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Great Railways of the Scottish Highlands - Absorb the incredible scenery of the Scottish Highlands as you climb aboard famous trains for spectacular journeys of discovery.



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Great Railways of the Scottish Highlands

Absorb the incredible scenery of the Scottish Highlands as you climb aboard famous trains for spectacular journeys of discovery, admire striking natural beauty and visit iconic historic monuments.

The Jacobite on Glenfinnan Viaducts
The Jacobite on Glenfinnan Viaduct

Tour Inclusions

  • Strathspey Steam Railway
  • Cairngorm Funicular Railway
  • Journey on the West Highland Line on board the Jacobite steam train
  • Journey on the Kyle Line
  • Culloden Battlefield
  • Eilean Donan Castle (entrance fee not included)
  • The services of an experienced Tour Manager

Scenic Highlights

  • Cross over the Glenfinnan Viaduct, made famous by the Harry Potter films
  • Travel on the UK’s highest railway, the Cairngorm, which climbs to over 4,000 feet
  • Take a trip to romantic Eilean Donan Castle

Itinerary

Day 1: Inverness
Travel to the lovely city of Inverness to begin your four-night exploration of Scotland. (D)

Day 2: Mallaig & Glenfinnan
Board the famous Jacobite Steam Train for a stunning two-hour journey through some of Scotland’s most wild and spectacular scenery. Many people regard the route that the Jacobite takes as one of the world’s greatest rail journeys, and you will be able to judge for yourself as you watch the stunning landscape pass by your window.#

The charming fishing port of Mallaig plays host as you take lunch here – try some of the local seafood fresh from this morning’s catch to get an authentic feel of the area. Suitably impressed by the quality of your meal, take a leisurely stroll at Glenfinnan, where you can admire the monumental tower that was built to commemorate Bonnie Prince Charlie both raising his standard and departing Scotland for France. Cinema-goers will also recognise the picturesque viaduct as the one featured in the magical series of Harry Potter films, giving it a sense of mystery quite apart from its independently impressive nature. (B) (D)

Day 3: Kyle Of Lochalsh
Embark on one of the most scenic rail journeys in the world from Inverness to the Kyle of Lochalsh on the west coast. this magnificent journey takes you through some incredible scenery, across open moorland and through stunning valleys, stopping in truly picturesque locations. Continuing by coach, discover the charms of Scotland’s most romantic castle, Eilean Donan, situated at the mouth of Loch Long with views across to the Isle of Skye and the dramatic Five Sisters of Kintail. enjoy lunch while you soak up the historic atmosphere and then there’s the chance to explore the beautiful castle.

No journey to Scotland would be complete without a visit to Loch Ness, and you have the chance to hunt for the legendary monster on your way back to Inverness. photographers will be keen to capture their time here as not only is the loch famous for its mythical inhabitant but its stark beauty is also a sight to behold. (B) (D)

Day 4: Strathspey Steam Railway & Cairngorm Funicular Railway
The famous Cairngorm Funicular Railway is your destination, reached by a scenic route towards the Cairngorm Mountain, home to specially protected flora and fauna. The UK’s highest mountain railway takes you to the top of the Cairngorm Mountain in just eight minutes, passing breathtaking scenery in every direction through refreshing mountain air.

There is more to come with a nostalgic trip on the Strathspey Steam railway from Aviemore through the striking Boat of Garten to Broomhill, the village that featured as Glenbogle in the popular BBC drama Monarch of the Glen. your journey takes you back in time to the golden age of steam, the perfect opportunity to relax with a drink as you admire the wonderful views from your window.

From relaxation to contemplation with a visit to the Culloden Battlefield, where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite rising was crushed by the duke of Cumberland’s government army in less than an hour in april 1746. Take the chilling opportunity to walk the routes taken by men on either side, and to see the ground where brave men fell. (B) (D)

Day 5: Inverness
After enjoying breakfast it’s time to begin your journey home. (B)

  1. Dates & Pricing
  2. Trains & Transportation
  3. Accommodations

Dates & Pricing

DatesSingleDouble
26 August, 2012£729 £659
3, 10, and 23 September, 2012£729 £659

Trains & Transportation

Strathspey Steam Railway, From its base at Avienmore through Boat of Gaten and on to Broomhill, the railway takes you on a nostalgic 20 mile round trip along part of the orginal Highland Railway.

Cairngorm Funicular Railway, it goes up the side of Cairngorm Mountain to a restaurant just 400ft below the summit. The funicular rplaced the unsightly chairlifts up that section of the mountain.

The Jacobite steam train is described as one of the great railway journe

ys of the world this 84 mile round trip takes you past a list of impressive extremes.

Kyle Line is one of the world's most scenic rail journeys from Inverness on the east coast of Scotland through to Kyle of Lochalsh on the west.

Accommodations

Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa (3-star) or similar: This family owned hotel offers traditional highland hospitality. Built in 1890 on the site of a UK Scottish mansion, it is full of history and is ideally located in the centre of the city and on the banks of the River Ness. Hotel facilities include a leisure club and spa. All guest rooms feature private facilities, TV, telephone, tea/coffee making facilities and hairdryer.

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