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Romantic Highlander

A delightful Railtrail tour inspired by the original BBC "Great Railway Journeys of the World" TV series which saw Sir Michael Palin travelling through the spectacular Scottish Highlands to the Kyle of Lochalsh. Our popular Romantic Highlander tour is based at one of Railtrail's best loved hotels and includes the fabulous Jacobite Steam Train.

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5 days from £999



Tuesday 25 June 2024

Tuesday 24 September 2024



  • Sir Michael Palin’s ‘Great Railway Journey’ to the Kyle of Lochalsh

  • Take the Jacobite Steam Train on the ‘West Highland Line’ between Fort William and Mallaig

  • Cross the magnificent Glenfinnan Viaduct, of "Harry Potter" movie fame

  • Spectacular mountain scenery of the Highland Line to Inverness

  • Nostalgic steam train ride on the Strathspey Railway

  • Enjoy a light lunch overlooking the Isle of Skye

  • Stay in Inverness, the capital of the Highlands

  • Superb spa hotel leisure facilities


Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • Dinner each evening plus light refreshments on the Strathspey Railway and 1 light lunch

  • Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

  • Hotel Porterage

Watch Railtrail's 'Romantic Highlander' video here


For those on our rail inclusive package the wonderfully picturesque Highland Line takes you through Perth, Pitlochry and over Cairngorm Mountains to Inverness and our hotel is on the banks of the River Ness.



Travelling through the Great Glen to Fort William we journey on one of Scotland’s most scenic railway journeys as we join the Jacobite Steam Train* on the West Highland Line between Fort William and Mallaig. The train line takes us over the impressive Glennfinnan Viaduct, capturing the views of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s monument standing proudly at the head of Loch Shiel. The viaduct is now famous for its association with the "Harry Potter" movies. Circumnavigating Loch Eilt, with the small island home to the remnant of the original Caledonian Forest, the steam train continues with astonishing vistas of the Atlantic coastline before arriving at Mallaig overlooking the Isle of Skye. We have a short break for sightseeing in Mallaig before journeying back to Fort William and onto Inverness in time for dinner.

B, D


This morning we travel by train to Cairngorms National Park and the mountain resort of Aviemore. Here we enjoy a wonderful whiff of nostalgia on the Strathspey Steam Railway with refreshments served en route as we steam along the whole length of the line from Aviemore to Broomhill (renowned as Glenbogle in the old TV series ‘Monarch of the Glen’). When we arrive back in Aviemore we board our return train and travel through stunning Highland scenery as we complete our journey back to Inverness.

B, LR, D


After breakfast we take the wonderful Kyle Line train, Scotland’s original "Great Railway Journey of the World", simply one of the world’s finest coast to coast rail adventures through stunning scenery and across the great mountain plateau. Look out for wild deer, eagles, and the palm trees of Plockton village before dramatic sea vistas are revealed as we arrive at Kyle of Lochalsh. Here we enjoy a light lunch at Kyle Hotel and admire the superb views across to the Isle of Skye, just as Sir Michael Palin did before retracing our steps to Inverness.

B, L, D


Today we bid farewell to Inverness and, if travelling by train, return over the mountains to Edinburgh and homeward stations.

*In the unlikely event of the steam train being unavailable we reserve the right to substitute a diesel train or undertake the journey by road coach.


B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, LR=Light Refreshments, D=Dinner


Palace Hotel & Spa, Inverness

Overlooking the River Ness, just a short stroll from the city centre, this 4-star hotel has well-appointed bedrooms with hospitality tray, radio, TV, and free Wi-Fi. The hotel offers a stylish bar and restaurant, relaxing lounge and superb newly refurbished leisure club with indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, and gymnasium.



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*Please Note: Some local and regional train services are Standard Class seating only and First Class ticket holders will travel in standard class accommodation for these sections of their journey.


Join & Leave at Hotel £1,009


£10 tour discount for holders of National Railcards


September Departure Supplement £50


Single Room Supplement £255


4 nights’ bed, breakfast & table d’hôte evening meal plus light refreshments on the Strathspey Railway and 1 light lunch

Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

Rail & coach travel, with transfers as described

All excursions & admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

Hotel Porterage


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Staffordshire Moorlands, ST13 5JW
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