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The heritage of Scotland is fascinating

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20212022
9 days From £1,645 per person

2022 Tour code: SKS22

About the tour

After a nostalgic overnight journey from London on the Caledonian Sleeper Train, discover historic Edinburgh before heading into the Highlands by way of the West Highland Line. Enjoy visits to the Isle of Skye as well as some of Scotland's most iconic castles and glens.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London and the Caledonian Sleeper Train

We meet at London Euston to board the Caledonian Sleeper Train for our overnight journey to Edinburgh.

Day 2 - Edinburgh

Disembarking in the Scottish capital, the rest of your day is free to explore. Edinburgh is crowned by its iconic castle, built over the caldera of a long-extinct volcano, and boasts a history stretching back to the 2nd century. You may like to take a walk up to Arthur's Seat, which boasts incredible views. Back at our hotel after dinner, we're joined by a local storyteller whose tales take us on an atmospheric exploration of Scotland's history.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Edinburgh

We take a guided underground tour of Edinburgh at the Real Mary King's Close today. This infamous alley is famous as the Scottish capital's most haunted street, and is the birthplace of various legends and ghost stories. Mary King's Close has been closed to the public since the 18th century, only to be opened more recently. During that time, the street became shrouded in mystery, which we begin to unravel on our tour. Afterwards, you're free to discover Edinburgh by night - why not take a stroll up the lively Royal Mile or make a stop at one of the many pubs playing live music?

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  • Breakfast
Day 4 - The West Highland Line and Fort William

We take the train to Glasgow, joining the West Highland Line to Fort William, a rail route regularly voted the best in the world thanks to the stunning scenery of heather-clad moorland and fairytale glens it passes through. Highlights of the route to keep an eye out for include Highlights include the Clyde Estuary, Ben Lomond and the Falls of Falloch. We transfer by coach to Roybridge, where, after dinner, we enjoy a tasting of Scotland's most famous export - whisky.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - The Clansman Centre at Loch Ness

Today, we visit the Clansman Centre on the shores of Loch Ness to learn about life in the Highlands over the centuries, enjoying the chance to try on the traditional Scottish dress of the region - Feilidh Mhor and Arisaid - and hear about the history of the local clans. Stepping back in time to the 17th century, the past is brought to life with recreations of a Highland turf house, an old school room and a variety of interactive exhibits.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - The Isle of Skye

We travel to the Isle of Skye via the Skye Bridge, pausing to admire picturesque Eilean Donan Castle en route. Making our way to Armadale Castle, we're welcomed with afternoon tea before a guided tour of the grounds and interiors. The former home of Clan Donald, this incredible castle is exactly how you'd expect a medieval fortress to look, with square towers and crenelated parapets. Despite its ancient appearance, however, this castle was only built during the 18th and 19th centuries, falling into ruin in 1925. The remains of this castle are now romantically draped in ivy, and are a delightful place to while away a few hours. We return to Mallaig by ferry, where a coach transfers us to Glencoe.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - The Jacobite Steam Train*

Back in Fort William, we board the Jacobite Steam Train, travelling in restored carriages along the most famous stretch of the West Highland Line. During the journey, we're treated to an abundance of scenic highlights, including the UK's highest mountain range, the shores of scenic Loch Eil and the 21 magnificent arches of the Glenfinnan Viaduct. Built between 1897 and 1901, this archway was famously used in the Harry Potter films and is a striking yet familiar sight to behold.

*Please note on early/late season departures the Jacobite Steam Railway excursion is replaced by the scheduled Scotrail service.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 - Loch Linnhe and the Caledonian Sleeper Train

Our day begins with some time at the Glencoe visitor centre ahead of a visit to the West Highland Museum, which tells the story of the West Highlands and Islands via archaeological finds and treasured heirlooms. We continue in the afternoon with a scenic cruise on Loch Linnhe, during which we hope to see salmon farms and mussel beds as well as seals basking on the rocks and plenty of birds. If the weather's clear, we should even be able to spot the summit of Ben Nevis. We enjoy dinner together before joining the overnight Caledonian Sleeper Train to London.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9 – London

We disembark at Euston station after breakfast on board, and you're free to continue your journey homeward.

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

Kingshouse Hotel, Glencoe

Kingshouse Hotel, Glencoe

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Glenspean Lodge Hotel

Glenspean Lodge Hotel, Roybridge

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Radisson Collection, Edinburgh

Radisson Collection, Edinburgh

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Trains

Caledonian Sleeper
Jacobite Steam Train
West Highland Line

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Reviews

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Douggie

3 stars

Submitted 2/Oct

The holiday in general was very enjoyable but the travel to and from Scotland on the Caledonian Sleeper was extremely uncomfortable in tiny cramped cabins with bunk beds.

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S Stafferton

4 stars

Submitted 1/Oct

Interesting, and very well managed under difficult conditions.

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Rhodes

5 stars

Submitted 22/Sep

An interesting tour. Good hotels and splendid scenery

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Ann Carter

3 stars

Submitted 17/Sep

More like a coach holiday.Also on train back we had been moved E6to E1what a night we had ,No sleep ,and we had to travel to Plymouth.Why were we changed?very disappointed .A Carter

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Joy Jones

1 stars

Submitted 17/Sep

Trains on strike, too much time on coaches. The sleeper was dreadful !

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J Cawdell

3 stars

Submitted 9/Aug

Surprised how small the cabin was on the train. No food supplied by the train on the way to Edinburgh. Also surprised that we had to walk with luggage from the station to the hotel - quite a walk and uphill too. Breakfast in the hotel was welcome. Three nights in Edinburgh and three nights in Fort William would have made for a better holiday. Travelling to Kingshouse Hotel, Glencoe was just a place for two nights - the days all went down to Fort William. Not as good as all previous holidays we have had with Great Rail.

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