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Edinburgh, Glencoe & Isle of Skye

The heritage of Scotland is fascinating

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From journeys on the West Highland Line and discovering previously hidden streets in Edinburgh, to exploring the history of some of Scotland's famous clans, the heritage of Scotland is fascinating.

On a small group tour, you have the benefit of enjoying more exclusive entrances and special experiences such as the fantastic Mary King's Close and Armadale Castle, both of which are closed off to larger groups.

The itinerary for your journey
Tour highlights

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Days 1-3 - The Caledonian Sleeper and Historic Edinburgh
Edinburgh

We meet in London Euston today to board the Caledonian Sleeper. We arrive in Edinburgh on Day 2, where you are at leisure until dinner at our hotel this evening.

After breakfast on Day 3, you are at leisure to relax and explore the beautiful city of Edinburgh. The city is crowned by the iconic Edinburgh Castle,which is built over the caldera of a long extinct volcano. The history of the castle stretches way back to the 2nd century, and is fascinating to discover. Alternatively, you may want to take a walk up to Arthur's Seat, which boasts of some truly incredible views.

This afternoon, we take a guided underground tour of Edinburgh at the Real Mary King's Close. This infamous alley is famous as the Scottish capital's most haunted street, and is the birthplace of various legends and ghost stories. Mary King's Close had been closed to the public since the 18th century, only to be opened more recently. During that time, the street became shrouded in mystery, which we begin to unravel on our tour. Afterwards, you are at leisure to discover Edinburgh by night - why not take a stroll up the lively Royal Mile?

Days 4-5 - To Spean Bridge and Historic clans of Scotland
West Highland Line

Leaving Edinburgh today, we transfer to the station for our journey across Scotland to Glasgow. Enjoy the wonderful passing scenery as we travel through the heart of this country, admiring the beautiful hills and moorlands we pass. From Glasgow, we join the iconic West Highland Line to Fort William, a railway journey that is regularly voted one of the best of its kind in the world. We transfer to our hotel in Roy Bridge, where on arrival, we enjoy dinner this evening. Next up is a night cap, as we sample Scotland's most famous exports, whisky, with a tasting and talk about the production of this fine drink.

On Day 5 We delve into the history of Scotland today as we head to the Clan Cameron Museum in Achnacarry. Here, we enjoy an informative Clan Heritage tour and talk at the Clan Cameron Museum. We learn about the history of this clan, which has survived from the 14th century until today, before continuing to Fort William. We have some free time for lunch ahead of a visit to the fascinating West Highland Museum.

Day 6 - Isle of Skye and Armadale Castle
Armadale Castle

After breakfast, we travel to the Isle of Skye via the Skye Bridge, pausing en route at Eilean Donan Castle for a photo opportunity and the Visitor Centre. Arriving on the Isle of Skye, we visit Armadale Castle and enjoy Afternoon Tea here. The home of Clan Donald, we enjoy a guided tour of the castle, where we learn more of its fascinating history, as well as sit down to a delightful afternoon tea. This incredible castle is exactly how you'd expect a medieval fortress to look, with square towers and crenellated parapets. Despite its ancient appearance, this castle was only built during the 18th and 19th centuries, but fell into ruin in 1925. The remains of this castle are now romantically draped in ivy, and are a delightful place to while away a few hours.

We return to the mainland via ferry to Mallaig, transferring by coach to Glencoe where we check into our hotel for the night, the Kingshouse Hotel located on the West Highland Way.

Day 7 - The Jacobite Steam Train*
Jacobite Steam Train

This morning, we travel by coach to Fort William for one of the highlights of our tour. The Jacobite Steam Train is one of the United Kingdom's most famous steam trains, and takes us along the West Highland Line to Mallaig. This stretch of the railway is one of the most iconic, as along the route we travel over the spectacular Glenfinnan Viaduct. An enormous, 21-spanned concrete structure blends so seamlessly with the surrounding countryside that it has become an integral part of Scotland's landscape.

We enjoy free time in Mallaig for lunch before our return journey. From Fort William we transfer back to the Kingshouse Hotel in Glencoe for our final night in Scotland.

*Please note on some departures this journey maybe operated by schedule Scotrail service

Days 8-9 - Glencoe and homeward bound
Glencoe

After a leisurely morning on the West Highland Way, a long-distance walking path for exploring the Highlands, we head to the Glencoe Visitor Centre where we have time to take in one of Scotland's most iconic glens. Glencoe has been the spectacular backdrop of many films, including James Bond Skyfall. We have the afternoon at leisure in Fort William, before we board the overnight Caledonian Sleeper train back to London. We disembark after breakfast on Day 9, when our holiday comes to an end.

Departure Dates

All prices are per person and assume full occupancy of the room.
Please always refer to the website for up-to-date prices and availability.

