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Discover the beauty of Scotland by rail

6 days From £649 per person

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

Today we enjoy a tasting of the excellent whisky at the Atholl arms and Moulin. Next, 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 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.

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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Moxy by Marriott Fountainbridge, Edinburgh

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Trains

Jacobite Steam Train
Scotrail
Strathspey Railway
West Highland Line

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J Titchmarsh

4 stars

Submitted 25/Jun

This was a very good, well managed holiday. I would have preferred less travelling on one of the trips but otherwise it was very enjoyable. The hotels were comfortable and the food was good.

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Jean

2 stars

Submitted 24/Jun

Part of the holiday was ok but hotel and coach travel unacceptable. Needs a lot to be desired .

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Jeffrey Noakes

5 stars

Submitted 24/Jun

Very good and value for money.

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S Bolton

5 stars

Submitted 8/Jun

Very well organised trip that covered a wide range of sights and activities as well as the steam trains. It was a great itinerary and we’ll we’ll managed by Andy and supported by Dale and Caitlin the excellent coach drivers. The Moulin Hotel was very good, easy distance from Pitlochry and added bonus of its own brewery!

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K Garrett

4 stars

Submitted 29/May

We enjoyed the trip. It would have been better if the hotel in Edinburgh was nearer the centre and we felt it would have been better to be based in Pitlochry where we could have a choice of evening meals on the days when dinner wasn’t provided.

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John

5 stars

Submitted 28/May

A great holiday. The Tour Manager, Kathryn, worked hard to make it a success. The hotel at Blair Atholl was good with good meals and very helpful staff. The only disappointment was the Moxy Hotel in Edinburgh at which we had an additional night - not our taste and the self service breakfast was chaotic at the times we had it.

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