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(Tour code: HCX20)

Sink into the beauty of Scotland on this exquisite festive tour

Sink into the beauty of Scotland on this exquisite festive tour. See in the season in an authentic 12th century castle, and discover the Highlands during the sparkling winter season on two incredible rail journeys.

  • Edinburgh
  • Tulloch Castle
  • Journey along the Kyle Line
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Whisky tasting
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
    Journey along the Kyle Line
  • Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals
    2 Lunches
    5 nights' hotel accommodation
  • Whisky tasting

Scottish Castles at Christmas 2019Tour Details

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Day 1 Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle

Meet in Edinburgh

Begin your Scottish Christmas adventure in Edinburgh, where you meet your Tour Manager. We then get into the festive spirit with a warming mug of mulled wine that we enjoy ahead of a delicious three-course dinner.

  • Dinner
Day 2 Highlands of Scotland
Highlands of Scotland

To Dingwall

After breakfast this morning, we begin our journey up to Dingwall, situated in the heart of the incredibly beautiful Scottish Highlands. Transferring to nearby Edinburgh Waverly station, we board a train and head through miles of outstanding natural beauty, watching as the coastal scenes and undulating hills of the Scottish lowlands transform into the dramatic vistas and wild heathercovered mountains of the Highlands. We disembark at Inverness, and transfer by coach to Dingwall. Here, we check into Tulloch Castle Hotel, which has been splendidly made up for the season in cheery festive décor.

A three-course dinner will be served in the restaurant this evening, but before that, we enjoy tea and coffee and mince pies in the atmospheric Green Lady Bar. After dinner, the staff give us an evening guided tour of the castle as we delight in some mulled wine.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Christmas Day
Christmas Day

Christmas Day in Tulloch Castle

Today it is Christmas, a day dedicated to enjoying the festive merriment of the season. After a Bucks Fizz breakfast, you are at leisure, perhaps to enjoy the Dingwall circular walk to whip up an appetite ahead of a five-course Christmas Day lunch. This afternoon, relax in front of the fire with a board game, or watch the Queen's Speech before finishing the day with a light buffet, served to the joyful strains of traditional Scottish music.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan Castle

The Kyle Line

We take in more of Scotland today, with a journey on the Kyle Line to Kyle of Lochalsh on the northern tip of the country, enjoying a packed lunch along the way. On arrival in Kyle of Lochalsh, we head over the Sky Bridge for a short photo stop to Eilean Donan Castle, then enjoy an alternative view of our surroundings as we take a coach journey back to Dingwall, via iconic Loch Ness. This afternoon, tea and coffee are served in the hotel, then we indulge in a further bit of Scottish culture with a whisky tasting.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 5-6 Customers

Return to Edinburgh and home

We travel by coach and rail back to Edinburgh today. This evening, we celebrate our incredible tour with a lively Great Scot's night at the hotel. On Day 6, our tour ends, and you are free to depart at leisure.

  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 6 - Breakfast
What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • All rail travel and coach transfers
  • Porterage between Edinburgh and Dingwall

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 5 nights' hotel accommodation, including 1 outbound overnight stay at the 4-Star Radisson Blu in Edinburgh, 3 nights at Tulloch Castle Hotel in Dingwall, and 1 inbound overnight stay in Edinburgh

Delicious meals included

  • 12 meals including 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, including a five-course Christmas meal, and 5 dinners including a Great Scot's Night in Edinburgh

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Time at leisure on Christmas Day
  • Journey along the Kyle Line to Kyle of Lochalsh
  • Photo opportunity at Eilean Donan Castle
  • Whisky tasting
  • Festive guided walking tour of Edinburgh 

Enhancing your tour

  • Upgrade to a Four Poster Room in Tulloch Castle from £195 per person
  • Upgrade to a Four Poster Room with a balcony in Tulloch Castle from £345 per person

Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

Luke Simpson
Lynne Broadley
Helen Laverack
Scottish Castles at Christmas

Sink into the beauty of Scotland on this exquisite festive tour


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