by rail the stunning landscapes and turbulent history of Scotland. Traveling by
train through Scotland combines the romance of the railways with the enjoyment,
in comfort, of overwhelming natural beauty. The special charms of a train journey
through Scotland are the distant views of tremendous cliffs and ancient castles,
of empty moorland and misty peaks, of lochs and glens, giving way to isolated
beaches of white sand and vistas over the Hebridean islands, or the bustling scene
of a Highland fishing village.
1: Sunday - Arrival in Edinburgh
Arrive Edinburgh Airport. Transfer
to hotel. Hotel or Bed and Breakfast in Edinburgh.
2: Monday - Edinburgh
Options for the day include a City Tour or
a hill walk on Arthur's Seat. In the evening chose between a ghost tour, pub crawl
or jazz club. Or take a day trip by bus/rail e.g. to Glasgow, St. Andrews, Berwick
upon Tweed. Hotel or B&B in Edinburgh.
3: Tuesday - Glasgow and Crianlarich
Take the rail to Glasgow Queen
Street Station. Either continue directly from Queen Street Station to Crianlarich,
or spend a few hours in Glasgow and in the late afternoon journey on to Crianlarich.
Here you are in "Movie Scotland" - Highlander, Rob Roy, Braveheart -
an ideal center for hiking, canoeing, fishing etc. Or you can indulge yourself
in the friendly four star hotel's excellent restaurant. Four star hotel or B&B
in the Crianlarich area.
4: Wednesday - The West Highland Line
Enjoy one of the world's
most beautiful railway journeys: the West Highland Line is the 'Road to the Isles'
from Crianlarich over wild, romantic Rannoch Moor to Fort William and along the
Atlantic coast to Mallaig (optional stopovers at Fort William and Glenfinnan).
- Enjoy the scenery from the train with a stop en route
to walk and breathe the Highland air
- Climb Britain's highest mountain, Ben
- Stop in Fort William, an attractive Highland town on the shores of
Loch Linnhe, to visit a museum, go shopping, take a boat trip, or ride a bicycle
along the famous Caledonian Canal
- Stop at historic Glenfinnan: admire the
famous Glenfinnan Monument and the romantically situated Glenfinnan Church, take
a boat trip on picturesque Loch Shiel or visit a small railway museum
in Morar for a day on the beautiful white sandy beaches washed by the Gulf Stream
Journey directly to Mallaig and explore this fishing and ferry port and the hills
that rise behind it
5 - 6: Thursday and Friday - Mallaig
Mallaig is small coastal town
and the ferry port for the Isle of Skye.
- Aday trip to
the famous Isle of Skye, or to the Small Isles of Rum, Eigg or Muck.
- A swimming
expedition to the renowned white beaches of Arisaig or Morar (there are even palm
trees thanks to the Gulf Stream)
- A walk by Europe's deepest lake, Loch Morar,
or several shorter walks in and around Mallaig
- Avisit to the sealife museum
- A round of golf at Arisaig links
- Acycle tour
- A journey to Fort
William on the historic steam train used in the Harry Potter film (July and August
- A rented car for a day Hotel or B&B in Mallaig.
7: Saturday - Skye, Kyle, Inverness, and Pitlochry
Indulge in a
romantic ferry trip over the sea to Skye, followed by a scenic bus journey across
the island. Then cross over the famous Skye Bridge back to the mainland at Kyle
of Lochalsh. Time to stroll around the attractive harbour town, before a journey
through the lonely north-west of Scotland via Inverness and on to Pitlochry in
the midst of the Central Highlands. An optional stop may be made in Inverness,
the attractive capital of the Highlands, to catch a later train to Pitlochry.
Or you may take a train from Mallaig to Fort William and public bus through the
Great Glen to Inverness. Stop off, for example, for a boat trip on Loch Ness or
to explore Inverness before continuing to Pitlochry. Hotel or B&B in Pitlochry.
The hotel may offer a Scottish evening.
8: Sunday - Central Highlands
Here the landscape, with its well-wooded,
gentler hills, contrasts with that of the Western Highlands.
- A visit to Blair Castle, perhaps the most beautiful in Scotland, a brief
train journey away
- Opportunities to walk, cycle or relax Hotel or B&B
in Pitlochry (or by midday at the latest take the train to Edinburgh for final
overnight stay in Edinburgh).
9: Monday - Departure from Edinburgh
Take the rail journey to Edinburgh
Haymarket Station and take the airport bus from the station to catch the return
flight. You may also extend your trip in Edinburgh or connect to your next tour
Tours - each Sunday from May 4- Oct 5
Guided Tours - July 13-21; Aug 17-25
(with German and English speaking guides)
8 nights in room with bath/shower and WC, 8 full
Scottish breakfasts, all train, ferry and bus journeys in the itinerary, Edinburgh
City Tour, welcome drink, maps, vouchers and comprehensive information package
for clients, two airport transfers by airport bus, all transfers between hotel
and railway station where the hotel is more than 3 minutes on foot from the station,
24-hour daily telephone contact available.