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Train Touring Holidays by McKinlay Kidd

Jacobite Express steam train

If your idea of a care-free holiday is car free, you’ll be spoilt for choice with our great selection of scenic train journeys and longer self-guided tours throughout Scotland, Ireland and northern England. We’ve tracked down spectacular trips where you can relax and travel in comfort through stunning landscapes often inaccessible by road, such as the wilds of Rannoch Moor or Scottish Flow Country. If you’d rather reach for the camera than the gear stick, consider taking the West Highland Line over the magnificent Glenfinnan Viaduct or the Settle to Carlisle Railway with beautiful views of the Pennine Hills and the Lake District Fells. Our train trips can even lead you beyond the end of

If your idea of a care-free holiday is car free, you’ll be spoilt for choice with our great selection of scenic train journeys and longer self-guided tours throughout Scotland, Ireland and northern England. We’ve tracked down spectacular trips where you can relax and travel in comfort through stunning landscapes often inaccessible by road, such as the wilds of Rannoch Moor or Scottish Flow Country. If you’d rather reach for the camera than the gear stick, consider taking the West Highland Line over the magnificent Glenfinnan Viaduct or the Settle to Carlisle Railway with beautiful views of the Pennine Hills and the Lake District Fells. Our train trips can even lead you beyond the end of the line to islands such as spectacular Skye, fascinating Orkney or the captivating Irish Aran Islands. What’s more, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to meet and chat with locals and other travellers on such a journey if you wish.

Wherever you choose to go, let us organise the smartest connections, the local guides and the special places to stay; it’s what we do best.

We’ve visited and sampled every restaurant, bar and café we recommend. It’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it.

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A holiday specially designed for travellers who want to experience authentic Scotland independently by rail. Your tour will include the classic West & North Highland railway lines, the Isle of Skye, Inverness and the Highlands, starts in Glasgow and ends in Edinburgh. From £1000 per person for 7 nights/8 days.

  • Holiday duration: 8 days
  • Price from: £1,230
  • Operator: McKinlay Kidd
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A leisurely fortnight touring the Highlands and (some) islands, largely by train.

  • Holiday duration: 15 days
  • Price from: £2,250
  • Operator: McKinlay Kidd
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Carefully designed holiday, touring Yorkshire and Hadrian's Wall by train, including the famous Settle-Carlisle railway.

  • Holiday duration: 8 days
  • Price from: £775
  • Operator: McKinlay Kidd
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Our unique holiday combines a fabulous day trip in first class on the Jacobite Express steam train, that runs on the final section of the line, from Fort William to Mallaig, with two nights at a small, family-run hotel in the highland village of Spean Bridge. This holiday is a great way to celebrate special occasions, such as landmark birthdays.

  • Holiday duration: 3 days
  • Price from: £310
  • Operator: McKinlay Kidd
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Relax and take in the glorious scenery from Glasgow to Fort William, before enjoying the final section in first class style as the steam train meanders its way from Fort William to Mallaig. But that's not your final destination: from here you take the ferry 'over the sea to Skye' to a beautiful hotel in a tiny village with stunning coastal views.

  • Holiday duration: 4 days
  • Price from: £685
  • Operator: McKinlay Kidd
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