2018 Springtime Highlander

2018 Springtime Highlander

A circular tour of the spectacular 'Great Railway Journeys of the Scottish Highlands'. You may have seen them on TV; now you too can experience some of the most stunningly beautiful scenery in Europe.

5 Days From Only £399.00

 

DEPARTS

Saturday 3 March 2018 (5 days)

Saturday 17 March 2018 (5 days)

Saturday 31 March 2018 (5 days)

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Spectacular Highlands mountain scenery

  • The “Great Railway Journey of the World” to Kyle of Lochalsh

  • Ride the magical “Harry Potter” line to Mallaig

  • Take the fabulous Highland Line climbing through the Cairngorms

  • See the Bonnie Prince Charlie monument at the head of Loch Shiel

  • Cross magnificent Glenfinnan Viaduct, of Harry Potter movie fame

  • Enjoy “Monster spotting” at Loch Ness

  • By train over Rannoch Moor on the stunning West Highland Line

  • Free time to explore Inverness, the capital of the Highlands

DAY 1

For customers travelling by train, we climb along the spine of Scotland. Leaving the Lowlands behind, the wonderfully picturesque Highland Line takes you through Perth, Pitlochry and over the Cairngorm Mountains to Inverness and our traditional Scottish hotel, The Royal Highland.

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DAY 2

We take the amazing Kyle Line train, Scotland's original "Great Railway Journey of the World", coast-to-coast through stunning scenery and across mountain plateaux. Look out for wild deer, eagles and the palm trees of Plockton village, before dramatic sea vistas are revealed as we arrive at Kyle of Lochalsh.

Here we enjoy a light lunch in the renowned Lochalsh Hotel, overlooking the Isle of Skye, before retracing our steps to Inverness.

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DAY 3

A free day in Inverness to enjoy this compact and easy to get around city. Inverness Castle is perched picturesquely above the River Ness and the medieval buildings of Church Street. Enjoy the magnificent cathedral church, lovely riverside restaurants and bustling cafes along with a wide range of specialist retailers in the historic Old Town and Victorian Market.

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DAY 4

Departing Inverness by road we travel alongside Loch Ness, with a short break for photography and monster spotting, then continue through the beautiful Great Glen to Fort William. Here we commence our magical train journey along the rail route to the Isles. We cross the world renowned Glenfinnan Viaduct, overlooking Loch Shiel and the Bonnie Prince Charlie monument; a view made even more famous in the Harry Potter films. We round Loch Eilt with its trees of the ancient Caledonian Forest and burst out onto the white-sanded Atlantic shoreline at Morar. Catch distant views of the Isles of Eigg and Rhum before we reach the terminus at Mallaig overlooking the Isle of Skye. After a sightseeing break we return to Fort William with seats on the opposite side of the train so no vista is missed.

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DAY 5

Customers booking our rail package bid farewell to Fort William and travel by train over the stunning West Highland Line to complete our circular tour back to the Lowlands and Glasgow for trains homeward.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

HOTEL

Royal Highland Hotel, Inverness

A classic Scottish ‘station hotel’, the Royal Highland offers guests the charm and elegance of a distinguished past. The bedrooms have been tastefully contemporised whilst retaining their unmistakably traditional feel, including satellite television and even a choice of pillows.

 

Alexandra Hotel, Fort William

Situated close by the railway station this comfortable Victorian villa hotel offers all rooms en suite with TV and radio, telephone and hospitality tray. The dining room is proud of its locally

sourced Table d’Hôte menu.

 

Fares

Fare Region

First

Standard

RC (-)

London: Out: Kings Cross Ret: Euston

£715

£575

-£20

Greater London

£745

£590

-£20

South of England

£765

£605

-£25

East Anglia

£765

£605

-£25

South West

£835

£665

-£40

Heart of England

£710

£585

-£30

Midlands

£695

£575

-£25

Yorkshire

£640

£545

-£20

North East

£595

£515

-£20

North West

£640

£545

-£20

South Wales

£765

£620

-£35

North Wales

£690

£570

-£25

Scotland

£515

£495

-£10



 

Tour Base Fare (joining at hotel) £399

 

Departure Supplement £10 (17 March)

Departure Supplement £30 (31 March)

 

Single Room Supplement £95

 

4 nights’ bed, breakfast & Table d’Hôte evening meal, 1 light lunch

Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

Rail & coach travel, with transfers as described

All excursions and admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager-

Hotel Porterage

Important – Please select the number of passengers before proceeding to ‘Book Now’

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