Great Highland Railways & the Isle of Skye by Air

  • 7 Day Tour
  • 3 Star Rating

Day 1

Fly to Glasgow and stay for one night in the Glasgow area.

  • Included meals: Dinner

Day 2 - Stirling

Travel to Kingussie with a visit to Stirling en route, on the doorstep of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. The heart of the ancient town still survives today and gives Stirling its distinctive and historic appearance, along with the magnificent Stirling Castle, which has great significance in the history of Scotland and towers high above the city, meticulously restored to its former splendour.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 - Aviemore Steam Railway & Spey Valley

Enjoy free time in the well-known and popular holiday destination of Aviemore, situated in the Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands. Here, you'll be surrounded by jaw-dropping views which you can admire from on board the steam train for a 45 minute journey through spectacular Speyside mountainous scenery to Broomhill station which famously appeared as Glenbogle station in BBC’s Monarch of the Glen. Spend time in Grantown on Spey, a traditional town surrounded by ancient woodlands at the centre of the Scottish Highlands. In the town square, you'll find unusual shops selling everything from pottery to whisky and clothes.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 - Kyle Line Railway & Isle of Skye

We head to Inverness and board the train for 'one of the most beautiful rail journeys in Europe', as quoted by Michael Palin. Starting in Inverness, we head along the east coast of Scotland with fantastic views from the window, travelling west through mountains and lakes and finally, alongside Loch Carron into the small port of Kyle of Lochalsh on the west coast. In Kyle, our coach collects you for the short journey to Isle of Skye with its iconic landscapes of mountain ranges and miles of dramatic coastline. Here you'll have time for sightseeing before travelling back to our hotel through glorious Highland panoramas.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 - Jacobite Steam Railway & Wildlife Cruise

From Fort William, we travel aboard the Jacobite Steam Railway for the two-hour journey to Mallaig. Take in the beautiful views of lochs, mountains, Glenfinnan Viaduct, Loch Morar and the small Isles of Eigg, Muck and Rum as we ride. In Mallaig we include a one-hour cruise sailing out towards the isles with regular sightings of whales, dolphins and sea eagles. The journey back by coach offers a totally different perspective to the rail journey. We stop off in Glenfinnan to see Bonnie Prince Charlie’s monument, the 21-arched Glenfinnan viaduct (made world famous by the Harry Potter movies), and Loch Shiel. Our journey continues to Banavie and the historic Neptune's Staircase – a staircase lock built by Thomas Telford comprising eight locks on the Caledonian Canal – where you might catch sight of the boats navigating their way up or down the locks.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 - Edinburgh

To Edinburgh for free time. Often referred to as the ‘Athens of the North’ and, because it was built on seven hills, likened to Rome, Edinburgh is indeed a classical city in its own right. Overlooking the Old Town is the massive castle, with its commanding view of the city and surrounding countryside, including the Firth of Forth. The almost chaotic layout of the Old Town is in complete contrast to the northern part of the city built in Georgian times and reflecting the great architectural characteristics of that period. Laid out to a grand design, the New Town has wide streets and elegant squares and is bordered to the south by Princes Street Gardens and to the north by Queen Street Gardens. Highlights include the Royal Mile, the Palace of Holyrood and Sir Walter Scott Monument. We head to our overnight hotel near Glasgow.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

To Glasgow for our return flight.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Prices are per person, based on two sharing.

Extras: optional excursions; single room supplements £129; travel insurance from £21.95; flight supplements may apply.

FAQ's about our tours

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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We do have holidays that are suitable for wheelchair users, however the person using the wheelchair will need to be able to get on and off the coach if a coach tour is booked. Our coaches are not suitable for someone who is wheelchair reliant as we can only take folding wheelchairs that are stored in the luggage compartment.

We cannot guarantee that assistance will be available for the disabled person / wheelchair user and such bookings will only be accepted if that person is travelling with an able-bodied person who is fully able to attend to the needs of his/her co-traveller.

Passengers travelling by Eurostar in standard class seats must be able to walk 200 yards (183 metres) unaided. Please note; only collapsible wheelchairs are permitted on board standard class Eurostar coaches, as these must be stored in the luggage storage areas. Any passengers who are wheelchair reliant are required to be allocated in the 'Standard Premier' coaches where wheelchair user spaces are located. As these spaces are limited to 1 per train you must advise us immediately if you require them in order that we can reserve with Eurostar.

Excursions on our tours visit places of interest and public buildings. These may not be able to accommodate people with walking difficulties and wheelchair access may not be available. Excursions which include sightseeing tours may involve walking long distances and sometimes over cobbled or uneven surfaces.

The accommodation we use on our tours may not have ground floor rooms and in some instances lifts will not always be available. Occasionally access to your hotel may involve walking distances from the coach park and some hotels have a flight of steps to the Reception.

It is very important that checks are made with regard to the suitability of a tour for you prior to you make any booking with us.