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.
Travel to London Euston and board the overnight sleeper service to Inverness.
Day One: Travel to Inverness
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'.
Day Two: Follow the Whisky Trail en route to your hotel
We'll arrive at the hotel by mid afternoon, and you're free to spend the rest of the day at leisure.
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 Three: Enjoy a journey on the Jacobite steam train
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 Four: Travel on ScotRail's North Line to Helmsdale
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.
Day Five: Ride the Strathspey Steam Railway
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.
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.
Day Six: Take in the views on a rail journey to Kyle of Lochalsh
On arrival in Inverness there will be time for an early dinner, before boarding the sleeper train for your overnight journey home.
Disembark at your chosen station, and make your own way home.
Day Seven: Arrive home
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.
Please note that the Inverness to Helmsdale and Inverness to Kyle lines are both scheduled Scot Rail services using diesel powered engines.
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.
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.
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.