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.
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
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'
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.
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.
Day 4 - Strathspey Steam Railway
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
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
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.
Day 5 - Farewell from the Highlands
Your Tour Manager bids you farewell from Inverness and you are
free to travel home independently.
We recommend that for this tour you arrange
flights to and from Inverness Airport (INV), which is approximately
10 miles from your base in Inverness.
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.
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.