Great Highland Railways & the Isle of Skye

7 days from £699pp.


Jacobite Steam Railway

Visit: Jacobite Steam Railway, Scotland

Loch Lomand

Visit: Loch Lomand, Scotland

Edinburgh

Visit: Edinburgh, Scotland

Isle of Skye

Visit: Isle of Skye, Scotland

Experience three spectacular rail journeys: two steam hauled plus one on the famous West Highland Line.

    Make your own way to the overnight hotel in Glasgow.

    • Included meals: Dinner
    Stirling

    Stirling

    Travel to Kingussie with a visit to Stirling en route, on the doorstep of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. The heart of the ancient town still survives today and gives Stirling its distinctive and historic appearance, along with the magnificent Stirling Castle, which has great significance in the history of Scotland and towers high above the city, meticulously restored to its former splendour.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Cairngorm National Park

    Cairngorm National Park

    Enjoy free time in the well-known and popular holiday destination of Aviemore, situated in the Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands. Here, you'll be surrounded by jaw-dropping views which you can admire from on board the steam train for a 45 minute journey through spectacular Speyside mountainous scenery to Broomhill station which famously appeared as Glenbogle station in BBC’s Monarch of the Glen. Spend time in Grantown on Spey, a traditional town surrounded by ancient woodlands at the centre of the Scottish Highlands. In the town square, you'll find unusual shops selling everything from pottery to whisky and clothes.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Loch Carron

    Loch Carron

    We head to Inverness and board the train for 'one of the most beautiful rail journeys in Europe', as quoted by Michael Palin. Starting in Inverness, we head along the east coast of Scotland with fantastic views from the window, travelling west through mountains and lakes and finally, alongside Loch Carron into the small port of Kyle of Lochalsh on the west coast. In Kyle, our coach collects you for the short journey to Isle of Skye with its iconic landscapes of mountain ranges and miles of dramatic coastline. Here you'll have time for sightseeing before travelling back to our hotel through glorious Highland panoramas.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Glenfinnan Railway Viaduct

    Glenfinnan Railway Viaduct

    From Fort William, we travel aboard the Jacobite Steam Railway for the two-hour journey to Mallaig. Take in the beautiful views of lochs, mountains, Glenfinnan Viaduct, Loch Morar and the small Isles of Eigg, Muck and Rum as we ride. In Mallaig we include a one-hour cruise sailing out towards the isles with regular sightings of whales, dolphins and sea eagles. The journey back by coach offers a totally different perspective to the rail journey. We stop off in Glenfinnan to see Bonnie Prince Charlie’s monument, the 21-arched Glenfinnan viaduct (made world famous by the Harry Potter movies), and Loch Shiel. Our journey continues to Banavie and the historic Neptune's Staircase – a staircase lock built by Thomas Telford comprising eight locks on the Caledonian Canal – where you might catch sight of the boats navigating their way up or down the locks.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Edinburgh

    Edinburgh

    To Edinburgh for free time. Often referred to as the ‘Athens of the North’ and, because it was built on seven hills, likened to Rome, Edinburgh is indeed a classical city in its own right. Overlooking the Old Town is the massive castle, with its commanding view of the city and surrounding countryside, including the Firth of Forth. The almost chaotic layout of the Old Town is in complete contrast to the northern part of the city built in Georgian times and reflecting the great architectural characteristics of that period. Laid out to a grand design, the New Town has wide streets and elegant squares and is bordered to the south by Princes Street Gardens and to the north by Queen Street Gardens. Highlights include the Royal Mile, the Palace of Holyrood and Sir Walter Scott Monument. We head to our overnight hotel near Glasgow.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Make your own way home after breakfast.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    At a Glance

    Tour Overview

    • 6 nights accommodation with Scottish breakfast
    • 6 evening meals
    • Escorted by a Tour Manager in Scotland

    Included Excursions

    • Stirling
    • Aviemore Steam Railway & Spey Valley
    • Kyle Line Railway & Isle of Skye
    • Jacobite Steam Railway & Wildlife Cruise
    • Edinburgh

    Optional Excursions


    Notes

    Please Note - Travel arrangements to/from the Glasgow hotel are arranged independently. Parking costs at the hotel are not included.

     

    Travel Insurance from £21.95 (7 days). Single Room Supplement from £129.00 (7 days).

    Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
    Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
    We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Accommodation

    You will stay for four-nights at the 3-star Duke of Gordon Hotel in Kingussie. Overnight stays will be in the Glasgow area.
     

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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    Travel in comfort and style

    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for £12pp (up to 6 days duration), £20pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £25pp (9 days duration and over) on all European tours. In addition to this seats on the second row can be reserved for £6pp (up to 6 days duration), £12pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £15pp (9 days duration and over). This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the U.K. port. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law.

    Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

    If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

    Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on the main tour coaches. Prices are approximately 90p or 1 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by the driver. Drinks may also be served on the transfer coaches but this is not guaranteed.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure and will depend on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

    With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air or TGV holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
    We operate a passenger interchange at the Channel port. Transfer coaches, including taxis, minibuses, Megabus and National Express operate to and from the U.K. port. You will join your main tour coach at the port.
    One medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage can be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach.
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