The 'Lord of the Isles' special train provides a rare opportunity to travel behind a lovingly restored vintage steam locomotive over one of the most spectacular railway routes in the British Isles.
We travel across the Highlands from east to west through rugged terrain and wide valleys, skirting numerous lochs and inlets as we journey towards the Kyle of Lochalsh, with the Isle of Skye forming a dramatic backdrop at the end of the line.
Your train will be hauled by B1 Class steam locomotive No. 61264 as you travel initially on the Far North Line from Inverness, on the northernmost railway in the UK. The route runs westwards from Inverness, and passes over the Caledonian Canal on the Clachnaharry Swing Bridge. At Dingwall you take the largely single track Kyle line, passing through the dramatic Highland landscape. The route takes you beside various lochs, through farmland, dense forests, alongside craggy steep rock faces and over numerous streams. Along the way you will see 17 stations, including the one at Beauly with the shortest platform in the UK! The locomotive stops at Achnasheen to take on water before you descend to the shores of Loch Carron and run close to the seashore to Kyle of Lochalsh. The village is located at the entrance to Loch Alsh and there are fine views across the loch to the centre of the Isle of Skye, a vista dominated by the mountainous Cuillins. The nearby Skye Bridge links the island by road the mainland.
You return to Inverness, hauled by our steam locomotive, and we tackle the many severe gradients of the Kyle line. You can experience the wonderful Highland scenery from a different aspect as we retrace our earlier steps back to the Highland capital of Inverness.
Premier Dining includes a full English breakfast and four course dinner silver served at your seat.
First Class includes morning coffee with a variety of tulip muffins and afternoon tea with a savoury of the day followed by a selection of cakes and fancies.
Approximate timings shown
|Kyle of Lochalsh||12:20||16:00|