Guests can experience Scotland’s lavish castles, historic whisky distilleries, and its ancient civilizations in Orkney via small group rail tours with McKinlay Kidd’s Train Holidays.

Each of these new Scottish rail tours focuses the majority of the travel via train, which gives guests the opportunity to relax and enjoy the scenery. The tour leader will always be around to offer guests stories during their train journeys and day tours, and they can also assist guests with ideas on how they can spend their free time on the trip. These hand-picked excursions also include locally-owned accommodations, such as having exclusive use of the entire castle at Kincardine.

The Premier Highlands, Castles & Whisky Tour, for example, includes a 2-nihgt stay in the 19th-century Scots baronial castle with dinner hosted by the Laird and Lady. The Classic option of this journey includes a visit to Cawdor Castle, where guests will learn about Shakespeare’s Macbeth, plus the chance to explore what living at Blair Castle was like.

Guests can also opt for a vintage experience aboard the Jacobite Express steam train to Mallaig, which also passes through the natural film locations for “Highlander” and “Local Hero”.

Bookable tours include the following tours: Loch Ness, The Jacobite & Skye Guided Rail TourEdinburgh & Speyside Whisky Guided Rail TourClassic Highlands, Castles & Whisky Guided Rail TourNorth Highlands & Orkney Guided Rail TourPremier Highlands, Castles & Whisky Escorted Rail Tour.

Each tour can accommodate up to 15 guests. In addition, customizable itineraries are also available for groups of six to 24. For more information, visit