Discover 8 Scenic Scottish Journeys this St Andrew's Day

19 November 2023

Every year on 30 November, Scots and Scots-at-heart come together to celebrate the patron saint of Scotland with fantastic events showcasing the best of Scottish culture. For our own celebration of St Andrew's Day we're highlighting some of the country's most spectacular railway routes from the majestic highlands to the historic south, there's plenty to explore. So grab your favourite warm drink, get cosy and let us inspire you to take a journey through the beautiful landscapes of Scotland.

Highland Main Line

Highland Main Line

Glasgow/Edinburgh to Inverness via Perth

Experience rolling Perthshire countryside, take a walk through the Cairngorms National Park and marvel at majestic mountains alongside the Spey Valley when you take the train along the impressive Highland Main Line. You'll soon see why it is regarded as one of the most scenic railway lines in Britain! Find out more...

Borders Railway

Borders Railway

Edinburgh to Tweedbank

Explore the beautiful rolling hills of the Scottish Borders as you travel from Edinburgh to Tweedbank along the picturesque and aptly named Borders Railway. Make sure to save time to visit The Great Tapestry of Scotland and discover the stories behind Scotland's history, only a five-minute walk from Galashiels Station. Find out more...

Brora | Far North Line

Far North Line

Inverness to Thurso/Wick

This scenic route follows the North Sea coast from Inverness passing distilleries, salmon rivers and golf courses. The journey leads you to Thurso, the northernmost town on the British mainland and then onwards to the historic fishing port of Wick. Find out more...

Ayr | South West Scotland

South West Scotland

Gretna Green to Stranraer via Dumfries and Kilmarnock

Travel across the landscapes that inspired Scotland's famous poet as you journey from Gretna Green to Kilmarnock. Stop off at Dumfries to explore Robert Burns House and then catch the local bus from Ayr to visit Burns' Birthplace Museum. Find out more...

Stirling | Strathallan Line

Strathallan Line

Stirling to Perth

See the Scottish landscape like never before as you pass historic towns and pretty villages following the peaceful riverbanks of Allan Water as you journey by train along the Strathallan Line. Keen walkers will enjoy exploring Gleneagles, famous for its golf courses but it also boasts plenty of walking options into the glens and peaks of the Ochils. Find out more...

Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh Line

Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh Line

Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh

Travel coast to coast across the Highlands, in the shadows of mountains and forests, beside bright lochs and wide open moors, by train from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh. Find out more...

Prestonpans | East Lothian Line

East Lothian Line

Edinburgh to North Berwick

Leave the bustling city of Edinburgh behind and take a scenic rail journey along the East Lothian Line, stretching 25 miles to the charming seaside town of North Berwick. Providing picturesque scenery from the train window, it makes a great day trip from the capital. Find out more...

West Highland Line

West Highland Line

Glasgow to Mallaig via Fort William & Glasgow to Oban

There's magic in the air along the West Highland Line. Some of you may recognise part of this railway from featuring in in films and tv, most notably it's used as the journey to Hogwarts in Harry Potter. However there's lots more to explore along the West Highland Line with picture-perfect panoramic views of sparkling lochs and majestic mountains. Be sure to bring your hiking boots and camera along for this ride! Find out more...

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