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Highland Adventure

4.4 stars(102 reviews)

Take in a stunning, Unspoilt region by Rail

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5 days From £745 per person

2022 Tour code: HAS22

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.


What’s included


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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Home

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

  • 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.


Palace Hotel Inverness, Inverness

Palace Hotel Inverness, Inverness

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4.4 stars4.4 / 5 · 102 reviews

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4 stars

Submitted 19/Oct

Beautiful Hotel, Very nice Tour Manager. The first day of the holiday was wonderful and left us very excited for the following two days, but the second day was slightly disappointing in that we had a Scotrail Deisel train rather than a "Great Steam Train Rail H=Journey of The Highlands" and were back at Inverness station by about 4:15pm. The third day was the drive to Aviemore by coach followed by a steam train ride on the Strathspey line. Scenery was nice but all in all quite disappointing, an extremely short train ride with a ten minute stop at Boat of Garten station, then another ten minute stop at the end of the line. We had been told this was the Glen Bogle Village, and most people seemed to think we would see the castle, but it was just a platform with a sign saying Glenbogle! That afternoon we were deposited back at the Hotel by 3:15pm, which was really the end of the Great Rail Journeys holiday as all that was left was to have dinner in the hotel and breamkfast the following morning and that was that. We were not expecting miracles, considering restrictions over the past year, but really this was only a three day holiday and NOT a five day one as advertised. We did still enjoy the trip as we were with friends, but it is doubtful that we would book another holiday with Great Rail Journeys. The Jacobite Express was really the only decent rail journey of the whole trip. Sorry.....

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R Birnie

5 stars

Submitted 18/Oct

I have already completed the questionnaire and was very happy with all aspects of the holiday

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D McNulty

5 stars

Submitted 18/Oct

Good quality Hotel and food, tour guide and trips very informative.

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4 stars

Submitted 16/Oct

The holiday was quite enjoyable, apart from the fact that two of the excursions didn’t leave till quite late, which resulted in not enough time to get adequate refreshment breaks between coach dis-embankment , and embankment of the train. The Sunday excursion was the worst, with no time for lunch, and then arriving at Culloden battlefield visitor centre after the cafe had closed. It left a lot of people hungry and did-satisfied. The tour manager was great. And food at the hotel and hotel facilities very good also.

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D Brigges

5 stars

Submitted 27/Sep

The hotel was excellent and well positioned and the train rides were delightful. I loved visiting the castle and the boat trip was fun. I do think the itinerary on the final day would have been better if the the visit to the battlefield had been in the morning and the train ride had been in the afternoon. All round very enjoyable holiday.

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Mr watkin

5 stars

Submitted 25/Sep

Excellent few days. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. We could have started third day a bit earlier and had more time at Culloden. Also if you are running two groups, it would be better to separate their itineraries?

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