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Best of the Scottish Highlands

7 days from £629*
Departing: April - October 2018
* Price shown: 17 October 2018 from London Gatwick - LGW
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Scotland's mesmerising scenery

From the stunning 'Road to the Isles' and legendary Loch Ness, to beautiful Royal Deeside and 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.

Scottish Highlands 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 Royal Deeside and visit Crathes Castle
  • Spot dolphins on a cruise on the Moray Firth
  • Tour the Black Isle
  • Enjoy the chance to go monster hunting on a boat trip on Loch Ness

What does the price include?

  • Six nights' dinner, bed and Scottish breakfast accommodation at the three-star Carrbridge Hotel
  • Visits to Inverness, Aviemore, Grantown-on-Spey and Loch Ness
  • A dolphin cruise and Strathspey Railway journey
  • Tours of Royal Deeside and the Black Isle
  • Visit to Crathes 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

Scottish Highlands Tour 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 Royal Deeside and Crathes Castle

Our journey today takes us over the Grampian Mountains. We'll pass through Tomintoul, the highest village in the Highlands, before reaching Royal Deeside, much loved by the Royal Family and encircled by some of Scotland's most sublime landscapes. During the day we'll also visit the popular resort of Ballater and Crathes Castle (entrance payable locally, but free for National Trust members), which offers a fascinating insight into Scotland's turbulent past and is thought to be one of the most beautiful and best-preserved castles in the country.

Day Three: Ride the Strathspey Steam Railway and visit Grantown-on-Spey

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.

Our day also includes a visit to Grantown-on-Spey, a traditional Highland town with fine Georgian and Victorian architecture and an impressive tree-lined square. Perhaps visit the interesting Museum and Heritage Trust before taking a tea break at one of the quaint cafes or tea shops.

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: 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. 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.

Later, we'll 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.

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.
Departure Airport Date Price From
Birmingham
Birmingham 20 April 2018 £669
Birmingham
Birmingham 26 April 2018 £669
Birmingham
Birmingham 02 May 2018 £729
Birmingham
Birmingham 30 May 2018 £749
Birmingham
Birmingham 27 June 2018 £749
Birmingham
Birmingham 19 September 2018 £729
Birmingham
Birmingham 12 October 2018 £669
Birmingham
Birmingham 17 October 2018 £669
Bristol
Bristol 20 April 2018 £629
Bristol
Bristol 26 April 2018 £629
Bristol
Bristol 02 May 2018 £659
Bristol
Bristol 24 May 2018 £679
Bristol
Bristol 30 May 2018 £749
Bristol
Bristol 21 June 2018 £709
Bristol
Bristol 27 June 2018 £709
Bristol
Bristol 13 September 2018 £709
Bristol
Bristol 19 September 2018 £709
Bristol
Bristol 11 October 2018 £669
Bristol
Bristol 12 October 2018 £669
Bristol
Bristol 17 October 2018 £629
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 20 April 2018 £629
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 26 April 2018 £629
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 02 May 2018 £659
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 24 May 2018 £729
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 30 May 2018 £679
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 21 June 2018 £739
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 27 June 2018 £709
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 13 September 2018 £709
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 19 September 2018 £709
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 11 October 2018 £669
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 12 October 2018 £669
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 17 October 2018 £629
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 20 April 2018 £669
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 26 April 2018 £669
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 24 May 2018 £719
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 21 June 2018 £749
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 13 September 2018 £749
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 11 October 2018 £709
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 12 October 2018 £669
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 17 October 2018 £669
London Luton
London Luton 26 April 2018 £629
London Luton
London Luton 24 May 2018 £679
London Luton
London Luton 21 June 2018 £709
London Luton
London Luton 13 September 2018 £709
London Luton
London Luton 11 October 2018 £669
London Luton
London Luton 12 October 2018 £669
London Luton
London Luton 17 October 2018 £629
Manchester
Manchester 20 April 2018 £699
Manchester
Manchester 26 April 2018 £699
Manchester
Manchester 24 May 2018 £749
Manchester
Manchester 30 May 2018 £749
Manchester
Manchester 21 June 2018 £779
Manchester
Manchester 27 June 2018 £779
Manchester
Manchester 13 September 2018 £779
Manchester
Manchester 19 September 2018 £779
Manchester
Manchester 11 October 2018 £739
Manchester
Manchester 12 October 2018 £739
Manchester
Manchester 17 October 2018 £709

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.

*Low deposit of £49 per person applies to new bookings made between 1st November and 30th November 2017 (inclusive) only. This offer applies to selected flight-inclusive holidays only and excludes Andre Rieu in Maastricht, Andre Rieu in Vienna, Deep South Rhythms, New Orleans & Caribbean Cruise, Five-Star Alaska Cruise & the Canadian Rockies, and Canada's Rocky Mountaineer(TM). This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.