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Take in a stunning, Unspoilt region by Rail

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5 days From £795 per person

2023 Tour code: HAS23

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, meet the local wildlife and enjoy wonderfully scenic journeys by both mainline and steam railways.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Inverness

Our holiday 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 or visit the Inverness Museum & Art Gallery before dinner. This delightful city, with a history dating back over 2,500 years, is considered the capital of the Highlands, and it is crowned by stunning Inverness Castle. Its most famous resident, King Mac Bethad Mac Findláich, may seem familiar as he was the inspiration for one of Shakespeare's most famous tragedies, MacBeth.

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  • Dinner
Day 2 - Jacobite Steam Train

Transferring to Fort William, we join the Jacobite Steam Train to Mallaig, one of the most scenic lines in the UK. During our time on board, we pass Ben Nevis before climbing into the mountains surrounding Glenfinnan, where we cross the 21-arched Glenfinnan Viaduct. The line also provides stunning views of Loch Eil, a glittering blue loch overseen by the chiefs of Clan Cameron. After time for lunch, we make the return trip by coach, pausing en route at the Commando Memorial, a World War II monument, and Fort Augustus, a small village which the Caledonian Canal runs through.

On early/late season departures the Jacobite Steam Train excursion is replaced by the scheduled Scotrail service.

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

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 fortress played a starring role in the film 'Highlander'. Originally built in the 13th century, it was destroyed during the Jacobite rebellions but restored 200 years later. We return to Inverness on the Kyle Line, one of Scotland's most scenic railways, skirting alongside lochs and through wild mountain landscapes. With a free evening in the city, you might like to enjoy dinner at one of the plentiful pubs or restaurants.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 4 - Strathspey Steam Railway, Highland ‘coo’ safari and Culloden Battlefield

Travelling to Aviemore, we join the nostalgic Strathspey Steam Railway for a trip through the stunning sights of Cairngorms National Park. Winding our way alongside the River Spey, we enjoy views of rolling hills blanketed by purple heather, the craggy top of Cairngorm Mountain and the thick pine forests and wooded glens which line the tracks. Next, we make our way to the Rothiemurchus Estate. Set in the heart of the Highlands, within Cairngorms National Park, we get to meet some of the most adorable Highland residents, the iconic Highland cow. Taking part in a 'hairy coo safari', a local ranger teaches us more about these shaggy creatures as we enjoy plenty of photo opportunities. Finally, we travel by coach to Culloden Battlefield, site of the 1746 Battle of Culloden.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Home

Our tour draws to an end and you're free to depart Inverness after breakfast.

Includes
  • 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

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotel

Palace Hotel Inverness, Inverness

Palace Hotel Inverness, Inverness

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Trains

Jacobite Steam Train
The Kyle Line
Scotrail
Strathspey Steam Railway

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Reviews

4.3 stars4.3 / 5 · 149 reviews

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K Russell

4 stars

Submitted 26/Sep

We enjoyed our trip, especially the Jacobite steam journey. We would have liked more time at Eilean Donan castle and Culloden battlefield. It was a shame we were never introduced to the other members of our group .We had to share a coach and train with another Great Rail Journeys group which meant the coach was very full. The presentations at Aileen Donan castle and Culloden were excellent. Our tour guide Ulric kept us well informed of each days activities in advance.

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Mr Alcock

2 stars

Submitted 26/Sep

Too much coach travel and no time for walking.

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Mrs Cox

5 stars

Submitted 12/Sep

Fantastic trip great guide, but very tiring

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John Edgcumbe

4 stars

Submitted 12/Sep

Good hotel well positioned in Inverness. Pleasant staff and good food. Trips very good and making very full days but all enjoyable. Nice group.

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N Wilcox

5 stars

Submitted 3/Aug

Fabulous trip with a knowledgable and engaging guide. Nothing was too much trouble. Scenery was amazing

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stan smith

5 stars

Submitted 30/Jul

Really nice holiday. Packed full of things to see and do. Scenery fantastic and our guide Liz was very well informed. All in all a brilliant holiday. Well done GRJ.

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