Our trains are fast, modern and often spacious, with most carriages featuring designated areas for your luggage, bikes, and some even allow animals – but make sure you check guidelines first. Railway lines in Scotland go pretty much everywhere, from the Scottish capital of Edinburgh to the ‘Highland capital’ of Inverness, from the cultural hub of Glasgow to the gems in the south or northwards along the west coast – there are plenty of routes that will make you fall in love with Scotland’s landscapes.
Our railway stations are easy to find and easy to navigate around. In the stations, look out for sign posts for more transport options, connecting journeys, transfers and more if you want to have an entirely car-free holiday.
If you hop aboard a train in Scotland, you can choose from standard travel to luxury 5-star experiences – it’s all up to you! Exploring Scotland by train is also a great and rewarding way to see some spectacular scenery as you sit back and relax. Train lines in Scotland often run through iconic landscapes and locations, giving you the perfect opportunity to witness them in all their glory.
Some of our most notable rail journeys are:
• West Highland Line – Starting in Glasgow, venture northwards along the coast to Oban, then inwards to Fort William and on to the lovely fishing port of Mallaig for a scenic journey through some picturesque landscapes.
• Borders Railway – if you love history, breathtaking landscapes and outdoor activities then this line is for you. Venture from Edinburgh to Tweedbank on board the Borders Railway for an awesome adventure.
• Strathspey line – Enjoy a stunning trip through the heart of the Highlands with a special journey aboard an old-fashioned steam train.
Here are some of our tops tips to make sure you have the best railway adventure:
Book in advance – buying tickets ahead of your journey saves time, guarantees your seat, and you can often find deals and discounts online.
Plan ahead – make sure you know your train times, seat reservations and any connecting routes so you don’t miss out.
Browse our website and itineraries for more inspiration and ideas for your perfect railway journey in Scotland.
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