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.
EARLY BOOKING OFFER
Book this tour before 10th October 2014 and receive a discount of £10 per person on tours costing up to £499 and save £15 per person on tours costing over £500. The discount is automatically applied to your final invoice when booking online. Terms & Conditions
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
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
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
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
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
Return by train to Edinburgh where your tour concludes. Before departing you may like to explore this fine city one last time. (Breakfast)
*Our 31 May departure stays in Glasgow on Day 1 and ends in Glasgow on Day 6.
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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.