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Enjoy accommodation at two bespoke hotels

8 days From £2,595 per person

2023 Tour code: CSS23

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 - the unique Tulloch Castle and the extraordinary Alladale Wilderness Reserve.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Edinburgh

We meet at our hotel in the distinguished city of Edinburgh where we spend the night.

Day 2 - Wildlife cruise and Tulloch Castle

We join the Scot Rail service to Inverness, where we're met by a coach that transports us to the quayside for a wonderful wildlife spotting cruise along the Moray Firth. After an hour or so at sea, we continue by coach further into the Highlands 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 today. We start with a journey from Inverness on the acclaimed Kyle Line, one of Scotland's most scenic railways. One notable stop enroute is Achanalt, where the marshlands surrounding Loch Achanalt provide a habitat for rare and interesting plant and bird species. We disembark 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. We learn more 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 the utopian Alladale Wilderness Reserve. Along the way we stop at Dunrobin Castle, a turreted stately home set in rolling landscaped gardens. We continue to Alladale, our beautiful Highland retreat. Surrounded by rugged terrain, woodland dells and heather-tinged valleys, Alladale offers remote, rural experiences in a breathtaking landscape. We are welcomed with tea and cakes followed by a walk around the lodge and into Glen Alladale. This evening we enjoy dinner - prepared from fresh ingredients grown on site where possible - cooked by our own private chef, who specialises in traditional Scottish cuisine with a twist.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Wildlife safari

We're taken by expert rangers on a 4x4 adventure through the wonderful reserve, to spot wildlife. You may see red deer roaming the lush terrain or eagles catching a ride on the thermal currents above. We return to the lodge where you could tour the aquaponics garden. 

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 - Alladale Wilderness Reserve

Today is yours to enjoy as you wish. You may be happy to simply relax in the lovely wilderness setting of the estate, or could book one of the activities on offer such as hiking, fishing, a visit to a whisky distillery or an enjoyable local lunch.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 7 – Edinburgh

After a leisurely start, we return to Edinburgh - by rail via Inverness - where we spend our last night. We enjoy a final dinner at our hotel this evening.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 - Home

Our holiday ends after breakfast this morning.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

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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Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel, Edinburgh

Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel, Edinburgh

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The Kyle Line

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4.2 stars4.2 / 5 · 37 reviews

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J Wheeler-Bennett

2 stars

Submitted 15 Oct 2022

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Brian Bent

4 stars

Submitted 15 Oct 2022

It was a great holiday we had a good tour guide and met some lovely people. The staff were very helpful and the accommodation we had was good especially in the Alladale Nature Reserve. Although travelling on the overnight sleeper was 'fun' it's an experience we probably would not repeat. The scenery was outstanding and being lucky with the weather helped.

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Mr John Steed

5 stars

Submitted 13 Oct 2022

A more relaxed trip than some Great Rail Journey trips with days starting out around 10am after a leisurely breakfast.

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John Davies

4 stars

Submitted 22 Jun 2022

Fantastic locations, excellent dining, loved the castles and Alladale reserve.

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W Edwards

4 stars

Submitted 20 Jun 2022

I will give 5 stars to the Alledale wildlife experience , The Tulloch Castle gets 4 stars , good food , and accomodation better than expected but castle a bit dreary and needs a face lift.. Last day was a bit of a let down with hanging about and waiting, the battlefield site a bit boring . Train accomodation was a bit cramped for space as expected , staff were friendly and helpful, five stars,but breakfast terrible. Overall a good experience four stars

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RH

4 stars

Submitted 17 Jun 2022

Alladale Wilderness Reserve was the highlight.

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