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Green Holidays in Scotland

Cutting down travel cuts down on your carbon emissions, so why travel far when the breathtaking scenery of Scotland is so close at hand? Home to some of Europe's last wilderness areas, Scotland boasts aquamarine lochs, magical islands, majestic mountains, ancient forests, crumbling castles and dynamic, beautiful cities.

Make the most of what it has to offer with the Scottish tourist board's website (including a dedicated green page) and our guide to going green in the UK.

With such a variety of scenery and so much open space, it's no surprise that there are a huge range of places to stay, from ancient stone cottages to luxury properties in the Highlands, as well as innumerable activities to take part in, from walking to sea kayaking along the West Coast, mountain biking to whisky tasting.

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Travel by train to Scotland

All of Scotland's major cities are reachable by train. Virgin Trains has a direct service from London Euston to Glasgow via Preston, Lancashire, Oxenholme (in the Lake District), Penrith and Carlisle. It also runs a service from Birmingham New Street to Glasgow and Edinburgh.

East Coast train services run from London Kings Cross via York and Newcastle to Edinburgh and Glasgow from where you can travel onwards to Dundee and Aberdeen with Scotrail.

To reach North Scotland, there is a direct from London Kings Cross to Inverness, including an overnight sleeper service. Alternatively, you could take the train up to Edinburgh then catch the Scotrail connection to Inverness.

To reach southern Scotland, travel to Preston from London Euston then take the Transpennine Express to Lockerbie.

To check train timetables and book train tickets go to the Trainline's website: Train to Scotland

The overnight sleeper train is a convenient way to travel between London and ScotlandThe overnight sleeper train is a convenient way to travel between London and Scotland

More places to stay in Scotland

exterior of en-suite accommodation

SRUC – Craibstone Estate, Aberdeen, Scotland

Just a short distance from the beaches, outdoor sports and walking trails of Scotland's North East coast, SRUC–Craibstone Estate is a comfortable hostel with a walled garden and arboretum, surrounded by some 800 acres of glorious woodland.
45 single ensuite rooms, 15 twin ensuite rooms

from £30 per person breakfast £5

Sunny, sheltered courtyard in listed building near St Andrews

Sandford Country Cottages, Fife, Scotland

Sandford Country Cottages are 4 luxury, 5 * self-catering properties making up Sandford House, Fife, a 'B' Listed Arts and Crafts House. The 2/3 bedroom properties share a large, grassy wooded area suitable for picnics, walking and relaxing.
20 rooms, all double, en-suite

2 bedroom cottage costs £550 for 3 night stay (4 people), 3 bedroom apartment costs £700 for 3 night stay (6 people).

More holidays in Scotland

Sea kayaks on the coast of the West Highlands

The Scottish Sea Kayak Trail South: The Whisky Coast

Explore the best of Scotland's west coast and inshore islands on this accommodation-based sea kayaking holiday. Visit Loch Linnhe, Sound of Mull, Loch Sunart and Sound of Arisaig, enjoying a hot shower and comfortable bed at the end of each day!

£1,175 per person

6 days, 5 nights
Various departures available from June to September
Celebrations On The Summit

Coast to Coast Mountain Biking Holiday, Scotland

Spend 7 days exploring 200 miles of perhaps the most iconic mountain bike trail through the Scottish Highlands, combining forest tracks and mountain passes with challenging manmade mountain bike centres.

from £735 pp (based on 2 people sharing)

7 days
Available between March and October
A well deserved rest

Wilderness Walking - The Knoydart Peninsula

Often described as the "last wilderness" in Scotland, the Knoydart peninsula has an island feel, isolated as it is from the rest of the Western Highlands by the ‘rough bounds’. A guided walk to the isles of Skye, Rum & Eigg, exploring the coasts.

£1,295

8 days, 7 nights
Various departures available from April to September
Scot Mountain Highland Family Adventure

Scot Mountains Highland Family Adventure, Aviemore Scotland

The best of active adventures mixed with cultural delights of Scotland: kilts, highland games and Nessie plus mountain biking, hiking, foraging, fishing and pot throwing. There is something for everyone with an interest in exploring the outdoors.

