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Edinburgh & the Highlands by Steam

4.1 stars(168 reviews)

Discover the beauty of Scotland by rail

6 days From £699 per person

2023 Tour code: 23AHS

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.


What’s included


Day 1 - Edinburgh

Your Tour Manager meets you in Edinburgh at your hotel before you head out to explore the Scottish capital on a guided tour. The heart of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage site thanks to its historic medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town, and you discover some of its best-loved sights before some free time to explore at your own pace.

Day 2 - Edinburgh & Blair Atholl

Today begins with more time to get to know Edinburgh. 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 Royal residence and home of the Scottish Parliament. Here, you'll find an array of shops, cafés, and pubs to visit and relax in. This afternoon, you take the train through scenic Perthshire to Blair Atholl. We spend four nights here, either in Blair Atholl.

  • 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 white stone, the castle has a fairytale quality, with exquisite gardens and interiors that showcase Scottish design through the ages - including one room which is covered in antlers. The rest of your afternoon and evening is free, to relax or continue exploring.

  • 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 route comes as you cross the 21 arches of the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct, a marvel of engineering, which is 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 over the Isle of Skye.

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

  • 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 a wonderful 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, the highest altitude distillery in Scotland. Enjoy a guided tour of the historic distillery followed by a tasting of the excellent whisky before returning to your hotel for dinner.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Edinburgh & home

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

  • 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.


Atholl Arms Hotel, Blair Atholl

Atholl Arms Hotel, Blair Atholl

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Moxy by Marriott Fountainbridge, Edinburgh

Moxy by Marriott Fountainbridge, Edinburgh

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5 stars

Submitted 19/Oct

Scenery and location complemented by a superb Tour Manager

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J Banks

4 stars

Submitted 14/Oct

Great customer care - a very relaxing holiday

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5 stars

Submitted 14/Oct

Brilliant, worth the cost.

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Pauline M Wilson

3 stars

Submitted 11/Oct

Some wonderful moments and scenery but rather more coach travelling than I had anticipated. Also we were given some confusing advice on rail tickets. The tour guide was great, caring, informative and fun.

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C Brackley

5 stars

Submitted 8/Oct

It was well organised and the courier went out out of his way to make our trip an enjoyable experience he was an excellent host We will use you again A great experience

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Casey Stevens

5 stars

Submitted 7/Oct

We had the best time, met some lovely people, our guide was fantastic, the hotels were incredible, the food was delicious and the sun shined the whole week. Highlands scenery is just out of this world. High Recommend

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