Discover Scotland in style as steam delivers the locomotive experience of a lifetime from the heart of the Cairngorm National Park. In 1837, few railway lines had been opened in Scotland and these mainly transported raw materials between Edinburgh, Dundee, and Glasgow. By the turn of the 20th Century, Scotland’s rail network neared completion, linking major towns and small villages throughout the Highlands. Now you can relax as the rhythm of the railway whistles through stunning landscapes....
Day 1 The High Road leads up the backbone of England to the Samlesbury Hotel ***Preston, for an overnight stay. The hotel has a lift.
Day 2 Relax in comfort and travel in style as the SwanTourer continues north into Scotland and on to Newtonmore and the Balavil Hotel *** where we spend the next four nights.
Day 3 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 Scotlands oldest mountain range, the round-topped Cairngorms before arriving at Boat of Gartern. This is where the drivers often take on water and stoke the boiler before continuing
on to Broomhill. At the end of the train journey we travel by coach to Grantown on Spey for some time at leisure before visiting the Highland Heather Centre.
Day 4 The Kyle Line is one of the worlds most scenic rail journeys and runs from Inverness on the east coast of Scotland through to Kyle of Lochalsh on the west. 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 Inverness and relax as it steams 80 miles, passing Loch Carron, Duncraig, and Plockton (where the TV series Hamish Macbeth was filmed). This leg of the journey offers extensive views of the moorlands with the most famous of Torringdon Hills, Liathach, towering on the horizon to a height of 3,461 feet. Continuing on to Kyle of Lochalsh, the carriages snake round headlands and bays with excellent views of Skye Bridge and the Isle of Skye where we disembark, meet the coach for the short journey to the Isle of Skye and enjoy some
sightseeing before returning to the hotel feasting on the glorious Highland scenery.
Day 5 A world-beater of a railway ride is on the cards today as we head to Fort William and board the Jacobite steam train for a two hour journey to Mallaig crossing the 21-arched Glenfinnan Viaduct whilst admiring beautiful views of lochs, mountains and the small Isles of Rum, Eigg, Muck and Canna. What better way to continue our day
than on a wildlife cruise toward the small islands where regular sightings of whales, dolphins and sea eagles can be seen.
Day 6 We retrace our footsteps back to the Samlesbury Hotel **** Preston, our overnight accommodation on the route back home.
Day 7 Relax and reflect as we travel home to the West Country and surrounding area.
Please Note: Depending on numbers, half of the group may go from
Fort William to Mallaig and the other will go from Mallaig to Fort William.
Photo by 'Bloodworx'
Rail trip on the Strathspey Railway.
Rail trip on the Kyle Line.
Rail trip on the Jacobite Steam Train.
Visit to Grantown-on-Spey.
2 nights evening entertainment.
Excursions as detailed.
6 nights hotel stay on half board.
The Balavil Hotel is a family run business that offers a warm and personal welcome to visiting guests. With over 30 years experience, you can expect wonderful Highland hospitality in the beautiful setting of the Cairngorm National Park. Rooms have been recently refurbished and there is a pool available.
The hotel has a lift.
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