Why you need to see the Scotland Highlands by steam

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Always wanted to experience Scotland's awe-inspiring scenery while passing over land, sea and loch powered by steam? Keep reading...

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The Scottish Highlands are one of the most captivating parts of the UK, where majestic mountains sit beside tranquil lochs, with an undisturbed beauty that has inspired poets, artists and musicians for centuries.

It's for this reason that Prima is inviting you to join an unforgettable train journey through some of its most beautiful sights, while experiencing the genteel luxury of travelling by steam train and boat in summer 2022.

What can you expect from the trip?

Sail to the Falkirk Wheel, the world’s first rotating boat lift

Beginning at New Port Downie, you'll sail to the Falkirk Wheel, the world’s first rotating boat lift. A marvel of modern engineering, first opened by the Queen in 2002, it will raise you gracefully from the Forth & Clyde to the Union Canal in just four minutes.

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Travel down the Union Canal to a four-star spa

After sailing down the Union Canal you will arrive at your accommodation for the next three nights, the stately, four-star MacDonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa, which underwent an ambitious redesign in 2017.

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Here, you can pamper yourself in the spa or relax on the terrace, and enjoy one of the finest views in the country, gazing across Loch Ard to Ben Lomond. As well as breakfast, you can also look forward to dinner served with wine each evening in the hotel’s impressive dining room.

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Photo credit: Adrian Wroth

Jacobite steam train from Fort William to Mallaig, via Glenfinnan Viaduct

On your second day, you’ll take the Jacobite steam train from Fort William, passing by the slopes of Ben Nevis and over the spectacular Glenfinnan Viaduct (as seen in the Harry Potter films), to quaint harbour town Mallaig where you can enjoy a seafood lunch at one of its charming portside eateries. Make sure to leave room for dessert though, as champagne and chocolates will be served on your return journey aboard the Jacobite.

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Photo credit: Hans Georg Eiben - Getty Images

Climb aboard the SS Waverley

The final two days of the trip will be spent on water, first aboard the SS Waverley - the last ocean-going paddle steamer plying its trade on the River Clyde. Built in 1946 to replace the 1899 Waverley sunk at Dunkirk, the boat is powered by an immense 2100 horsepower steam engine and is a truly unique way to explore this corner of Scotland.

The following day will be whiled away on Loch Katrine, crossing its peaceful waters on the steam ship Sir Walter Scott, taking in the serene and unspoiled landscapes from its deck.

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Photo credit: Brightwater

Want to join Prima on a Scottish rail adventure?

Prima Holidays' exclusive Scottish steam trip departs in June and July 2022, with prices for our four-day trip starting from £995 per person.

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