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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 £515

 

DEPARTS

Tuesday 8 October 2019

 

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 magnificent Glenfinnan Viaduct, of Harry Potter movie fame

  • 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:

  • 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 travelling with us by train we travel 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 where we transfer by coach to Beauly for two nights at the Priory Hotel.

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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 travel to Inverness by coach and enjoy free time 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

The beautiful West Highland Line from Fort William back to Glasgow concludes our holiday for those returning by rail, 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. (B)

*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

HOTEL

The Priory Hotel, Beauly

An attractive and traditional village hotel situated on the main square next to Beauly’s 13th Century Priory. The hotel is employee owned and has a lovely restaurant, with a good reputation for its dining.

 

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

Return: Euston

£820

£675

Greater London

£830

£685

South of England

£865

£705

East Anglia

£870

£710

South West

£900

£730

Heart of England

£800

£665

Midlands

£785

£660

Yorkshire

£725

£635

North East

£700

£620

North West

£750

£635

South Wales

£835

£690

North Wales

£785

£665

Scotland

N/A

£595


Join & leave at Hotel £525

 

£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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