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2019 Romantic Highlander

2019 Romantic Highlander

A delightful tour inspired by the BBC "Great Railway Journeys of the World" TV series which saw Michael Palin travelling through the spectacular Scottish Highlands to the Kyle of Lochalsh.

6 Days From £829

 

DEPARTS

Monday 22 April 2019

Monday 6 May 2019

Wednesday 12 June 2019

Monday 23 September 2019

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Michael Palin’s ‘Great Railway Journey’ to the Kyle of Lochalsh

  • Breathtaking train ride to the heights of Cairngorm Mountain

  • Enchanting Loch Garten Ospreys or Ballindalloch Castle*

  • Sensational mountain scenery of the Highland Line to Inverness

  • Nostalgic steam train ride on the Strathspey Railway

  • ‘Monster spotting’ Loch Ness cruise

  • Historic Urquhart Castle

  • Visit legendary Isle of Skye

  • Culloden Battlefield & Fort Augustus

  • Superb spa hotel leisure facilities

 

*We visit the Osprey Centre April-July when the birds are generally resident;  the later tour visits Ballindalloch Castle

 

*Unfortunately the Cairngorm funicular is presently not operating due to structural issues.  It will remain out of service throughout the summer months and possibly longer.  Our groups will still be visiting the funicular where we will enjoy a tour of the mountain flower garden with refreshments and a talk about the base station.  Afterwards we will visit the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre with tour of the paddocks.

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • Dinner every evening, plus refreshments on the Strathspey Railway

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

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

  • Hotel Porterage

 

Includes the Great British Railway Journey along the Kyle of Lochalsh - the original "Great Railway Journey of the World" - just one of many great railway journeys you can enjoy "On Tour with Railtrail".

 

DAY 1

For those on our rail inclusive package the wonderfully picturesque Highland Line takes you through Perth, Pitlochry and over Cairngorm Mountains to Inverness and our hotel on the banks of River Ness.

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DAY 2

A relaxing morning of 'monster spotting' as we cruise along Loch Ness to Urquhart Castle. Explore the brooding ruins and take a lunch-break, before we continue along the lochside to Fort Augustus for a sightseeing break by the mighty Caledonian Canal waterway staircase. We complete our circular tour of the Loch, travelling along its southern high wilderness with magnificent vistas, before concluding a wonderful day with a visit to atmospheric, melancholy Culloden Battlefield.

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DAY 3

Touring Speyside including riding up the Cairngorm Funicular Railway to the summit of the mountain, a whiff of nostalgia on the Strathspey Steam Railway with refreshments served en route, then a truly enchanting visit to either Loch Garten's Osprey Centre to see the rare birds in the wild or Ballindalloch Castle, the Pearl of the North*.

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DAY 4

A free day to enjoy at leisure in Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, including the castle, cathedral, riverside walks and Victorian market. You may wish to take a dolphin cruise on the Moray Firth, or a full day excursion to experience the train journey along the Far North line through wild Caithness.

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DAY 5

After breakfast we board the train for the journey of a lifetime, Scotland's Kyle Line. Simply one of the world's finest coast to coast rail adventures, it is a heady cocktail of dramatic scenery and romantic legend. After crossing the great mountain plateaux and its wonderful vistas we arrive on the west coast at Kyle of Lochalsh. Here we board our private coach to cross the Skye Bridge for a scenic tour on the Isle of Skye through Broadford to Portree with views to the brooding Cullin Hills, before returning to Kyle of Lochalsh and our train back to Inverness.

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DAY 6

Today we bid farewell to Inverness and if travelling by train return over the mountains to Edinburgh and homeward stations.

* We visit the Osprey Centre April - July when the birds are generally resident; later tour visits Ballindalloch Castle.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

HOTEL

Palace Hotel & Spa, Inverness

Overlooking the River Ness, a short stroll from the city centre, this superior quality, traditional Scottish hotel has well appointed bedrooms all en-suite with hospitality tray, radio, TV and free WiFi. Leisure facilities include indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi and beauty salon.

 

FARES

Fare Region

First

Standard

RC (-)

London: Kings Cross

£1,070

£965

-£20

Greater London

£1,115

£985

-£25

South of England

£1,120

£990

-£25

East Anglia

£1,135

£999

-£25

South West

£1,225

£1,065

-£40

Heart of England

£1,120

£990

-£25

Midlands

£1,105

£975

-£20

Yorkshire

£1,050

£955

-£20

North East

£1,020

£935

-£20

North West

£1,070

£955

-£20

South Wales

£1,165

£1,020

-£35

North Wales

£1,110

£985

-£25

Scotland

£945

£900

-£10


 

Join & Leave at Hotel £829

 

MAY Departure Supplement £80

 

JUNE Departure Supplement £100

 

SEPTEMBER Departure Supplement £120

 

Single Room Supplement £275

 

5 nights’ bed, breakfast & Table d’Hôte evening meal, 1 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

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