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A Scottish Christmas

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(Tour code: SHX20)

Enjoy a relaxing Christmas break in 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.

  • Edinburgh
  • Inverness
  • Christmas Eve along the Kyle Line
  • Christmas lunch at the hotel
  • Loch Ness including Exhibition Centre
  • Farewell dinner in Edinburgh
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
    Heritage Rail Excursion
  • 3-4* Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals
  • Optional Bag Concierge

A Scottish Christmas 2019Tour Details

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Day 1 Edinburgh

Arrival in Edinburgh

Your Tour Manager greets you in Edinburgh at the 4-star Radisson Blu Hotel located on the Royal Mile, close to Edinburgh Castle. Your day is free.

  • Dinner
Day 2 Inverness Castle
Inverness Castle

Through the Cairngorms to Inverness

Our excursion today takes us by rail across the iconic Forth Bridge and through wild and dramatic scenery to Inverness, passing through Kingussie, Pitlochry and Aviemore on our way through the mighty Cairngorms. On arrival in Inverness, we check in to the 3-Star Palace Hotel before enjoying a drinks reception.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Kyle Line
Kyle Line

Christmas Eve along the famous Kyle Line

Today is Christmas Eve and we enjoy a journey on the exceptional Kyle Line, a quintessentially Scottish railway journey which treks alongside misty lochs and looming mountains. Eventually we arrive in Kyle of Lochalsh where we visit the ever-impressive Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotland's iconic buildings. On arrival back at the hotel, we enjoy a Christmas sherry drinks reception with live entertainment. You may wish to enjoy the local Chiristmas church service this evening.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Return to Edinburgh & home

We travel back to Edinburgh today in Standard Class through the Cairngorms to Edinburgh, where we stay a second night at the Radisson Blu 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 7 the tour concludes, and you you are free to make your way home at your leisure.

  • 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.

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. 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.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Standard Class rail travel as described
  • Porterage included from Edinburgh to Inverness

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 6 nights' hotel accommodation, including 2 nights at the 4-Star Radisson Blu Hotel in Edinburgh and 4 nights at the 3-Star Superior Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa in Inverness

Delicious meals included

  • 15 meals including 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches including Christmas lunch with Champagne, live music and Scottish dancing on Christmas Day, and 6 dinners
  • Complimentary bar at the hotel, from 7pm to 10pm every evening in Inverness, including house beer, wine and local spirits plus soft drinks'


Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Christmas Eve excursion on the famous Kyle Line
  • At leisure on Christmas Day in Inverness
  • Rail journey through the majestic Cairngorms
  • Excursion to the world-famous Loch Ness on Boxing Day
  • Excursion to the majestic Eilean Donan Castle (entrance not included)
  • Free time in Edinburgh to explore

Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

Lynne Broadley
Luke Simpson
Helen Laverack
A Scottish Christmas

Enjoy a relaxing Christmas break in Inverness


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