Traveling in Scotland by train is a great way to experience the country’s breathtaking scenery, rich culture, and historic landmarks. The train network covers a vast area of Scotland, from the rolling hills of the Borders to the rugged coastlines of the Highlands and Islands. With comfortable seating, panoramic windows, and onboard amenities like Wi-Fi and dining cars, train travel in Scotland is a comfortable and enjoyable experience.
Scotland, including travel on the following services and routes:
Rail journeys include all services in Scotland and scheduled services to and from Carlisle and Berwick-upon-Tweed for
Some routes have travel restrictions when traveling at peak times on some lines.
Please note, from 25 April 2023, ferry travel is no longer included within the Spirit of Scotland. Any ferry travel should be purchased separately and directly from www.calmac.co.uk
Scottish Citylink, Stagecoach and West Coast Motors Coach travel – Coach services on routes such as Skye, Argyll, the Borders and Northern Highlands.
You can buy a BritRail Pass if you are not a UK resident.
Customers can select a first date of travel that is up to 11 months from the purchase date.
BritRail Family Discount
Strathspey Steam Railway: 10% discount on all full standard fares.
Keith & Dufftown Railway: 10% discount on all full standard fares.
Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway: £1 off all full standard fares (excl. Thomas Days Out).
Northlink Ferries: 20% discount on seated standard fares purchased on the day of sailing on the following routes:
Scrabster – Stromness, Aberdeen – Lerwick and Aberdeen – Kirkwall – Lerwick.
20% off Stena Line ferry travel to Belfast
City Sightseeing Bus Tours: £1 off adult and concession tickets on the following tours:
Edinburgh Bus Tour, City Sightseeing Glasgow and City Sightseeing Inverness.
Sweeney Cruises (Loch Lomond): 20% discount on all full standard fares.
Cruise Loch Lomond: 15% discount on all full standard fares.
Jacobite Cruises (Loch Ness): 10% discount on all full standard fares.
Pass-holders cannot travel before 9:15 am Monday to Friday. This restriction does not apply to the following routes: Glasgow Queen Street – Oban /Fort William/ Mallaig, Glasgow Central – Stranraer, Inverness – Kyle/Wick/Thurso and direct services from Lockerbie to Carlisle, Carstairs, Motherwell or Glasgow Central.
If a paper pass is selected, this pass is printed on official railway ticket paper that will be shipped to you. You can select from the available shipping options during checkout. Please allow sufficient time to receive your pass before your departure.
If an M-Pass is selected, an email with an activation link will be sent. When you are ready to use the M-Pass, click the link to select your first day of use or travel dates. After you have completed the check-in, you will be able to download your M-Pass.
Download any BritRail Spirit of Scotland Plus Flexible Pass directly to your phone and save on the shipping cost. With the M-Pass there’s no need to wait in the ticket line, simply scan the barcode and you can enter the train platform. This pass can also be printed in the PDF format in case of loss or theft.One free seat reservation is included with each Flexible M-Pass purchase.
Explore Scotland to its fullest, without missing a beat of passionate culture and breathtaking landscapes, and be sure to include must-see destinations – Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Aberdeen, Perth, and Stirling. Hop on and off the trains as you wish!
A seat reservation is optional but recommended in order to guarantee a seat on a specific train and time. Reserve a seat.
Note: Passengers who wish to upgrade a Standard Class BritRail Pass to First Class will need to pay the difference in excess between the Standard and First Class Ordinary Fare for the leg of the journey that has not been taken. This may be paid at the ticket office before boarding the train or to the ticket inspector on the train.
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