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Scottish Highland Railways - TOUR ONLY

5 Days From £409*
Departing August 2014 - October 2015
* Price shown: 28 Apr 2017 - HAA
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Scottish railway splendour

Take in some of the UK's finest scenery on three of Scotland's most outstanding railway journeys. Enjoy a ride on the West Highland Line from Fort William to Mallaig, another from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh and an evocative steam-powered adventure on the wonderful Strathspey Steam Railway.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • Rail travel from Inverness to Kyle - one of the 'Great Railway Journeys of the World'
  • Journey on the steam-hauled Strathspey Railway
  • Cross the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct on the 42-mile journey from Fort William to Mallaig
  • Visit the famous Highland resort of Aviemore
  • Four nights' carefully chosen dinner, bed and Scottish breakfast accommodation at either the Highlander Hotel, Newtonmore or the Carrbridge Hotel, Carrbridge
  • Return flights from your chosen airport to Edinburgh
  • Comfortable coach travel and transfers in Scotland
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Itinerary

Day One

Fly into Edinburgh and meet your Tour Manager before transferring to your hotel. Check in and then enjoy a couple of hours free to relax or explore the nearby riverside walks, before taking dinner at your hotel.

Day Two

Board your first train in Inverness, bound for Kyle of Lochalsh. Rolling out of the station to begin its scenic journey, the train hugs the edge of the Beauly Firth. Take in the views of the 'Black Isle' before we come to Dingwall, and then head west and ascend through the starkly beautiful northern Highlands. We'll pass the Torridon Hills before descending towards the jaw-dropping beauty of Loch Carron.

Day Three

The air is filled with the evocative smells of steam rail, today, as the Strathspey Steam Railway passes through pristine Highland scenery on its nine-and-a-half-mile journey to Aviemore. Once here you're free to explore or join us on an optional excursion on the Cairngorm Mountain Railway. This funicular, the UK's longest, is renowned for offering stunning views on clear days.

Day Four

Our last rail journey takes us along a 42-mile stretch of the West Highland Line to Mallaig. Cross the Glenfinnan viaduct's 21 arches, look out towards the wind-swept Isle of Skye and pass the white sands of Morar. At Mallaig, the day's destination, explore the heritage centre and walk the Mallaig Circuit to make the most of its spectacular views out over Mallaig harbour and across Loch Nevis to Knoydart.

Day Five

Join the coach as you transfer back to Edinburgh for your homeward flight. If time allows, you may be able to explore some of this historic city prior to departure.

Prices

DateNightsPrice From
28 Apr 2017 4 £409.00
04 May 2017 4 £449.00
11 May 2017 4 £449.00
19 May 2017 4 £449.00
29 May 2017 4 £449.00
08 Jun 2017 4 £469.00
12 Jun 2017 4 £469.00
22 Jun 2017 4 £469.00
29 Jun 2017 4 £469.00
06 Aug 2017 4 £495.00
13 Aug 2017 4 £495.00
31 Aug 2017 4 £479.00
19 Oct 2017 4 £409.00
26 Oct 2017 4 £409.00

Highlander Hotel

Newtonmore

We're sure that you will be delighted with the friendly service and warm hospitality that are the hallmarks of a stay at the Highlander, which is always popular with Newmarket guests.

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Carrbridge Hotel

Carrbridge

Set on the banks of the River Dulnain, and boasting spectacular views of the Cairngorm Mountains, this hotel was originally established in 1803 as an inn for weary travellers. It has been extended and refurbished over the years, and now has 100 bedrooms.

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Further Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately three hours.

Combining hotel transfers

We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.

Train journeys

Please note, the West Highland and Kyle lines are both scheduled ScotRail services, and use diesel-powered engines. In the unlikely event of a steam locomotive breaking down on the Strathspey Railway, we reserve the right to substitute the engine with a diesel locomotive. All train journeys are single journeys.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Airport development fees

An Airport Development Fee has been introduced at a few UK Airports. You will be required to pay this charge at the following airports prior to checking in for your flight: Blackpool, Durham Tees Valley, Newquay and Norwich. The amount varies from airport to airport, but it is generally between £5 and £10 per person. Please visit the airport's website for further information.

*Low deposit of £75 per person applies to new bookings made between 7th February and 31st March 2017 (inclusive) only. This offer only applies to selected air-inclusive holidays. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.

Scottish Highland Railways Reviews collected by Reevoo

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Scenic Scottish RailwaysScores 8.2 out of 10 based on 32 reviews
(10 out of 10)

Nell

Storth, Cumbria. Friends
A very enjoyable holiday . Everyone friendly. Courier very knowledgaAAble and made the coach journey very interesting. A very good driver.
Hotel staff very helpful and friendly.
Meals average.
Confirmed traveller: 17 October 2014
Published on: 28 November 2014
(9 out of 10)

PAULINE

Marple, Cheshire Friends
I would highly recommend this holiday. It was very well organised and was exactly as advertised. The tour manager was excellent, informative with a great sense of humour. Top marks for the driver too.
I would definitely holiday with Newmarket again.
Confirmed traveller: 17 October 2014
Published on: 20 November 2014
(2 out of 10)

COLIN

Middlesbrough Couple
Due to numerous pickups our journey commenced at 05.30am (others earlier) arriving in Scotland in the evening. The scheduled train journeys were disappointing as they took place on a normal service train and not steam which myself and fellow passengers had expected. Arrived at some beautiful venues, however, there was not enough time to explore the area as the majority of the time was spent either on the coach or travelling by train. On the return journey we decided to leave the coach at Newcastle and boarded a train to return us to Middlesbrough, as including the drivers break it would have taken over four hours to get home as opposed to just a little over one hour on the train. Whilst I realise that timings cannot always be accurate, I feel that passengers should be advised that it will be an extremely early start with an extended journey. The only saving grace of this holiday was the hotel staff and the food which were first class. The tour manager provided little or no information regarding the journey or places visited, for the price this was an extremely disappointing tour. We have previously taken a similar tour with a rival company and found their service far superior!! I doubt that we will be using Newmarket again.
Confirmed traveller: 19 September 2014
Published on: 13 October 2014
(3 out of 10)

BRIAN

marske by the sea Couple
very good apart from ; the hotel was only average along with the food served up, plenty of volume but poor in quality.
The other dissapointment was the first and last day bus journeys, we would not have booked with you if we knew we were first on the bus, which took us three hours to reach newcastle, eleven and a half hours in total and the same comming back when we were last of
Confirmed traveller: 19 September 2014
Published on: 09 October 2014
(7 out of 10)

Sandra

Stockton on Tees Couple
Extra time at k.of lochalsh would have been better even if only a short time to look around.
Confirmed traveller: 19 September 2014
Published on: 29 September 2014