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Enjoy accommodation at two bespoke hotels

7 days From £1,595 per person

2022 Tour code: CSS22

About the tour

Discover some of Scotland's most spectacular sights and experiences, with the opportunity to embrace the local wildlife. Enjoy accommodation at two distinctive hotels and step back in time to the golden age of rail travel with two overnight journeys 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 Inverness on Day 2.

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
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4.2 stars4.2 / 5 · 18 reviews

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K Thorp

3 stars

Submitted 19/Oct

You spend a lot of time on a coach. First hotel was ok but some of the staff were rude to our party and unhelpful. Felt more could have been fitted in and the timings better planned. On the plus side the Wildlife reserve was great to visit.

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Helen

3 stars

Submitted 19/Oct

We were disappointed by the total lack of space in the Caledonian Sleeper and it was impossible to sleep with the constant rocking and rattle. Our Tour Operator was first class and the places we visited were excellent, but the Tulloch Castle Hotel was in great need of a facelift in the rooms. There was no lift and, although the staff were happy to help by taking cases, etc., up the many flights of stairs, it would be impossible for anyone who was not fit and this should be pointed out when booking. The meals were fantastic. However, the welcoming was in fact rude and out of order! The Alledale Reserve was great, but, unfortunately, there were insufficient rooms for everyone to stay in the main house, so we, with two other couples were transported to one of the lodges, which entailed being picked up each morning, returned after our excursions and then picked up in the evening for our meal. We were extremely disappointed at being separated from the remainder of the group and the question should be asked when booking if clients are happy to be separated or if they would prefer to be in the main house. Once again, the food was delicious and the staff most informative and helpful.

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Kenneth Owen

4 stars

Submitted 16/Oct

Overall an enjoyable different experience. Caledonian Sleeper an experience but very cramped, unsuitable top bunk access or descent for older generation. Positive sleep not forthcoming on this train so elected to return over two days at end of tour at own expense. Food for breakfast on sleeper tick box request and don't forget to tick for milk for morning tea!. Adequate not inspiring. Boat trip saw no dolphins. Totally hit and miss. Free time in Inverness pe Tulloch Hotel journey fine. Hotel had atmosphere being an ancient castle turned into hotel.No lift so lots of stairs for fitness. Food fine in our view. Kyle rail Line to Lochalsh its scenic best and trip to Skye bridge and Eilean Donan castle. Long coach trip back but scenic different route. Dunrobin Castle and grounds with our good weather was most enjoyable. Alledale Wilderness Centre accommodation and food and 4x4 trek with rangers was just excellent and the principle reason for taking tour. Excellent service, beautiful lodge atmosphere and food. The trek was excellent with well informed passionate commentary explanations from principle ranger. Due to poor sleeper and additional 4 hours in Inverness again following Battlefield tour (which we did not do) we took train to Edinburgh, stayed overnigh, and train next day to London. The tour was in total worthwhile. Weather turned out extermely well. However it is suggested that changes be made to itinerary and travel in day to Edinburgh, then Inverness and likewise return with appropriate overnight stays. First Class of course both ways. Potentially reconsider the boat trip, although again a different aspect for the tour enjoyed with good weather. Alladale though just superb and a third night here would be icing on the cake.

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Gloria

3 stars

Submitted 16/Oct

Highlights of the trip Alladale, low point Serco Caledonian Sleeper. The whole tour can benefit from a local guide. Too many free time waiting for the coach. Annie local guide on Cruise for Dolphins watching was very good. Ennis McNeil , local guide is very good.

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Judith

4 stars

Submitted 16/Oct

Th scenery is stunning and the stay at the wildlife conservation site was excellent. However the train to and from Inverness was very uncomfortable and not suitable for older travellers. There was too much coach travel for me. A longer stay at alladale would have been wonderful?

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A Dancer

4 stars

Submitted 14/Oct

Superb, apart from the cold, decaying and unwelcoming Tulloch Hotel. Not a good experience being eighty years old on the top floor with no room phone or intercom. No photos or videos taken

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