Overview

Edinburgh - 2 nights
Inverness - 3 nights
Turnberry - 2 nights
Skipton - 1 night

A Highland Fling

Traverse the spectacular Highlands landscape by steam, on board the Majestic Mayflower, where high mountains meet deep lochs

Whilst we have yet to figure out a way of travelling back in time, we believe we have found the ideal experience to indulge in a bygone era. On board the Steam-Hauled 61306 Mayflower, travelling in Pullman-style carriages,  we can offer the discerning traveller an opportunity to experience the romance and craft of the Golden Age of Travel. This spectacular Highland Fling journeys in luxury from London to Scotland’s dazzling capital and UNESCO World Heritage site. Staying in specially selected hotels in some of Scotland’s most sought after locations, we explore the scenic beauty of the Highlands, what better way to experience the area than by train.  Cloaked in a haunting air of mystery with an incredible mix of cultures, the region's turbulent history has left behind some beautiful and romantic castles and there is the most unparalleled scenery and thus some of the most scenic railway journeys in Europe. The homeward journey of this unforgettable itinerary is not without its memorable railway moments, including the stunning Cumbrian Coast route. Rarely travelled by steam, expect close to 100 miles of stunning views as the railway line hugs the narrow strip between the Irish Sea and the Lakeland Fells and then across the world famous Harringworth Viaduct.

Key Features

Steam Hauled Journey
Historic Locomotive
Culture & Landscapes
New Domestic Tour
Assigned seats in Pullman Style Carriages
Specially Selected Hotels
Group Size: 2 – 42

Day 1 Depart London for Edinburgh via York. The journey starts with a superb full English breakfast of superior sourced produce, served with a glass of champagne as we depart London Victoria behind a vintage diesel locomotive for a quick run to York, where we will be joined by B1 Mayflower, onwards by steam to Edinburgh. From far-reaching views over the Cathedral City of Durham, the Angel of the North to the Royal Border Bridge at Berwick and the cliffs of the North East coast, the backdrop of our first day sets the tone for the rest of the journey. Early dinner on board before reaching the capital and checking in at the 5-star Balmoral (or similar) for a two night stay. (B, D)

Day 2 Day at leisure in Edinburgh with free time to explore Edinburgh, to many interesting attractions from its iconic medieval castle, to an extinct volcano, to Scotland’s crown jewels. Activities range from sipping whisky, hiking up Arthur’s Seat or going underground to explore some of the city’s medieval past. You can join optional excursions to Stirling Castle, Culross Palace (Pre-bookable £40), or the Royal Yacht Britannia (Pre-bookable £75). (B)

Day 3 Set out mid-morning over the Forth Railway Bridge. Elevenses will be served on board as our journey takes us via the beautiful coastal route to Aberdeen. Here we will have a short lunchtime break before continuing to Inverness, enjoy an early dinner on board before arriving in the capital of the Highlands. Transfer to the Macdonald Drumrossie Hotel for a three night stay. (B, L, D)

Day 4 During your time in the Highlands there is time to relax and enjoy your surrounds as well as the opportunity to sample some of the most scenic lines in Europe – Inverness to The Kyle of Lochalsh, Inverness to Dunrobin via the Far North Line, the journey south via the Highland Main Line and finally along the Firth of Clyde. (B)

Optional excursion to the Kyle of Lochalsh with B1 Mayflower - A full day trip through some of the most beautiful, wild and least populated countryside in the UK taking us from one side of Scotland to the other. One of the gems of Scotland’s railways, the stunning route to Kyle of Lochalsh, has many fearsome gradients and glorious vistas over mountains and lochs. After a short time to relax in Kyle of Lochalsh, join a coach excursion to the picturesque Eilean Donan Castle on Loch Duich for a guided tour. Elevenses will be served on the outward journey and a dinner on the return (Pre-bookable - Fares per person: With Pullman Style Dining £270). (L, D)

Day 5 Day at leisure in the Highland’s capital, or join one of the optional excursions (B):

Optional excursion to Dunrobin Castle - Our train, hauled by 61306 Mayflower, takes the scenic route north to Dunrobin Castle Station, the magnificent castle and grounds are a short 5 minute walk away. Ancestral home of the Dukes and Earls of Sutherland, Dunrobin  is the most northerly of Scotland's great houses and the largest in the Northern Highlands. One of Britain's oldest continuously inhabited houses dating back to the early 1300s. Explore the castle and watch the excellent falconry displays. (Entrance fee: £9.00 payable locally).  Please note that Dunrobin Castle is a historic building and as a consequence is not suitable for those with limited mobility. Alternatively you may opt to remain onboard the train as we travel a few miles up the line to the small, quiet coastal village of Brora. Passengers will be served a light lunch on the outward journey and dinner on the return (Pre-bookable - Pullman Style Dining £225). (L, D)

Optional excursion to Cawdor Castle and Culloden - A trip combining two of Scotland’s most famous sites. The legendary Cawdor Castle, famously linked by Shakespeare to Macbeth, was built by the Thanes of Cawdor in the 14th century. This romantic castle is still home to the Cawdor family. Most of the public rooms are on the first floor accessed by a wide stone staircase but there are public rooms over several floors so those with mobility issues will not be able to access the full tour. The beautiful gardens including a 17th-century walled garden, a flower garden and a wild garden are level walking and only a short distance from the castle. We then travel the short distance to the most famous battlefield in Scotland – Culloden owned by the National Trust for Scotland with time to explore. Take a walk around the battlefield, listen to the audio guide and visit the world class visitor centre which brings the history of this most bloody battle in April 1746 to life (Pre-bookable £45 (£35.50 for National Trust members)).

