Join us for a day of stunning scenery as our stylish train takes us on an unforgettable journey along the west coast main line to the Highlands of Scotland. After crossing the border near Gretna we continue north over Beattock towards Edinburgh and then onwards through the beautiful Tay Valley to Pitlochry. You can choose to leave the train at this bustling mountain village for a break of around five hours. This would give plenty of time to enjoy the famous Highland Games (admission charge) which are based in Pitlochry on this day. You may prefer to visit the nearby Salmon ladder, browse the local shops or join our coach (£5.00 supplement) for the twenty minute ride north to visit The House Bruar known locally as the Harrods of the North.
Another option would be to stay aboard the train and enjoy the Highland scenery all the way through to Inverness where a short break of one to two hours would be available. Either way this tour offers a wonderful day with magnificent scenery, a choice of destination and the chance to enjoy the world famous Highland Games. We pick up via the East Coast Mainline to Edinburgh, run to Perth via the Forth Bridge and “Kingdom of Fife” then take the Inverness line, noted for its very high scenic value. On departure from Perth our train has no shortage of steep climbs, and scenery entirely unique to the region. After Stanley Junction much of the route is single track and we pass several forests before Dunkeld. Another similarly good leg takes us to Pitlochry then we enjoy a pleasant run through the ancient battle site and home of the Jacobite rebellions along the pass of Killiecrankie and then up the long and extremely scenic 1:70 climb to Drumochter summit then travelling near to Loch Ericht and dropping down to Kingussie in the Spey Valley and onwards to Aviemore.
We’re sure if you remain on board you will enjoy the final run up to the Highland Capital of Inverness, as our charter train travels through some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery.
INVERNESS: We anticipate arrival into Inverness may be mid-afternoon and due to the operating constraints of this excursion we anticipate to be taking a break in Inverness of no more than around 2 to 2 ½ hours. The centre containing all the shops, café’s, pubs, eating places and amenities as well as an odd convenient visitor attraction is all situated very close to the rail station making grabbing a bite to eat or taking a quick wander around fairly straightforward to those who wish to do so. Our train will need to run out to the sidings nearby to the station so please be aware it may not be ready for boarding until around 10-15 minutes before our final confirmed return time in order to allow cleaning and servicing of carriages to take place, however there is a very large undercover canopy and station concourse with reasonable facilities if any passengers who are less mobile prefer not to venture too far into town.
Pullman Dining includes a full English breakfast with complimentary Bucks Fizz and a light lunch or elevenses, depending on finalised timings, on the outward journey. Champagne and canapés followed by a delicious four course dinner accompanied by a half bottle of wine will be served on the return leg.
Pullman First Class passengers will be served complimentary teas and coffees along with a breakfast bap on the outward journey and afternoon tea consisting of a sandwich and scone on the return journey.
Standard and First Class passengers have access to a buffet for the purchase of light refreshments.
REFRESHMENTS: A buffet counter service of snacks, hot and cold drinks, and alcoholic beverages is available to all our standard and first class passengers throughout the day.
You are also welcome to bring your own refreshments or indeed a tasty picnic to enjoy as the countryside passes by!
First Class and Premier Dining passengers can book a private table for a supplement of £10.00 per person.
The following Pick-Up and Set-Down stations are available on this excursion