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First Class Jacobite Express Short Break

A two-night break including a nostalgic first-class trip on the Jacobite Express. Reserve ahead now for 2022.

This exclusive First-Class Jacobite Express Short Break is one of our most popular trips – plan and book ahead now for 2022.

Widely regarded as one of the finest rail journeys in the world, the West Highland Line promises a journey of discovery through some of Scotland’s most glorious landscapes. And what better way to enjoy it’s final section than to sit back, relax and enjoy the unfolding scenery in first-class comfort on a nostalgic steam train journey?

This two-night break features a return first-class trip on the much sought-after Jacobite Express Steam Train between Fort William and Mallaig. Witness some of Scotland’s finest scenery along the way, with the highlight for many being crossing the Glenfinnan Viaduct – a truly extraordinary feat of engineering made famous worldwide with big screen features.

You will stay in a long-standing McKinlay Kidd favourite, an intimate family-run hotel off-the-beaten track in Spean Bridge in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Here you will sample endless culinary delights during your stay, from freshly brewed tea and homemade scones on arrival, to a delectable breakfast each morning and mouth-watering three-course dinner each night. You will also have time at leisure to explore this most picturesque area. We will provide ample recommendations of what to see and do throughout your stay, from visiting the poignant Commando Memorial, to a longer trip to the southern shores of Loch Ness, and strolls along empty country lanes near your hotel for amazing mountain views – you are in the heart of the Great Glen, after all.

Select your 2022 departure month below then fill in the form to reserve your place. We will then contact you to take your deposit payment to reserve the trip. It is first come, first served – availability is strictly limited.

Then just hit the road and make the drive into the heart of the Scottish Highlands – we will arrange the rest.


For family parties or single travellers, give us a call on 0141 260 9260 to discuss your preferred travel dates, and we will do our best to accommodate you.

If you are interested in a public transport version of this getaway, please take a look at our West Highland Line Experience holiday. We also offer options that include a trip over the sea to the Isle of Skye, the option to stay in a luxurious Scottish castle, or a longer, slower holiday along the West Highland Line. These trips are all self-guided – if your preference is to travel with a small, escorted group, please take a look here, now booking for 2022: small group guided rail tours.

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Fully Booked now in 2021. Plan ahead for April to October 2022.

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This holiday begins when you hit the road and drive to charming Spean Bridge, nestled deep in the Scottish Highlands. You will then head west on a first-class return trip on the Jacobite Express Steam train, which will meander through remarkable backdrops between Fort William and Mallaig.


£345 per person for April & October, £365 per person for May to September

The prices detailed include:

  • Two nights accommodation based on two people sharing a double or twin room in a characterful small hotel in Spean Bridge on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis
  • A first class day return on the Jacobite Express steam train between Fort William and Mallaig

Before your departure, you will receive personalised holiday information including full directions, recommended routes, and suggestions on places to visit depending on your interests and our local knowledge to help you get the most from your holiday.

All itineraries and room types are presented subject to availability at specific hotels.

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Reserve your place(s) for First Class Jacobite Express Short Break

Departure Dates & Current Availability
Departure DateStarts FromNights£ per person (2 sharing)£ per person (single)
Wednesday 6 Oct 2021Spean Bridge2£ 345 - Fully booked£ on request - Fully booked
Sunday 1 May 2022Spean Bridge2£ 365£ on request
Wednesday 1 Jun 2022Spean Bridge2£ 365£ on request
Friday 1 Jul 2022Spean Bridge2£ 365£ on request
Monday 1 Aug 2022Spean Bridge2£ 365£ on request
Thursday 1 Sep 2022Spean Bridge2£ 365£ on request

To reserve your place(s) on this tour, please call us or complete the form below, making sure to select your departure date from the dropdown menu and advise of any special requirements. We will hold your place(s) for 48 hours and contact you with details of how to confirm your booking by payment of the per person deposit.

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