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Scottish Highlands and Skye by Rail

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8 Days & 7 Nights
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Scottish Highlands and Skye by Rail

  • Explore Scotland's impressive landscapes, coastlines and forested glens by rail
  • Inverness, the rugged beauty of Skye, and the UK's highest mountain - Ben Nevis
  • Delve into Scotland's larder; from the freshest seafood to craft gins and single-malt whisky
  • The iconic West Highland Line railway and Glenfinnan Viaduct of Harry Potter film renown
  • Rich traditions and dramatic tales abound as you uncover ancient history and folklore
Leave the everyday behind as you embark on an epic car-free journey across Scotland. Allow yourself to be whisked north into the heart of the Scottish Highlands on the iconic West Highland Line railway. Marvel at incredible views as you glide through landscapes of heather-clad mountains, sea lochs and deep glens that hide dramatic tales of clan struggles and Jacobite battles. Spend time exploring the Isle of Skye; from the jagged peaks of the Cuillin Mountains to the colourful harbour town of Portree. Sample local cuisine and sip single-malt whisky surrounded by the charming Perthshire countryside. With plenty to see and do en route relax in the knowledge that our information pack, brimming with local expertise, has distilled the highlights, and recommends off-the-beaten-path detours along with not to be missed local eateries.


Day 1 Ride the West Highland Line from Glasgow to Fort William Day 2 Cross the Glenfinnan Viaduct, take a ferry to Skye and overnight in Portree Day 3 Explore the harbour town of Portree and optional tour of Skye Day 4 Transfer to the mainland and ride the Kyle Line to Inverness Day 5 Free day in Inverness; visit Loch Ness, Culloden Battlefield or Cawdor Castle Day 6 Ride through The Cairngorm National Park to Perthshire's castles and distilleries Day 7 Travel to Stirling by train to visit the castle and Wallace Monument Day 8 Train to Edinburgh and onward travel

This trip has a carbon score of 12kg per person per night, meaning it’s one of our best trips! For comparison, a carbon count of 12kg is equivalent to 5 small bouquets of flowers (grown in the Netherlands). Here at Macs, we pride ourselves on being a responsible travel company and continue to adopt, develop and innovate ways to positively impact the environment. Find out more information about how we've carbon counted our trips.


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