5 Scottish Rail Tours celebrating days gone by

Glenfinnan Viaduct

All featuring nostalgic rail journeys travelling through some of Scotland’s most beautiful countryside, we highlight 5 nostalgic tours to consider for the year ahead.

1. A Classic Scottish Steam Break

Scottish Steam Break

A classic itinerary, combine steam locomotion with Scotland’s wonderful scenery and you get A Classic Scottish Steam Break.

Enjoy a ride on the modern Falkirk Wheel, stunning views on board the world-famous Jacobite and a sailing aboard the Paddle Steamer Waverley, the world’s last ocean-going paddle steamer.

The tour continues the nautical theme with another scenic cruise, this time sailing on Loch Katrine.

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2. Scenic Journeys of the Highlands and Islands

Glenfinnan Viaduct

Seeking to answer the Caledonian conundrum – how best to take in Scottish Highlands and Islands – this epic tour includes a round-trip on the Jacobite and a ride on the Cairngorms Funicular Railway.

Following an impressive itinerary, other highlights include the haunting beauty of Glen Coe, a cruise on Loch Linnhe and a trip to the Isle of Mull.

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3. Caledonian Days

Caledonian Days

Harking back to the days when a grand Scottish day out meant boarding a train or classic steamer, this tour aims to recreate classic excursion travel.

Scenic highlights include a journey along the West Highland railway line, a stop by the historic ‘Maid of the Loch’ and a short but sweet ride on the Bo’Ness and Kinneil Railway.

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4. Scenic Journeys of Argyll and Bute

Discover a criminally under looked railway route packed with scenery on this next nostalgic tour.

Not as famous as similar routes such as the Fort William to Mallaig line, the Glasgow to Oban line winds past some impressive scenery.

Glen Douglas, Glen Falloch and photogenic Kilchurn Castle are just some treats to look forward to during the trip.

This new-for-2022 itinerary also calls at two scenic Scottish islands – Gigha and the Isle of Bute.

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5. Scenic Scottish Railways

Jacobite Train

Journeying along railways first constructed during the Victorian era, this next ‘rail-tastic’ tour is full of nostalgic moments.

Enjoying rides on the Stratspey line and The Jacobite, pack camera for key photo opportunities including the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct looking out across Loch Shiel.

Other notable tour moments also include a visit to Eilean Donan Castle and a train journey to Wick passing the shores of the Dornoch and Cromarty Firths.

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