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Ride the scenic Scottish rail routes through the heart of the nation to the stunning Highlands and back again taking in some of Scotland's most visited heritage towns and cities along the way.  The Heart of Scotland tour takes you from the Grampian Highlands and the Cairngorm National Park to Stirling, Inverness and the beautiful capital of Edinburgh.



7 days / 6 nights

Regions visited:
All of Scotland

Start point:
Glasgow or Edinburgh

End point:
Glasgow or Edinburgh

Yes (subject to rail timetables)


UK international:
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Stirling, Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument

Heart of Scotland by Rail Tour - Stirling

Stirling Castle, Stirling, Scotland

Arriving in to Glasgow or Edinburgh take a short rail journey north to the historic town of Stirling which has played a key role in Scottish history throughout the ages. Explore the spectacular Stirling Castle before taking a wander through the cobbled streets of the old town to visit the old town jail or make a short journey to the towering National Wallace Monument.

accommodationOvernight: Stirling.

distanceJourney time: 50 minutes (approx.), from Edinburgh.

attractionsHighlights: Stirling Town, Stirling Castle and National Wallace Monument.


The Cairngorms Mountains, Culloden and Inverness

Enjoy a spectacular train journey north through the Cairngorms national park on route to Inverness, capital of the Highlands on the banks of the river Ness. After checking in to your hotel you may choose to take a bus ride to nearby Culloden experience the atmosphere of the ancient battlefield and explore the history at the visitor centre. Or simply explore the city enjoying Highland shopping or visiting Inverness Castle and Museum.

accommodationOvernight: Inverness.

distanceJourney time: 2 hours 45 minutes (approx.)*.

attractionsHighlights: Inverness and Inverness Castle and Museum.


Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle

Heart of Scotland by Rail Tour - Loch Ness

Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands

From Inverness you may choose to take a public bus ride or book a guided mini bus tour along the shores of Scotland's most famous Loch, Loch Ness. Visit the Loch Ness visitor centre at Drumnadrochit, take a Nessie hunting cruise on the Loch or simply enjoy a stroll along the banks watching the mist rise off the waters. Not to be missed is the stunning Urquhart Castle set overlooking the Loch.

accommodationOvernight: Inverness.

distanceJourney time: Depending on excursions/ day trips.

attractionsHighlights: Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle.


The Grampian Highlands and Aberdeen

Soak up another stunning rail journey as you traverse the Grampian Highlands through the Speyside region of Scotland to arrive in Aberdeen. Spend the afternoon exploring the "granite city" from the 13th century cobbled square of Castlegate, to the Georgian spires and turrets of Union Street and the granite Marchar Cathedral. Don't miss the harbour and traditional fish market or a stroll along the promenade with its sweeping sandy bay and views over the wild North Sea.

accommodationOvernight: Aberdeen.

distanceJourney time: 2 hours 15 minutes (approx.)*.

attractionsHighlights: Culloden Moor, Aberdeen City and Maritime Museum.


Edinburgh, the Royal Yacht Britannia and Edinburgh Castle

Heart of Scotland by Rail Tour - Edinburgh

Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh, Scotland

Your journey today takes you along the rugged East coast of Scotland. Arriving in Edinburgh, spend the next two days exploring the Scottish capital city, from the twisting alleys of the cobbled old town to the sweeping avenues of the opulent Georgian new town. Possible visits include the queen's residence at the Palace of Holyrood House, the Royal Yacht Britannia, the Scottish Parliament building, a host of museums and the crowning glory at Edinburgh Castle.

accommodationOvernight: Edinburgh x 2 nights.

distanceJourney time: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)*.

attractionsHighlights: Edinburgh City, Edinburgh Castle, Royal Yacht Britannia and Palace of Holyrood House.


Return home

Your tour ends. Make your way to the aiport for your return flight home or onward travel.


Heart of Scotland by Rail Map - rail tour of Scotland


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  • 6 nights accommodation (suggested accommodations listed below).
  • Full cooked Scottish breakfast each morning.
  • Britrail Freedom of Scotland Pass (4 days within 8).
  • Adeo travel rail information including station details, journey durations and departure times.
  • Toll-free calls to your Britain vacation specialist whilst planning your trip.
  • Expert assistance during the planning of your trip and local number for advice during travel.


  • Stirling Highland Hotel, Stirling x 1 night
  • Glen Mhor Hotel, Inverness x 2 nights
  • Jurys Inn, Aberdeen x 1 night
  • The Place Hotel, Edinburgh x 2 nights

As our rail tours are fully customizable we can tailor the suggested accommodations for your particular quotation based on your preferences, budget etc.

Unless otherwise requested all suggested accommodations for our rail tours will be within walking distance or a short taxi journey from the local railway station.


  • Enjoy City Sightseeing Open Top Bus Tours in Inverness, Aberdeen and Edinburgh.
  • Enjoy a Scottish themed dinner and entertainment including piping of the haggis in Edinburgh.
  • Purchase pre-paid tickets for the Royal Yacht Britannia.
  • Pre-book private airport transfers from your Edinburgh hotel.


  • Add extra nights in any of your destinations to explore further.
  • Take a tour or boat trip from Inverness to explore the mysterious Loch Ness.
  • Combine this tour with one of our other Britain rail tours.
  • Have your own rail travel expert accompany you on your tour.

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arrowDEPARTURE DATES 2017/18

This self-guided tour is customizable and can be taken at any time throughout the year and starting and ending on any day of the week - simply let us know your preferred dates of travel!

arrowPRICING 2017/18

Twin/Double - from GBP £599 per person.

Single supplements apply for solo travellers – please contact us for details


  • Above pricing is an estimated "from" price based on mid-season travel (March/April).
  • As this tour can be taken at any time pricing will vary dependent on departure day, date of travel, selected accommodations etc.
  • Above pricing is based on suggested accommodations listed however please note that we can tailor your specific quote to accommodate your budget and preferences.
  • Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room with one adult Britrail pass per person as specified.
  • Prices are for land only travel and do not include flights.
  • Prices are in GBP£ currency, for approximate amounts in other currencies please contact us.

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