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Springtime Highlander

Springtime Highlander

A circular tour of the spectacular ‘Great Railway Journeys of the Scottish Highlands’. You may have seen them on TV and now you too can experience some of the most stunningly beautiful scenery in Europe. A superb value rail holiday.

5 Days From £445

 

DEPARTS

Tuesday 17 March 2020

Tuesday 31 March 2020

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Spectacular Highlands mountain scenery

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

  • Ride the magical "Harry Potter" line to Mallaig

  • Take the fabulous Highland Line climbing through the Cairngorms

  • See the Bonnie Prince Charlie monument at the head of Loch Shiel

  • Cross magnificent Glenfinnan Viaduct, of Harry Potter movie fame

  • Enjoy "monster spotting" at Loch Ness

  • By train over Rannoch Moor on the stunning West Highland Line

  • 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

  • Hotel Porterage

DAY 1

For those booking our rail inclusive package we travel by train 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 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. 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

After breakfast we bid farewell to Fort William, and for those who have booked our rail inclusive package we travel by train along the stunning West Highland route over wild and remote Rannoch Moor to complete our circular rail holiday back to the Lowlands and Glasgow for trains to homeward stations.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

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

£750

£605

Greater London

£765

£615

South of England

£795

£635

East Anglia

£800

£640

South West

£845

£675

Heart of England

£730

£595

Midlands

£715

£590

Yorkshire

£660

£565

North East

£630

£550

North West

£680

£565

South Wales

£775

£625

North Wales

£715

£595

Scotland

N/A

£525


Join & Leave at Hotels £455

 

£10 tour discount for holders of National Railcards

 

31 MARCH Departure Supplement £20

 

Single Room Supplement £115

 

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

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