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.
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 Scotlands 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 youre likely to come across.
There arent 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 theres 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 its 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.
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***
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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