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Best of the Scottish Highlands 2018



Scotland's mesmerising scenery

From the stunning 'Road to the Isles' and legendary Loch Ness, to the mysterious Black Isle, this holiday features a host of Highland highlights. Enjoy a ride on the delightful Strathspey Steam Railway and take a cruise on the Moray Firth, home to around 190 resident bottlenose dolphins and a wealth of birdlife. In the company of our friendly, knowledgeable Tour Manager, unveil the beauty and variety that this very special part of the world has to offer.

Tour Highlights

  • Take the unforgettable journey on the 'Road to the Isles' from Fort William to Mallaig
  • Enjoy a ride on the nostalgic Strathspey Steam Railway
  • Discover the beauty of the Moray Coast and visit Brodie Castle
  • Spot dolphins on a cruise on the Moray Firth
  • A tour of the Black Isle
  • Enjoy the chance to go monster hunting on a boat trip on Loch Ness
  • An opportunity to join a tour and tasting at the Dalwhinnie whisky distillery

What does the price include?

  • Six nights' dinner, bed and Scottish breakfast accommodation at the three-star Carrbridge Hotel
  • Visits to Inverness, Aviemore, Elgin, Loch Ness and Grantown on Spey
  • A dolphin cruise and Strathspey Railway journey
  • A tour of the Black Isle
  • Visit to Brodie Castle (entrance payable locally by non National Trust members)
  • Coach travel throughout your time in Scotland
  • Return flights to Inverness
  • Escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Your Itinerary

Day One: Fly to Inverness

Fly to Inverness, meet your Tour Manager and make the short transfer to Carrbridge. Depending on your arrival time, spend the rest of the day enjoying the delights of this pretty village. Opposite your hotel, you'll spy famous Packhorse Bridge, which dates back to 1717 and is reputed to be one of the oldest bridges in Scotland.

Day Two: Explore the Moray Coast and Brodie Castle

This morning it's off to the rose-coloured, turreted Brodie Castle (entrance payable locally but free to National Trust members), the ancestral home of the Brodie clan for over 400 years and a treasure trove of priceless antiques and artefacts. The castle building ranges in style from the impenetrable 16th guard chamber to a sprawling Victorian extension with some magnificent rooms. The guided tour will help you make the very most of your visit. The beautiful grounds are also well worth exploring.

Later in the day you'll have the chance to see some of the Moray Coast and to explore the fine, historic town of Elgin with its warren of alleys and closes and awe-inspiring cathedral ruins.

Day Three: Explore Inverness, enjoy a dolphin cruise and tour the Black Isle

Explore the capital of the Highlands today as we visit Inverness, home to a delightful Victorian Market, an excellent museum and art gallery, and attractive riverside walks. We'll also enjoy a short tour of the Black Isle, which, contrary to its name, is neither black nor an island, but rather an isolated peninsula surrounded by three bodies of water. We'll stop at Fortrose, which overlooks the Moray Firth, as well as the charming nautical town of Cromarty.

The day ends as you board the Dolphin Spirit for a cruise around the inner Moray Firth, where hopefully you'll spot the resident bottlenose dolphins gliding through the waters.

Day Four: Spend the day exploring Loch Ness

Today we visit beautiful, mysterious Loch Ness. We'll head to Fort Augustus, at the southern tip of the loch, where the Caledonian Canal Heritage Centre gives a fascinating insight into the history and operation of the canal. From here, we'll continue past the dramatic ruins of Urquhart Castle to Drumnadrochit, where you may like to visit the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre or perhaps enjoy a boat trip to go monster hunting. Nature lovers are in for a treat as the wooded shores of the Loch are home to an abundance of wildlife, including cormorants and ospreys.

Day Five: Ride the Strathspey Steam Railway and visit Dufftown

We're treated to a ride on the nostalgic Strathspey Steam Railway through the Cairngorm National Park, home to five of Scotland's six highest mountains. Enjoy the ride as the vintage train skirts the course of the River Spey, past heather fields, moors and forests.

During the day we will also visit the delightful Highland town of Grantown on Spey and the Dalwhinnie distillery, the highest working distillery in Scotland (entry and tour payable locally). The tour includes the chance to sample two different whiskies.

Day Six: Take in the scenery on the Road to the Isles, from Fort William to Mallaig

We head west today, following the evocatively named 'Road to the Isles' from Fort William to Mallaig. On this wonderfully scenic day we'll pass through diverse landscapes ranging from sandy beaches to flowering heather moors and dense woodlands. Our first stop will be at the Glenfinnan Visitor Centre, from where you can see the eponymous monument built overlooking Loch Shiel. Take the short uphill walk from the centre to get a wonderful view of the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct.

The road ends at the thriving fish port of Mallaig, home to an excellent Heritage Centre. Make sure to try some of the delicious kippers while you're here, thought to be some of the tastiest in the country.

Day Seven: Fly back to your local airport

Your holiday in the Highlands comes to an end. Travel back to Inverness airport to catch your flight home. Those not flying until the afternoon will also enjoy a short visit to the Victorian seaside town of Nairn, where pretty walking trails run alongside the river and a seafront promenade overlooks the Moray Firth.

Carrbridge Hotel 

Set on the banks of the River Dulnain, and boasting spectacular views of the Cairngorm Mountains, this hotel was originally established in 1803 as an inn for weary travellers. It has been extended and refurbished over the years, and now has 100 bedrooms.

Further Information

Combining hotel transfers

We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 45 minutes.

Special requirements

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.

Disabled access

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, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

*This low deposit offer applies to new bookings made between 11th September and 3rd October 2018 only. This offer applies to selected flight-inclusive holidays only. Exclusions apply. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.