Jacobite Steam Train
Jacobite Steam Train
£0 deposit on 2020 departures

Steam Through the Scottish Highlands (Prima magazine)

The north of Scotland is blessed with some wonderfully scenic railway lines. The challenge of building railways through some of the most difficult terrain in the British Isles was taken up by the great engineers of the Victorian age. Their legacy is in the sweeping curves and majestic viaducts of the single-track lines which cross wild moors and lonely glens and continue to provide important links to the north and west Highlands. Using scheduled diesel train services, we will travel westwards to Kyle of Lochalsh, by Strath Bran and Strath Carron to the shores of Loch Alsh, and eastwards to the cathedral city of Elgin. We have the added attraction of steam haulage for our two other journeys. The ‘Jacobite’ ensures that the haunting sound of a steam whistle continues to echo around Glenfinnan, as the train crosses ‘Concrete Bob’ McAlpine’s magnificent viaduct on its way from Fort William to Mallaig. At Aviemore we take the train to Boat of Garten on the preserved Strathspey Line, which provides an authentic taste of the Golden Age of rail travel in the Highlands.

What's included?

  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Services of a professional tour manager
  • Comfortable coach travel throughout
  • Meals - as per the itinerary

Today's Price

Benefit from this limited time offer:

  • Pay a low deposit of £0, was £200.

Single supplement: £90

Tour highlights:

  • Iconic views over Loch Shiel from the Glenfinnan Viaduct
  • Classic Steam journey through the Cairngorms
  • Breathtaking views of the Cuillin mountain range on Skye
  • The palm trees of Plockton
  • Scenic banks of the Beauly Firth

Tour details

Dates 25 July 2020 - 28 July 2020
Duration 4 days
Today's Price

Benefit from this limited time offer:

  • Pay a low deposit of £0, was £200.
Single supplement: £90 Balance due by 2 May 2020
Activity Level
Tour code BSSH200725

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25 July 2020: Itinerary

Depart this morning from London Stansted Airport on a morning flight to Edinburgh (regional flights from other airports and/or overnight accommodation before or after the tour are available on request. There is a discount of £100pp if you make your own way to the pick-up point at Edinburgh Airport. We continue by coach to Aviemore and the Strathspey Railway. We will board the maroon-liveried coaches which will evoke memories of train journeys in the 1950s and 60s and the train will be hauled by a lovingly restored steam locomotive from the collection which is housed in the engine shed adjacent to the station here. The line crosses heather covered moorland with the Cairngorm Mountains beyond, scenes which have changed little in the last hundred years. The train stops at Boat of Garten, a village created by the former railway companies that served the area and Broomhill, which doubled as ‘Glenbogle’ in the popular BBC TV series, Monarch of the Glen.

The train will then return to Aviemore, from where we continue our journey by coach to our accommodation in Dornoch, north of Inverness.

Dinner is served in the evening.

Meals include: Dinner

Hotel: Dornoch Hotel, Dornoch

After breakfast today we transfer to the station at Dingwall, where we join the scheduled diesel train service to Kyle of Lochalsh, generally considered to be the most scenic railway line in the British Isles. Our route takes us west through Strath Bran and the isolated little station at Achnasheen, on into Strath Carron to the head of Loch Carron, passing Stromeferry, the one-time terminus of the line, before we reach the current terminus at Kyle of Lochalsh.

We have time here to stretch our legs and enjoy the stunning views across to the Isle of Skye before continuing on by coach to the 13th-century castle, Eilean Donan. This must be one of the most photographed castles in Scotland, with its impossibly romantic setting on Loch Duich. The beginnings of Eilean Donan Castle reach back into the early mists of time - evidence of a pictish fort was found in vitrified rock uncovered during excavations, some of which has been kept for visitors to see.

We return to the hotel for dinner.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Dornoch Hotel, Dornoch

After an early breakfast we travel through the Great Glen to Fort William, where we join ‘The Jacobite’ steam train and experience one of the most memorable and spectacular railway journeys in the world – to Mallaig on the famous ‘Road to the Isles’. ‘The Jacobite’ combines the romance of the steam era with the opportunity to drink in the stunning views of this wild and historic part of Scotland. From the slopes of Ben Nevis the line runs through rugged mountains, past sea and inland lochs and onto the shores of the Atlantic at Mallaig. The route takes you over the massive Glenfinnan viaduct overlooking Loch Sheil, where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard in 1745. After some free time in Mallaig we rejoin the train and return to Fort William.

Thereafter we return by coach to our hotel in time for dinner, after a long but rewarding day.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Dornoch Hotel, Dornoch

Following breakfast we transfer to the railway station in Inverness and take the scheduled diesel train service to Elgin. We alight here and continue by coach to Baxter’s Highland Village at Fochabers, overlooking some of the finest salmon waters in the world. Baxter’s began in 1868 when George Baxter open a small grocery shop where his wife began making jam and jellies “through the back”. Over time Baxter’s became one of the great commercial successes of North East Scotland. Today we can still visit the 19th Century grocery store, complete with leather-bound ledgers and quill pens, a long mahogany counter, glass jars and bottles and all the other shopkeeper’s accoutrements of a bygone age. Refreshments are available here (not included).

In the afternoon we return to Edinburgh Airport, travelling via Strathspey where we will say remnants of the former railway line, in time for our evening flight back to London Stansted.

Meals include: Breakfast

25 July 2020: Additional Info

25 July 2020: Accommodation

Set in its own grounds in a truly historic corner of the Scottish Highlands, overlooking the esteemed Royal Dornoch Golf Course and bordered by pristine beaches and forestry walks, The Dornoch Hotel boasts 105 bedrooms, two restaurants, and spectacular views.

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