Optional Cruise on Loch Ness and a visit to Urquhart Castle - You will be taken by coach from your hotels to Dochgarroch Lock for a morning departure. Cruise across Loch Ness to Urquhart Castle. After disembarking there will be two hours to explore one of the most scenic ruined castles in Scotland with a bloody history stretching through from the 14th – 16th Centuries. We return by coach, giving you time to enjoy the afternoon in Inverness (Pre-bookable £45).

Day 6 Today travel to Ayr via the Highland Main Line, regarded as one of the most scenic in the country, linking a series of small towns and villages between Perth and Inverness, continuing south to the coast at Ayr. Experience the Highland Perthshire hills and rivers, Cairngorms National Park and mountains alongside the Spey Valley. Discover the historic station and signal box at Dunkeld and Birnam, the beautiful and well-kept Victorian station at Pitlochry and onwards to Dalwhinnie, the highest station on the line, home to a famous whisky distillery. Travel along the only surviving wooden viaduct at ultnaslanach, through the Pass of Killiecrankie, betwixt road and river and the Soldiers Leap and over Drumochter Summit, approaching the Cairngorms in Aviemore. Transfer to the Trump Turnberry for a two night stay. (B, L)

Day 7 Enjoy the stunning scenery and coastline as we travel along the Firth of Clyde to Stranraer, there will be the opportunity for those that wish to  enjoy a round of golf at one of the prestigious local courses or join the optional excursion to the Isle of Arran. Isle of Arran: The island lies in the Firth of Clyde between Ayr, Ardrossan, and Kintyre and is referred to as the "Sleeping Warrior". Continuously inhabited since the early Neolithic period and numerous prehistoric remains have been found. From the 6th century it was colonised by the Irish and became a centre of religious activity. In the troubled Viking Age, Arran became the property of the Norwegian crown, until formally absorbed by the kingdom of Scotland in the 13th century. Visit Arran Coastal Way, designated as one of Scotland's Great Trails by Scottish Natural Heritage and Brodick Castle, owned by the National Trust for Scotland. Price per person £40. (B, L)

Day 8 Today we travel from Ayr to Skipton via the Cumbrian Coast, steam-hauled through the lowlands of Scotland and across the border to Carlisle for a short lunchtime break. In the afternoon, we travel along the stunning Cumbrian Coast route, with nearly 100 miles of stunning views as the railway line hugs the narrow strip of land between The Irish Sea and the Lakeland Fells. On a clear day you can see distant vistas of the Isle of Man and the Scottish Coast. As the sun starts to set, we head towards the Dales and the area known as Brontë Country where we will be spending our final night. An early dinner will be served on board before we transfer to the Coniston Hotel Country Estate and Spa for overnight. (B, D)

Day 9 The last day of our trip dawns, and after breakfast we head South travelling through the heart of England along the Midland mainline. Skirting Leeds and Sheffield, we pass through the town of Chesterfield with its famous bent spire visible from the train, through the East Midlands and then over the world famous Harringworth Viaduct between Melton Mowbray and Corby before finally arriving at our destination, London Victoria, as the rush hour ends. Elevenses and an early dinner will be served on board. (B, L, D)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner

Notes

Meals served on the train comprise a 3 course lunch and a 4 course dinner, including wine, water tea & coffee.
The meal plan may be altered subject to final timetable confirmations.
Seats in Pullman-Style Carriages on a table for 4. (Window and next) Table for 2 available at a supplement.
Optional excursions are pre-bookable, limited availability, early booking recommended.
National Trust Members should advise their membership numbers at the time of booking and travel with their membership card.
Porterage is included, your luggage will be collected at the London railway station and transferred to your hotel, ready for your arrival, this will be repeated from hotel to hotel on the tour.
There is a choice of hotel in Troon, the Trump Turnberry as indicated in the itinerary or alternately the Piersland, a super 4-star boutique hotel. Formerly the home of Johnny Walker,  so has the legacy and lots of great whisky’s behind the bar to taste.

Notes

There is a choice of hotel in Troon, the Trump Turnberry as indicated in the itinerary or alternately the Piersland, a super 4-star boutique hotel. Formerly the home of Johnny Walker, so has the legacy and lots of great whisky’s behind the bar to taste.

Notes

The train will operate a full complement with standard, premium and Pullman carriages. Pullman Carriages have a maximum capacity of 42 travellers.

2021

per person in a twin/double room
Train from London Victoria
Seats in Pullman Style Carriages

Date Price
May 6 £3995

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £725 

Train Upgrades

Table for two £750

Optional Excursions

Stirling Castle and Culross Palace £45
The Royal Yacht Britannia £75
Train journey to the Kyle of Lochalsh & Eilean Donan Castle £270
Train journey to Dunrobin & the village of Brora £225
Cawdor Castle and Culloden £45
A Cruise on Loch Ness and a Visit to Urquhart Castle £45
Excursion to the Isle of Arran £40

Price Includes
Rail travel as indicated, 8 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 8 meals on board the train, seating in Pullman Style carriages with a premium railway dining experience, porterage, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives.

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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