Great Highland Railway Journeys By Air

The beautiful Scottish Highlands offer some of the most picturesque and celebrated railways in the world, where sparkling lochs, dramatic moorlands and striking mountain scenery combine to create spectacular backdrops to captivating journeys.

We experience the very best on this fabulous break as we travel on the Kyle of Lochalsh line to Inverness, take a trip on the Strathspey Railway through the glorious Cairngorms National Park and enjoy a steam-hauled voyage on the West Highland Line between Fort William and Mallaig.

Fort William is where we climb aboard ‘The Jacobite’ steam train and travel across the mountainous west coast of Scotland, considered by many to be the most scenic rail journey in the world. Availability on this train is rare, so this is an opportunity not to be missed!

This is an unforgettable way to discover Scotland, and whether you are a railway enthusiast or first timer, these breathtaking journeys promise to enchant and captivate.  


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Holiday Highlights

  • Return flights to Glasgow*

  • Airport taxes and luggage allowance (one piece of checked-in hold luggage per person)

  • First and last night at the Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport with breakfast

  • 4 nights at the Macdonald Strathspey Hotel, Aviemore with dinner & breakfast

  • Heritage train journeys on the Kyle of Lochalsh Railway, Strathspey Railway & the West Highland Line

  • Free time in Aviemore

  • Escorted by a tour manager


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We spend the first and last night of our break at the Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport, located a short walk from the airport terminal.

In the Scottish Highlands, we stay at Macdonald Strathspey Hotel

The Macdonald Strathspey Hotel, located on the edge of the town of Aviemore in the Cairngorms National Park. The hotel offers a bar/lounge, two restaurants, a café plus an indoor pool and fitness centre. All the comfortable rooms feature a TV and tea and coffee-making facilities.

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Hotel Rating

Hotels with a JG3 rating tend to be a more formal style of hotel, often part of a hotel chain, with a greater range of facilities and services. Bedrooms are a little more spacious and have additional features. Public areas are larger and include lounge seating, a bar and restaurant with good quality food served either buffet style or with waiter service.

Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness Railway (full day)

We travel out to the rugged west coast of Scotland to join the Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness Railway, which takes us eastwards to the capital of the Highlands. This beautiful line has been likened to a symphony in three parts: pastoral, mountain and marine. From our perfect vantage point, we enjoy the magnificent landscapes that provide the backdrop for a wonderfully scenic rail journey, as we take in many of the area’s shimmering lochs and sweeping moors along the way. We journey along the southern bank of the mysterious Beauly Firth, through Dingwall and past the huge isolated mountain of Ben Wyvis before arriving in Inverness.



Aviemore & Strathspey Railway (full day)

We spend time at leisure in Aviemore. Popular for its stunning views of the Cairngorms, the town is also home to a fascinating stone circle that is more than 4,000 years old. We then make our way to Aviemore station to board a train on the Strathspey Railway that takes us through the picturesque mountain vistas, heather-clad moors and woodland of the Cairngorms National Park, the largest national park in the British Isles. We journey to Broomhill station which famously featured as Glenbogle station in the popular BBC series Monarch of the Glen.



West Highland Line & Mallaig (full day)

We head by coach to Fort William, a picturesque town which sits in the shadow of Ben Nevis. Here we board ‘The Jacobite’ steam train and travel across the mountainous west coast of Scotland, considered by many to be the most scenic rail journey in the world. This section of the West Highland Line crosses the 100ft-high Glenfinnan Viaduct used in the Harry Potter film sequences featuring the Hogwarts Express. You don’t need to be a fan of the films to appreciate this journey though, as the scenery in reality beats any cinematography hands down. We disembark in the bustling port of Mallaig.



Please note: West Coast Railways reserves the right to substitute The Jacobite with an alternative engine or diesel-powered locomotive in the event of breakdown, or if urgent repairs are needed, without notice or refund.