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Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands by Scenic Rail

Scotland Tour from The Traveling Professor Returns in 2025

The Basic Details:  September 22-October 2, 2025 (11 days, 10 nights).  $4499 Double Occupancy. Have your own room for $1199 more.  Limited places remain.

After a two-year hiatus, The Traveling Professor has dusted off and polished up the Edinburgh and Scottish Highlands by Scenic Rail tour that has been so popular amongst our travelers.  New hotels, revamped itinerary, and special features make this tour of Scotland more exciting than ever.

Start in the capital of the Highlands, Inverness.  Highlights include a spectacular rail journey to the Isle of Skye.  Visit a classic castle at Dunrobin and be thrilled by a falconry exhibit.  Get a glimpse of the Loch Ness Monster.  Visit the Culloden Battleground where Scottish history was changed in an instant.  And for "Outlander" fans, some treats await you.   Travel by rail to old Edinburgh, home of writers, artists, philosophers, and intellectuals who influenced society as we know it today.    Walk in the steps of kings and queens along the Royal Mile from Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood House. Be welcomed aboard the Royal Yacht Brittania.  Venture out of Edinburgh on day trips to historic St. Andrews, the Scottish Borders, Abbotsford (the home and gardens of Sir Walter Scott), and to Rosslyn Chapel from "The Da Vinci Code".

Top Hotels:   We use top-rated 4-star centrally hotels.  In Inverness it is the luxurious Inverness Palace Hotel and Spa on the River Ness.  The Apex Grassmarket Hotel in Edinburgh lies in the shadows of Edinburgh Castle. 

Professionally Guided Tours:  Travel on this small group tour of 14-18 travelers with a professional guide to the most beautiful, interesting and exciting sites. 

Who Travels With Us?  This tour is for adult travelers who like to see and do a lot.  Perfect for solo women travelers as well as accompanied travelers.

What's Included?
  • 5 nights in Inverness at the 4-star Inverness Palace and Spa.  5 nights in Edinburgh at the Apex Grassmarket Hotel.  Bountiful breakfast daily.
  • Professionally guided walking tours of Inverness and Edinburgh.
  • Tour of Isle of Skye.  Train, van, and guided tours included.   
  • Day trip to Dunrobin Castle and Glenmorangie distillery with transportation, guides, and admissionss
  • Loch Ness cruise.  Culloden Battlefield visit.  Transportation, admissions, guides are all part of the excursion.
  • Transfer to/from hotels in Inverness and Edinburgh train stations.
  • Scenic rail journey from Inverness to Edinburgh.
  • Guided walking tours in Edinburgh with admission to sites.
  • Private tours to St. Andrews, Abbotsford (home of Sir Walter Scott), and Rosslyn Chapel with tansportation, guided tours, and admissions.
  • Hop-On Hop-Off bus in Edinburgh with admission to Holyroodhouse, Royal Yacht Brittania, Edinburgh Castle and more Edinburgh sites.
  • Professional guide services.  A tour leader is with the group 24/7.
  • Tips for guides and drivers.
  • Rich, ambitious, and smartly planned itinerary.
What Makes this Tour So Special?
  • Everyone feels welcome with a small group of 14-18 friendly travelers.  This allows us to tour Scotland where those big bus tours just can't go.
  • Top-rated, well located hotels.  
  • Our experienced tour leaders get you off the beaten path.  Unique hikes and trails. Scenic vistas and sites not commonly visited by other tourists. 
  • Solo travelers as well as those with travel partners welcome.  Each tour is different, but usually half of our travelers are solo women travelers.
  • Personal Service: The Professor makes sure you are well-prepared for the tour. We advise on all aspects of the trip such as air itineraries, money matters, packing, passports, and what to expect on this tour.  We are here to help - call us (413.528.2125) or email us with your questions.
  • Well-planned itineraries for those who like to see and do a lot.  We know how to avoid the biggest crowds.
Want to Go or Have a Question?
Hotels and Important Info
  • All hotels are rated as 4-star and located in central locations.
  • Travelers depart from their home city and meet at the hotel in Inverness.  Tour ends in Edinburgh.  
  • We're happy to help with planning an air itinerary.
  • Travelers must be able to walk 2-4 miles daily and have no mobility issues.

2025 Tour Dates and Pricing
  • This tour to Scotland begins in Inverness on Monday, September 22, 2025.  Ends in Edinburgh on Thursday, October 2, 2025.
  • $4499 per person, double occupancy.  Have your own room for $1199 more.
  • This tour is sold out.  Get on our waiting list.