Scenic Scottish Rails
5-day Coach Holidays
April - September 2014
Two fantastic rail journeys
Visit the heart of the Highlands and discover its stunning scenery on two spectacular railway journeys. Travel from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh, an unforgettable route as featured in Michael Palin's "Great Railway Journeys of the World" series, and from Fort William to Mallaig on the famous West Highland Line. You'll also visit majestic Dunrobin Castle, the most northerly of Scotland's great houses.
What The Price Includes
- Coach travel throughout
- Four nights' dinner, bed and Scottish breakfast accommodation in the Carrbridge Hotel, Carrbridge
- Entertainment on two evenings
- Rail journeys from Fort William to Mallaig and Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh
- Entrance to Dunrobin Castle
- The services of a Newmarket Tour Manager
- Government taxes and service charges
Single rooms are available for a supplement
Leaving the local area in the early morning we'll head to the Highlands. We should arrive at our hotel in the early evening, and you'll then have time to unpack before dinner is served.
After a full Scottish breakfast, we head to Inverness for our journey on the famous Kyle Line. Sit back and take in the breathtaking scenery - including Plockton, the location used for the filming of the BBC series Hamish Macbeth -
as you travel west to Kyle of Lochalsh.
There will be the chance to explore Kyle, and perhaps enjoy a spot of lunch, before heading back to the hotel by coach.
Today it's off up the coast to the fairytale Dunrobin Castle. Discover the Castle's fascinating history - dating back to the early 1300s - and explore the magnificent gardens, modelled on Versailles and laid out on terraces descending to the sea.
We return via the historic town of Dornoch, with its wonderful 13th-century cathedral and sandstone cottages, arriving back at the hotel in time for dinner.
After breakfast, we head to Fort William for our journey on the famous West Highland Line. We'll travel the last 42 miles to the little fishing village of Mallaig, overlooking the Isle of Skye. From the spectacular 21-arch viaduct at Glenfinnan, to the white sands of Morar, washed by the Atlantic, it's a truly memorable journey of ever-changing scenic wonder.
On arrival in Mallaig, take a walk in the hills, explore the Heritage Centre or visit the Smokery, where you can arrange for kippers to be sent anywhere in the world. We'll return to the hotel this evening for dinner.
After breakfast we'll begin our homeward journey, arriving in the local area by mid to late evening.
Changes to your itinerary
Due to timetable changes and other factors outside our control, it may be necessary to alter the order of the excursions on your holiday and the directions in which the rail journeys are taken.
Please note, the West Highland and Kyle lines are both scheduled ScotRail services, and use diesel-powered engines.
Coach seating arrangements
Your Tour Manager will have allocated seats for you on the main coach in advance, taking into consideration any special requests wherever possible, and will advise you where to sit as you board the coach. This will be your seat for the duration of the tour. (Seats are not allocated on any connecting services to and from the main coach).
Joining your holiday
Your final travel documents, including the exact time and place of departure, will be sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure, providing all payments have been made. We are unable to give exact departure times before this.
Where meals are not included, your Tour Manager will ensure there are suitable stops made for you to purchase and enjoy lunch and/or dinner each day.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair or electric scooter, please let us know as soon as possible so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
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