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The Highlands by Steam

(Tour code: 17AHS)Discover the beauty of Scotland by rail

Experience Edinburgh before exploring the lochs, mountains and glens of Perthshire and the Cairngorms on spectacular mainline and steam railways from the pretty Perthshire village of Blair Atholl.


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Tour Highlights
  • Edinburgh
  • Queen's View
  • Pitlochry & Blair Atholl
  • The Jacobite Steam Train
  • The Strathspey Steam Railway
  • Cairngorm Mountain Railway
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Standard Class Rail
    Heritage Rail Excursions
  • 3* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Optional Bag Concierge

Itinerary & Map

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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.

Day 1


Your Tour Manager greets you in Edinburgh at the Ibis Edinburgh Centre and you are free for the rest of the day to explore this historic city. You may wish to explore the colourful Old Town or visit imposing Edinburgh Castle.

Atholl Arms Hotel
Day 2

Blair Atholl

Enjoy a morning at leisure in Scotland's proud capital from the hotel's fabulous location just off the Royal Mile. In the afternoon you will travel across the Forth Bridge and through scenic Perthshire to Blair Atholl for four nights at the Atholl Arms Hotel.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Queen's View
Day 3

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. Spend lunchtime in one of Perthshire's main tourist destinations, Pitlochry before visiting Blair Castle. Enjoy a talk and tour as well as a welcome by a piper.

  • Breakfast
Jacobite Steam Train
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 train crosses the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct, and descends towards Mallaig.

  • Breakfast
  • Heritage Rail Journey
Strathspey Steam Railway
Day 5


Take a spectacular trip on the Strathspey Steam Railway through the Cairngorms from Aviemore, following the route of the historic Highland Railway. After this nostalgic journey, continue to the Cairngorm Mountain Railway for a thrilling ride to the summit station.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Heritage Rail Journeys
Edinburgh Castle
Day 6


Return by train to Edinburgh where your tour concludes.

  • Breakfast

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