Bus, boat and train tours in Scotland

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  • A canopied boat takes a group of visitors along a man-made concrete canal structure with great views
    A trip across the Falkirk Wheel, the only rotating boat lift in the world
  • A red steam train puffs it's way across the impressive arches of the viaduct which sits in a lush green valley
    The Jacobite steam train, Glenfinnan Viaduct near Lochaber, Highlands of Scotland
  • A red double decker, open topped bus crosses a bridge with an attractive metal support arch crossing over it diagonally
    A sightseeing bus crosses the Clyde Arc bridge, to the west of the city centre of Glasgow.
  • The Steamship Sir Walter Scott sets off from Trossachs Pier on Loch Katrine, the Trossachs
    The Steamship Sir Walter Scott sets off from Trossachs Pier on Loch Katrine, the Trossachs

Whether you want to take a week-long guided bus tour to the Highlands, a day’s boat trip round the islands, self-tour by car or sit back and watch the landscape rolling past on a train you’ll find a tour which suits you.

Coach and bus tours

Ranging from small private day trips and weekend minibus tours to weeklong coach excursions, tours are a great way to make the most of your time in Scotland. Most of Scotland’s cities have sightseeing guided bus trips which provide a whirlwind tour of the city’s main attractions and must-see city sights.

Boat trips

Taking relaxing boats trips along canals, across a loch or out at sea is a great way to see Scotland’s stunning scenery and get close to nature. Book a day trip to the islands to get close to birds and marine wildlife or enjoy longer tours, which can range from a leisurely self-catering boat holiday along a canal to luxury hotel barges and boats. 

Steam trains

Children and adults alike love taking a ride on a traditional steam, or vintage diesel train, which both offer an exciting window into the past and is a great way to enjoy the scenery.  Day outings include steam train trips over the Glenfinnan Viaduct, which was used in the Harry Potter films, and railway attractions such as Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway. Many country parks and farm attractions also have small scale train rides which are great fun during a day out.