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(Tour code: WHX20)

Experience the wild and wonderful Highlands at the height of the festive season

Experience the wild and wonderful Highlands at the height of the festive season. Experience the incomparable West Highland Line, discover the amazing Nevis Mountain range, and warm up with a wee dram of whisky, all on a trip that showcases the best of Scotland at Christmas.

  • West Highland Line
  • Ballachulish
  • Ride on the Nevis Range Mountain Gondola
  • Whisky tasting
  • The Jacobite
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
    Journey on the West Highland Line
    Journey on the Jacobite Steam Train
  • Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals With Wine
    Special Christmas lunch
    5 nights' hotel accommodation
  • Whisky tasting

Christmas in the Highlands 2019Tour Details

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Days 1-2 West Highland Line
West Highland Line

From Glasgow to Fort William on Christmas Eve

Meet your Tour Manager in Glasgow today, where we enjoy a mulled wine on arrival, followed by dinner. On Day 2, it is Christmas Eve and we transfer to the station for our trip along the breathtakingly beautiful West Highland Line - one of the most iconic railways in the world. We are travelling today to Fort William, then transferring to Ballachulish, our base for the next four nights. On arrival, we enjoy a spot of tea and cake, and this evening, we enjoy a special dinner. Tonight, we are entertained with live music, and there is also an opportunity to venture to nearby Duror Church for the Watchnight Service.

  • Day 1 - Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Christmas Meal
Christmas Meal

Christmas Day

Today is dedicated to relaxation, food, and festivities. After breakfast, there is a visit from Santa, then plenty of free time to enjoy the day as you wish until lunch. There is also an option, this morning, to go to a Christmas Day service at one of the nearby churches. After a delicious Christmas lunch with all the trimmings, there is the chance to watch the Queen's Speech. You are then at leisure again until dinner, and this evening there is a showing of Christmas films with popcorn and chocolate.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 Ben Nevis
Ben Nevis

Nevis Range Mountain Gondola

Boxing Day is spent enjoying some of Scotland's most iconic past times. We begin the day with a gondola ride on the Nevis Range Mountain Gondola, which showcases some truly awe-inspiring views of the surrounding countryside of Scotland. Travelling up the side of Aonach Mor, you can see a myriad of beautiful peaks and lochs that epitomise Scotland; including the highest mountain in the British Isles, Ben Nevis. After, we venture to the mountain cafe, and indulge in a tasting of Scotland's favourite beverage, whisky. We return to our hotel for dinner this evening, and enjoy a sherry reception and live music as we eat.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Days 5-6 Jacobite Steam Train
Jacobite Steam Train

The Jacobite and home

Today, we enjoy a journey on the Jacobite* Steam Train. This bastion of steam engines is beloved by many, and is arguably one of the best ways to travel along the West Highland Line, taking in the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct. Enjoy the special festive service as we complete an enthralling return trip, before we transfer back to the hotel for our final meal together.

On Day 6, we partake in breakfast before transferring to the station for our journey back to Glasgow. On arrival, our tour ends, and you are free to depart at leisure.

* The Jacobite is subject to change and we may take this excursion on Scotrail's scheduled service to Mallaig.

  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 6 - Breakfast

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 throughout

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 5 nights' accommodation, including 1 outbound overnight stay in Glasgow, and 4 nights in the Ballachullsh Hotel in Ballachulish

Delicious meals included

  • 11 meals, including 5 breakfasts, a special Christmas lunch, and 5 dinners with wine
  • Mulled wine on arrival in Glasgow, and a sherry reception in Ballachulish
  • Afternoon tea

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Scenic rail journey on the West Highland Line from Glasgow to Fort William
  • Excursion on the Nevis Range Mountain Gondola
  • Whisky tasting
  • Excursion on the Jacobite Steam train*

Not Included

  • Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged.

 * The Jacobite is subject to change and we may take this excursion on Scotrail's scheduled service to Mallaig.

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

Helen Laverack
Lynne Broadley
Luke Simpson
Christmas in the Highlands

Experience the wild and wonderful Highlands at the height of the festive season