Scenic Rail Coach Tours

Scottish Highland Railways

5-day Air Holidays
Departing August 2014 - October 2015

HIGHLAND RAILWAYS HOLIDAY BY AIR

Scottish railway splendour

Visit the heart of the Highlands to enjoy three spectacular train journeys. Ride the famous West Highland Line from Fort William to Mallaig, take a trip on the charming Strathspey Steam Railway and enjoy a breathtaking run from Inverness to the Kyle of Lochalsh.

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 to Edinburgh and transfer to your hotel. After check-in, the rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore the secluded glens and riverside walks of the surroundings before dinner at the hotel.

Day Two

Today we'll follow the stunningly scenic route from Inverness to the Kyle of Lochalsh. The line travels along the south side of Beauly Firth, with views across to the 'Black Isle', before turning north to the market town of Dingwall. From there it heads west, climbing through the remote northern Highlands, past towering Liathach and its Torridon mountain neighbours. The final stage is the most spectacular - as the line descends to the magnificent scenery of Loch Carron.

Day Three

Our second excursion is a nostalgic trip on the Strathspey Steam Railway. The nine-and-a-half-mile journey through unspoilt Highland scenery ends in Aviemore, where you're free to explore. You may also like to join our optional excursion on the Cairngorm Mountain Railway, the UK's longest funicular, which is renowned for its magnificent views.

Day Four

Our final trip takes us 42 miles along the dramatic West Highland Line to Mallaig, overlooking the Isle of Skye. We'll cross the spectacular 21-arch Glenfinnan viaduct and rumble past the white sands of Morar. Once in Mallaig you can walk the hills, explore the Heritage Centre or visit the kipper smokery.

Day Five

Transfer back to Edinburgh for your return flight home. Depending on your departure time, there may be time to explore this beautiful city before you head to the airport.

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.

Locomotives used

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.

Strathspey rail excursion

Please note that on 31st March, 7th April, 14th April, and 20th and 21st October 2014 the Strathspey Railway will not be operating. A day exploring Loch Ness will be offered instead.

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 or electric scooter, please let us know as soon as possible 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.

Customer Reviews -  Click here to display details

 

Not on sale

  • This holiday is not currently available, please check again later. In the meantime you can use the menu to the left to browse our available holidays.

    Alternatively call our Customer Services Department on 0844 391 2190*

    *Calls charged at 4p per min.

     Office opening hours

    Mon-Fri 9am-6pm
    Sat 9am-4pm
    Sun - Closed
    Bank Holidays - Closed

How to book

  • By telephone

    Please call our Customer Service Department on 0844 391 2190*

    *Calls charged at 4p per min.

     Booking Hotline

    Mon-Fri 9am-6pm
    Sat 9am-4pm
    Sun - Closed
    Bank Holidays - Closed

     Customer Service

    Mon-Fri 9am-5:30pm
    Sat - Closed
    Sun - Closed

Reviews of Newmarket Holidays

Other offers

Beamish & Whitby
Beamish & Whitby

From £249.00

More info