If you are keen to take our Isle of Skye Tour, Whisky Tour or Whisky & Castle Tour and are based in Nairn, Forres or Elgin then this works perfectly! With our departure from Inverness timed to fit in with the morning train, and our arrival back in Inverness timed to fit in with the last train’s departure, the magnificent experience will definitely be worth the long day!
Which trains should I take?
The recommended train times from, and to, Elgin, Forres & Nairn are stated below, but please check the Scotrail website to ensure that the departure times are current, as WOW Scotland cannot be held liable for timetable changes. You will arrive into Inverness train station at 0810, then it is a five minute walk to Inverness Bus Station.
Depart Elgin 0729
Depart Forres 0742
Depart Nairn 0753
Arrive Inverness 0810
Please note that there is a later train which arrives into Inverness at 0836 – this will get you to the Isle of Skye Tour in time (not either of the whisky tours, as they depart at 0845) but we’d recommend getting the earlier departure in order to minimise risk.
Note that this train does not run on a Sunday – it is not possible to link by train from Elgin, Forres or Nairn on Sunday mornings.
Depart Inverness 2032
Arrive Nairn 2048
Arrive Forres 2059
Arrive Elgin 2113
Note that there is also a later departure, at 2133.
Note that this train does not run on a Sunday – there are alternative departures at 2107 and 2142.
How do I book train tickets?
Train tickets can easily be booked online on www.scotrail.co.uk . We would strongly recommend purchasing tickets in advance, rather than on the day, as it is usually much cheaper. However, it is only possible to book tickets a maximum of 12 weeks in advance.
Does the tour price include my train ticket?
No, the tour price only includes the guiding and transportation on your choice of tour. You must purchase your train tickets separately.
What if the train arrives late into Inverness in the morning?
92% of all Scotrail trains in the Highlands arrive on time. However, if your train is late for any reason we will endeavour to help you as much as we can. However, the latest the coach will depart is the scheduled departure time.
What if the tour arrives late back into Inverness in the evening?
If the tour arrives back after 2133 (this is very unlikely, as the Whisky Tour is scheduled to arrive back at 1845 and the Isle of Skye Tour at 2000) and you miss your train, you will need to get a bus or a taxi back to Nairn/Forres/Elgin at your own expense.
What if I am running late and miss the train to/from Inverness
Although we will do our best to accommodate the train or tour being late, we will not be able to assist if you are late due to your own mistakes. Please make sure that you get to the train station in plenty time for your departures, to avoid any issues.
Is there anything else I need to do?
If you wish to take one of our tours and plan to travel to/from Inverness on the train to/from Elgin, Nairn, or Forres please advise us upon booking, in order that we can monitor the train arrival time and ensure that the tour does not over-run in the evening. If you do not tell us that you are taking the train then we will not be held responsible for any delays.