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The Highlands by Steam 2014

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.

Tour highlights

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


    Our Tour Manager greets you in Edinburgh at the Ibis Edinburgh Centre. 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. Our hotel occupies a fabulous location just off the Royal Mile, which stretches from the famous castle to Holyrood. Perhaps browse the historical attractions which lie along the route. In the afternoon we 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 3* Atholl Arms Hotel.

    Breakfast, dinner

  • Day 3 - Queen’s View, Pitlochry and Edradour

    Queen's View

    Today's coach excursion begins with a visit to one of Scotland's most famous viewpoints, Queen's View, thought to be named after Queen Victoria's visit in 1866. Enjoy the stunning lake and mountain panorama stretching out across Loch Tummel to the Glencoe hills. We spend lunchtime in one of Perthshire's main tourist destinations, Pitlochry, which nestles beneath Ben Vrackie. In the afternoon we visit the Bell Distillery in Athol Blair, where a guided tour reveals the distillery's proud heritage. At the end of the tour we taste some of the blended whisky produced by the distilliery. We then continue our journey back to the hotel.


  • Day 4 - Jacobite Steam Railway

    Jacobite Steam Train

    Today we travel to Fort William, where we join the Jacobite Steam Train for a magnificent journey on the West Highland Line. Travelling in restored carriages, we leave Fort William, climbing past glens and into the mountains as we make our way to the beautiful west coast. We cross the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct, and descend towards Mallaig - catching sight of the Small Isles standing proudly in the Atlantic. On arrival in Mallaig, why not sample the local catch in one of this fishing port's restaurants - before making our return journey?


  • Day 5 - Strathspey Steam Railway

    Strathspey Steam Railway

    We take the spectacular mainline service through the Cairngorms to Aviemore, where a nostalgic ride on the tracks of the historic Highland Railway awaits. We join the Strathspey Steam Railway for a return journey along parts of the original Highland Railway. We then transfer by coach to Cairngorm Mountain for an excursion on Scotland's only funicular railway. After a memorable day out we return to our hotel to enjoy dinner together.

    Breakfast, dinner

  • Day 6 - To Edinburgh

    Edinburgh Castle

    We return by train to Edinburgh where our tour concludes. Before departing you may like to explore this fine city one last time.


    These meals,
    where shown, are included in the price of your holiday.

  • Please note

    Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

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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Monday8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
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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