Choo Choose this fantastic Scottish break in the breathtaking Highlands!
Calling all rail enthusiasts....
Join us for this magnificent adventure through the most amazing scenery on board four different train rides showcasing the best that Scotland has to offer, featuring two steam trains, a visit to the Cairngorms and an opportunity to ride the fastest mountain railway in the country. From our base in Kingussie, we make for Aviemore and the beautiful Flenmore Forest Park on our way to Cairngorm, to take a ride on the Cairngorm Mountain Railway, which takes just 8 minutes to reach the panoramic views along a two kilometre funicular, which is the highest railway in the UK. From Aviemore, we join the Strathspey Railway, step aboard and celebrate forty years of the return of steam travel through the Highlands of Scotland. Brought back to life in 1978 by a dedicated group of volunteers, this ten mile restored section of the original Highland Railway Line enables you to travel back in time to an era when steam whistles blew, carriage doors slammed shut and there was a familiar click-clack, rhythm of the rails, as the train travels along the track. We head to Kyle of Lochalsh, for one of the Great Railway Journeys of the World, travelling coast to coast across the Highlands, in the shadows of mountains and forests, beside bright lochs and wide open moors. Travelling south west along the shore of Loch Laggan and through Glen Spean to Fort William, where we join another steam train on the famous Jacobite West Highland Line to Mallaig, be immersed in breath-taking Highland scenery on one of the world’s greatest train journeys. The railway line curves over the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct, now immortalised in Harry Potter films as the route to Hogwarts. We travel through the heart of Scotland’s wild west coast and get up close to majestic mountains and sparkling lochs. At the head of Loch Shiel you’ll capture the iconic vista of the Glenfinnan Monument. This is the historic location where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard in 1745 in a passionate but ill-fated attempt to restore the exiled Stuarts to the Great Britain and Ireland throne. From Kingussie, we catch our final train, this return journey takes us through spectacular scenery over the lines summit at Slochd before descending into the highlands capital, Inverness.
The Duke Of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie, is in the Heart Of The Scottish Highlands and Cairngorm National Park. With origins in the eighteenth century the hotel was originally built as a stopover for passengers travelling by stage coach along the old A9 to Inverness and the North of Scotland. All guestrooms are en suite & offer the usual refinements including TV, WiFi, telephone & refreshment facilities. Our stay is on a half board basis.