Great Highland Railways & the Isle of Skye

7 days from £709 pp.


Jacobite Steam Railway

Visit: Jacobite Steam Railway, Scotland

About the Tour

The Skye’s the limit… Start in Glasgow on this breathtaking holiday to Scotland and experience three spectacular rail journeys, Edinburgh and the Isle of Skye. See Stirling and its distinctive historic ancient town, on the door step of Loch Lomond. In Aviemore, we join the steam railway and witness stunning scenery as we travel through the Spey Valley. From Inverness we appreciate amazing views, as we travel to the iconic Isle of Skye aboard the Kyle Line Railway. We then journey to Fort William, where we board the Jacobite Steam Railway to Mallaig. Before we reach Mallaig and enjoy a wonderful wildlife cruise, we witness spectacular sights, from the Glenfinnan Viaduct to Loch Morar, as we ride the West Highland Line. Our holiday comes to an end in almighty Edinburgh, where you can enjoy time exploring the Scottish capital.

Tour Includes


  • 6 nights hotel with Scottish breakfast
  • 6 evening meals
Dates & Prices

Once you have booked your tour either online, or by telephone ( 01709 787 463 ), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can:

  • Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
  • Send payments via online banking.
  • Send payments via cheque.
  • Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.

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Your Itinerary

Make your own way to our overnight hotel in the Glasgow area where you will join the tour.

  • Included meals: Dinner
Stirling

Stirling

We travel by coach to Stirling, with its magnificent castle and preserved ancient town, then to Kingussie for a four-night stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Loch Carron

Loch Carron

We head to Inverness by coach for today's included excursion, and board the Scotrail service to travel west through mountains and lakes and alongside Loch Carron into the small port of Kyle of Lochalsh, from where we travel by coach to Isle of Skye. After some free time, we return to our hotel through glorious Highland panoramas.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Glenfinnan viaduct

Glenfinnan viaduct

On today's included excursion, we travel by coach, calling at Neptune’s Staircase – a staircase lock built by Thomas Telford, before continuing to the Glenfinnan Visitor Centre. We then continue to Mallaig, where we include a one-hour cruise sailing towards the Western isles with regular sightings of whales, dolphins and sea eagles. We board the Jacobite Steam Railway at Mallaig, travelling to Fort William and enjoying views of the Isles of Eigg, Muck and Rum, and beautiful views of lochs and mountains. Our rail journey takes us over the Glenfinnan viaduct, made famous by the Harry Potter films. From Fort William, we return by coach to our hotel at Kingussie.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Cairngorm National Park

Cairngorm National Park

Included excursion by coach to Aviemore for free time, then admire jaw-dropping views from the steam train on an included 45 minute journey through spectacular scenery. Spend time in Grantown on Spey.

  • 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 in the Glasgow area.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast make your own way home.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Your Excursions

Included Excursions & Visits

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

Optional Excursions & Visits


Notes

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

 

Travel Insurance from £19.00 (7 days). Single Room Supplement from £135.00 (7 days).

Regional departures by coach then to the Glasgow area for an overnight stay.

  • Included meals: Dinner
Stirling

Stirling

We travel by coach to Stirling, with its magnificent castle and preserved ancient town, then to Kingussie for a four-night stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Loch Carron

Loch Carron

We head to Inverness by coach for today's included excursion, and board the Scotrail service to travel west through mountains and lakes and alongside Loch Carron into the small port of Kyle of Lochalsh, from where we travel by coach to Isle of Skye. After some free time, we return to our hotel through glorious Highland panoramas.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Glenfinnan viaduct

Glenfinnan viaduct

On today's included excursion, we travel by coach, calling at Neptune’s Staircase – a staircase lock built by Thomas Telford, before continuing to the Glenfinnan Visitor Centre. We then continue to Mallaig, where we include a one-hour cruise sailing towards the Western isles with regular sightings of whales, dolphins and sea eagles. We board the Jacobite Steam Railway at Mallaig, travelling to Fort William and enjoying views of the Isles of Eigg, Muck and Rum, and beautiful views of lochs and mountains. Our rail journey takes us over the Glenfinnan viaduct, made famous by the Harry Potter films. From Fort William, we return by coach to our hotel at Kingussie.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Cairngorm National Park

Cairngorm National Park

Included excursion by coach to Aviemore for free time, then admire jaw-dropping views from the steam train on an included 45 minute journey through spectacular scenery. Spend time in Grantown on Spey.

  • 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 in the Glasgow area.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Return home.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Your Excursions

Included Excursions & Visits

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

Optional Excursions & Visits


Notes

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

 

Travel Insurance from £19.00 (7 days). Single Room Supplement from £135.00 (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 Information

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 £14pp (up to 6 days' duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days' duration) and £25pp (9 days' duration and over) on all European tours. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. In addition to this, seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £17pp (9 days duration and over). Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the interchange. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law. Central view seats are free.

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 interchange are not allocated.
Hot and cold drinks are served on your main tour coach. Prices are approximately £1 or €1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by your driver.

Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure. The route taken depends on where paassengers 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 vehicles to and from the interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air 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.
All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.
Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service. You may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point.
Your allowance is 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 should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach. Nothing should be stored under your seat.

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