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Great Highland Railways

Great Highland Railways

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.

Great Highland Railways

 

Day-by-Day Highlights

Day 1  The High Road leads up the backbone of England to the Shapwells Hotel ***

for an overnight stay before continuing into Scotland. The hotel has a lift.

 

Day 2  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 ***

Beauly for a three night stay.

 

 

Day 3  The northernmost 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 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.

 

 

Day 4  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 Dingwell, 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 on to the Kyle of Lochalsh, the carriages snake round 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.

 

Day 5  The road leads south towards the Hallmark Hotel Preston **** Leyland,

our overnight accommodation on the route back home.

The hotel does not have a lift however ground floor rooms are available on request.

 

Day 6  Relax and reflect as we travel home

to the West Country and surrounding area.

 

What's included in this Diamond Tour...

 

  • 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

 

 

The Priory Hotel***

Inverness

 

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

 

 

 

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