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A family firm with an ethos of honesty and integrity. Our passion for delivering quality escorted holidays by rail at great value fares along with consistently excellent customer service has stood us in good stead for over 40 years.

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Monday - Friday, 9am to 5pm

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Queen of Scots & Edinburgh

Experience a truly magical circular tour of the Scottish Highlands discovering some of the most stunning scenery and landscapes. Enjoy spectacular rail journeys including the magnificent Jacobite Steam Train and the nostalgic Strathspey Steam Railway plus Scotland's "Great Railway Journey of the World". Cruise to the Isles of Mull and Iona, indulge in a whisky distillery tasting, and enjoy free time to explore the beautiful cities of Edinburgh and Inverness.

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9 days from £2290



Thursday 5 June 2025

Thursday 17 July 2025

Thursday 28 August 2025



  • Explore the beautiful city of Edinburgh

  • Journey by train on the stunning West Highland Line

  • Take a cruise on Loch Katrine aboard the 'Lady of the Lake'

  • Indulge in a tour and tasting at a local whisky distillery

  • Steam on the famous "Harry Potter" Jacobite train to Mallaig

  • See the Bonnie Prince Charlie monument at the head of Loch Shiel

  • Cross the magnificent Glenfinnan Viaduct

  • Take in the lovely scenery through the Great Glen alongside Loch Ness

  • Experience the "Great Railway Journey of the World" to Kyle of Lochalsh

  • Steam on the nostalgic Strathspey Steam Railway

  • Visit the remarkable Ballindalloch Castle & Gardens

  • Enjoy free time to explore Inverness


Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • 8 nights’ bed, breakfast & evening meal plus 1 lunch

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager


Journey from your home station to Edinburgh and, on arrival, we will make our way to the Mercure Haymarket Hotel, our base for this evening. We enjoy free time to explore our new surroundings before meeting for our first evening meal together.



After breakfast this morning, we enjoy time at leisure to explore the beautiful city of Edinburgh, stroll along the historic Royal mile or visit the imposing castle, maybe try some retail therapy along the world-renowned Princes Street. We reconvene at our hotel this afternoon and transfer to the station to begin our journey via Glasgow to Crianlarich and our hotel for the next three nights is the Crianlarich Hotel, just a short walk from the train station, where we enjoy our evening meal together.

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Today, a day of lochs, glens, and islands awaits as we take a spectacular Great Railway Journey on the western branch of the West Highland Line to Oban where we cruise to the Isle of Mull and onto Iona with time to view Iona's famous abbey. On return to Oban, we have some free time before making the rail journey back to our hotel in Crianlarich in time for our evening meal.

B, D


After breakfast today, we explore the Trossachs National Park and enjoy a cruise on Loch Katrine on board the 'Lady of the Lake', named after the famous poem by Sir Walter Scott. When we are back on dry land, we head to a local distillery for a tour and tasting of Scotland's biggest export - whisky - before returning to the hotel for our evening meal together.

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Today, we transfer to Fort William to continue our adventure aboard the magnificent Jacobite Steam Train to Mallaig journeying over the impressive Glenfinnan Viaduct, capturing views of Bonnie Prince Charlie's monument, Loch Eilt, and Loch Shiel. There is time to explore the picturesque harbour town of Mallaig, with its majestic views across to the Isle of Skye, before we return to Fort William and board our private coach to Inverness. We travel through the dramatic Great Glen alongside the serene Loch Ness to our hotel for the next four nights, The Palace Hotel & Spa, where we enjoy our evening meal together.

B, D


Today, we take the amazing Kyle Line train, Scotland's original "Great Railway Journey of the World", coast-to-coast through stunning scenery and across 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 in the renowned Kyle Hotel, overlooking the Isle of Skye, before retracing our steps to Inverness.

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After breakfast this morning, we begin a wonderful circular trip commencing with a steam excursion on the preserved section of the Highland Line known as the Strathspey Steam Railway passing through woods and alongside the meandering River Spey on a nostalgic journey. We continue by coach to Ballindalloch Castle & Gardens, a remarkable Highland Estate where we can explore 500-years of history, acres of beautiful gardens, and riverside walks before continuing by road through fantastic Highland scenery to Inverness in time for our evening meal.

B, D


Today, we spend the day at leisure to relax at the hotel or discover Inverness at your own pace. You may wish to make use of the hotel's spa facilities, explore the iconic castles of Inverness, visit the magnificent cathedral church, or take an excursion to spot the Loch Ness Monster. This evening, we reconvene at the hotel for our final evening meal together.

B, D


After breakfast, we bid farewell to Inverness and make our way to the station for our homeward journeys.

*Important Note: Whilst the arrangements for all described steam train travel are in place, we do reserve the right to make substitutions should it be deemed necessary for whatever reason.


B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner


Mercure Haymarket, Edinburgh

Ideally located in the heart of Edinburgh, the Mercure Haymarket Hotel is just a 10-minute walk from the old town, making it perfect to explore this historic city, and offers an elegant restaurant and bar, a comfortable lounge, and a fitness centre. The stylish bedrooms provide an en-suite bathroom, a hairdryer, flat-screen TV, a seating area, free Wi-Fi, and tea/coffee making facilities.


Crianlarich Hotel, Crianlarich

Set in the Scottish Highlands, the Crianlarich Hotel is a family-run hotel with an award-winning restaurant serving fresh, delicious cuisine, and a cosy bar. The comfortable bedrooms provide an en-suite bathroom, a hairdryer, flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, and tea/coffee making facilities.


Palace Hotel & Spa, Inverness

Nestled on the banks of the River Ness, opposite Inverness Castle, the Palace Hotel & Spa offers an elegant bar and restaurant, relaxing lounge, and a superb leisure club with an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, and gymnasium. The individually styled bedrooms provide private bathrooms with a hairdryer, a flat-screen TV, ironing facilities, free Wi-Fi, and tea/coffee making facilities.



Fare Region



London: Kings Cross



Greater London



South of England



East Anglia



South West



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North East



North West



South Wales



North Wales







*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.


£35 tour discount for holders of National Railcards

Join & Leave at Hotels £2,325

July Departure Supplement £220

August Departure Supplement £260

Single Room Supplement £960


8 nights’ bed, breakfast & evening meal plus 1 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


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Railtrail Tours Limited
21 The Smithfield Centre, Leek
Staffordshire Moorlands, ST13 5JW
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