1. Day 1 Arrival in Scotland and Rail to Stirling

    Arrive into Edinburgh Airport and make your way into the city by public transport. Validate your Scotland rail pass and take the train the short distance to historic Stirling. After exploring the cobbled old town and historic jail, climb to the stunning Stirling Castle which, once the Royal Seat of Scotland, rivals that of Edinburgh for its historic significance and beauty. Time-permitting take a public bus or taxi to the nearby Wallace Monument tower erected in dedication to the Great Scottish Hero "Braveheart" William Wallace and offering stunning panoramic views of the town, countryside and the infamous battlefield of Bannockburn.

    Overnight: Stirling

    Journey details: 1 hour from Edinburgh Airport (approx.)*

  2. Day 2 Pitlochry and Blair Atholl Distillery

    Board the train and head north for a journey into the heart of Scotland to the traditional Victorian resort town of Pitlochry set on the banks of the river Tummel. Discovery the charming highland culture as you wander the town bustling with cafes and boutiques – perhaps tour the Blair Atholl Distillery and visitor centre to learn about Scotland’s famous “Water of Life” or stroll to the river dam to spot salmon in the waters. Time permitting you may hop on board the train for the ten minute journey north to visit Blair Castle which dates back to the 13th century and is the ancestral home of Clan Murray.

    Overnight: Pitlochry

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 1 hour 15 minutes (approx.)*

  3. Day 3 Inverness, Capital of the Highlands

    Today, ride the rails northwards on a spectacular rail journey through the heart of the Cairngorm National Park with panoramic mountain vistas before descending to Inverness, capital of the Highlands. This charming highland city straddles the banks of the river Ness offering tranquil riverside walks or the opportunity to explore the old town home to the cobbled Mercat Cross, the 18th century Old High Church and St Andrews Cathedral. Discover the highland shopping, the Victorian market hall bustling with craft stalls or the hill-top castle and museum offering art and historic exhibitions.

    Overnight: Inverness

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 1 hour 40 minutes (approx.)*

  4. Day 4 Loch Ness Excursion from Inverness

    Meet a local guide and join a small-group tour dedicated to exploring the Highlands and the scenic area surrounding Scotland’s most famous loch, Loch Ness. Your journey will take you along the dramatic shores of the loch with an opportunity for a boat rip on the chilly waters and a stop at the iconic Urquhart Castle perched on the loch-side. There’ll be stops at various points of interest including the Highland towns of Drumnadrochit and Fort Augustus and the picturesque Falls of Foyers.

    Overnight: Inverness

    Meals: Breakfast included

  5. Day 5 Highland Rail to Aberdeen

    This morning your rail ride takes you East through another of Scotland's scenic routes as you traverse the Grampian Highlands and Speyside region of Scotland to arrive in Aberdeen, the "Granite City". Spend the afternoon exploring this affluent maritime 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 a visit to the harbour and traditional fish market or a stroll along the promenade with its sweeping sandy bay and views over the wild North Sea.

    Overnight: Aberdeen

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 2 hours 20 minutes (approx.)*

  6. Day 6 Highland Excursion from Aberdeen

    Today meet a local guide and join a small-group tour taking you in to Scotland’s Eastern Highlands. Your journey will take you South to the dramatic ruins of Dunottar Castle perched overlooking the North Sea before heading inland deep into the Cairngorms National Park. Following a lunch stop in the Highland town of Braemar you’ll return East to Aberdeen through the scenic Royal Deeside region taking in various point of natural beauty such as the dramatic Muir of Dinnet and the Falls of Feugh. On selected days an alternative tour to Speyside Whisky region is available.

    Overnight: Aberdeen

    Meals: Breakfast included

  7. Day 7 Rail to Edinburgh and Edinburgh Castle

    This morning, make a final rail journey south along the Aberdeenshire coastline before turning inland and crossing the Firth of Forth into Edinburgh the capital city of Scotland. Explore this magnificent city from the winding streets of the cobbled old town to the wide avenues of the opulent Georgian new town. Stroll past the gothic Burns Monument and through Princes Street Gardens before climbing the Royal Mile to the city's centrepiece at the magnificent Edinburgh Castle, home to the Scottish Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny and St Margaret's Chapel.

