Discover Scotland in style as steam delivers the locomotive experience of a lifetime. Relax as the rhythm of the railway whistles through the highlands, coursing carriages along 3 premier routes through picturesque surroundings and unspoilt countryside. Enjoy the romance of Victorian travel, the triumph of engineering and feats of endurance that moved mountains to make such journeys possible.
The high road leads up the backbone of England to The Hallmark Hotel Carlisle****
for an overnight stay before continuing into Scotland.
(The hotel has a lift)
We head north through the highlands to Aviemore on the River Spey
for a ride on the Strathspey Steam Railway.
The Train takes us through heather-clad hills and native woodlands,
passing Scotland's oldest mountain range, the round topped Cairngorms
before arriving at 'Boat of Garten'. This is where the drivers often take
on water and stoke the boiler before continuing onto Broomhill.
At the end of the train journey we travel by coach
to The Priory Hotel*** Inverness for a three night stay.
Regarded as the most spectacular rail journey in Britain,
the Kyle line runs from Dingwall to Kyle of Lochalsh.
Also known as 'Strait of the Foaming Loch', the Kyle of Lochalsh is often
televised as representative of the golden age of rail travel.
We board the train at Beauly or as the locals sometimes call it,
the 'beautiful place' and relax as the train steams along a western route,
passing Loch Carron, Duncraig,and Plockton.
This leg of the journey offers extensive views of the moorlands with the
most famous of Torridon Hills, Liathach,
towering on the horizon to a height of 3,461 feet.
With scenery like this it's almost a shame the train has to hurry on.
Continuing onto the Kyle of Lochalsh, the carriages snake round the headlands
and bays with excellent views of skye bridge and the Isle of Skye
before passengers disembark at the terminus.
The coach journey back to the hotel is Via Loch Ness
so look out for lurking leviathans!
The northern most tip of Great Britain is in sight today on a scenic tour
that travels through a wild and remote landscape hardly touched by human hands.
Keep an eye out for Golden Eagles around these parts,hovering above some of the finest
Robinson Crusoe-styled beaches you're likely to come across.
There aren't many populated places this far north and we call Thurso,
the largest town on the coast. From here we'll take the Far North Line,
gently following the curves of the Moray Firth, at times almost touching the shore
as the rail passes scenes formed from the last Ice Age.
At this time of the year there's likely to be seals
basking on rocks so watch out for those as well.
The road leads south towards The Hallmark Hotel Preston****, Leyland,
our overnight accommodation on the route back home.
Relax and reflect as we travel home to the West Country and surrounding area.
Door to door service
Luxury coach travel
5 nights hotel stay on half-board
Ride on the Strathspey Railway through Broomhill
Free time in Inverness
Leisure time in Thurso
Rail journey on The Far North Line
Rail journey on The Kyle Line-Dingwall to Kyle of Lochalsh
Situated in the picturesque village square of Beauly,
once home to 13th Century Cistercian monks,
guests will experience the opposite of strict rules on hard work, diet and silence.
Comfortable rooms and fine cuisine may however encourage peaceful meditation.
The hotel has a lift