Take one of the great rail journeys of the world: a circular route through some of Scotland’s most beautiful landscapes. 

This classic tour of Scotland departs from Glasgow or Edinburgh and travels on some of the world's most dramatic rail lines: the West Highland Line, Kyle Line, and Highland Main Line.

Head north from Glasgow to the Isle of Skye, then east over the Highlands to Inverness, returning to Edinburgh through the lush farmland of Perthshire. You’ll watch the landscapes get steadily wilder as you go – there’s no other train journey in the UK with such variety.

The travel pass gives you time to explore along the way, and enjoy travel by train, ferry and coach on just one ticket

Don't forget

  • Travel in one direction only (clock or anti clockwise)
  • It’s only valid for Standard Class and off-peak travel
  • Your travel is flexible, but the validity period is not: the 8-day period starts on the first day of travel
  • Free travel for under 5s, and half price for children aged 5-15
  • There’s a £10 admin fee for changes or refunds
Participating train companies

Last updated: 10 July 2017


Area of validity
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Further Information
Passenger note


Rail: Travel with ScotRail on the following routes

  • West Highland Line: Glasgow or Edinburgh – Fort William/Mallaig
  • Kyle Line: Inverness – Kyle of Lochalsh
  • Highland Main Line: Glasgow or Edinburgh – Inverness via Perth (valid on trains departing after 09:15 and any time at the weekend)

Coach: The coach takes you between Armadale and Kyle of Lochalsh, with Stagecoach. Check latest timetables at

Bus: Public bus services on Skye can be sporadic and often only operate during the Summer season

  • Stagecoach No 51 operates directly between Armadale (ferry connection) and Kyle of Lochalsh (rail connection) but is only available Monday - Friday
  • For other services (Nos 50, 52, 152, 917) change at Broadford/Armadale Road End on Skye

Ferry: The travel pass includes ferry travel with Caledonian MacBrayne between Mallaig and Armadale on Skye.


Recommended route

Start in Glasgow, heading north on the West Highland Line along the Clyde sea lochs, Loch Lomond and Rannoch Moor. From Fort William the train passes over the Glenfinnan Viaduct (you’ll recognise it from Harry Potter), and on to the small fishing and ferry port of Mallaig.

From Mallaig, take the CalMac ferry to Armadale on the southern end of the Isle of Skye: you might like to stop here for a few days to explore the Munros and Faerie Pools. Then take the coach over the Skye Bridge to Kyle of Lochalsh, rejoining the train and setting course for Inverness. From there, you’ll get the Main Highland Line south to Edinburgh or Glasgow.

The ferry connection between Mallaig and Armadale on Skye, and the coach connection to Kyle of Lochalsh are included in your ticket.

Journey times

  • West Highland Line: Glasgow to Mallaig (for the ferry to Armadale) – approx 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Kyle Line: Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness – approx 2 hours 40 minutes
  • Highland Main Line: Inverness to Edinburgh – approx 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Valid for 4 days travel in 8 days.  
  • Travel is valid Monday to Friday on trains departing after 0915. This restrictions does not apply on the following routes:- Glasgow Queen St - Fort William/Mallaig and Inverness - Kyle
  • Travel is valid at anytime on Saturday and Sundays.    
Period of availability
21/05/2018 - Until further notice

Last updated: 30 April 2019


Available to purchase
21/05/2018 - Until further notice
Buying your tickets
The ticket office at any staffed station
By phone on 0344 811 0141
Or complete ScotRail call-back form online

Last updated: 30 April 2019

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Last updated:   30 April 2019