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Great Railways of the Scottish Highlands

Tours by Rail

5 Days from £529

Was from £579

Sep 2016 - Sep 2017 Departures

Sparkling lochs with crystal-clear water, striking romantic castles, awe-inspiring glens stretching into the distance. Combine some of the world’s most exciting rail journeys with the wild mountain scenery of the Scottish Highlands on this scenic 5-day tour.

Overview

What's included

  • Rail and coach transportation as described
  • 4 nights’ accommodation on a half-board basis
  • All excursions included
  • The services of a Travelsphere Tour Manager
  • Hotel porterage

Included holiday highlights

  • Board the Jacobite Steam Train to ride the West Highland Line
  • Cross the Glenfinnan Viaduct and admire the Glenfinnan Monument
  • Journey by rail to the Kyle of Lochalsh and visit Loch Ness
  • Ride the UK’s highest mountain railway, the Cairngorm Funicular Railway
  • Admire incredible views on a journey on the Strathspey Steam Railway
  • Visit the historic Culloden Battlefield

Itinerary

Having arrived at Inverness, check into your hotel which is located in the centre of the city, just a short stroll from Inverness Castle and the River Ness.


Inverness boasts many historic buildings, an array of shopping outlets in its compact centre and a great selection of restaurants, cafés and pubs.
Your rail adventure begins after breakfast this morning when you board the famous Jacobite Steam Train* for a two-hour journey through some of Scotland’s most wild and spectacular scenery. The route, considered by many to be the one of the world’s greatest rail journeys, crosses the picturesque Glenfinnan viaduct, before continuing to the charming fishing port of Mallaig, where you’ll make a stop at lunch time, so why not sample some freshly caught seafood.


Your journey will 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.
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, stopping in truly picturesque locations.


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 and the dramatic Five Sisters of Kintail. Why not stop for lunch before exploring the castle (entrance not included).


No holiday in Scotland would be complete without a visit to Loch Ness, and you have the chance to hunt for the legendary monster and admire the loch’s stark beauty on your way back to Inverness.
Today’s destination is the famous Cairngorm Funicular Railway, the UK’s highest mountain railway, which takes you to the top of the Cairngorm Mountain in just eight minutes.


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 from your window on this 90-minute journey.


Your day ends with a visit to the Culloden Battlefield, where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite rising was crushed by the Duke of Cumberland’s government army in less than an hour in April 1746. Take the opportunity to walk the routes taken by the opposing forces and see the ground where brave men lost their lives. After your journey back to Inverness, spend a relaxing evening enjoying the surroundings of your comfortable hotel.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before checking out of your hotel and starting your journey home.


Please note: We want you to get the most from your holiday with us so please be advised that this tour is not suitable for anyone with limited mobility.


*Please be advised that we cannot always guarantee that rail excursions will be steam-hauled.

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Accommodation

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.

Palace Hotel - Best Western

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 are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

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