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Great Scottish Rail Journeys – BEST SELLER

  • 25b. Broomhill Station ©Strathespey Railway

    25b. Broomhill Station ©Strathespey Railway
5 day tour
From £410 per person - minimum 20 passengers

Discover Scotland’s scenic splendour as you sit back and relax on board The Jacobite Steam Train. The two and a half hour journey will involve travelling from Fort William to Mallaig; and is one of the greatest rail journeys in the world. On our other journeys we also travel on the Strathspey Railway from Aviemore to Broomhill. Be inspired by the scenic route as the train weaves through lochs, lakes and mountains. Furthermore, the journey also includes the Kyle Line from Inverness to the Kyle of Lochalsh.

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Dates

September 2022 and Dates throughout 2023


Suggested itinerary by coach

Day 1

Travel to your hotel

If you’re travelling a distance, ask about overnight stops.

Day 2

Inverness to the Kyle of Lochalsh

An early start today for a wonderful two-and-a-half-hour scenic journey across the ‘Top of Scotland’. The line meanders by mountains, lakes and lochs into the west coast port of Kyle of Lochalsh. There’s time for lunch and to enjoy the views across to the Isle of Skye before meeting your coach for another scenic journey by road back to the hotel.

Day 3

Aviemore and the Strathspey Railway.

Today we travel on to Aviemore. We then spend some free time in the beautiful mountain town of Aviemore, with sights reminiscent of a Swiss ski village. Today’s highlight is a ride on the Strathspey Railway, a heritage steam railway that runs for 10 miles along heather covered moorland with the Cairngorm Mountains behind.

Day 4

‘The Jacobite’ Steam Train

We travel to Fort William to join ‘The Jacobite’ steam train for what is undoubtedly one of the greatest railway journey in the world. The 42-mile journey to the fishing port of Mallaig passes close by the deepest freshwater loch in Britain, Loch Morar, and the deepest seawater loch in Europe, Loch Nevis. We travel over the famous 21-arched Glenfinnan Viaduct (as featured in the Harry Potter films). The viaduct overlooks Loch Shiel and the Jacobite monument. The train may pause on the viaduct, time permitting, to allow you to take in the magnificent view. Once stopped in Glenfinnan station there will be time to stretch your legs and, if you wish, visit the West Highland Railway Museum located in the restored station building. Beyond Glenfinnan are the beautiful villages of Lochailort, Arisaig and Morar. Passing Morar you can see the silvery beaches used in the films Highlander and Local Hero. In Mallaig time to explore and have lunch before joining the train for your return journey back to Fort William.

Please note that the Jacobite Steam Train operates between mid April and October only. At other times the journey is operated by diesel train. Early booking and payment is strongly recommended. * Full payment is required at time of booking for the Jacobite Steam Train.  Alternatively the commuter diesal train would be an alternative option.

Day 5

Return home


Featured Hotels

Nethybridge Hotel ***

This traditional hotel boasts 70 en-suite bedrooms and is set amidst the scenic splendour of the Cairngorm Mountains and close to the Highland capital, Inverness, as well as Cairngorm. Facilities include on-site coach parking, lift, ground floor rooms, free WiFi in the public ground floor area, a restaurant and lounge bar.

Mercure Inverness Hotel ****

Inspected by Greatdays in March 2019

This 3-star hotel is located on the bank of the River Ness in Inverness Town Centre. The charming hotel has a Brasserie restaurant to enjoy a delicious meal as well as a bar and lounge areas. There is a leisure club with indoor swimming pool, sauna and gym. All 121 spacious rooms are with en-suite bathroom and are equipped with a hairdryer, trouser press, TV and tea and coffee making facilities. Many offer beautiful views of the River Ness or the picturesque Old Town. This hotel has rooms adapted for disabled use. Parking is available for a charge.

Balavil Hotel Newtonmore ***

Inspected by Greatdays in September 2021

3 star standard Inspected by Greatdays September 2021
Location: Newtonmore village, within easy reach of Inverness, Perth and Fort William.
Hotel facilities: lounge; restaurant; bar; leisure facilities including indoor swimming pool and sauna.  All rooms are en-suite with tea & coffee making facilities; TV.  Coach parking available across the road in the hotel car park.


Dates  5 days / 4 nights
2022 dates From £355.00 per person
2023 dates From £410.00 per person

Single room supplement available upon request.

All prices are per person based on sharing a double or twin room and with one free place for a coach driver or group organiser in a single room, both are based on a minimum 20 full fare paying passengers. Prices do not include coach hire or travel insurance. Dates are subject to availability. Smaller groups can be quoted for on request. Pictures are for illustrative purposes only. Our website policy is to use only copyright free images or images which have been authorised to us for free use by the owner. If you consider an image to be unauthorised or to be your property, please contact us immediately and if invalid we will have the image removed. If your image requires crediting or is missing a copyright statement then we will be pleased to add this to the webpage, contact us at info@greatdays.co.uk

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