Trains
Caledonian Sleeper
Caledonian Sleeper

The Caledonian Sleeper offers two options: First Class cabins which are single berth and Standard Class cabins which are twin berth.

All cabins are non-smoking and are equipped with air conditioning, lighting and bedside controls, a concealed wash basin, shaver point and hand towel. Toilet facilities are situated at the end of each coach.

All Caledonian Sleeper services have a Lounge Car, where you can relax in a pleasant atmosphere and purchase light snacks or a drink at the bar. At very busy times the Lounge Car may be restricted to First Class ticket holders.

Jacobite Steam Train
Jacobite steam train

The wonderful journey on the Jacobite Steam Train takes us along a section of the West Highland Line, which stretches from Glasgow to Mallaig, and takes passengers through some of the most breathtaking mountain scenery in the UK.

We begin in the town of Fort William, spectacularly situated with Ben Nevis as its backdrop. As we leave Fort William we travel along the shores of Loch Linnhe before tackling the increasingly demanding Highland terrain. At Glenfinnan we reach the most scenic and dramatic section of the line, as the train crosses the 21 arches of the Glenfinnan Viaduct: a magnificent feat of railway engineering.

Leaving Glenfinnan, the landscape opens up and we catch our first glimpse of the sea and the small islands close to the shore. During this section of the journey, the Jacobite Steam Train travels across two more viaducts: Gleann Mama and the Borrowdale Viaduct before reaching the small towns of Morar and Arisaig. On a clear, sunny day, the white sandy beaches along this stretch of coastline provide a beautiful contrast with the blue waters of the sea. From here, it is only short distance to our final destination, the busy fishing town of Mallaig.

West Highland Line
West Highland Line

Also known as 'the Iron Road to the Isles', a journey on the West Highland Line is an epic rail adventure that takes passengers through some of the world's most beautiful and dramatic landscapes. In fact the line has twice been voted the world's best rail journey by readers of Wanderlust magazine.

Running from Glasgow's Queen Street station, the train runs through the city's outskirts and on to Helensburgh. From here the train begins its ascent into the famous Highlands.

Soon the train skirts the beautiful Loch Long, followed by the immense Loch Lomond, as it makes its way up the ever-increasing gradients. The journey continues alongside the Loch - Britain's largest body of inland water - whilst winding through pretty wooden slopes.

Continuing northward through charming isolated villages, the train then climbs more than 500 feet (150 m) in just five miles, before arriving at the tiny hamlet Crianlarich. Here the West Highland Line splits into two branches. One continues to Fort William and Mallaig, the other heads west to Oban.

Hotels
Kingshouse Hotel, Glencoe
Kingshouse Hotel, Glencoe

Step back in time with a stay at the legendary Kingshouse Hotel, nestled amongst the dramatic wilderness of Glencoe and framed by a stunning mountain backdrop. Purportedly the oldest inn in Scotland, the hotel is steeped in a rich and fascinating history, which dates back to the 18th century, and has welcomed many historic figures, including renowned author Charles Dickens and romantic poet William Wordsworth.

Glenspean Lodge Hotel, Roybridge
Glenspean Lodge Hotel

The Glenspean Lodge Hotel boasts a dramatic location in the Scottish Highlands, within its own landscaped gardens and surrounded by dramatic woodland. Originally a hunting lodge in the late 1800s, the hotel has been extensively refurbished and now offers comfortable accomodation in the heart of this area of natural beauty. The AA Rosette award winning Nevis View restaurant offer delicious food accompanied by incredible views, and the Mackintosh Lounge Bar offers a more casual menu along with an extensive drinks menu. The en-suite guest rooms are all individually designed with a television, hairdryer, complimentary Wi-Fi and tea & coffee making facilities.

Upgrades

We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!

UK Rail Connections
UK Rail Connections

We can book UK rail tickets from your local station to and from the starting/finishing destination of your tour, such as York, London, Edinburgh, and Harrogate. Please call one of our Tour Advisors to discuss your requirements.

Extending your holiday in Edinburgh
Edinburgh

Extend your holiday in Edinburgh with alternative rail and accommodation arrangements. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

London Hotels
London hotels

Spending a night in London before your tour can make such a difference to the first day of your holiday - you can arrive in the capital in good time, relaxed and ready to join your Tour Manager the next morning. You may even want to take in a show on the West End, or dine in one of London's famous restaurants. Perhaps on your return to London, you would like to break your journey with an overnight stay before continuing home.

We are able to book a wide range of hotels in central London or, for our holidays beginning with a flight, at Heathrow, Gatwick or Manchester Airport for the night before or after your holiday. The hotels listed below are some of the more popular hotels our customers book in Central London, others are available on request.

Hotel       Room Rate From Price 
The Ambassador Hotel      From £65 per person

Above prices are approximate, subject to availability, and per room per night based on two people sharing. If you require a quote for single occupancy at any of the hotels please contact us on 01904 734 805. 

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