Scottish Highland Railways
4 nights. April 2019 - October 2019. From £529.00.
Scottish railway splendour
Visit the heart of the Highlands to enjoy three spectacular train journeys. Ride the famous West Highland Line from Fort William to Mallaig, take a trip on the charming Strathspey Steam Railway and enjoy a breathtaking run from Inverness to the Kyle of Lochalsh.
Tour Highlights And InclusionsRail 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
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 rooms are available for a supplement
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day OneFly to Edinburgh and transfer to your hotel. After check-in, the rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore the secluded glens and riverside walks of the surroundings before dinner at the hotel.
Day TwoToday we'll follow the stunningly scenic route from Inverness to the Kyle of Lochalsh. The line travels along the south side of Beauly Firth, with views across to the 'Black Isle', before turning north to the market town of Dingwall. From there it heads west, climbing through the remote northern Highlands, past towering Liathach and its Torridon mountain neighbours. The final stage is the most spectacular - as the line descends to the magnificent scenery of Loch Carron.
Day ThreeOur second excursion is a nostalgic trip on the Strathspey Steam Railway. The nine-and-a-half-mile journey through unspoilt Highland scenery ends in Aviemore, where you're free to explore. You may also like to join our optional excursion on the Cairngorm Mountain Railway, the UK's longest funicular, which is renowned for its magnificent views. 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 FourOur final trip takes us 42 miles along the dramatic West Highland Line to Mallaig, overlooking the Isle of Skye. We'll cross the spectacular 21-arch Glenfinnan viaduct and rumble past the white sands of Morar. Once in Mallaig you can walk the hills or explore the Heritage Centre.
Day FiveTransfer back to Edinburgh for your return flight home. Depending on your departure time, there may be time to explore this beautiful city before you head to the airport. Back to top
AccommodationCarrbridge Hotel, Carrbridge
Set on the banks of the River Dulnain, and boasting spectacular views of the Cairngorm Mountains, this hotel was originally established in 1803 as an inn for weary travellers. It has been extended and refurbished over the years, and now has 100 bedrooms.Highlander Hotel
''A warm Highland welcome for every guest. This is popular, unpretentious hotel has been a Newmarket favourite for many years.''
We're sure that you will be delighted with the friendly service and warm hospitality that are the hallmarks of a stay at the Highlander, which is always popular with Newmarket guests.
The rooms in this comfortable, modern hotel are located in two blocks just a short walk from the main hotel reception, restaurant and bar area.
Each room has private facilities, TV, a hairdryer and tea- and coffee-making facilities.The Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie
Dating back to the 18th Century, the Duke of Gordon is a fine traditional hotel situated in the centre of Kingussie.Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately three hours.
Combining hotel transfersWe sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Train journeysPlease note, the West Highland and Kyle lines are both scheduled ScotRail services, and use diesel-powered engines. In the unlikely event of a steam locomotive breaking down on the Strathspey Railway, we reserve the right to substitute the engine with a diesel locomotive. All train journeys are single journeys.
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Disabled accessThe majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure. Back to top