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Scottish Highlands Steam Railway Holiday


Highland Island Fling

Off to the far flung north

Holiday date: Wednesday, 29th May 2024
8 days for  £1419 per person
£2838 for two people sharing
Single supplement £210
Tour reference: HF8/1

Join us for a summer fling in the magnificent Scottish Highlands. Our outline is only the beginning of a story that gets better and better as the chapters unfold – a never to be forgotten Scottish yarn – read on Macduff!

Holiday Highlights

As far north as Orkney for Skara Brae and the Italian Chapel
Steam through the Highlands on the Strathspey Railway
Cruise Loch Ness to iconic Urquart Castle
Enjoy the majesty of the Jacobite steam train journey to Mallaig
Scotrail train rides to Kyle of Lochalsh and Thurso – incredible scenery
Whisk along the Whisky Line between Keith and Dufftown

Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 - Wednesday

The holiday starts at Aviemore Station to coincide with the arrival of The Highland Chieftain at about 19.30.

We then transfer up the drive, check in, and enjoy a welcome meal together.

Meals: Dinner
Day 2 - Thursday

We’re not going too far today as we tour in and around the Cairngorms getting to know the locals.

A flexible itinerary allows for plenty of scope and variety with wildlife, scenic and transport highlights including the Strathspey Steam Railway and (provided it is repaired by now!) a memorable trip up Cairngorm itself aboard the modern funicular railway.

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner
Day 3 - Friday

The Skye Circular - to the west coast we head on what is without doubt one of the very best scenic days we do – anywhere.

We start off with a gentle drive to Fort William with a stop or two on the way. Here we join the world famous Jacobite steam train for the unsurpassable ride to Mallaig - this is the most stunning steam hauled railway journey in the British Isles.

From Mallaig we cross by ferry to the Isle of Skye and tour through the Garden of Skye before using the Skye Bridge to return to the mainland.

Now, sit back and relax as we take the train back across from Kyle of Lochalsh skirting sea-lochs and passing idyllic villages before the wide expanse of the Highlands opens up around us – magic! We alight at Dingwall and drive back down to Aviemore reflecting on a magnificent day out.

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner
Day 4 - Saturday

A super “local” day begins with the classic cruise on Loch Ness
to Urquart Castle and clan history continues with a visit to  melancholy Culloden. In the afternoon a rail journey to Keith transports us to the ever so friendly Keith and Dufftown Railway. We then track back along the Spey Valley, passing distilleries galore, to Aviemore.

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner
Day 5 - Sunday

It’s time to head for the far north and we are going to enjoy another stunning rail journey and holiday highlight. The spectacular journey to Wick and Thurso traverses some of the most rugged, desolate terrain in Scotland – this is among the finest, and yet least travelled railway lines in all the land.

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner
Day 6 - Monday

The Orkneys beckon today and we cross the Pentland Firth from Gills Bay this morning. Then we tour “mainland” Orkney with the main attractions being Skara Brae, the wonderful Italian Chapel and the Churchill Barriers. There’s also time in Kirkwall (the capital) for a visit to the cathedral. Our circular tour is completed from Stromness over to Thurso’s port, Scrabster, passing the iconic “Old Man of Hoy” as the sun dips in the sky – lovely!

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner
Day 7 - Tuesday

Heading back south today, we take a relaxed journey that includes some interesting stops and dramatic coastal scenery on the way. But first we need to show you some of Scotland’s most northerly sights. No visit up here would be complete without dropping in at John O’Groats, Dunrobin Castle and Helmsdale.

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner
Day 8 - Wednesday

Breakfast at leisure before commencing homeward bound journeys, from Aviemore Station, at the time of your choice and through the spectacular Scottish scenery.

Meals: Breakfast


Fort William to Mallaig

Not a preserved line, but Scotland’s most iconic rail journey and famed for it’s Harry Potter connections

Keith and Dufftown Railway

11 miles by DMU on the famous and picturesque whisky line.

The Strathspey Railway

9 1/2 miles of steam travel alongside the Spey enjoying views of the Cairngorm Mountains.

Our Hotel(s)

4 Star

The MacDonald Highland Hotel, Aviemore Resort

This four star is the top hotel in Aviemore. It has large modern rooms with all the amenities one would expect and commands super veiws of Craigellachie and the Cairngorms. The bustling town of Aviemore is but a short stroll down the drive, as is the station. To ensure quality of service, our evening meals will be at an agreed time each evening according to the day’s itinerary.

Features and Facilities

Fully Accessible
Shower or Bath
Complimentary Wifi
En-suite bathroom
Elemis toiletries
Flat-screen TV
3 Star

The Castletown Hotel, Castletown

This is part of the Caithness Group and has comfortable rooms and a bar/restaurant enjoyed by residents and locals alike. The village is on the northern coast of Scotland and has a beach to die for – though swimming might be a little chilly! Nice place to go for a stroll after dinner on a long summer night.

Features and Facilities

Non-smoking hotel
Ironing service
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Flatscreen TV

What's included


All heritage railway rides
All public transport journeys, in standard class accommodation
Private coach transfers throughout the holiday
Luggage transfers between hotels


All entrances
Detailed itinerary/information pack
Services of courier throughout


Hotel accommodation on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis

What's not included

Travel to/from the holiday start point
Personal holiday insurance
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