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Romantic Highlander

Romantic Highlander

A delightful Railtrail tour inspired by the BBC "Great Railway Journeys of the World" TV series which saw Michael Palin travelling through the spectacular Scottish Highlands to the Kyle of Lochalsh.

5 Days From £785

 

DEPARTS

Tuesday 29 June 2021

Tuesday 28 September 2021

 

**For a limited period only**

Beat the 2021 fare increases, by booking next year’s tour now!

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sir Michael Palin’s ‘Great Railway Journey’ to the Kyle of Lochalsh

  • Take the Jacobite steam train on the ‘West Highland Line’ between Fort William and Mallaig

  • Cross the magnificent Glenfinnan Viaduct, of Harry Potter movie fame

  • Spectacular mountain scenery of the Highland Line to Inverness

  • Nostalgic steam train ride on the Strathspey Railway

  • Enjoy lunch overlooking the Isle of Skye

  • Stay in Inverness, the capital of the Highlands

  • Superb spa hotel leisure facilities

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • 4 nights’ bed, breakfast & Table d’Hôte evening meal, 1 lunch, plus light refreshments on the Strathspey Railway

  • 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 on our rail inclusive package the wonderfully picturesque Highland Line takes you through Perth, Pitlochry and over Cairngorm Mountains to Inverness and our hotel on the banks of the River Ness.

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DAY 2

Travelling through the Great Glen to Fort William we journey on one of Scotland's most scenic railway journeys as we join the Jacobite Steam Train* on the West Highland Line between Fort William and Mallaig. The train line takes us over the impressive Glennfinnan Viaduct, capturing the views of Bonnie Prince Charlie's monument standing proudly at the head of Loch Shiel. The viaduct is now famous for its association with the Harry Potter movies. Circumnavigating Loch Eilt with the small island home to the remnant of the original Caledonian Forest the steam train continues with astonishing vistas of the Atlantic coastline before arriving at Mallaig overlooking the Isle of Skye. We have a short break for sightseeing in Mallaig before journeying back to Fort William and onto Inverness in time for dinner.

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DAY 3

This morning we travel by train to Cairngorms National Park and the mountain resort of Aviemore. Here we enjoy a wonderful whiff of nostalgia on the Strathspey Steam Railway with refreshments served en route as we steam along the whole length of the line from Aviemore to Broomhill (renowned as Glenbogle in the old TV series 'Monarch of the Glen'). When we arrive back in Aviemore we board our return train and travel through stunning Highland scenery as we complete our journey back to Inverness.

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DAY 4

After breakfast we take the wonderful Kyle Line train, Scotland's original "Great Railway Journey of the World", simply one of the world's finest coast to coast rail adventures through stunning scenery and across the great 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 at Lochalsh Hotel and admire the superb views across to the Isle of Skye, just as Michael Palin did before retracing our steps to Inverness.

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DAY 5

Today we bid farewell to Inverness and, if travelling by train, return over the mountains to Edinburgh and homeward stations.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, LR=Light Refreshments, D=Dinner

HOTEL

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 Wi-Fi. Leisure facilities include indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi and beauty salon.

 

FARES

Fare Region

First

Standard

London: Kings Cross

£1,065

£945

Greater London

£1,085

£955

South of England

£1,115

£970

East Anglia

£1,135

£979

South West

£1,215

£1,030

Heart of England

£1,115

£970

Midlands

£1,105

£955

Yorkshire

£1,045

£935

North East

£1,015

£919

North West

£1,065

£939

South Wales

£1,159

£995

North Wales

£1,105

£965

Scotland

£945

£885


Join & Leave at Hotel £795

 

£10 tour discount for holders of National Railcards

 

September Departure Supplement £90

 

Single Room Supplement £215

 

4 nights’ bed, breakfast & Table d’Hôte evening meal, 1 lunch, plus light refreshments on the Strathspey Railway

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

Hotel Porterage

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

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