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Queen of Scots & Edinburgh

A truly magical circular tour of the Highlands of Scotland, also taking in the magnificent Isles of Mull and Iona, along with spectacular rail journeys, sensational scenery, and steam train nostalgia. With time in Edinburgh at the start of your tour.

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9 days from £1769



Thursday 4 April 2024

Thursday 6 June 2024



  • Time at leisure to explore in Edinburgh

  • Journey over the beautiful West Highland Line to Oban

  • Take an original "Great Rail Journey of the World" on the spectacular Kyle of Lochalsh Line

  • Sensational train journey to Mallaig on the Jacobite Steam Train across the Glenfinnan Viaduct

  • Explore Oban and Inverness

  • Loch Katrine Cruise

  • Dramatic Ballindalloch Castle & Gardens

  • Cruise to the Isles of Mull and Iona

  • Tour the Great Glen & Loch Ness

  • Strathspey Railway steam nostalgia

  • Whisky distillery tour, with a wee dram


Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • Dinner every evening plus 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



For those on our rail inclusive package, we travel by train to Edinburgh Haymarket where we meet the Tour Manager before transferring to our hotel for one night, the Mercure Haymarket, which is just a short 10-minute walk from the train station.



After breakfast today there is time at leisure to enjoy exploring 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 midafternoon to begin our journey from Haymarket station via Glasgow to Crianlarich where our hotel, for three nights, is the Crianlarich Hotel, just a short walk from the train station.

B, D


A day of lochs, glens, and islands awaits today as we take a spectacular Great Railway Journey on the western branch of the West Highland Line to Oban. From here we cruise to the Isle of Mull and onto Iona where there is time to view Iona’s famous abbey. Back in Oban, we have a bit of free time before making the rail journey back to our hotel in Crianlarich.

B, D


Today we explore the Trossachs National Park where we start the day with a cruise on Loch Katrine on board the ‘Lady of the Lake’. When we are back on dry land, we head to a local distillery for a tour and tasting of Scotland’s biggest export - Whisky.

B, D


The famous "Harry Potter" Jacobite Steam Train* awaits today. We transfer to Fort William before joining the Jacobite for a scenic journey past Glenfinnan Viaduct, Bonnie Prince Charlie’s monument, and Loch Shiel before bursting out onto the Atlantic coastline of golden white sands with distant views of Rhum and Eigg. Enjoy time in Mallaig with views across the sea to Skye. Returning on the Jacobite to Fort William, we board our private coach to Inverness via the Great Glen and Loch Ness to our hotel for four nights, The Palace at Inverness.

B, D


Today we travel on one of the world’s finest coast-to-coast railway journeys to the Kyle of Lochalsh, immortalised in Sir Michael Palin’s original "Great Railway Journeys of the World" TV series. As the train nears its destination, you are rewarded with dream-like vistas across the loch to the Cullin Hills on the Isle of Skye. Upon arrival into Lochalsh, we make our way to the Lochalsh Hotel for a light lunch, taking in the views, before making the return journey.

B, L, D


A wonderful circular excursion, commencing with a steam train ride on the Strathspey Railway before continuing by coach to Ballindalloch Castle & Gardens, a wonderful Highland Estate. We then re-board our coach to complete the circle through the magnificent Highland scenery back to Inverness.

B, D


A free day to enjoy at leisure in Inverness, the capital of the Highlands. You may wish to take a dolphin cruise on the Moray Firth, or a full day excursion to experience the train journey along the Far North Line through wild Caithness.

B, D


Our grand circular tour concludes as we bid farewell to Inverness and, if travelling by train, return homeward over the Cairngorm Mountains to Edinburgh and the South.

*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, D=Dinner


Mercure Haymarket, Edinburgh

The Mercure Edinburgh Haymarket hotel is ideally located in the heart of Edinburgh, just a 10-minute walk from the old town, making it the perfect base for guests looking to explore this historic city. This stylish 4-star hotel provides all the comforts of home and more, with spacious rooms and plenty of on-site faculties such as a fitness centre. All the bedrooms are furnished with fresh décor and modern technology. Complimentary high-speed internet access and tea/coffee making facilities are standard features in all bedrooms.


Crianlarich Hotel, Crianlarich

Set in the Scottish Highlands, the Crianlarich Hotel is a 3-star family-run hotel with an award-winning restaurant and a cosy pub. There is free Wi-Fi at the hotel and the comfortable en-suite bedrooms are equipped with a TV and tea/coffee making facilities.


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.



Fare Region



London: Out - Euston, Rtn - Kings Cross



Greater London



South of England



East Anglia



South West



Heart of England









North East



North West



South Wales



North Wales






*Please note: Some local and regional train services are Standard Class only, so First Class ticket holders will travel in standard class accommodation for these sections of journeys.


Join & Leave at Hotels £1,779


£10 tour discount for holders of National Railcards


June Departure Supplement £200


Single Room Supplement £430


8 nights’ bed, breakfast & table d’hôte evening meal plus 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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