1. Day 1 Arrival in Scotland and Rail to Glasgow

    Arriving into Edinburgh Airport (or Glasgow Airport), board the train to the thriving city of Glasgow. Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city and home to modern Scottish culture. Explore the Victorian monuments of George Square, the bustling Sauchiehall Street and the imposing Glasgow Cathedral and Necropolis. In the leafy West End you can visit the Kelvingrove Park and Museum set around the university quarter or head to the Merchant City to enjoy a host of modern Scottish bars and restaurants.

    Overnight: Glasgow

    Journey details: 1 hour 10 minutes from Glasgow Airport / 1 hour 20 minutes from Edinburgh Airport (approx.)*

  2. Day 2 Glencoe, Highlands and Lochs Excursion

    Today enjoy a small-group excursion to for a taste of Scotland’s dramatic Highlands. Meet your driver and group in the heart of Glasgow then head North passing the historic town of Inveraray and its white-washed castle on route to Scotland’s scenic West Coast. Pause in Oban “Gateway-to-the-Isles” for lunch before continuing deep in to Glencoe Valley; one of the most eerily beautiful areas of Scotland and home to a tragic history of clan battles. By afternoon you’ll return South over the barren Rannoch Moor and along the banks of Scotland’s largest Loch, Loch Lomond.

    Overnight: Glasgow

    Meals: Breakfast included

  3. Day 3 The West Highland Way and Fort William

    This morning embark on one of Scotland's famous rail journeys as you travel the West Highland Railway to Fort William. On route you will pass scenic coastline, the tranquil shores of Loch Lomond and through the heart of the desolate expanse of the Rannoch Moor. Arriving in Fort William you can spend the afternoon walking the harbour overlooking Loch Linhe, visit the Ben Nevis Distillery or the West Highland Museum for a candid history of the region. Alternatively, the brave might choose to take a hike in the foothills of the towering mountain of Ben Nevis – Britain’s highest peak.

    Overnight: Fort William

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 4 hours (approx.)*

  4. Day 4 The Glenfinnan Viaduct and Portree

    Departing Fort William, continue your rail journey North on the second leg of the stunning West Highland line. Your journey will take you over the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct (which features in the Harry Potter Movies) offering panoramic vistas over the Glenfinnan monument and Loch Shiel beyond. Arriving in Mallaig, board the ferry to the beautiful Isle of Skye. Here you’ll enjoy a private transfer from Armadale port to the island’s main town of Portree where you can spend the balance of the day wandering this charming port town of pastel fishing cottages overlooking the tiny harbour with the Cuillin mountains in the distance.

    Overnight: Portree, Isle of Skye

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 1 hour 20 minutes to Mallaig followed by 2 hours to Portree (approx.)*

  5. Day 5 Isle of Skye Excursion

    Meet a local guide and join a small-group tour for a journey dedicated to exploring the very best of Skye. Your journey will take you to the farthest reaches of the small island on a journey of discovery of its dramatic natural landscapes; spot sea and bird-life in the chilly Atlantic waters from Neist Point, pass through the enchanting Fairy Glen and tour the Trotternish Peninsula which is home to a host of unique geological features such as “The Old Man of Storr” and Kilt Rock. There’ll be ample photo-stops and the opportunity to take in some of Skye’s cultural highlights including Dunvegan Castle and Talisker Distillery.

    Overnight: Portree, Isle of Skye

    Meals: Breakfast included

  6. Day 6 The North Highland Line and Inverness

    Today, you’ll enjoy a private transfer from Portree over Skye Bridge to the Kyle of Lochalsh on the Scottish mainland. Here you can board the train and pick up yet another of Scotland’s magnificent rail journeys as you travel the North Highland Line. Your journey takes you over the barren wilderness of the Northern Highlands with views of the Torridon peaks before descending to Inverness, capital of the Highlands. Straddling the banks of the river Ness, explore this picturesque Highland town from the cobbled Mercat Cross and St Andrews Cathedral to the hill-top castle and museum.

    Overnight: Inverness

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 50 minutes to Kyle of Lochalsh followed by 2 hour 40 minutes to Inverness (approx.)*

  7. Day 7 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

  8. Day 8 Rail to Edinburgh and Edinburgh Castle

    This morning, make a final rail journey south to taking you through the heart of the Cairngorm National Park with stunning mountain vistas before arriving in 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: 3 hours and 30 minutes (approx.)*

  9. Day 9 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

  10. Day 10 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

  • 9 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. Rail pass also covers your ferry crossing to the Isle of Skye.
  • Private transfers to / from Portree on the Isle of Skye.
  • Our hand-picked small-group day-tours to explore more rural regions which cannot be easily reached by rail, as follows:
    • Oban, Glencoe, Highland Lochs and Castles tour from Glasgow.
    • Best of Skye day tour from Portree on the Isle of Skye.
    • Loch Ness day tour from Inverness.
  • Admission to the following attractions on your itinerary:
    • 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

  • Hotel Indigo Glasgow (or similar), Glasgow x 2 night
  • The Garrison Hotel (or similar), Fort William x 1 night
  • The Cuillin Hills Hotel (or similar), Portree x 2 nights
  • Inverness Palace (or similar), Inverness 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 Glasgow, Inverness or Edinburgh.
  • Add a day-tour from Edinburgh to visit he historic town of St Andrews and the fishing villages of Fife.

Customize this tour!

  • Add a night in the central highland town of Pitlochry on route between Inverness and Edinburgh.
  • Combine this tour with one of our other rail itineraries.


  • Travel on the Glasgow Subway rail networks – these are separate to the national rail network and your Britail Passes will not be valid.
  • Taxis / transfers from train stations to your hotels (except on Skye) – 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 2023/2024

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 2023/2024

Twin/Double - from GBP £2,195 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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