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Highland Railways & Hills

From £1075 pp

Scotland, Scottish Highlands

6 Nights/7 Days

A small group between 9 and 16

Highland Railways & Hills


What You'll Do

Explore Scotland and it's magnificent landscapes almost entirely by rail, with unrivalled views of world-famous scenery. Hidden glens, lochs, beaches and mountains await on the adventure of a lifetime, whether you are already a train enthusiast or about to be converted, this tour will leave you with lifelong memories and a yearning to return. This experience departs on Sundays in 2021: 30 May, 13 June, 27 June, 25 July, 1st August, 22 August, 29 August, 5 September, 26 September.

Our “Highland Railways and Hills” tour takes in much of Scotland, using a mixture of scheduled service trains, steam railways, ferries – and feet! Scotland’s railways offer access to incredible scenery, and trains provide views so much better than you will ever see from a car.

The railways themselves are stunning pieces of architecture, majestic bridges arching their way over lush valleys and skirting around sheer mountainsides, some of these journeys are guaranteed to take your breath away.

Head to the Highlands and immerse yourself in the stunning Scottish scenery, get off the beaten track and discover magical sights missed by most tourists, and come away satisfied in the knowledge that you have seen the best of Scotland from a unique perspective.

Accomodation and Meals:

Your accommodation for the week is in personally selected small hotels and guest houses in Aviemore, Skye and Fort William. We only use places we have personally visited and approved and you will be warmly received by your host.
Evening meals for the whole group on this trip are normally taken at a local inn or restaurant. On all our tours we make a special effort to ensure that your evening meals are a highlight of the trip and seafood is a particular speciality on the Skye part of this trip. Specific dietary requirements can normally be catered for if we know in advance. Packed lunches are not included.

Grading of Walks:

The walking throughout this tour we class as “easy to moderate” – suitable for people of reasonable fitness who enjoy walking or the outdoors but who needn’t necessarily have any previous hiking experience. Walks each day are between 5-7 hours, with mostly lower level walks with little ascent on good trails. There are easier alternatives to the ascent of Ben na Lap which the guide will advise depending on weather conditions and fitness levels of the group. You will be on pathed terrain throughout the week, but this will vary to being quite rugged or sometimes boggy. If you have any doubts about your suitability for the trip please just ask!


Unique guided adventure by steam railway, scheduled rail, ferry and feet !

Off the beaten track we will gaze in awe at the brooding, snow-dusted Cairngorm Mountains

An immersive visit to the iconic, castles around Kyle of Lochalsh

A rare opportunity to visit one of Scotland's most dramatic and unspoilt places at Knoydart

We'll have a wee dram at our local Scottish whisky tasting under the shadow of Ben Nevis

Your Local Host:

Jon Haber

I am an outdoor ‘nut’ , starting when I was in the Scouts as a kid and loved doing night hikes on Cannock Chase (great for map reading), trips to the Peak District and Wales, and then my interest really took off when I was at UEA Norwich – organising Fell and Cave trips which took students to all the hilly and interesting parts Read More

Experience Itinerary

Head to the Highlands

The experience starts on  Sunday

Leaving Edinburgh Waverley on a mid morning train, you will travel to Aviemore and check into the hotel before an afternoon walk through the Rothiemurcus forest. If the group is feeling exceptionally fit, we may stop en route at Pitlochry for an ascent of Ben Vrackie before onward travel to Aviemore.

Rothiemurcus: 8km/5m, flat, good trail.




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Steam Trains and Stunning Views

A journey on the Strathspey steam railway – whose station is opposite our hotel! – takes us to Broomhill. A spectacular walk follows, through the ancient Rothiemurcus Forest and into the Cairngorm Mountains. The walk ends at Glenmore on the shores of Loch Morlich, from where a bus takes us back to the hotel.

14km/8m, 100m/300ft ascent.




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