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Take in a stunning, Unspoilt region by Rail

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2020 Tour code: HAS20

About the tour

Breathtaking scenery and fantastic journeys by mainline and steam railways, this tour takes in the very best of northern Scotland from our base in Inverness - the gateway to our Highland adventure.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Inverness

Our tour begins in Inverness at the Palace Hotel & Spa, which overlooks the River Ness in the centre of the city. Perhaps familiarise yourself with the city on a riverside stroll before meeting for this evening's meal. This delightful city is considered to be the capital of the Highlands, and it is crowned by the stunning Inverness Castle.

The history of Inverness dates back well over 2,500 years, and one of the most famous residents, King Mac Bethad Mac Findláich may seem familiar as he is the inspiration for one of Shakespeare's most famous tragedies, MacBeth.

Includes
  • Dinner
Inverness
Day 2 - Jacobite Steam Train

Today we transfer to Fort William, where we join the Jacobite Steam Train* for the return journey to Mallaig, along what is arguably the most scenic railway journey in the UK. It is easy to see why this journey is so beloved by those who travel on it, as it is the perfect way to view the incomparable beauty of the Scottish Highlands.

During the journey the train steams past Ben Nevis, then climbs into the mountains surrounding Glenfinnan, where we cross the 21-arched Glenfinnan Viaduct. This iconic section of the journey has been shown throughout the world via the media of film and television, including 'Monarch of the Glen' and the 'Harry Potter' film series.

The line also passes by the stunning Loch Eil, a glittering blue loch overseen by the chiefs of Clan Cameron. After time for lunch we return to Fort William, from where we continue by coach to Inverness. En route, we make short stops at Commando Memorial, a monument dedicated to those who served as Commando's in World War II, and Fort Augustus, a small but rather striking village through which runs the famed Caledonian Canal.

*The Jacobite Steam Train does not operate until mid-May. Earlier departures travel on Scotrail's scheduled service.

Please Note: For departure HAS2019 your journey to Mallaig will be via coach and your return journey will be on the Jacobite Steam Train.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Jacobite Steam Train
Day 3 - Eilean Donan Castle & The Kyle Line

Today we enjoy an excursion to beautiful Eilean Donan Castle, on the tiny island in Loch Duich.

Eilean Donan is undoubtedly one of the most striking castles in Scotland. Perched atop a tiny island at the confluence of Loch Duich, Loch Long, and Loch Alsh, this iconic castle has been filmed and photographed numerous times over the years, most famously being featured in the classic film Highlander.

Originally built in the 13th century, it was destroyed 400 years later during the Jacobite rebellions. The original owners of the castle and land, Clan Mackenzie, had strong ties to the rebellion, and the castle was used as a stronghold for Spanish soldiers, leading to its destruction by the Royal Navy. 200 years later, and over a period of 13 years, the castle was lovingly restored.

Enjoy some time at leisure, perhaps absorbing the magnificent surroundings or taking a short walk by one of the lochs that feed the watery surroundings. After our visit, We return to Inverness on the Kyle Line, one of Scotland's most scenic railways, skirting alongside lochs and through wild mountain landscapes. We arrive at our hotel ahead of dinner this evening.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Eilean Donan Castle
Day 4 - Strathspey Steam Railway & Culloden Battlefield

Our excursion today takes us on a journey along the tracks of the historic Highland Railway. Travelling to Aviemore by rail, we join the nostalgic Strathspey Steam Railway, continuing through to Broomhill where the train passes moorland, wooded glens and by the River Spey.

Through the large windows of the excellently restored carriages, take in the stunning sights of Cairngorm National Park. From rolling hills blanketed by purple heather and the craggy top of Cairngorm Mountain, to mysterious depths of the thick pine forests; we pass through some of the most delightful stations in Scotland on this short but rather spectacular journey. The final station on the line, Broomhill, could also be recognisable thanks to its use in the television series 'Monarch of the Glen', where it is used as the station for 'Glenbogle'.

Finally, we travel by coach to Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre. The atmospheric battlefield was the site of the 1746 Battle of Culloden - the last major battle fought on British soil. In a bid to reclaim the British throne, the Jacobite rising of 1745 faced British troops in what would turn out to be their final confrontation. The tragic battle lasted less than an hour and resulted in around 1,500 deaths, the majority of which were Jacobites.

We have the chance to visit the moving battlefield site as well as the fascinating Culloden Visitor Centre, which features interactive exhibitions and Jacobite artefacts including weapons and clothing. After some time here we return to our hotel by coach, where we enjoy a final farewell meal together; the perfect opportunity to share stories and reminisce on your adventures.

 

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Strathspey Steam Railway
Day 5 - Farewell from the Highlands

Your Tour Manager bids you farewell from Inverness and you are free to travel home independently.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Inverness Castle

Additional information

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.

Mobility information

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

Hotel

Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa, Inverness

Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa, Inverness

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Trains

Jacobite Steam Train
The Kyle Line
Scotrail
Strathspey Steam Railway

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Anonymous

Submitted 4 weeks ago

It was a great trip but nothing is perfect. The hotel was lovely, the staff courteous, the food great and we both felt very safe.

Mrs Christine Saunders

Submitted 251020

Our holiday was excellent and very safe.

Anonymous

Submitted 241020

Because, apart from the weather and not going on the Kyle line railway, we enjoyed everything.

Mrs Marianne Howell

Submitted 161020

All the arrangements worked very well in difficult circumstances. The tour manager was excellent, and the hotel and all the excursions were very good.

Miss Anne Harbour

Submitted 111020

Good places to visit; iconic steam train journeys; beautiful scenery.

Anonymous

Submitted 91020

The tour worked despite Covid and deferral from May 2020 - and luckily the weather behaved

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