4 days

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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 northwards to Wick, following the coast as far as Helmsdale before sweeping inland through the wild and empty country of Sutherland and Caithness, and westwards to Kyle of Lochalsh, by Strath Bran and Strath Carron to the shores of Loch Alsh. 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.

NC500: Please note that this itinerary features part of the North Coast 500, the highly scenic coastal route which begins and ends in Inverness.

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

Departure Points

Location Depart Return
North Hanover St
08:30 21:30
Marriott Hotel, Glasgow Rd
09:45 20:15
Halbeath P&R
10:15 20:00
Moto Services, M90
10:30 19:45
Broxden P&R
10:45 19:30

The following pick-ups will be served by feeder coach or taxi and passengers will join/leave the main coach in Perth (subject to minimum numbers):

  • Dundee (Discovery Point)  Departure: 10:00 Return: 20:00

Please note pick-ups are subject to minimum numbers and all timings are approximate and may be changed. They will be confirmed when the joining instructions are sent out, approximately ten days prior to departure.

Today's Price

Deposit: $130 Single supplement: $125

Keeping you safe on your next tour

  • FREE 'Travel Safe' kits for every traveller
  • Self-drive options
  • Enhanced Health and Safety audits
  • Distanced seating on coaches
  • 'Get me home' service and private airport transfers
  • COVID protocols at our hotels, and aboard our cruise ships
  • Packed lunches and flexible dining options
  • Flexible balance payment date and COVID-friendly refund conditions
  • COVID-testing and training for tour staff
  • Constant monitoring and post-tour tracing


Meet your Experts

Alastair Walker

Tour Manager

A native of Inverness with a rural background, Alastair’s knowledge of Scotland is wide ranging, from the Northern Isles and the Hebrides to Perthshire, Galloway and the Borders.

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Included in your cost:

  • Accommodation
  • Services of a professional tour manager
  • Comfortable coach travel throughout
  • Meals - as per the itinerary
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6 May 2022 BSSR220506 6 May 2022 (Friday) 9 May 2022 (Monday) $875
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29 July 2022 BSSR220729 29 July 2022 (Friday) 1 August 2022 (Monday) $935
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$140 $130 $830
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23 September 2022 BSSR220923 23 September 2022 (Friday) 26 September 2022 (Monday) $935
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7 October 2022 BSSR221007 7 October 2022 (Friday) 10 October 2022 (Monday) $835
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