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Our fabulous itinerary takes in some of the most beautiful Scottish countryside on three spectacular railway journeys. We will travel on the West Highland Line from Fort William to Mallaig, the Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh line and we will enjoy a trip on the fabulous Strathspey Steam Railway. You don’t need to be a train enthusiast to appreciate this holiday, you just need to sit back, relax and enjoy the magnificent Scottish scenery all around you!

Day 1

We head to our overnight hotel on the boarders of Scotland making suitable comfort stops along the way including somewhere suitable to purchase lunch. Arrive at the hotel in Gretna with time to freshen up before our evening meal.


Day 2

After breakfast we check out and travel to Scotland. This afternoon we visit the Blair Athol Distillery for a guided tour. We arrive at the Highlander Hotel late afternoon in time to relax before our evening meal which includes a small glass of wine.

B, D

Day 3

After breakfast we travel by coach for a journey to Kyle of Lochalsh situated on the west coast of Scotland, through some breath-taking scenery via Laggar, Roybridge, Laggan, Ivergarry, Ratagan, and Invershiel. There will be free time in the Kyle of Lochalsh to purchase lunch and take in the wonderful views across to the spectacular Isle of Skye before boarding our train to Inverness. The views from the window on this impressive 80-mile journey are worth the fare alone. Pass along the southern bank of the Beauly Firth, we will continue on our route passing wild mountain scenery, lochs, glorious dramatic rocky shores and even the location for the TV series Hamish Macbeth, Plockton. Our coach awaits us at Inverness to return us back to the hotel for our evening meal.

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Day 4

This morning we begin in Aviemore and travel back in time on the Strathspey Steam Railway. At the start of our journey we are treated to the stunning backdrop of the Cairngorms Mountains as we head off North East on our 10-mile journey, taking in glorious views of heather-clad moors, the ancient Caledonian forest and the fast-flowing Spey River before we reach Broomhill. Afterwards, re-join the coach for a spectacular journey to Fort Augustus, the gateway to Loch Ness. Time to purchase lunch and admire the views. The village is compact and picturesque. A tourist pastime is to relax outside a bar or restaurant with a drink watching the boats of all shapes and sizes passing through the series of locks on the canal. Return to the hotel later for our evening meal.

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Day 5

Today includes our third and final rail journey, the Jacobite Steam Railway (described as the greatest railway journey in the world) which takes us on a 42-mile return stretch of the wonderful West Highland Line from Fort William to Mallaig. We travel along the bank of Loch Eil before experiencing the iconic curve of the Glenfinnan Viaduct’s magnificent 21 arches. After enjoying the stark beauty of Lochs Eilt, Ailort and Nan Uamh, we have spectacular views of the Isle of Skye. The bustling port of Mallaig is a fascinating place where we can simply relax and soak up the atmosphere of the remote working fishing port, or we may decide to explore the heritage centre and walk the Mallaig Circuit to witness the spectacular views across the harbour.

B, D

Day 6

After breakfast we check out of our main stay hotel and head back to the boarder for our overnight stay, visiting Stirling on route for lunch to be purchased. We arrive at our overnight hotel ready for our evening meal.

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Day 7

After breakfast we travel back to home area making suitable comfort stops along the way as well as allowing time for lunch to be purchased.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included


The Highlander is situated in the picturesque village of Newtonmore in the Scottish Highlands. This 3-star hotel consists of 2 main areas - the public areas and the area where the bedrooms can be found. All bedrooms are located opposite (externally) to the public areas. Although the hotel does not have a lift, many of the bedrooms are on the ground floor.



  • Exclusive coach travel with Kirbys

  • Continental breakfast on board during outward journey

  • Unlimited tea/coffee on board the outward/return journeys

  • Outward & return overnight accommodation

  • 4 nights at the Highlander Hotel, Newtonmore

  • Dinner, bed & breakfast throughout

  • Tea/coffee after dinner at both hotels

  • A small glass of wine with dinner on the 1st evening in Newtonmore

  • Guided tour at the Blair Athol Distillery

  • Afternoon tea/coffee and shortbread at the hotel on return from one of our excursions

  • Live musical entertainment (min 1 night) at main stay hotel

  • Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness single train journey

  • A journey on the Strathspey Railway

  • Fort William to Mallaig return train journey

  • Fully escorted throughout



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Barking Station Parade, IG11 8TU
Barkingside Fullwell Cross, Bus Stop A - IG6 2EA
Brentwood Brentwood, Outside The Dairyman
Chalkwell Park Chalkwell Park Bus Stop, London Road
Chelmsford Victoria Road Victoria Road CM1 1JR
Collier Row White Hart Lane - Bus Stop out Tythe Court RM7 8LZ
Corringham Town Centre Gordon Road, Bus Stop opposite Colbourne Close
Cranham Front Lane/Moor Lane Junction Bus Stop RM14 1XJ
Outside Restaurant Opp. Car Park
Dagenham Church Elm Lane, Bus Stop L - RM10 9QS
Depot Depot, Princess Road, Rayleigh
Hadleigh Church Hadleigh Church, Bus Layby
Harold Wood Bus Stop A, Gubbins Lane, RM3 0DR
Hockley Spa Hockley Spa, Bus Stop outside the Library
Holiday Inn, Brentwood Holiday Inn Brentwood
Hornchurch. Hornchurch Town Centre
Hutton Hutton, Bus Stop just past the Chequers Pub
Ilford Ilford, Bus Stop outside 6 Clements Road, IG1 1BA
Kavanaghs Rd Kavanaghs Road/London Road, Brentwood
Palace Theatre Palace Theatre Bus Stop
Pitsea Outside Gala Bingo Hall, Pitsea
Queensway Queensway Bus Stop (Behind the Odeon Cinema)
Rayleigh Stn Rayleigh Railway Station
Romford St Edwards Way - Bus Stop H - RM1 3DQ
Out: Romford Shopping Hall
Sadlers Farm Bus Stop on A13, just before Sadlers Farm
roundabout, nr Romsey Road
Shenfield Stn Shenfield Station, outside Barclays Bank
Shepherd & Dog Crays Hill Shepherd & Dog, Crays Hill
Shotgate Shotgate Post Office
South Green Grange Parade Bus Stop, South Green, Billericay
Stanford Rookery Corner Rookery Corner Stanford
Sun Corner Sun Corner London Road - Billericay
Thames Drive Thames Drive Bus Stop
The Elms Bus Stop outside Elms Public House, Leigh on Sea
The Oak Grays The Oak Public House, Lodge Lane, Grays
Thorpe Bay Stn Thorpe Bay Station, Acacia Drive (opp Station)
Thurrock Services, Thurrock Services Coach Park, RM16 3BG
Trafford House Outside Trafford House, by Bus Stop, Basildon
Upminster Bus Stop M, St Mary's Lane- Upminster
Outside St.Laurence Church RM14 2QJ
Vic Hse Cnr, Rayleigh Rd Vic House Corner, (Rayleigh Road)
Websters Way Websters Way, Rayleigh
White Horse White Horse,Southchurch Road, Southend
Whittinghams Grg Whittinghams Garage, opp Rochford Railway Station
Wickford Halls Corner, opposite Police Station, Wickford
Woodford Green Snakes Lane East, Bus Stop R - IG8 7HU

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