Trip Overview…

Experience Scotland’s classic landscapes and stunning sites on this nine day rail journey. This exciting itinerary features unforgettable experiences in Inverness, Isle of Skye, The Orkney Islands and Edinburgh. Explore the gateway to the Scottish Highlands in Inverness, enjoy a day tour of the magical Isle of Skye and visit the famous Eilean Donan Castle. Visit Neolithic sites on the Orkneys, learn about the Vikings and the rich history of these unique islands. Your next destination is the gorgeous capital of Edinburgh with its medieval Old Town and spectacular Georgian New Town. There’s no better way to experience this corner of Britain than by train.

Package Includes


  • Explore Inverness, the gateway to the mesmerizing Scottish Highlands
  • Tour the many unforgettable places and landscapes of the Isle of Skye
  • Visit the Eilean Donan Castle, the most photographed castle in Scotland
  • Spend 2 days exploring the Orkney Islands
  • Visit Skara Brae, a mystical prehistoric stone circle
  • Discover Edinburgh’s charms, such as its medieval Old Town and Princes Street

Rail & Hotel Included:

  • Rail travel as per itinerary
  • 1-night accommodation onboard Caledonian Sleeper
  • 2 nights accommodation with breakfast in Inverness
  • 2 nights accommodation with breakfast on The Orkney Islands
  • 2 nights accommodation with breakfast in Edinburgh

Tours & Inclusions:

  • Skye and Eilean Donan Castle tour from Inverness
  • 3 day round trip with guide to the Orkney Islands
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour in Inverness
  • City tour of Edinburgh

At a glance

9 days
Departing Mar 24 – Oct 24
From AUD$

Your Itinerary

Day 1 – Your journey begins on the Caledonian Sleeper

Inside a lounge car onboard an overnight train

Depart London on the Caledonian Sleeper for your overnight journey to Inverness, the gateway to the Scottish Highlands. (Overnight onboard the Caledonian Sleeper)

Day 2 – Inverness


Boasting an abundance of culture, history, a beautiful Old Town, and the 19th-century Inverness Cathedral, this city, and the surrounding region was made for exploring. (Overnight in Inverness) B

Day 3 – Isle of Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Tour

Today’s included tour features many memorable moments. You’ll travel through dramatic Highland landscapes before visiting Eilean Donan Castle, known as the most photographed castle in Scotland. Then, you’ll cross over into Isle of Skye, where you’ll stop for a photo of the Red Cuillin Mountains. In the coastal town of Portree, you have free time to enjoy lunch and stroll the Trotternish Peninsula. Kilt Rock and the Quiraing will certainly be highlights. From there, you’ll visit Kyleakin for refreshments and the chance to see Castle Moil or the Skye Bridge. (Overnight in Inverness) B

Day 4 – Inverness to The Orkneys

The Orkney Islands

After an early start, you travel north through the Black Isle, past the imposing Dunrobin Castle, before crossing the Pentland Firth to the Orkney Isles. Check in for your stay in Kirkwall, the modern-day capital of Orkney, for two nights. (Overnight Kirkwall)  B

Day 5 – The Orkney Islands

Today is your chance to explore the modern and ancient wonders of this fantastic island; a land of contrasts, where fertile green pastures are fringed by shores of golden sands washed by waters of the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Highlights include a visit to Skara Brae, the mystical prehistoric stone circle at Brodgar, the standing stones of Stenness, and Maeshowe, wherein the 12th century the Vikings left one of the largest collections of Norse runic inscriptions. (Overnight Kirkwall) B

Day 6 – Inverness


You’ll have your last chance to grab some gifts for friends and family and visit the local cathedral in Kirkwall. And after a ferry back to the mainland, you travel through the history-soaked regions of Caithness and Sutherland. You’ll find out about the Highland clearances, a world-changing period in Scotland’s dark history, and get a glimpse of some of Scotland’s most remote fishing villages. We arrive back in Inverness early evening. (Overnight in Inverness) B

Day 7 – Edinburgh


Travel by direct train to Edinburgh. Settle in before setting out to explore the capital of Scotland! From the cobbled streets of the medieval Old Town to the sweeping views from the top of the many hills, there is so much beauty to explore here. (Overnight in Edinburgh) B

Day 8 – Edinburgh

During your included city tour, you’ll get to see the best attractions and learn all about local traditions and stories. Visit Princes Street, Grassmarket, Dean Village, and Holyrood Palace. (Overnight in Edinburgh) B

Day 9 – Your journey ends in London

Spend one final morning in Edinburgh before catching the train back to London where your journey ends. B


Prices are subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards.
Price based on selected dates Oct 2024 departure.
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