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The Highlands by Steam

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Discover the beauty of Scotland by rail

Experience vibrant Edinburgh before exploring the lochs, mountains and glens of Perthshire and the Cairngorms on Scotland's spectacular railways.

  • Fully escorted by a UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Edinburgh
  • Excursion to Queen's View and Pitlochry
  • Visit to Blair Castle and Gardens
  • The Jacobite Steam Train
  • The Strathspey Steam Railway
  • The Highland Wildlife Park
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
    Heritage Rail Excursions
  • 3* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Optional Bag Concierge

The Highlands by Steam 2020Tour Details

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Day 1 Edinburgh


Your Tour Manager greets you in Edinburgh at the Ibis Edinburgh Royal Mile or South Bridge and you are free for the rest of the day to explore this historic city.

There are a myriad of things to do in exciting Edinburgh. The Royal Mile is located right in the middle of the colourful Old Town, and runs between Edinburgh Castle, perched imposingly atop an extinct volcano, and Hollyrood Palace, the official residence of Queen Elizabeth when she is in Scotland. For those who are feeling energetic, why not climb up to the top of Arthur's Seat? From here, there are amazing views of the entirety of Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth beyond.

Day 2 Atholl Arms Hotel
Atholl Arms Hotel

Edinburgh with a Guided Tour

Discover Scotland's thriving capital with a guided walking tour this morning. In the afternoon you will travel through scenic Perthshire to Blair Atholl for four nights at the Atholl Arms Hotel. 

Spend your afternoon at leisure, exploring this village situated at the confluence of the Rivers Tilt and Garry.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Queen's View
Queen's View

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. The view from here is idyllic, and looking out over the verdant countryside, predominantly untouched by humans, it is easy to lose yourself in the calm beauty of Scotland. The walks in the area are quite popular, made more special by views of the towering Schiehallion or the 'fairy hill of the Caledonians', also often referred to as the 'Matterhorn of Perthshire' by tourists and locals alike.

Spend lunchtime in one of Perthshire's main tourist destinations, Pitlochry, with the scenic backdrop of Ben Vrackie rising up 2,757 feet in the background, before enjoying a guided tour of Blair Castle and gardens.

Blair Castle is one of Scotland's premier stately homes, and the last castle in the British Isles to be besieged during the last Jacobite rising. The Duke of Atholl is the only person in the United Kingdom who is allowed to raise a personal army. Known as the Atholl Highlanders, this army is considered to be the gatekeepers of the Highlands, today only being called to action at social and ceremonial events. The gardens of the castle are exquisite, and the rooms inside are perfect examples of Scottish interior design through the ages - including one room which is covered in antlers. Recently, the castle has been used as a filming location for the ITV series 'Victoria'. The rest of your afternoon and evening are free for you to relax or discover more of the area.

  • Breakfast
Day 4 Jacobite Steam Train
Jacobite Steam Train

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 incredible West Highland Line is regularly voted as one of the most scenic railway lines in the world One of the most famous sights that the train passes crosses over is the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct, an utter marvel of engineering with 21 spans that harmonise perfectly with the surrounding rolling countryside. Of course, this viaduct has been used in numerous films, the most famous and recent being in the second 'Harry Potter' film.

After crossing the viaduct, the train continues onward towards the coast, unveiling incredible views of this wild and wonderful corner of the world. After passing through Arisaig, the line then descends towards Mallaig, a sweet fishing port that looks out over to the Isle of Skye.

*Please note: Steam-hauled where possible - some departures use the ScotRail scheduled service

  • Breakfast
Day 5 Strathspey Steam Railway
Strathspey Steam Railway

Aviemore and Highland Wildlife Park

Take a spectacular trip on the Strathspey Steam Railway today. Travelling through the Cairngorms from Aviemore, follow the route of the historic Highland Railway. This line is arguably one of the most beautiful in Scotland, with the spectacular scenery of the Cairngorm National Park surrounding you on all sides.

As you travel through the countryside, pass dense pine forests, heathery moors, and the lush green stretches of the golf courses Scotland is known for. On one section, the line follows the route of the River Spey. The turning point is at Broomhill station, which should be recognisable as the station of 'Glenbogle' in the television series 'Monarch of the Glen'.

After this nostalgic rail journey, continue 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 fascinating guided drive around the park and time at leisure to discover the animals found here. This park is home to native Scottish species as well as rare and endangered animals from around the world including polar bears, tigers, wolves, and snow leopards.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 Edinburgh


Bid farewell to the breathtaking highlands of Scotland, and return by train to Edinburgh where your tour concludes

  • Breakfast

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.

What’s included
  • Fully escorted by a UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • All rail and coach travel throughout your tour
  • 5 nights' hotel accommodation with breakfast each day and 2 dinners
  • Journey on the Jacobite Steam Train
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Edinburgh
  • Travel by the Strathspey Steam Railway
  • Visit the Highland Wildlife Park
  • Visit beautiful Blair Castle and gardens
  • Visit Queen's View

Not Included

  • Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be aranged.

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.

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