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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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