The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
Food & Drinks
5 Breakfasts and 2 Dinners
What’s not included
Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged
Days 1-2 - Edinburgh & Blair Atholl
Your Tour Manager meets you in Edinburgh at your hotel. The rest
of your day is free to get settled in, or perhaps to explore the
city. 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 Hollyrood Palace, an official
residence of the Queen. Here, you'll find an enticing array of
shops, cafés, and pubs to visit.
Day 2 begins with a guided walking tour of
Edinburgh, during which a local guide reveals the history behind
some of its most famous and lesser-known attractions. This
afternoon, you take the train through scenic Perthshire to Blair
Atholl, where we spend four nights at a traditional Highland hotel,
The Atholl Arms Hotel.
Day 2 - 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 to the Glencoe Hills and take a gentle walk,
with views of Schiehallion, also known as the 'fairy hill of the
Caledonians' and the 'Matterhorn of Perthshire'. Continue to
Pitlochry, set against the backdrop of Ben Vrackie whose summit
sits 2,757 feet above sea level, before returning to Blair Atholl
for a tour of its Castle and gardens. Blair Castle is one of
Scotland's premier stately homes, and the last castle in Britain to
be besieged during the final Jacobite uprising.
The castle's gardens are exquisite and the interior rooms are
perfect examples of Scottish design through the ages. Recently, the
castle has been used as a filming location for the ITV series
Day 4 - 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
Day 5 - The Strathspey Steam Railway
Take a spectacular trip on the Strathspey Steam Railway today.
Travelling through the Cairngorms from Aviemore, follow the route
of the historic Highland Railway, passing through the spectacular
scenery of the Cairngorm National Park. Disembarking, 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 as you marvel at and learn about Scotland's native
species, as well as rare and endangered animals from around the
world such as polar bears, tigers, wolves, and snow leopards.
Return to the hotel by coach, where you enjoy a leisurely afternoon
ahead of a delicious three-course dinner.
Day 6 - Edinburgh & home
Depart Blair Atholl this morning, and take the train back to
Edinburgh. From here, you're free to continue your journey
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
between 16:00 and 18:00.
However, if you are arriving later, you can meet your Tour Manager
before dinner from 19:00.
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.
Even with the Covid pandemic this tour was excellent. Graham the Tour Courier was very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The Ibis hotel in Edinburgh was not up to standard, would have been better in a Premier Inn. Atholl Arms hotel was very good, would have preferred all meals in hotel.
Mrs Jan Miller
A Steam trip was booked and paid for but did not run at the time of our trip, I am still waiting for a refund
No steam train to Aviemore
The hotel accommodation could have been better
Despite the uncertainty of travelling during covid restrictions our guide Claire supported us well. We were disappointed that there was no travel on the Strathspey line.
The holiday was inevitably affected by COVID restrictions, which meant that socialising within the group was curtailed and a walking tour of Edinburgh and one steam trip were cancelled. Nevertheless, the tour guide Claire and all the hotel staff worked hard around this to minimise the impact of this. Without these restrictions we would have given five stars!
The Blair Atholl Arms Hotel was exceptional and we would love to go back there.