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Edinburgh, the Highlands and Islands

9 days from $2,895 per person

  • Journey on the iconic Jacobite Steam Train
  • Cruise across the mystical Loch Ness
  • Visit historic Eilean Donan Castle

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The Best of Scotland and Ireland

13 days from $4,795 per person

  • Scottish Highlands on three scenic railways
  • Enjoy a tour of Glen Ord Distillery
  • Discover Galway and Dublin

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Edinburgh, the Highlands & St Andrews

11 days from $3,795 per person

  • Witness the Highlands by train
  • Discover the city of St. Andrews
  • Visit two historic Scottish castles

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Discover the Beauty and Lore of Scotland

One of our most popular destinations, Scotland is land of legend, lore and extraordinary beauty. From stunning sities to picturesque landscapes, there is much to explore. Our variety of packages feature some of the world's most recognizable trains and deliver unique experiences to bring this great country to life.

  • Recommended Destinations: Edinburgh, Glasgow, The Highlands, Inverness, St. Andrews, and more.
  • Ride Famous TrainsJacobite Steam Train, West Highland Line, Kyle LineRoyal Scotsman, and more.
  • Explore by Travel Type: Independent itineraries to explore on your own or Escorted tours guided by a tour manager.

When should you travel to Scotland? The spring and fall offer pleasant temperatures and vibrant colors. The peak summer travel season brings the warmest weather and longest hours of daylight. Many sites are closed in winter, however the holidays offer unique experiences and markets to explore.

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Edinburgh, the Jacobite & Isle of Skye
18/May
Mary
5 stars
“As usual, Vacations by Rail came through with an amazing trip. They took care of all the details and we just had fun. The scheduled tours were all excellent yet we had some time to explore on our own. It was great!
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Edinburgh, the Highlands & St Andrews
23 Sep 2023
MITCHELL, PAMELA
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“Exceeded all expectations!! We loved it all!.. great itinerary,and fabulous Tour manager…Roger!! He was ALWAYS positive,enthusiastic and knowledgeable!!! The Best!!
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Orkney & The Shetland Islands
16 Sep 2023
customer
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“All the history was wonderfully presented by our guides and drivers and tour manager. Lived it all
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Edinburgh, the Highlands and Islands
2/Mar
OLSON, CASSANDRA
4 stars
“Everything was decent. The weather didn't cooperate with us for this trip so we did miss out on a lot of the train side of our great rail journey. This was my first time booking this type of trip and while I think it was a good experience I have decided that I prefer a more leisurely vacation with a less structured itinerary.
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Grand Tour of the UK
20 Nov 2023
CJ
4 stars
“The Grand Tour of the UK included many interesting sights and informative day tours. It was certainly a worthwhile experience, and our Tour Manager was well-informed and very helpful. We did have some problems with baggage handling and lodging, but after the tour I contacted the Vacations By Rail Customer Service Manager and was able to receive appropriate compensation for the problems we encountered. I was glad to see that Vacations By Rail was responsive to our complaint.
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Highland Adventure
24 Oct 2023
Sherry
4 stars
“Great tour guide. Very flexible travel - weather permitting. It was fun although I thought we would be sleeping on a train and did not realize it was an out and back in adventure every day. Hotel was nice, their food was average. Tea magnificent and staff very accommodating.
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Scotland Tours

A land of legend, lore and extraordinary beauty, Scotland is the ideal destination for escorted or self-guided vacations. A trip to Scotland can depart from London or begin in one of the enchanting cities within the country. Scotland's capital, Edinburgh, is the perfect beginning or endpoint for your Scotland vacation. This city has an enchanting fusion of cosmopolitan amenities and ancient sites, including 12th-century Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace, which was constructed in the 16th century. From Edinburgh, travel north across the Firth of Forth en route to Aberdeen and the market town of Keith. Other vacation packages continue further inland by train to Glasgow or through the incredibly scenic Scottish Highlands to Inverness. Regardless of where the rail tour itinerary takes you, vistas of mysterious lochs, ancient castles and rolling green hills make the perfect backdrop.

Explore the endless facets of Scottish culture with travel packages that include stops in well-known cities and charming destinations in between. Taste your way through the Glen Ord Distillery, the last remaining Scotch whisky distillery on the Black Isle. Tour Scotland's remaining castles, including Ballindalloch Castle, Glamis Castle or Kinghorne. Marvel at the waterfalls of Glen Falloch or search for Nessie from the shores of Loch Ness. Journey to Cairngorms National Park, which houses the Rothiemurchus Estate, and visit the Culloden Battlefield outside Aviemore.

Scotland vacations often include train tours between these memorable points of interest. Enjoy a ride on one of the world's most iconic rail lines, the Jacobite Steam Train, while traveling between Fort William and Mallaig. This train crosses the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct that gained notoriety in the Harry Potter films. A trip on the West Highland Line presents the very best of the Scottish Highlands. Select travel packages also feature overnight adventures aboard Scotland's premier luxury train, the Royal Scotsman.

While perfect on their own, Scotland rail tours can be easily combined with a vacation in England, tours of Wales or Ireland trips for a more expansive vacation experience.

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