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A Scottish Christmas

(Tour code: SHX5)A relaxing Christmas break in Edinburgh and Inverness

Spend Christmas in Inverness, with hearty food, warming drinks, entertainment and festive cheer. Enjoy the proud cities of Edinburgh and Inverness and travel through the yuletide scenery on beautiful rail trips.

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Tour Highlights
  • Edinburgh
  • Inverness
  • Christmas Eve along the Kyle Line
  • Christmas lunch at the hotel
  • Loch Ness including Exhibition Centre
  • Farewell dinner in Edinburgh
  • Complimentary bar in the evenings in Inverness
What’s Included (Full details)
  • 1st & Standard Class Rail
  • 3-4* Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals
  • Optional Bag Concierge
Additional Information Departure Times

We typically suggest that our guests join our UK tours between 2pm and 3pm at the first hotel in the tour.

We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Edinburgh
Day 1

Arrival in Edinburgh

Your Tour Manager greets you in Edinburgh at the 4-star Apex International Hotel, located in the very heart of Edinburgh's Old Town, close to Edinburgh Castle. Spend the afternoon exploring Scotland's fascinating capital city and browse its traditional German Christmas Market.

Includes:
  • Dinner
Inverness Castle
Day 2

Through the Cairngorms to Inverness

We travel by rail (Standard Class) across the iconic Forth Bridge and head through brooding Highland scenery on our way to Inverness. Our journey takes us via Kingussie, Pitlochry and Aviemore as we travel through the mighty Cairngorms. We then arrive in Inverness for a four-night stay at the Palace Hotel. Here we are welcomed by a sherry and whisky drinks reception before our three-course dinner with wine. The hotel also offers a complimentary bar each evening from 7-10pm.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Kyle Line
Day 3

Christmas Eve along the famous Kyle Line

Christmas Eve begins with a journey along the famous Kyle Line, one of Europe's truly great rail experiences (Standard Class). We skirt alongside lochs and up through wild mountain landscapes as we travel across Scotland from east coast to west. Countless photo opportunities present themselves as we wind through wooded hillsides and over sparse moors, climbing over the highlands and past charming loch-side and sea-side towns. Later we arrive in Kyle of Lochalsh, overlooking the Isle of Skye. Here we have a little time to explore before making the wonderful return journey. We enjoy a sherry drinks reception before dinner, followed by live entertainment in the hotel. You could perhaps attend a local church service this evening, and upon your return the hotel offers a warming bowl of soup.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • The Kyle Line
  • Kyle of Lochalsh
Christmas Baulbles
Day 4

Christmas Day in Inverness

Our Christmas morning begins with a full Scottish breakfast accompanied by buck's fizz, after which you are free to perhaps take a stroll along the banks of the River Ness, before our sumptuous Christmas lunch at the hotel, including Champagne. Later you can toast the Queen's speech with a dram, and afternoon tea will be served, ahead of a festive buffet dinner this evening. Tonight's entertainment consists of Scottish music and traditional dancing.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Christmas celebrations
Loch Ness
Day 5

Boxing Day excursion to Loch Ness

After a hearty Scottish breakfast, Boxing Day's excursion takes us along the stunning shores of Loch Ness by coach. Here we visit the acclaimed Loch Ness Exhibition Centre. The centre details the history and geology of the region - and of course has an exhibition dedicated to the famous monster.  Back in Inverness, we enjoy a final evening meal and entertainment in the hotel.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Loch Ness
Edinburgh
Days 6-7

Return to Edinburgh & home

We travel back to Edinburgh today in First Class through the Cairngorms to Edinburgh, where we stay a second night at the Apex International Hotel. Your afternoon is free for you to discover the city. There are plenty of options for your day, from an open-top bus ride past the major attractions, to visits to some of Edinburgh's world-class galleries and museums. The heart of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its medieval Old Town, Georgian New Town, and the award-winning modern architecture continuing the contrast between traditional and contemporary. Of course, no trip to Edinburgh is complete without a visit to the famous castle. Later we enjoy a final dinner together at the hotel. After breakfast on Day 6 the tour concludes, and you you are free to make your way home at your leisure. Alternatively, take more time to explore beautiful Edinburgh before making your homeward journey.

Includes:
  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 7 - Breakfast

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

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