An unspoilt wilderness of mountains, glens, lochs and rivers, the Scottish East Highlands have to be seen to be believed. In this magical part of the world, the possibilities for adventure abound and with a BritRail train ticket, exploring the countryside couldn’t be easier.
With so many things to see and do, we suggest taking 5 days out to experience the area's unique attractions, but for shorter trips, it's easy to book your individual rail tickets in advance through the trainline, ACP Rail, International Rail and Rail Europe.
Start your journey
Begin your Highland holiday in Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh - a city bound to leave a lasting impression with its fairytale architecture and vibrant cultural life. From Edinburgh it’s a quick 1-hour 15-minute train journey to Perth but if you are starting out from London, you could use your BritRail pass to take the overnight Caledonian Sleeper train to Perth or Inverness.
Day 1-2: Perth
There are hundreds of years of history to uncover here as this city on the banks of the River Tay was once the capital of Scotland. Today Perth is known for its fantastic food scene, offering everything from pop-up experiences to fine dining feasts. Picturesquely positioned in the heart of the country, it’s also an ideal place from which to see the surrounding countryside.
Check www.traveline.info for times to Scone Palace.