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Discover the beauty of Scotland by rail

6 days From £649 per person
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Book your 2022 holiday between 8th December 2021 and up to and including 31st January 2022 and you can transfer your holiday for free - no questions asked. T&C's apply

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2022 Tour code: 22AHS

About the tour

Enjoy the majesty of Edinburgh before exploring the lochs, mountains and glens of Perthshire and the soaring Cairngorm Mountains, aboard Scotland's spectacular railways.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Edinburgh

Your Tour Manager meets you in Edinburgh at your hotel, before some free time to get to know the captivating city at your own pace. You could take a stroll along the Royal Mile, located in the heart of the colourful Old Town, running between Edinburgh Castle - perched atop an extinct volcano - and Holyrood Palace, an official residence of the Queen. Here, you'll find an enticing array of shops, cafés and pubs you could visit. 

Day 2 - Edinburgh & Blair Atholl

Today you head out to explore the Scottish capital on a guided tour. The heart of the city is a UNESCO Worldf Heritage site thanks to its historic medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town, and you discover some of its best sights. This afternoon, you take the train through scenic Perthshire to Blair Atholl. We spend four nights here, either in Blair Atholl or nearby Pitlochry.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Queen’s View

Today's excursion takes you to Queen's View, one of Scotland's most famous lookouts. Enjoy the stunning panoramas stretching out across Loch Tummel towards the Glencoe Hills. Continue to the beautiful town of Pitlochry, set against the backdrop of mighty Ben Vrackie before returning to Blair Atholl for a tour of its Castle and gardens. Blair Castle is one of Scotland's premier stately homes. A vision in enchanting white stone, the castle looks almost plucked from a fairytale, with exquisite gardens and the interiors that showcase Scottish design through the ages - including one room which is covered in antlers. The rest of your afternoon and evening are free.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 4 - Jacobite Steam Train

Join the Jacobite Steam Train in Fort William today for a magnificent return journey on the West Highland Line. Travelling in restored carriages, this journey is regarded as one of the best and most scenic in the world. A highlight of the journey comes as you cross the 21 arches of the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct, a marvel of engineering recognisable from the 'Harry Potter' movies. The train continues towards the coast, unveiling wild and wonderful views across the vast Scottish countryside. After passing through Arisaig, the line descends towards Mallaig, a quaint fishing port that looks out over the Isle of Skye.

*Please note that journeys are steam-hauled where possible - some departures may use the ScotRail scheduled service.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 5 - The Strathspey Steam Railway

Take a trip on the Strathspey Steam Railway. Travelling through the Cairngorms from Aviemore, follow the route of the historic Highland Railway with the scenery of Cairngorm National Park surrounding you on all sides. Wind past pine forests, heathery moors and lush fields before continuing by coach to the Highland Wildlife Park. Operated by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, it boasts a diverse range of wildlife in an incredible Highland setting. Enjoy a guided drive as you see native species, as well as endangered animals from around the world including polar bears, tigers and snow leopards. Continue to Dalwhinnie Distillery. Enjoy a guided tour of the historic distillery followed by a tasting of the excellent whisky.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Edinburgh & home

Depart Blair Atholl this morning, and take the train back to Edinburgh. Here, your holiday comes to an end and you're free to continue your journey home.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

Departure times

On many of our UK & Ireland tours, you may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00; your Tour Manager will be available between 16:00 and 18:00. However, if you are arriving later, you can meet your Tour Manager before dinner from 19:00.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Atholl Arms Hotel, Blair Atholl

Atholl Arms Hotel, Blair Atholl

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Moulin Hotel, Pitlochry

Moulin Hotel, Pitlochry

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Trains

Jacobite Steam Train
Scotrail
Strathspey Railway
West Highland Line

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Valerie Holt

4 stars

Submitted 06 Nov 2021

Good organisation. Ibis hotel very basic. Food at Blair Atholl ok but small choice. Bus driver good. Tour managers very helpful

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MRS MAUREEN YOUNG

5 stars

Submitted 05 Nov 2021

I enjoyed this trip and am already looking for next year's bookings. The team manager was excellent updating with what we where going the next day and be there for any questions asked. It was great.

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D Goddard

5 stars

Submitted 03 Nov 2021

A very good holiday

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M Guzner

4 stars

Submitted 31 Oct 2021

I really enjoyed this holiday, the itinerary was good. Improvements could be made to the hotel, it was quite dated

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Ms Mary Mills

4 stars

Submitted 29 Oct 2021

Wonderful scenery, excellent company. Plenty of varied experiences and delightful journeys on heritage steam train lines.

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Ann

4 stars

Submitted 29 Oct 2021

Lived up to expectations

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