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Christmas in the Highlands


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

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2019 Tour code: WHX20

About the tour

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.


What’s included


Days 1-2 - 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
West Highland Line
Day 3 - 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
Christmas Meal
Day 4 - 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
Ben Nevis
Days 5-6 - 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
Jacobite Steam Train

Additional information

Recommended airport

We recommend that for this tour you arrange flights to Glasgow Airport (GLA), which is approximately 8 miles from your base in Glasgow. Our recommended departure airport is Glasgow Airport (GLA), which is approximately 84 miles from your final hotel in Ballachulish.

Airport waiting room
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.


Ballachulish Hotel, Ballachulish

Ballachulish Hotel, Ballachulish

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Jacobite Steam Train
West Highland Line
Christmas in the Highlands

Helping you plan your tour...


Dimitri Zgonis
Vaugnel Fletcher