2017 Queen of Scots

2017 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 Only £1,095.00

 

DEPARTS

Thursday 18 May 2017

Monday 2 October 2017

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Begin your Scottish tour at the historic Grand Central Hotel

  • Scenic 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

  • Stay on the beautiful Isle of Mull

  • Sensational ‘Harry Potter’ steam train journey to Mallaig on The Jacobite

  • Explore Fort William and Inverness

  • Enjoy a wee dram at Ben Nevis Distillery

  • Soar up Aonach Mor on the Nevis Gondola

  • Dramatic Eilean Donan Castle

  • Tour Mull and cruise to Iona

  • Tour the Great Glen & Loch Ness

  • Strathspey Railway steam nostalgia

  • Speyside whisky distillery tour, with a wee dram

  • Heritage train ride with lunch on the charming Keith & Dufftown line

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • Dinner every evening plus lunch in Dufftown Station Buffet

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

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

  • Hotel Porterage

 

Includes Great British Railway Journeys along the Kyle of Lochalsh and West Highland Line - just two of the many great rail journeys you can enjoy

 "On Tour with Railtrail" .

 

DAY 1

We spend our first night in Glasgow at one of the great railway hotels, the Grand Central, adjoining central station, which boasts as its claim to fame the site of the world's first long-distance television transmission by John Logie Baird in 1927. Spend time admiring Glasgow's Rennie Mackintosh architecture before our first dinner together this evening.

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DAY 2

We journey north on the stunning West Highland Line, admiring the watery landscapes of the Firth of Clyde and Gareloch. With scenery becoming ever more dramatic, we trundle beside Loch Long and skirt the 'bonnie banks' of Loch Lomond before climbing into the western Highlands. At Crianlarich we head westwards through glens and beside lochs to Oban at the water's edge. A short ferry journey takes us to the Isle of Mull for two nights at the Isle of Mull Hotel

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DAY 3

Our day begins with a transfer to Fionnphort for the short crossing to Iona. Free time allows you to explore a little and maybe visit the abbey before we continue back to Mull, ending the day in the colourful fishing village of Tobermory.

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DAY 4

Returning to the mainland we transfer to Fort William. En route we soar up Aonach Mor mountain on the Nevis Gondola, also tasting a wee dram at the Ben Nevis Distillery. Our hotel for one night is the Alexandra Hotel in Fort William.

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DAY 5

The famous 'Harry Potter' Jacobite steam train* to Mallaig. Glenfinnan Viaduct, Bonnie Prince Charlie's monument and Loch Shiel are viewed 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.

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DAY 6

The original of Michael Palin's Great Railway Journeys of the World: the line to Kyle of Lochalsh and Eilean Donan Castle, the stunning 'castle in the loch'. Before returning by train with seats opposite to outward so no vista is missed.

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DAY 7

A wonderful circular excursion, commencing with a steam train ride on the Strathspey Railway before continuing by road to Dufftown. We include light lunch in the buffet carriage at Dufftown station before our gentle heritage railcar ride on the Keith & Dufftown Railway. We then re-board our road coach bound for the Glen Grant whisky distillery and, after our tour of their fine malts, we complete the circle back to Inverness.

B, L, D

DAY 8

Our grand circular tour concludes as those travelling by train return homeward over the Cairngorm Mountains to Edinburgh and the South.

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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.

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

HOTELS

Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow

One of the great railway hotels and site of the world’s first long-distance tv transmission, this stylish hotel was built in 1883 to serve the newly built Central Station.

 

Isle of Mull Hotel

The Isle of Mull Hotel and Spa is situated on the crescent of Craignure Bay with gardens stretching to the water’s edge.

 

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

£1,375

£1,245

-£20

Greater London

£1,420

£1,275

-£25

South of England

£1,430

£1,285

-£30

East Anglia

£1,445

£1,290

-£30

South West

£1,475

£1,310

-£40

Heart of England

£1,370

£1,245

-£20

Midlands

£1,345

£1,230

-£20

Yorkshire

£1,265

£1,205

-£20

North East

£1,255

£1,190

-£20

North West

£1,300

£1,200

-£20

South Wales

£1,405

£1,265

-£25

North Wales

£1,340

£1,225

-£20

Scotland

£1,165

£1,140

-£10



 

Join & Leave at Hotel £1095

MAY Departure Supplement £100

Single Room Supplement £235

 

7 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 & admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

Hotel Porterage

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