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The Highlands by Steam 2015

Discover the beauty of Scotland by rail

Explore the historic city centre of Edinburgh, admire the countryside of Perthshire and enjoy a traditional steam train ride through the Cairngorm Mountains as you take an unforgettable rail holiday across the Scottish Highlands. As you travel through beautiful natural landscapes and charming rural towns on our Scottish rail holiday, you will discover the history, culture and customs that make this region such a remarkable holiday destination. With passing views of wild flowers on rolling hillsides, tranquil lochs and famous castles, there is always a spectacular sight to admire from the comfort of your seat with every moment of your Scottish rail holiday bringing new experiences.


Book before December 12th and pay a reduced deposit of £25 per person. Terms & Conditions

Our holiday prices are now frozen until Christmas!

Tour highlights

  • Edinburgh
  • Visit to Queen's View
  • Visit to Pitlochry and the Blair Athol Distillery
  • The Jacobite Steam Train
  • The Strathspey Steam Railway
  • Cairngorm Mountain Railway
  • Day 1 - Edinburgh


    Your Tour Manager greets you in Edinburgh at the Ibis Edinburgh Centre and you are free for the rest of the day to explore this historic city.

  • Day 2 - Edinburgh and Blair Atholl

    Atholl Arms Hotel

    Enjoy a morning at leisure in Scotland's proud capital from the hotel's fabulous location just off the Royal Mile. In the afternoon you will travel across the Forth Bridge and through scenic Perthshire to the pretty village of Blair Atholl and our hotel for the next four nights, the Atholl Arms Hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

  • Day 3 - Queen’s View, Pitlochry and Blair Athol Distillery

    Queen's View

    Today's excursion takes you to Queen's View, one of Scotland's most famous lookouts, where you can enjoy the stunning panorama stretching out across Loch Tummel to the Glencoe hills. Spend lunchtime in one of Perthshire's main tourist destinations, Pitlochry, nestled beneath Ben Vrackie. In the afternoon head to the Blair Athol Distillery for a guided tour and tasting to discover one of the whiskies in the famous Bell's Blend. (Breakfast)

  • Day 4 - Jacobite Steam Railway

    Jacobite Steam Train

    Join the Jacobite Steam Train in Fort William for a magnificent return journey on the West Highland Line in restored carriages. The train crosses the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct, and descends towards Mallaig - which overlooks the Small Isles standing proudly in the Atlantic. On arrival, why not sample the catch of the day in one of this authentic fishing port's restaurants? (Breakfast)

  • Day 5 - Strathspey Steam Railway

    Strathspey Steam Railway

    Take a spectacular trip on the Strathspey Steam Railway through the Cairngorms from Aviemore, following the route of the historic Highland Railway. After this nostalgic journey, continue to the Cairngorm Mountain Railway, Scotland's only funicular railway, for a thrilling ride to the summit station at more than 3,500ft above sea level. After time to take in the magnificent mountain panorama, you make your descent and return by regional train to Blair Atholl. (Breakfast, Dinner)

  • Day 6 - To Edinburgh

    Edinburgh Castle

    Return by train to Edinburgh where your tour concludes. Before departing you may like to explore this fine city one last time. (Breakfast)

  • Please note

    *Our 31 May departure stays in Glasgow on Day 1 and ends in Glasgow on Day 6.

Availability & Booking

All prices are per person and assume full occupancy of the room.

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What is Included on a Scottish Rail Holiday?

To make sure that every aspect of your tour goes according to plan and that you leave your holiday feeling refreshed, we offer a number of services and facilities within the cost of your break. Accommodation at a comfortable hotel, train travel and the accompaniment of a professional Tour Manager are just some of the things that are included. Excursions are also an important part of your holiday experience, helping you gain greater understanding of the region and see some of its most popular attractions. On a Scottish rail holiday, excursions include visits to Queen's View and the Bell's Distillery, where you may sample their blended malt.


Rail Discoveries has more than three decades’ experience providing outstanding rail holidays.

Our escorted tours benefit from the presence of a professional Tour Manager, who will ensure that your holiday runs smoothly.


Allow Rail Discoveries to take the stress out of organising a holiday; our tours include rail travel, a range of superb accommodation, and a number of meals.

Embark on a wealth of included excursions or enjoy the complete dining experience on one of our all-inclusive tours.


Call us on the dedicated phone number above or speak to one of our award-winning Tour Advisors in person at our offices in York.

We can arrange connecting UK rail from your local station, porterage services or extra nights in a favourite city.

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Wednesday8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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