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Enjoy accommodation at two bespoke hotels

7 days From £1,745 per person

2022 Tour code: CSS22

About the tour

Discover Scotland's heritage railways and unique wildlife, with stays at two distinctive hotels, Tulloch Castle and Alladale Wilderness Reserve. Take a jeep safari through the Highlands, travel on the Kyle Line and journey overnight on the Caledonian Sleeper Train.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London and the Caledonian Sleeper Train

We meet at London Euston and board the only overnight service between London and Scotland, the famous Caledonian Sleeper Train. Settling into our bunk cabins, we arrive into Glasgow on Day 2, where we join the Scot rail service to Inverness, enjoying breakfast on board.

Day 2 - Dolphins and Tulloch Castle

Following a breakfast served on the train we arrive at Inverness station, we're met by a coach that transports 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 receive a warm welcome as well as a talk and guided tour of this historic property.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - The Kyle Line and Eilean Donan Castle

We visit Eilean Donan Castle, our day starting with a journey from Inverness on the acclaimed Kyle Line, one of Scotland's most scenic railways. One notable stop en route is Achanalt, where the marshlands surrounding Loch Achanalt provide a habitat for rare and interesting plant and bird species. We disembark the train and transfer to Eilean Donan Castle, perched atop a tiny island at the confluence of Loch Duich, Loch Long and Loch Alsh. Originally built in the 13th century, the fortress was destroyed 400 years later during the Jacobite rebellions and we learn about the castle's fascinating past during a guided tour.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Alladale Wilderness Reserve

We travel by coach to Alladale Wilderness Reserve. Along the way we stop at Dunrobin Castle, a turreted stately home set in rolling landscaped gardens. We continue to Alladale, a 23,000-acre Highland retreat. Surrounded by rugged terrain, woodland dells and heather-tinged valleys, Alladale offers remote, rural experiences amidst breathtaking landscapes. We enjoy welcome tea and cakes followed by a walk around the lodge and into Glen Alladale. Later, we enjoy a real treat, dinner cooked by our own private chef using ingredients grown on site and who specialises in traditional Scottish cuisine with a twist.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Wildlife safari

We're collected from the main lodge by expert rangers to embark on a 4x4 adventure through the winding valleys and craggy peaks to get up close and personal with the native wildlife. Watch out for red deer roaming the lush terrain, eagles catching a ride on the thermal currents above us and any number of the plants and animals that are part of Alladale's rewilding projects. We return to the lodge for an opportunity to tour the brand-new aquaponics garden, an innovative approach to sustainable food production that has a limited environmental impact, with the vegetables grown this way being used in the lodge kitchens.

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  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 - Culloden Battlefield and Inverness

Following a leisurely morning, to perhaps unwind in Alladale's cosy surroundings or head back into the wild for a short walk, we make the trip to Culloden Battlefield. This atmospheric site is where the 1746 Battle of Culloden - the last major battle fought on British soil - took place. We visit the battlefield site as well as the visitor centre, which features interactive exhibitions and Jacobean artefacts, before making our way back to Inverness. Here, we board the Caledonian Sleeper Train once again for the return journey to London.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 7 – London

Disembarking at Euston station after our overnight journey, our holiday draws to a close and you're free to make your way home.

Includes
  • Breakfast

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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

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Alladale Wilderness Reserve

Alladale Wilderness Reserve

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Tulloch Castle Hotel, Dingwall

Tulloch Castle Hotel, Dingwall

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Caledonian Sleeper
The Kyle Line

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4.2 stars4.2 / 5 · 25 reviews

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A Trzeciak

4 stars

Submitted 17/May

Alladale wilderness reserve was fabulous. We had a superb room, the staff were attentive and the food was delicious. We very much enjoyed the 4x4 safari. The castles were interesting, Tulloch castle was fine. The only disappointment was the Caledonian Sleeper! It was very cramped and uncomfortable. The boat trip was at the wrong time of day to see wildlife.

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Tony Carr

5 stars

Submitted 15/May

An excellent holiday from start to finish. The weather was kind to us, good company, very good accommodation and food throughout and interesting places to visit. The scenery on the Kyle of Lochalsh line was magnificent and the visit to the Alladale Wilderness Reserve was an unforgettable experience - ambience, location, scenery, accommodation, staff and wildlife.

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Richard

4 stars

Submitted 12/May

I wish the sleeper was less cramped and shaky

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J Middleton

3 stars

Submitted 12/May

Highlights Alladale Wildlife Reserve and Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh train journey.

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K Clarke

5 stars

Submitted 30/Apr

Excellent - John was outstanding. Thank you!

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Mrs Mary Vaughan

4 stars

Submitted 30/Apr

Basically very good. On the downside, the boat trip into the Moray Firth seemed a little pointless.

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