Scottish Highland Railways
Departing by Air
Duration 5 Days
Available Until October 2019

Take in some of the UK’s finest scenery on this Scottish Highland Railways journey. Enjoy a ride on the West Highland Line from Fort William to Mallaig, another from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh and an evocative steam-powered adventure on the wonderful Strathspey Steam Railway.

Highland Rail Tour Highlights

  • Rail travel from Inverness to Kyle – one of the ‘Great Railway Journeys of the World’
  • Journey on the steam-hauled Strathspey Railway
  • Cross the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct on the 42-mile journey from Fort William to Mallaig
  • Visit the famous Highland resort of Aviemore

Price Includes

  • Four nights’ carefully chosen dinner, bed and Scottish breakfast accommodation at either the Highlander Hotel, Newtonmore or the Carrbridge Hotel, Carrbridge
  • Return flights from your chosen airport to Edinburgh
  • Comfortable coach travel and transfers in Scotland
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single supplements apply. Subject to availability

Itinerary

Day One: Fly to Scotland
Fly into Edinburgh and meet your Tour Manager before transferring to your hotel. Check in and then enjoy a couple of hours free to relax or explore the nearby riverside walks, before taking dinner at your hotel.

Day Two: Included rail travel from Inverness
Board your first train in Inverness, bound for Kyle of Lochalsh. Rolling out of the station to begin its scenic journey, the train hugs the edge of the Beauly Firth. Take in the views of the ‘Black Isle’ before we come to Dingwall, and then head west and ascend through the starkly beautiful northern Highlands. We’ll pass the Torridon Hills before descending towards the jaw-dropping beauty of Loch Carron.

Day Three: Included Strathspey steam rail journey
The air is filled with the evocative smells of steam rail, today, as the Strathspey Steam Railway passes through pristine Highland scenery on its nine-and-a-half-mile journey to Aviemore. Once here you’re free to explore or join us on an optional excursion on the Cairngorm Mountain Railway. This funicular, the UK’s longest, is renowned for offering stunning views on clear days. N.B. The Cairngorm Mountain Railway is closed for maintenance throughout June. On all departures in June therefore, you will visit the open air Highland Folk Museum where you will get a real insight into the living and working conditions of the Highlands in the past

Day Four: Included West Highland rail journey
Our last rail journey takes us along a 42-mile stretch of the West Highland Line to Mallaig. Cross the Glenfinnan viaduct’s 21 arches, look out towards the wind-swept Isle of Skye and pass the white sands of Morar. At Mallaig, the day’s destination, explore the heritage centre and walk the Mallaig Circuit to make the most of its spectacular views out over Mallaig harbour and across Loch Nevis to Knoydart.

Day Five: Travel to Edinburgh and fly home
Join the coach as you transfer back to Edinburgh for your homeward flight. If time allows, you may be able to explore some of this historic city prior to departure.


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