Edinburgh & The Highlands by Steam

Perched on the First of Forth’s southern shore, the city of Edinburgh sprawls over a dramatic landscape. Dominating the City’s skyline is Edinburgh Castle, home to both the Scottish crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny used in the coronation of Scottish rulers.

A centre of culture and the arts, Edinburgh is well-known for its festivals, including the world’s largest festival of the arts, the Edinburgh Fringe. The medieval Old Town is an intricate warren of steep staircases, narrow winding lanes and passageways just waiting to be discovered. Linking Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse is The Royal Mile. Charming townhouses, historic landmarks and churches line the streets.

Discover The Legends of Scotland

Just over three hours by train from Edinburgh is the Scottish Highlands. Steeped in legend, including the legendary Loch Ness, the Highlands cover nearly 10,000 square miles. Geologically speaking, the Highlands are 750 million years old and have the UK’s highest mountains and largest freshwater lake by volume. Exhibiting the most stunning scenery, the extensive landscape is packed with wild expanses, craggy islands and rugged mountains as well as rich woodlands and an undulating coastline. Join us and discover the beauty of Scotland by rail.

Our Edinburgh and The Highlands by Steam experience includes:

  • The Jacobite Steam Train – travelling along a section of the West Highland Line, this iconic railway crosses some of the most stunning mountain scenery in the UK
  • The Strathspey Steam Railway – enjoy breath taking views of the Cairngorms and the River Spey
  • Tour Blair Castle and Gardens – whitewashed stone walls, delightful landscaped gardens and a history dating back to 1269, this fairy tale castle is guaranteed to please

Our itinerary will give you a few ideas about what you can expect to experience.

Day 1: Edinburgh and Blair Atholl

A Warm Welcome

Your Tour Manager will meet you at your hotel, then the rest of the day is yours to settle in and familiarise yourself with the City. Why not take a trip to the Old Town and stroll along the Royal Mile? It’s packed with historic landmarks, shops, inns, museums, cafes and restaurants. Alternatively, you could visit the Writer’s Museum. Dedicated to the poet Robert Burns and writers Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson, the museum has manuscripts, portraits, etchings and memorabilia on display.

Your second day starts with a guided walking tour of Edinburgh where you’ll learn about the history of this enchanted City. In the afternoon, you’ll take the train to Blair Atholl, your base for the next four nights.

Day 2 Includes Breakfast and Dinner

Day 2: Queen's View

Natural Beauty

Queen’s View, where the stunning panoramas stretch out across Loch Tummel to the Glencoe Hills is one of Scotland’s most famous lookouts and is top of the agenda for the day. Pitlochry, set against the backdrop of Ben Vrackie some 2757 feet above sea level, is certainly worth a visit.

You’ll return to Blair Atholl for a tour of Blair Castle, the last castle in Britain to be besieged during the final Jacobite uprising. Recently used as the location for the ITV series ‘Victoria’, the interior is resplendent of Scottish design through the ages.

Includes Breakfast

Day 3: Jacobite Steam Train

A Magical Journey

We head to Fort William to join the fully restored Jacobite Steam Train for a magical return journey on the West Highland Line. Voted one of the most scenic railway lines in the world, the line crosses the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct. A true feat of engineering, the 21 spans harmonise perfectly with the surrounding rolling countryside. You might well recognise it from the Harry Potter films.

Continuing towards the coast, we pass through Arisaig before descending towards Mallaig, a charming fishing port that looks out over to the Isle of Skye.

Includes Breakfast

Day 4: The Strathspey Steam Railway

A Trip to Remember

Your penultimate day sees you taking a trip on the impressive Strathspey Steam Railway. As you travel through the Cairngorms from Aviemore, you’ll pass through the spectacular scenery of the Cairngorm National Park as you follow the route of the historic Highland Railway. Leaving the train at the National Park you’ll continue by coach to the Highland Wildlife Park. Run by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, the park has a diverse range of wildlife and native species such as polar bears, tigers, wolves and snow leopards. You’ll be treated to a guided drive before returning to the hotel by coach.

Includes Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5: Edinburgh and Home

Time to Say Goodbye

We depart Blair Atholl and take the train back to Edinburgh for your homeward journey.

Includes Breakfast

What’s included

Included in your experience:

  • Standard Class Rail
  • Heritage Rail Excursions
  • All rail and coach travel throughout your tour
  • 3* accommodation
  • 5 nights’ hotel accommodation
  • Professional UK Tour Manager throughout the trip
  • 5 breakfasts and 2 dinners

What’s not included in your experience:

  • Cancellation and travel insurance
  • Travel before and after the tour

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