandra Hotel is conveniently located in the centre of Fort William. Facilities include restaurant and bar, plus lounge areas. A swimming pool and leisure facilities are available at the sister Ben Nevis Hotel. All bedrooms feature television, telephone, hairdryer and tea / coffee making facilities.Lift to all floors.


Centrally located in the beautiful Victorian town of Pitlochry, the Fisher’s hotel is only a short walk from the town’s main attractions. All bedrooms feature television, radio, telephone, Wi-Fi, iron/ironing baord, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel aslo features a restaurant and bar area. Lift to all floors.



Set in 25 acres of mature grounds, the Barony Castle Hotel is an impressive building is situated just a short drive from the border town of Peebles. All bedrooms feature television, radio, telephone, Wi-Fi, iron/ironing board, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel also features a restaurant and bar plus a leisure club with indoor swimming pool and fitness centre. Lift to all floors.



  • Accommodation with dinner and breakfast

  • Single Journey on the West Highland Line – Dumbarton to Fort William

  • Single Journey on the Jacobite Steam Train – Fort William to Mallaig

  • Single Journey on the Kyle Line – Lochalsh to Inverness

  • Single Journey Dundee to Edinburgh

  • Single Journey on the Borders Railway – Edinburgh to Tweedbank

  • Return Journey on the Bo’ness & Kinneil Steam Railway

  • Firth of Forth three bridges Cruise

  • Wildlife cruise with whisky tasting

  • Loch Lomond Cruise

Day One

We travel north through the Scottish borders to Loch Lomond and arrive at the Winnock hotel with time to relax before dinner.


Day Two

This morning, we head to Hawes Pier in South Queensferry from where we enjoy a 90 minute Three Bridges circular cruise with guided commentary. Our cruise takes in spectacular views of the iconic Forth bridges, the Edinburgh skyline to the south, Fife to the north and the island of Inchcolm with its medieval abbey. In the afternoon, we head to Bo'ness & Kinneil Steam Railway from where we embark on a scenic 10 mile 70 minute return journey along the Forth Estuary, through woodlands, past waterfalls and over the Avon Viaduct.

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Day Three

We travel the short distance to Loch Lomond this morning for a relaxing cruise before we take a spectacular journey by train to our next hotel, travelling with First Scotrail from Dumbarton Central to Fort William on the West Highland Line. Considered to be one of the most scenic railway lines in the world, our journey takes just over 3 hours as we travel deep into the wild west coast, taking in views that can only be seen from the train. We travel through Loch Lomond & the Trossachs, into landscapes of mountains, steep-sided lochs and heather moors, passing tiny, remote stations as we go, until we reach Fort William.

B, D

Day Four

This morning we embark on a journey described as the greatest railway journey in the world, on the famous Jacobite Steam Train, which will take us on an 84 mile return journey from Fort William to Mallaig. Along the way, we encounter spectacular scenery and travel across the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct's magnificent 21 arches, featured in many films. On arrival in the fishing village of Mallaig, we embark on a 1 hour wildlife cruise with a free whisky tasting on board, travelling out to Green Island on the Knoydart Peninsula, where we will see seals relaxing on the rocks. The waters are frequently visited by a variety of birds, porpoises, dolphins, whales and basking sharks, so we can sit back, relax and simply enjoy the stunning scenery. We will then travel back to Fort William on board our coach along the scenic "Road to the Isles".

B, D

Day Five

We leave Fort William behind today and head north to the mouth of Skye to catch the Scotrail train from Kyle of Lochalsh station and travel through spectacular Highland scenery as we journey in the shadows of mountains and forests, beside bright lochs and wide open moors on a 2.5 hour journey to Inverness. We meet our coach in Inverness and head south to the Fisher's hotel in Pitlochry, our home for the next two nights.

B, D

Day Six

Relax in your hotel and enjoy exploring the picture-postcard town of Pitlochry. Popular for over 150 years as a holiday destination, the town boasts Queen Victoria as one of its original visitors. Enjoy a stroll along Main Street in this charming resort with many attractive shops, bars and tearooms.

