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Queen of Scots

Queen of Scots

A truly magical circular tour of the Highlands of Scotland, also taking in the magnificent Isles of Mull and Iona, along with spectacular rail journeys, sensational scenery and steam train nostalgia.

8 Days From £1259

 

DEPARTS

Monday 25 May 2020

Friday 11 September 2020

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Journey over the beautiful West Highland Line to Oban

  • Take an original ‘Great Rail Journey of the World’ on the spectacular Kyle of Lochalsh Line

  • Sensational train journey to Mallaig on The Jacobite steam train across the Glenfinnan Viaduct of Harry Potter film fame

  • Explore Oban and Inverness

  • Loch Katrine Cruise

  • Dramatic Ballindalloch Castle & Gardens

  • Cruise to the Isles of Mull and Iona

  • Tour the Great Glen & Loch Ness

  • Strathspey Railway steam nostalgia

  • Whisky distillery tour, with a wee dram

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • Dinner every evening plus 1 light lunch

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

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

 

 

DAY 1

For those on our rail inclusive package, we travel by train to Glasgow where we meet the Tour Manager before our first great rail journey along the West Highland Line along the shores of the Clyde and past Loch Lomond to Crianlarich where our hotel, for three nights is the Crianlarich Hotel, just a short walk from the train station.

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DAY 2

A day of lochs, glens and islands awaits today as we take our second great railway journey on the western branch of the West Highland Line to Oban. From here we cruise to the Isle of Mull and onto Iona where there is time to view Iona's famous abbey. Back in Oban, we have a bit of free time before making the rail journey back to our hotel in Crianlarich.

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DAY 3

Today we explore the Trossachs National Park where we start the day with a cruise on Loch Katrine on board the Steamship Sir Walter Scott. When we are back on dry land, we head to a local distillery for a tour and tasting of Scotland's biggest export - Whisky.

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DAY 4

The famous 'Harry Potter' Jacobite steam train* awaits today. We transfer to Fort William before joining the Jacobite for a scenic journey past Glenfinnan Viaduct, Bonnie Prince Charlie's monument and Loch Shiel before bursting out onto the Atlantic coastline of golden white sands with distant views of Rhum and Eigg. Enjoy time in Mallaig with views across the sea to Skye. Returning on the Jacobite to Fort William, we board our private coach to Inverness via the Great Glen and Loch Ness to our hotel for four nights, The Palace at Inverness.

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DAY 5

Today we travel on one of the world's finest coast to coast railway journeys to the Kyle of Lochalsh, immortalised in Sir Michael Palin's original "Great Railway Journeys of the World" TV series. As the train nears its destination, you are rewarded with dream-like vistas across the loch to the Cullin Hills on the Isle of Skye. Upon arrival into Lochalsh, we make our way to the Lochalsh Hotel for a light lunch, taking in the views, before making the return journey.

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DAY 6

A wonderful circular excursion, commencing with a steam train ride on the Strathspey Railway before continuing by coach to Ballindalloch Castle & Gardens a wonderful Highland Estate. We then re-board our coach to complete the circle through the magnificent Highland scenery back to Inverness.

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DAY 7

A free day to enjoy at leisure in Inverness, the capital of the Highlands. You may wish to take a dolphin cruise on the Moray Firth, or a full day excursion to experience the train rail journey along the Far North Line through wild Caithness.

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DAY 8

Our grand circular tour concludes as we bid farewell to Inverness and if travelling by train return homeward over the Cairngorm Mountains to Edinburgh and the South.

*In the unlikely event of the steam train being unavailable we reserve the right to substitute a diesel train or undertake the journey by road coach.

**Please note that for the May departure, we switch the tour around and we spend nights 1-4 at Inverness and 5-7 at Crianlarich**

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*In the unlikely event of the steam train being unavailable we reserve the right to substitute a diesel train or undertake the journey by road coach.

**Please note that for the May departure, we switch the tour around and we spend nights 1-4 at Inverness and 5-7 at Crianlarich**

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

HOTELS

Crianlarich Hotel, Crianlarich

Set in the Scottish Highlands, the Crianlarich Hotel is a family run hotel with an award winning restaurant and cosy pub. There is free Wi-Fi at the hotel and the comfortable en suite bedrooms are equipped with TV and tea & coffee making facilities.

 

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

London

£1559

£1425

Greater London

£1579

£1435

South of England

£1609

£1455

East Anglia

£1625

£1459

South West

£1639

£1479

Heart of England

£1545

£1415

Midlands

£1505

£1395

Yorkshire

£1449

£1369

North East

£1409

£1349

North West

£1465

£1359

South Wales

£1579

£1435

North Wales

£1529

£1405

Scotland

£1365

£1319

 

£10 tour discount for holders of National Railcards

 

Join & Leave at Hotel £1269

 

May Departure Supplement £30

 

Single Room Supplement £350

 

7 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 & admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

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