I am often approached by my clients about alternatives to travelling by train so for this blog I would like to explore three journeys closer to home. Take an unforgettable railway journey and experience your holiday from a different perspective by train, witness incredible scenery, enjoy first-class comfort and outstanding service.
Scottish Highland Railways
Acclaimed by Michael Palin as one of the ‘Great Railways of the World’, the breathtaking run from Inverness across to Kyle of Lochalsh is just one of the trio of journeys included on this hugely popular break in Scotland. A train journey around Scotland can be one of the best ways of admiring the stunning landscapes around the country. The dramatic 42 miles of the famous West Highland line from Fort William to Mallaig, and the nostalgic trip on the steam-hauled Strathspey Railway complete an unforgettably scenic few days in one of Scotland’s most beautiful regions. You can book a rail holiday from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh from £489 per person, including return flights to Edinburgh, coach travel, transfers throughout and fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager. Enjoy a journey on the steam-hauled Strathspey Railway, cross the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct on the 42-mile journey from Fort William to Mallaig. This holiday also includes four nights stay at either the Highlander Hotel, Newtonmore or the Carrbridge Hotel, Carrbridge, including dinner, bed and Scottish breakfast.
Steam Railways of Austria
Austria is an incredible destination with a unique landscape, which include a combination of beautiful lakes, charming mountains and imperial architecture. Enjoy a stunning holiday to the scenic Austrian Tyrol, a land of green pastures, towering mountains and flower-decked villages, where in addition to a stay in a wonderful Alpine paradise, you’ll enjoy journeys on some delightful vintage railways through incredible countryside, and a visit to Imperial Innsbruck, the glorious Tyrolean capital. Journey on the nostalgic Zillertal Steam Railway, visit the glorious Innsbruck and the Imperial Tyrolean capital from £789 per person. This holiday also includes return flights to Munich, seven nights’ carefully chosen dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation at the three-star Hotel Gerloserhof, Gerlos, coach travel and transfers throughout and fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager.
Historic Railways of the Isle of Man
Take a marvellous short break to a corner of our island where it seems life is lived at a slower pace – TT races aside – against a background of rolling hills and wonderful beaches blessed by clean air and unpolluted skies. An independent Crown dependency governed by the world’s longest established parliament, the island is full of fascination, with its unique heritage railways offering a marvellous way to discover and explore this very special place. Book a holiday to this stunning island and you will have the opportunity to see ‘Seven Kingdoms’ from the summit station and discover many of the island’s attractions with your included ‘Go Explore Heritage’ card included. Journey on the narrow-gauge Isle of Man Steam Railway, visit to historic Laxey, where Lady Isabella is the world's largest working waterwheel and take also the opportunity to a visit to the classic resort Port Erin. Price starts from £789 per person, including return flights to Douglas, four nights’ carefully chosen dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation at the Chesterhouse Hotel, Rutland Hotel, Welbeck Hotel, Ascot Hotel or the Empress Hotel, Douglas, coach travel and transfers throughout and fully escorted.