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Edinburgh & the Highlands by Steam

4.2 stars(34 reviews)

Discover the beauty of Scotland by rail

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6 days From £599 per person
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2021 Tour code: 21AHS

About the tour

Enjoy the majesty of Edinburgh before exploring the lochs, mountains and glens of Perthshire and the soaring Cairngorm Mountains aboard Scotland's spectacular railways.


What’s included


Days 1-2 - Edinburgh & Blair Atholl

Your Tour Manager meets you in Edinburgh at your hotel. The rest of your day is free to get settled in, or perhaps to explore the city. You could take a stroll along the Royal Mile, located in the heart of the colourful Old Town, running between Edinburgh Castle - perched atop an extinct volcano - and Hollyrood Palace, an official residence of the Queen. Here, you'll find an enticing array of shops, cafés, and pubs to visit.

Day 2 begins with a guided walking tour of Edinburgh, during which a local guide reveals the history behind some of its most famous and lesser-known attractions. This afternoon, you take the train through scenic Perthshire to Blair Atholl, where we spend four nights at a traditional Highland hotel, The Atholl Arms Hotel.

  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Queen’s View

Today's excursion takes you to Queen's View, one of Scotland's most famous lookouts. Enjoy the stunning panoramas stretching out across Loch Tummel to the Glencoe Hills and take a gentle walk, with views of Schiehallion, also known as the 'fairy hill of the Caledonians' and the 'Matterhorn of Perthshire'. Continue to Pitlochry, set against the backdrop of Ben Vrackie whose summit sits 2,757 feet above sea level, before returning to Blair Atholl for a tour of its Castle and gardens. Blair Castle is one of Scotland's premier stately homes, and the last castle in Britain to be besieged during the final Jacobite uprising.

The castle's gardens are exquisite and the interior rooms are perfect examples of Scottish design through the ages. Recently, the castle has been used as a filming location for the ITV series 'Victoria'

  • Breakfast
Blair Castle
Day 4 - Jacobite Steam Train

Join the Jacobite Steam Train* in Fort William for a magnificent return journey on the West Highland Line in restored carriages. The incredible West Highland Line is regularly voted as one of the most scenic railway lines in the world One of the most famous sights that the train passes crosses over is the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct, an utter marvel of engineering with 21 spans that harmonise perfectly with the surrounding rolling countryside. Of course, this viaduct has been used in numerous films, the most famous and recent being in the second 'Harry Potter' film.

After crossing the viaduct, the train continues onward towards the coast, unveiling incredible views of this wild and wonderful corner of the world. After passing through Arisaig, the line then descends towards Mallaig, a sweet fishing port that looks out over to the Isle of Skye.

*Please note: Steam-hauled where possible - some departures use the ScotRail scheduled service

  • Breakfast
Jacobite Steam Train
Day 5 - The Strathspey Steam Railway

Take a spectacular trip on the Strathspey Steam Railway today. Travelling through the Cairngorms from Aviemore, follow the route of the historic Highland Railway, passing through the spectacular scenery of the Cairngorm National Park. Disembarking, continue by coach to the Highland Wildlife Park. Operated by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, it boasts a diverse range of wildlife in an incredible Highland setting. Enjoy a fascinating guided drive as you marvel at and learn about Scotland's native species, as well as rare and endangered animals from around the world such as polar bears, tigers, wolves, and snow leopards. Return to the hotel by coach, where you enjoy a leisurely afternoon ahead of a delicious three-course dinner.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Cairngorm National Park
Day 6 - Edinburgh & home

Depart Blair Atholl this morning, and take the train back to Edinburgh. From here, you're free to continue your journey home.

  • Breakfast

Additional information

Departure times

On many of our UK & Ireland tours, you may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00; your Tour Manager will be available between 16:00 and 18:00. However, if you are arriving later, you can meet your Tour Manager before dinner from 19:00.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


Atholl Arms Hotel, Blair Atholl

Atholl Arms Hotel, Blair Atholl

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4.2 stars4.2 / 5 · 34 reviews

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Mrs Doris Wellstead

5 stars

Submitted 23 Oct 2020

Even with the Covid pandemic this tour was excellent. Graham the Tour Courier was very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The Ibis hotel in Edinburgh was not up to standard, would have been better in a Premier Inn. Atholl Arms hotel was very good, would have preferred all meals in hotel.

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Mrs Jan Miller

4 stars

Submitted 16 Oct 2020

A Steam trip was booked and paid for but did not run at the time of our trip, I am still waiting for a refund

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Trefor Roberts

4 stars

Submitted 08 Oct 2020

No steam train to Aviemore

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Ruth Dennis

4 stars

Submitted 25 Sep 2020

The holiday was inevitably affected by COVID restrictions, which meant that socialising within the group was curtailed and a walking tour of Edinburgh and one steam trip were cancelled. Nevertheless, the tour guide Claire and all the hotel staff worked hard around this to minimise the impact of this. Without these restrictions we would have given five stars! The Blair Atholl Arms Hotel was exceptional and we would love to go back there.

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Mr P Cutting

5 stars

Submitted 21 Oct 2019

Very efficiently planned and organised.

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Mr B Smith

4 stars

Submitted 11 Nov 2018

problems with rail connections, overcrowding, etc.

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