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Highland Adventure

4.4 stars(78 reviews)

Take in a stunning, Unspoilt region by Rail

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2021 Tour code: HAS21

About the tour

From Inverness, the gateway to our Highland adventure, we discover the very best of northern Scotland. Soak up breathtaking scenery, step back in time at historic castles and battlefields, and enjoy wonderfully scenic journeys by both mainline and steam railways.


What’s included


Day 1 - Inverness

Our tour begins in Inverness at the Palace Hotel & Spa, which overlooks the River Ness in the centre of the city. Perhaps familiarise yourself with the city on a riverside stroll before meeting for this evening's meal. This delightful city is considered to be the capital of the Highlands, and it is crowned by the stunning Inverness Castle.

The history of Inverness dates back well over 2,500 years, and one of the most famous residents, King Mac Bethad Mac Findláich may seem familiar as he is the inspiration for one of Shakespeare's most famous tragedies, MacBeth.

  • Dinner
Day 2 - Jacobite Steam Train

Today we transfer to Fort William, where we join the Jacobite Steam Train* for the return journey to Mallaig, along what is arguably the most scenic railway journey in the UK. It is easy to see why this journey is so beloved by those who travel on it, as it is the perfect way to view the incomparable beauty of the Scottish Highlands.

During the journey the train steams past Ben Nevis, then climbs into the mountains surrounding Glenfinnan, where we cross the 21-arched Glenfinnan Viaduct. This iconic section of the journey has been shown throughout the world via the media of film and television, including 'Monarch of the Glen' and the 'Harry Potter' film series.

The line also passes by the stunning Loch Eil, a glittering blue loch overseen by the chiefs of Clan Cameron. After time for lunch we return to Fort William, from where we continue by coach to Inverness. En route, we make short stops at Commando Memorial, a monument dedicated to those who served as Commando's in World War II, and Fort Augustus, a small but rather striking village through which runs the famed Caledonian Canal.

*The Jacobite Steam Train does not operate until mid-May. Earlier departures travel on Scotrail's scheduled service.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Eilean Donan Castle and The Kyle Line

Today we visit Eilean Donan Castle, one of the most striking castles in Scotland. Perched atop a tiny island at the confluence of Loch Duich, Loch Long, and Loch Alsh, this iconic castle was featured in the film 'Highlander'. Originally built in the 13th century, it was destroyed during the Jacobite rebellions and restored 200 years later. Enjoy some time here, perhaps absorbing the magnificent surroundings or taking a walk by one of the lochs. We return to Inverness on the Kyle Line, one of Scotland's most scenic railways, skirting alongside lochs and through wild mountain landscapes. We arrive at our hotel ahead of a free evening. Perhaps use this opportunity to enjoy dinner at one of the city's pubs or restaurants; sampling Scotland's national dish, haggis.

  • Breakfast
Day 4 - Strathspey Steam Railway and Culloden Battlefield

Our excursion today takes us along the tracks of the historic Highland Railway. Travelling to Aviemore by rail, we join the nostalgic Strathspey Steam Railway, through the large windows of the restored carriages, we take in the stunning sights of Cairngorm National Park as we wind alongside the River Spey; from rolling hills blanketed by purple heather and the craggy top of Cairngorm Mountain, to the mysterious depths of the thick pine forests and wooded glens that line the tracks. Finally, we travel by coach to Culloden Battlefield. The atmospheric battlefield was the site of the 1746 Battle of Culloden - the last major battle fought on British soil. We have the chance to visit the battlefield site as well as the Visitor Centre, which features interactive exhibitions and Jacobite artefacts. We return to our hotel by coach, where we enjoy a final farewell meal together

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Farewell from the Highlands

Your Tour Manager bids you farewell from Inverness and you are free to travel home independently.

  • Breakfast

Additional information

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Mobility information

Please note: This may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.


Palace Hotel Inverness, Inverness

Palace Hotel Inverness, Inverness

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4.4 stars4.4 / 5 · 78 reviews

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Mrs L J Cooper

5 stars

Submitted 14/Jun

It was such a fabulous trip and we were so impressed with everything. Definitely use Great Rail again . The areas we we taken too was everything we were expecting and the hotel in Inverness was great

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5 stars

Submitted 8/Jun

Lovely weather & good itinerary - a most enjoyable trip.

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Evelyn Schmeising

4 stars

Submitted 8/Jun

Very well organised and lead by Beverley. Wonderful train journeys through breath taking scenery, backed up by good quality coaches and drivers. Hotel very well located with adequate rooms which were nicely tidied each day. Unfortunately the restaurant provided lack lustre food and the service was inefficient.

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Jim Roxborough

4 stars

Submitted 8/Jun

A lot of time spent in a coach and some parts of the itinerary could be revised to better reflect lunchtime break etc.overall a very good holiday.

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N Hart

5 stars

Submitted 8/Jun

My first guided tour holiday. It exceeded my expectations. Met a great group of people and the scenery was amazing. Nice hotel swam every evening. Tour guide took care of everyone but you were free to do what u wanted.

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Michael Bechley

5 stars

Submitted 8/Jun

Helped by excellent weather, this a brilliant tour, well organised and very well managed by Beverley Alesbrook. Excellent hotel with first class food.

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