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Ultimate Scottish Railway Experience

Four unforgettable Highland railway journeys

Enjoy a nostalgic ride on the sleeper train to Scotland to begin this delightful holiday, which includes four very special railway journeys through the jaw-dropping scenery of the Highlands. Enjoy the sense of adventure as you pass through countryside often inaccessible to motor vehicles, and take in magnificent landscapes of soaring mountains, sparkling lochs, dramatic glens and remote villages from the comfort of your train seat.

Scotland Railway Holiday Highlights

  • A round trip from Fort William to Mallaig on the famous Jacobite steam train
  • Journey through the Spey Valley on the nostalgic Strathspey Steam Railway
  • Enjoy the views on the Far North railway line from Inverness to Helmsdale
  • Experience one of the 'Great Railways of the World' on the Inverness to Kyle line
  • Visit the fascinating Timespan Heritage Centre
  • Learn about the art of whisky making on a distillery tour (entrance payable locally)

What does the price include?

  • Return journey on the overnight Caledonian Sleeper service from London Euston to Inverness in a standard two-berth compartment
  • Four nights' dinner, bed and Scottish breakfast accommodation at the three-star Highlander Hotel, Newtonmore
  • All train journeys as detailed
  • Entrance to the Timespan Heritage Centre
  • Visit to a whisky distillery (entrance payable locally)
  • Coach travel throughout your time in Scotland
  • Escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Your Itinerary

Day One: Travel to Inverness

Travel to London Euston and board the overnight sleeper service to Inverness.

Day Two: Follow the Whisky Trail en route to your hotel

After arriving in Inverness, meet your Tour Manager and take the opportunity to enjoy breakfast, then board the coach as we begin our journey to the hotel. We'll travel along part of the famous Whisky Trail, which winds its way through a jumble of peaceful glens and rolling hills, and stop at a distillery (entrance payable locally) for a guided tour and the chance to sample a 'wee dram'.

We'll arrive at the hotel by mid afternoon, and you're free to spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day Three: Enjoy a journey on the Jacobite steam train

Today we'll board the celebrated Jacobite steam train, immortalised as the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter movies. Travelling on the dramatic West Highland Line, we'll rumble through remote landscapes and glimpse spectacular sights as we cross the spectacular 21-arch Glenfinnan Viaduct - offering stunning views towards the Glenfinnan Monument - and rumble past the white sands of Morar. Disembark in the bustling fishing town of Mallaig, where you'll have around an hour and a half to explore. You may like to visit the Heritage Centre, enjoy some of the world's best kippers or go walking in the hills before re-boarding the train back to Fort William.

Day Four: Travel on ScotRail's North Line to Helmsdale

We return to Inverness today to board ScotRail's scenic North Line, a spectacular route that skirts the coast of the North Sea towards Wick and Thurso. Our journey will take us along one of the most scenic stretches of the line, to Helmsdale, where we'll disembark to visit the Timespan Heritage and Arts Centre. Here you'll learn about life in the past and some of the more turbulent events in the region's history, including the dreadful forced eviction of local people during the Highland clearances. We will return to the hotel by coach.

Day Five: Ride the Strathspey Steam Railway

This morning, enjoy a ride on the nostalgic Strathspey Steam Railway through the Cairngorm National Park, home to five of Scotland's six highest mountains. Sit back and relax as the vintage train steams its way through the lovely Spey Valley, over moorland and alongside the forested banks of the River Spey.

Enjoy an afternoon in Aviemore, or alternatively join our optional ride up Scotland's only mountain railway, the CairnGorm, for the steep ascent up the area's highest mountain. The short journey takes just eight minutes, and the views from the top are unparalleled.

Day Six: Take in the views on a rail journey to Kyle of Lochalsh

Travel from coast to coast on today's beautiful rail journey from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh. This magnificent route crosses the Highlands past lochs and moors and towering mountain peaks. Look forward to breathtaking landscapes as the line runs alongside Loch Carron past the great expanses of Attadale Estate and pretty Plockton. We'll disembark in Kyle to explore and take photos of the Isle of Skye, then re-board the train for the return journey.

On arrival in Inverness there will be time for an early dinner, before boarding the sleeper train for your overnight journey home.

Day Seven: Arrive home

Disembark at your chosen station, and make your own way home.

Ultimate Scottish Railway Experience Touring Hotels 

You will be staying on board the Caledonian Sleeper Service to Inverness and in a well-located three-star standard hotel while in Scotland.

Further Information

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.

Train journeys

Please note that the Inverness to Helmsdale and Inverness to Kyle lines are both scheduled Scot Rail services using diesel powered engines.

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.

Triple rooms

The majority of these consist of a double bed and an extra bed that is often only suitable for children. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.