march, 2024

29mar01aprThe Easter Chieftain - CONFIRMED TIMINGS ADDEDA four-day land-cruise passing through spectacular Scottish scenery, travelling in classic First Class Carriages with delicious food and overnight accommodation at the Macdonald Aviemore Resort. Joining stations: Eastleigh, Salisbury, Westbury, Chippenham, Swindon, Oxford, Banbury, Leamington Spa, Dorridge, *Derby

Event Details

The Easter Chieftain 2024

This Train is now FULLY BOOKED 


We are pleased to present our Easter Chieftain railcruise excursion to Scotland, with three nights at the Macdonald Aviemore Resort.

With comfortable First Class rail travel, fine food and accommodation, spectacular Highland scenery and views from coast to coast, this four-day excursion has something for everyone.    


We ask that your choice of off train option for each day is advised at the time of booking.


Our 2024 Scottish Highlander begins at Eastleigh, and from your choice of joining station, you will be warmly welcomed aboard our special private Premier Dining train. For those joining at stations as far as Dorridge, the Great British Breakfast will be served, whilst those joining at Derby will enjoy a lighter serving.

Once everyone is on board we will make our way through North Derbyshire to York, then across the Vale of York and the length of County Durham. After crossing the River Tyne, we take a short afternoon break at Newcastle, where the city centre starts right across the road from the station.

Continuing northwards, we run through the delights of Northumberland, eventually almost on the coast with views of legendary Lindisfarne before a climb to cross the River Tweed on the magnificent Royal Border Bridge.

Two miles north of Berwick-upon-Tweed we enter Scotland, with Evening Dinner Service commencing, enjoyed as the train makes for Edinburgh. From here we make our way along the Highland Mainline and then onto our destination of Aviemore. Road coaches will then take you on a short transfer to the Four Star Macdonald Aviemore Resort, which you should reach around 2145.


After a Hotel Buffet Breakfast we leave Aviemore aboard our special train with Kyle of Lochalsh as the day’s destination, reached via Inverness and the undulating scenic single line railway that connects the east and west coasts of Scotland.

A Light Luncheon is served outward and Evening Dinner during the return.

The following selection of off-train options at Kyle completes your day.


Road coaches, with local guides, will take you over the modern bridge onto the Isle of Skye for the road trip north to the main but small town of Portree for a short visit. The brooding Cuillin Mountains form a rugged backdrop.






After a short transfer by road coach, with guide, arrive at the pretty loch side village of Plockton for a relaxing stroll and a lovely hour’s cruise on Loch Carron with Callum looking for the seals.








A short road coach transfer from Kyle leads to this historic 13th century castle, sat on its own islet, and so often a backdrop in films. You will have time to explore it and take in the loch side scenery.





Our journeys end at Kyle of Lochalsh offers the opportunity to explore this quiet small town and harbour facing the Isle of Skye.







A relaxed Sunday begins with a Buffet Breakfast in the Hotel on the day the clocks go forward.

We then invite you to choose either:


A scenic full circle rail journey of the central Highlands, south to Druimuachdar Summit, down to Killiecrankie Gorge and Pitlochry, then Perth. Enjoy a Light Lunch as the train then follows the River Tay and Firth to Dundee, with beautiful beaches and sand dunes through Carnoustie to Arbroath.

After Montrose, the line travels inland for a while before the Stonehaven cliff tops and the descent to the ‘Granite City’ of Aberdeen, where the station is close to both the city centre and the harbour.

A couple of hours are available for exploration during the afternoon before you rejoin the train for a delicious Evening Dinner as the train heads towards the setting sun through Keith, Elgin, Nairn and Inverness, then the last leg over Slochd Summit back to Aviemore. 




Enjoy a non – train day, exploring this part of the Grampians with meals (Lunch and Evening Dinner) enjoyed at the hotel resort.

Included is a ride on the funicular up Cairngorm Mountain, to over 3000 feet for wonderful views, and a visit to the Highland Folk Museum.






It is time to head south, and so we leave Aviemore having enjoyed the Hotel Buffet Breakfast. Coaches will take you on a short transfer to Aviemore station where we rejoin the train at around 0900.

The return route will take us over the Highland Mainline to Perth. A full ‘Taste of Scotland’ Luncheon will then be served as we travel south towards York, by way of Edinburgh and Newcastle.

Travelling then via a cross country route, we make our way back to our first set-down at Derby, then as outward back to Eastleigh.

A Light Supper will be served to those who are alighting at stations later
in the journey.


Wherever you travel with us on this weekend excursion, we are sure that it will leave you with a treasure trove of incredible memories.

Confirmed Timings

*A limited dining option is available for those joining at Derby.


Additional Information

Seating in the carriages is arranged at tables of four, with two seats facing two. There are also a limited number of ‘Tables for Two’, with single seats facing each other. (Supplement Fare applies).Passengers will be able to enjoy the comfort of travelling in 1970’s BR MK2 carriages.

Dietary requirements: If you have any specific dietary requirements, please advise when you book.

Confirmation: All bookings will be confirmed in writing when the deposit payment has been processed. A non-refundable deposit of £200 per person is required upon booking.

Operating within the constraints of the national rail network, confirmed times are normally advised to us 7 to 10 days before the date of departure. Around one week before the departure date you will receive a letter from us with your reserved seat number(s), the confirmed timings and other details relating to the excursion. These times may vary by up to an hour in either or both directions – the times quoted now are for guidance only. 

Locomotives: We will be in the capable hands of DB Cargo UK who will provide suitable locomotives for the routes we traverse. The air conditioned carriages will be provided by Riviera Trains Ltd.