    Overnight: Edinburgh

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)*

  8. Day 8 Explore Edinburgh City

    Today explore Edinburgh in more depth; perhaps enjoy a spot shopping along Princes Street, visit Scotland’s national museums and galleries or discover “Royal” Edinburgh with visits to the Palace of Holyrood House, the Queens Edinburgh residence, or the Royal Yacht Britannia in Leith Docks, the official Royal yacht for over forty years. You may choose to visit the seat of Scottish Parliament at Holyrood, climb Arthur’s Seat for amazing cityscape vistas or simply soak up the Edinburgh’s excellent pub scene.

    Overnight: Edinburgh

    Meals: Breakfast included

  9. Day 9 Return Home

    Today bid farewell to Scotland as you return to Edinburgh Airport for your return flight to your home nation.

    Meals: Breakfast included

*Journey times and distances are estimates and are based on the direct route between the start location and end location for each day of the itinerary, where applicable. They do not include detours or stops for sightseeing.

What's included

  • 8 nights accommodation (suggested accommodations listed below).
  • Full cooked Scottish breakfast each morning.
  • BritRail Spirit of Scotland (8 in 15 day) Rail Passes – Passes offer 8 separate days of travel on the Scottish Rail Network within a 15 day period. Travel is fully flexible and completely unlimited on each day of use and will cover all outlined rail journeys.
  • Our hand-picked small-group day-tours to explore more rural regions which cannot be easily reached by rail, as follows:
    • Loch Ness day tour from Inverness.
    • Royal Deeside day tour from Aberdeen.
  • Admission to the following attractions on your itinerary:
    • Stirling Castle
    • Edinburgh Castle
  • Adeo travel documents pack and suggested rail schedule information for each of your point-to-point journeys including journey durations and departure stations and travel departure times etc.
  • Toll-free calls (from USA and Canada) to your Britain vacation specialist whilst planning your trip.
  • Expert assistance during the planning of your trip and local out-of-hours number for use during travel.

Our Selected Lodging

  • Stirling Highland Hotel (or similar), Stirling x 1 night
  • Pine Trees Hotel (or similar), Pitlochry x 1 night
  • Inverness Palace Hotel (or similar), Inverness x 2 nights
  • Norton House Hotel (or similar), Aberdeen x 2 nights
  • Bonham Hotel (or similar), Edinburgh x 2 nights

Wherever possible we select characterful accommodation representative of the destination where you're staying. We regularly personally visit and quality-check hotels across the country. The hotels listed are a representative selection of just some of the properties we work with, ask your consultant for their personal favourites and recommendations. Read more about the accommodation we offer by clicking here.

Optional extras

  • Add a city sightseeing open top bus tour in Inverness or Edinburgh.

Customize this tour!

  • Add an extra night in Edinburgh and enjoy a small group day tour to St Andrews and the Fishing Villages of the Kingdom of Fife.


  • Taxis / transfers from train stations to your hotels – taxis are readily available at all major train stations in the UK and hotel receptions / concierges will be happy to call local taxi firms for collection on days of departure.
  • Trip Insurance – we ask that our guests purchase suitable cover in case planned travel is affected or disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances. More information on the benefits of trip insurance can be found here.
  • Flights – adeo Travel do not book air travel but are happy to offer advice on where to seek competitive airfare.
  • Meals and/or sightseeing other than that outlined above.

Departure Dates 2024/2025

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!

Pricing 2024/2025

Twin/Double - from GBP £1,845 per person.
Single supplements apply for single occupancy rooms, please ask for a quotation for details.


Pricing above is representative pricing of this tour - this pricing is based on travel in shoulder-season (April/October) with two people sharing a twin/double room, staying in the sample accommodations as listed and including the suggested rail pass-type and travelling by standard class rail. Our proposals are always based on live availability and pricing which may fluctuate based on a range of factors and inclusions. For a direct quote for your preferred dates of travel and personal requirements, please contact us.

Pricing Notes

  • Above pricing is an estimated "from" price based on shoulder-season travel (April/October). 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. (Please enquire for single supplement)
  • 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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