Great Railways of the Scottish Highlands

From £719.10
Duration 5 Days
Departures from May 2020 - Sep 2020
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From £719.10
Duration 5 Days
Departures from May 2020 - Sep 2020
Tour Overview

​Incredible rail journeys and the glorious scenery of the Scottish Highlands – the perfect combination for a wonderful break close to home. Your railway adventures begins aboard the Jacobite Steam Train for a journey through Scotland's most spectacular scenery and across the Glenfinnan viaduct, with stops at Mallaig and Glenfinnan, home of the monumental tower built to commemorate Bonnie Prince Charlie. You'll then embark on one of the most scenic rail journeys in the world, from Inverness to the Kyle of Lochalsh, before continuing on to discover Scotland's most romantic castle, Eilean Donan, which offers incredible views of the Isle of Skye. Your last rail journey is a nostalgic trip on the Strathspey Steam Railway from Aviemore through the striking Boat of Garten to Broomhill, but not before indulging in a tour and a tasting at a malt whisky distillery!

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Your Holiday Includes

  • ​4 nights in a 3-star hotel Half Board:
  • 4 breakfasts, 4 dinners and welcome drink
  • Several heritage rail journeys
  • All highlights included
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager ​
  • Rail and coach transportation and porterage

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
  • Whisky tasting experience and a taste of Scottish shortbread
  • Visit the Culloden Battlefield Travel on the Strathspey Steam Railway

Itinerary

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​. Join your fellow guests for a welcome drink.

Meals included: D

Day 2 Jacobite Steam Train - 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.

Meals included: B,D

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.​

Meals included: B,D

Day 4 Whisky-tasting, Culloden Battlefields & Strathspey Steam Railway

Today you will visit a 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.
We will also visit the Culloden Battlefield and walk the front lines where the Jacobites made their last stand. 
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.

Meals included: B,D

Day 5 Inverness

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

Meals included: B

Additional Information

​Please note: We cannot always guarantee that rail excursions will be steam-hauled.

Accommodation

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.

Prices shown are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room with private facilities unless otherwise stated. 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.