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(Tour code: CSS19)

Enjoy accommodation at two bespoke hotels

A small group tour to Scotland means you have access to some of the country's most spectacular sights and experiences that just aren't possible with a larger group. Enjoy accommodation at two bespoke hotels, step back to the golden age of rail travel with an overnight journey on the Caledonian Sleeper Train, and meet the local wildlife.

  • Caledonian Sleeper Train
  • Dolphin cruise
  • Tulloch Castle
  • The Kyle Line
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Alladale Wilderness Reserve
  • 4x4 wilderness excursion
  • Inverness
What’s Included
  • Two overnight journeys aboard the Caledonian Sleeper Train
    Journey on the Kyle Line
  • Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
    4 nights' hotel accommodation
    1 Packed lunch
  • Selected Departures Guaranteed

Castles and Wildlife of Scotland 2019Tour Details

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Day 1 Caledonian Sleeper Train
Caledonian Sleeper Train

London to Scotland aboard the Caledonian Sleeper Train

Meet your Tour Manager, and the rest of your small group party at London Euston station this evening, where you'll board the only overnight service running between London and Scotland, the famous Caledonian Sleeper Train. (There is also the option of joining the train at either Preston Crewe.) The train's inaugural journey took place back in 1873, and since then it's become a bit of a clandestine institution, something many have heard of but few have experienced. Settling into our comfortable club cabins, we enjoy a night on the rails.

Day 2 Tulloch Castle
Tulloch Castle

Dolphin cruise and Tulloch Castle

Following breakfast on the train, we pull into Inverness at the end of a comfortable and relaxed overnight journey. At the station we are met by a coach which will transport us to the quayside for a magical dolphin spotting cruise along the Moray Firth. After an hour or so at sea, hopefully spent admiring pods of energetic cetaceans, we continue by coach further into the Highlands making our way to Tulloch Castle, our unique accommodation for the next two nights. On arrival we can expect a warm welcome which includes a talk and guided tour of the historic property. After time to unpack, tonight we meet in the hotel's dining room for a sumptuous meal.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan Castle

The Kyle Line and Eilean Donan Castle

We spend the day discovering Scotland's treasures with an excursion to the beautiful Eilean Donan Castle on the tiny island in Loch Duich, beginning our day with a journey from Inverness on the acclaimed Kyle Line. One of Scotland's most scenic railway lines, notable stops en route include Achanalt, where the marshlands surrounding Loch Achanalt have been declared a site of Special Scientific Interest and provide a habitat for several rare and interesting plant and bird species, as well as Achnashellach Forest, reputedly the site of an historic battle between three Scottish clans in 1505.

We disembark at the end of the line, transferring to Eilean Donan Castle, 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 film 'Highlander'.

Originally built in the 13th century, the fortress was destroyed 400 years later during the Jacobite rebellions, and we learn more about the property's long and fascinating past during a guided tour before some free time to explore. Afterwards we return to Tulloch Castle by coach for dinner.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 Alladale Wilderness Reserve
Alladale Wilderness Reserve

Alladale Wilderness Reserve

We say a fond farewell to Tulloch Castle this morning after breakfast, travelling further north by coach to Alladale Wilderness Reserve. Along the way we stop off at Dunrobin Castle, a turreted stately home set within rolling landscaped gardens, and the seat of the Earl of Sutherland - a member of the Sutherland Clan. There's time to wander round the house and gardens before we complete our journey to Alladale itself, a 23,000 acre Highland retreat, home to rare and endangered animals such as the red squirrel and Scottish wild cat.

Surrounded by rugged terrain, woodland dells and heather-tinged valleys, Alladale is a very special destination, offering remote, rural experiences amidst incomparable landscapes that have been used in many high-end commercial shoots by the likes of Vogue and Rolls Royce. After checking in we have the chance for an easy introductory hike with the hotel's longest-serving ranger, making our way to historic Croick Church. Afterwards we enjoy a real treat, dinner cooked by our own private chef who specialises in traditional Scottish cuisine, such as wild smoked salmon and locally caught venison, with a twist.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 Alladale Wilderness Reserve
Alladale Wilderness Reserve

Wilderness exploration

This morning we fortify ourselves with a hearty breakfast ahead of our full-day excursion. Being collected from Alladale's main lodge by expert rangers, we will embark on a 4x4 adventure through the winding valleys and craggy peaks as our guides try to get us up close and personal with some of the native wildlife. Watch out for herds of red deer roaming the lush terrain and eagles catching a ride on the thermal currents high above us. The hotel will have sent us off with a packed lunch, and a day of fresh air will certainly have helped us work up an appetite. On our return to the lodge we enjoy coffee and tea, served alongside cake as we participate in a talk about the history of the reserve and surrounding area.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 6-7 Inverness

Return to Inverness and London

You have a leisurely morning today, perhaps to unwind in Alladale's cosy surroundings or to head back into the wild for a walk before we make the trip back to Inverness by coach. Spend the afternoon sightseeing independently, perhaps visiting the city's red sandstone castle, St Andrew's Cathedral - which dates back to 1869 - or Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, which tells the fascinating story of the Highlands through a range of impressive exhibits. This evening we re-board the Caledonian Sleeper, making the return overnight journey back to London Euston, where your tour comes to an end.

  • Day 6 - Breakfast
  • Day 7 - Breakfast
Airport waiting room

Recommended airports

For this tour, we recommend arriving to, and departing from, London Gatwick or London Heathrow airport (LGW or LHR). London Gatwick is approximately 43 miles from your start and end point, and London Heathrow is approximately 18 miles from your start and end point.

Visa Requirements

It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.

Departure Times

You may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00; your Tour Manager will be available between 16:00 and 18:00. However, if you are arriving later, you can meet your Tour Manager before dinner from 19:00.

What’s included

An escorted experience and travel during your tour

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Two overnight journeys aboard the Caledonian Sleeper Train
  • All rail and coach travel throughout

Characterful accommodation in your destination

  • 2 nights' hotel accommodation at 3-Star Tulloch Castle
  • 2 nights' hotel accommodation at Alladale Wilderness Reserve

Delicious meals included

  • 10 meals including 6 breakfasts, 1 packed lunch and 4 dinners

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Dolphin spotting excursion on the Moray Firth
  • Journey on the Kyle Line to Kyle of Lochalsh
  • Tour of Eilean Donan Castle and a visit to Dunrobin castle
  • 4x4 wilderness excursion through the Alladale Reserve

Not Included

  • Flights and Airport transfers
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Yung-Mei Choi
Dimitri Zgonis
Castles and Wildlife of Scotland

Enjoy accommodation at two bespoke hotels


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