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Golden Highlander

Golden Highlander

The Highlands of Scotland are arguably at their most glorious during the golden weeks of Autumn. This superb rail holiday offers a wealth of spectacular autumnal scenery out of your window, including two of the world's greatest railway journeys - the Kyle Line and the West Highland Line with the fabulous Jacobite steam train.

5 Days From £555

 

DEPARTS

Tuesday 6 October 2020

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Spectacular Highlands mountain scenery

  • The "Great Railway Journey of the World" to Kyle of Lochalsh

  • Take the fabulous Highland Line climbing through the Cairngorms

  • Cross the magnificent Glenfinnan Viaduct

  • Steam on the famous ‘Harry Potter’ Jacobite train

  • Enjoy "Monster spotting" at Loch Ness

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

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • 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

DAY 1

For those booking our rail inclusive package we travel along the spine of Scotland. Leaving the Lowlands behind the wonderfully picturesque Highland Line takes us through Perth, Pitlochry and over the Cairngorm Mountains to Inverness. Upon arrival in Inverness we walk the short distance to the Mercure Hotel, our base for the next two nights.

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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 plateau. 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

This morning we enjoy free time in Inverness to discover this compact and picturesque city. We can visit the magnificent cathedral church, lovely riverside cafes and historic Old Town before departing by road and travelling alongside Loch Ness, with a short break for photography and monster spotting. We then continue through the beautiful Great Glen to Fort William where we check-in to our hotel for two nights, the Alexandra.

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DAY 4

Today we take a magical train journey along the rail route to the Isles aboard the Jacobite steam train*. 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.

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DAY 5

For those having booked our rail inclusive package the beautiful West Highland Line from Fort William back to Glasgow concludes our holiday, passing across remote moors and through the glens to Loch Lomond and finally along the shores of the Clyde as we approach Glasgow for homeward trains.
*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.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Mercure Hotel, Inverness

The 4-star Mercure hotel is situated in the centre of Inverness and boasts an excellent waterside setting overlooking the River Ness. The railway station is conveniently located just a short walk from the hotel. The recently refurbished, stylish bar and restaurant have fantastic views. The hotel also has a gymnasium. The modern bedrooms are well equipped with free Wi-Fi, TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities.

 

The Alexandra Hotel, Fort William

Situated in the heart of Fort William, close to the railway station this traditional Victorian hotel offers comfortable bedrooms with TV and radio, telephone and hospitality tray. The hotel has a homely bar with open fire and the spacious restaurant offering locally sourced dishes.

 

FARES

Fare Region

First

Standard

London: Out: Kings Cross

Ret: Euston

869

719

Greater London

879

729

South of England

915

749

East Anglia

919

755

South West

949

779

Heart of England

845

709

Midlands

835

705

Yorkshire

775

679

North East

749

665

North West

795

679

South Wales

885

735

North Wales

835

709

Scotland

N/A

635

 

Join & leave at Hotel £565

 

£10 tour discount for holders of National Railcards

 

Single Room Supplement £100

 

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

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

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