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Great Railways of the Scottish Highlands

5 Days from £799

Incredible rail journeys and the glorious scenery of the Scottish Highlands - the perfect combination for a wonderful break close to home.​

Departure from: Sep 2019 - Sep 2019

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YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

  • ​4 nights half-board in a 3-star hotel
  • 8 meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 dinners
  • All excursions included
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager
  • ​Rail and coach transportation as described
  • Porterage


 

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Included holiday highlights

  • West Highland Line aboard the Jacobite Steam Train
  • Cross Glenfinnan Viaduct and see the Glenfinnan Monument
  • Rail journey to the Kyle of Lochalsh and Loch Ness visit
  • Visit Dalwhinnie Distillery
  • Travel on the Strathspey Steam Railway

Your Itinerary

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Day 1 Inverness

​Make your own way to Inverness, where your hotel is located in the centre of the city, just a short stroll from Inverness Castle and the River Ness​.

Day 2 Mallaig & Glenfinnan

​Your rail adventure begins after breakfast when you board the famous Jacobite Steam Train for a two-hour journey through some of Scotland's most spectacular scenery. The route, considered by many to be one of the world's greatest rail journeys, crosses the Glenfinnan viaduct, before continuing to the charming fishing port of Mallaig, where you'll make a stop at lunch time.
Continue by coach to Glenfinnan, where you can admire the monumental tower that was built to commemorate Bonnie Prince Charlie both raising his standard and departing Scotland for France.​

Day 3 Kyle of Lochalsh

​Today you will embark on one of the most scenic rail journeys in the world, from Inverness to the Kyle of Lochalsh on the west coast. This magnificent trip takes you through some incredible scenery,across open moorland and through stunning valleys.
Continuing by coach, you’ll discover Scotland’s most romantic castle, Eilean Donan, situated at the mouth of Loch Long offering views across to the Isle of Skye. Why not stop for lunch before exploring the castle (entrance not included).You’ll also have the chance to visit Loch Ness on your way back to Inverness.​

Day 4 Dalwhinnie Distillery & Strathspey Steam Railway

Today you will visit the Dalwhinnie Distillery to find out about the traditional art of malt whisky distilling. Enjoy a tour, followed by a tasting of single malts and pick up some tips about how best to appreciate the wonderful flavours. 
This will be followed by a nostalgic trip on the Strathspey Steam Railway from Aviemore through the striking Boat of Garten to Broomhill – the village that featured as Glenbogle in the popular BBC drama 'Monarch of the Glen'. Relax with a drink as you admire the wonderful views on this 90-minute journey.
Spend this evening enjoying the surroundings of your hotel.

Day 5 Inverness

​Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before checking out of your hotel and starting your journey home​.


Accommodation

Every hotel you will stay in on your holiday is hand-picked by us. We relish the challenge of finding the right accommodation for each and every tour, whether it's chosen for its location, its facilities or its downright quirkiness.

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Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa
The 3-star Best Western Inverneess Palace Hotel & Spa located on the banks of the River Ness.

Hotel facilities include two restaurants, lounge, spa and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, complimentary wi-fi and a TV.


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Prices are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room. Single occupancy supplements will apply. Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.


Local Knowledge

We asked some of our Tour Managers to sum up what they really love about this tour. Here's what they said:

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When riding aboard the Jacobite Steam Train I always look forward to the Glenfinnan Viaduct – the views of Loch Shiel are breathtaking.

GEORGE WALES - TOUR MANAGER

Great Railways of the Scottish Highlands


Kyle Line - The Great Highland Railway Journey

Plockton, Loch CarronThe Kyle Line is one of the world's most scenic rail journeys and travels from Inverness through to the Kyle of Lochalsh on the west. The views from the window are stunning and this magnificent trip takes you through some incredible scenery, across open moorland and through stunning valleys, stopping in truly picturesque locations. The terminus at Kyle of Lochalsh is the crossing point for the Isle of Skye. Nowadays there is no ferry, however the bridge can be crossed on foot or by bus and is only a short distance from the station.

History

The initial section of the Kyle Line ran from Dingwall as far as Stromeferry and was opened on 19th August 1870. The final difficult section to Kyle of Lochalsh was started in 1893 and took so long to get approval to build because ultimately the engineers had to construct 29 bridges, cut through 31 sections of solid rock and was eventually opened on 2nd November 1897.

Journey

In brief the journey from Inverness to Kyle has been likened to a symphony in three parts:

  • Pastoral, through the lush farmlands of Easter Ross
  • Mountain, from the steep climb to the Raven Rock along the shores of lochs and past mighty peaks to the forested descent of Glencarron
  • Marine, following the shore of Loch Carron past the pretty village of Plockton to a final flourish facing the Isle of Skye