B, D

Day Seven

After an early breakfast, we travel to Dundee for a journey on a Scotrail train from Dundee to Edinburgh Waverley station, located in the shadow of the castle. Our 90 minute journey showcases Dundee's estuary setting and in another highlight of this tour crosses Scotland's two most iconic engineering wonders, the Forth and Tay bridges. We have some free time for lunch in Edinburgh before we set off on our last train journey, travelling the 1 hour journey on the borders railway from Edinburgh Waverley station to Tweedbank in the picturesque Scottish borders. This line re-opened in September 2015, after having been closed since 1969. This engineering feat means it is the longest new railway to be constructed in the UK in over 100 years, and passes through forests, moorland and bountiful fields. This evening we stay at the Barony castle hotel near the Scottish border town of Peebles.

B, D

Day Eight

After breakfast, we check out of our hotel and begin our journey home.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Abergele Abergele, Bowling Green Bus Stop
Bangor, Nelson Pub Bangor, Bus Stop Opposite Nelson Pub
Bangor, Pontio Centre Bangor, Pontio Centre Bus Stop
Bethel Bethel, Primary School Bus Stop
Bontnewydd Bontnewydd, Bus Stop Near Chip Shop
Bryngwran Bryngwran, School Entrance
Caergeiliog Caergeiliog, Outside Sportsmans Pub
Caernarfon, Campbell Road Caernarfon, Bus Stop Bottom of Campbell Road
Caernarfon, Leisure Cent. Caernarfon, Bus Stop opposite Leisure Centre
Caernarfon, Morrisons Caernarfon, Morrisons Bus Stop
Caernarfon, Waterloo Port Caernarfon, Waterloo Port Bus Stop
Caernarfon, Y Glyn Caernarfon, Y Glyn Bethel Road
Chester Chester, Holiday Inn South Hotel Bus Stop
Colwyn Bay Colwyn Bay, Railway Station Bus Stop
Criccieth, Medical Centre Criccieth, Medical Centre Bus Stop
Ewloe Ewloe, Outside St David's Park Hotel
Gaerwen Gaerwen, Stermat Car Park
Gwalchmai Gwalchmai, Opposite Clock
Holyhead Holyhead, Bus Stop Outside Ferry Terminal Entrance
Llanberis, Maes Padarn Llanberis, Bus Stop Opposite Maes Padarn
Llanberis, Spar Llanberis, Outside Spar Shop
Llandegai Llandegai, Penrhyn Castle Entrance
Llandudno Llandudno, Mostyn Broadway Coach Park Bus Stop
Llandudno Jct. Station Llandudno Junction, Station Hotel Bus Stop
Llanfairfechan Llanfairfechan, Castle Bridge Bus Stop
Llanfairpwll Llanfairpwll, Pringles Car Park
(Parking not permitted at Pringles car park)
Llanfairpwll Park & Ride Llanfairpwll, Park & Ride
Llangefni Llangefni, Church Street Bus Stop
Llanrug Llanrug, Arvonia Garage
Menai Bridge Menai Bridge, Library Bus Stop
Northop Northop, Red Lion Pub Bus Stop
Penrhyn Bay Penrhyn Bay, Post Office
Penygroes Penygroes, Crossroads (Outside Victoria Hotel)
Porthmadog Porthmadog, Tesco Bus Stop
Pwllheli Pwllheli, Bus Station
Rhos on Sea, Cayley Arms Rhos on Sea, Bus Stop Opposite Cayley Arms
Rhos on Sea, Hickorys Rhos on Sea, Bus Stop Opposite Hickorys Restaurant
St. Asaph St. Asaph, Bus Stop Outside Petrol Station
Valley Valley, Opposite Valley Hotel
Wrexham, Northbound Wrexham, Taxi Stand King Street
(Taxi Feeder Service)
Y Felinheli, St. Marys Y Felinheli, St Mary's Church Bus Stop
Y Felinheli, Victoria Y Felinheli, Victoria Hotel Bus Stop

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