£727 per adult; £621 per child

one week
Available between April and October
Sea Kayaking West Coast Explorer Camping

Sea Kayaking: West Coast Explorer

The West Coast Explorer includes the highlights of Scottish sea kayaking. Experience expedition style exploring in a kayak away from civilisation with overnight wild camping, outdoor cooking under starry skies.

£895

6 days, 5 nights
Various departures available June to August
Scottish Sea Kayak Trail North Marine Wildlife

The Scottish Sea Kayak Trail North: The Gaelic Coast

A sea kayak holiday following the most northerly section of the Scottish Sea Kayak Trail. A fabulous opportunity to kayak past castles, seal colonies and other wildlife against the stunning backdrop of the Isle of Skye.

£1175

6 days, 5 nights
Various departures available from July to September
Orkney Island

Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Isles

Walking the archipelago of 70 small islands and skerries making up the Orkneys is the best way to discover them. Experience the long days and colourful night skies and witness a wealth of sea life and sea birds, remarkable flora and fauna.

£1,395

7 days, 6 nights
Various departures available from May to September
Challenging trails through beautiful landscapes

Mountain Biking: The Hebridean Trail, Scotland

This 7-day mountain bike journey through the Outer Hebrides travels 280km across seven islands with some of the most spectacular scenery in Europe, coupled with fascinating history, culture, wildlife and island hospitality.

£1595 per person

7 days 6 nights
Various departures available from May to September
Scottish Highland Views with Sherpa Expeditions self-guided walking holidays

Walk the Rob Roy Way | 9 Days

Walk in the Scottish Highlands and follow in the footsteps of a historical character and legend in his own lifetime, Rob Roy Macgregor as you travel 124km from Drymen to Pitlochry in Perthshire at your own speed.

From £590pp based on twin sharing

9 Days
Various departures from April to October
Falling asleep whilst having a massage

The Real Retreat themed wellbeing breaks in Scotland

This historic country house is the perfect place to enjoy a wellbeing break, with a choice of detox, pampering, yoga, painting and belly dancing tuition. Set in the beautiful area of Angus with panoramic views over the Tay estuary.

From £255 per person based on two people sharing

Two days and two nights or longer
Check availability with the hosts, +44 (0)1382 350239
Western Isles Wilderness

Walking Western Isles Wilderness

It doesn’t get much wilder than Harris. Rugged, dramatic & complex, its mountains provide some of the finest hill walking anywhere. A mix of walking, wildlife, and culture, this trip is a must for visitors to Scotland.

From £963, not including transport to Scotland

9 days (incl, arrival and departure)
April to October
Coastal Walking – Outer Hebrides: Uists, Barra & Mingulay

Wilderness Walking – Outer Hebrides: Uists, Barra & Mingulay

Often overlooked by those drawn to the larger islands of Lewis and Harris to the north, Uists, Barra & Mingulay will reward the curious traveller with uncrowded islands and the complex tapestry of local life, history and geology.

From £1,395

7 days, 6 nights
Various departures available from May to September
Walking holiday in Fife, Scotland, reachable by train

Fife Coastal Path Walking Holiday, Scotland

Running from the Forth Road Bridge in the South to the Tay Road Bridge in the North, this 81 mile coastal walk passes through wild and spectacular scenery passing quaint fishing villages and long sandy beaches.

From £320 pp (based on two people sharing)

3-7 days
March - October
Walking Holidays in the Outer Hebrides, reachable by train

Outer Hebrides Island Hopscotch, Scotland

Explore the 130 mile chain of Islands stretching along the North Western Coast of Scotland and enjoy the almost tangible qualities of remoteness and beauty during this 6 day walk through the country's rugged landscapes.

from £635 per person (based on 2 people sharing)

8 Days
March - October
Ferry Lochs and Islands Cruise, Scotland

Lochs and Islands Cruise, Scotland

This holiday involves a five night relaxing cruise beginning and ending in the historic town of Edinburgh. Admire beautiful sights such as the Isle of Mull, Neptune's Staircase, cruise along the Caledonian Canal and the famous Loch Ness.

From £1740

8 days
Various departures from April to October

Greentraveller Guides

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