5 days from £855.00pp
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Spend the festivities in a warm and welcoming hotel in the heart of the Highlands, enjoying rest, relaxation, fun and exploration.
Celebrate Christmas in one of Britain’s most scenic corners. As well as enjoying a full programme of festive meals and entertainment at your welcoming Highland hotel, you'll join your fellow guests to journey on the dramatic 42 miles of the West Highland line from Fort William to Mallaig – crossing the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct en route to the West Coast haven – and perhaps take an optional Boxing Day Mystery Tour to a nearby place of interest.
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Fly north, meet your friendly tour manager and board the coach to begin the journey to your hotel. Once there, take some time to rest and relax as you settle into your new surroundings. The Carrbridge Hotel is situated on the edge of the village, and acts a gateway to the scenic Cairngorms National Park, and there are some delightful local walks (the hotel staff will be happy to point you in the right direction). The famous old packhorse bridge, dating back to 1717 and reputed to be one of the oldest in the Scottish Highlands, is just opposite the hotel.
This evening, you’ll have the chance to meet your fellow guests at a special Welcome Reception in the hotel’s Highland Suite. Later, enjoy dinner followed by some traditional entertainment – the perfect start to your festive break.
After a relaxed breakfast, join your tour manager and fellow guests as you head west by coach to Fort William, huddled beneath mighty Ben Nevis at the gateway to the Great Glen. Here you’ll board a train for the 42-mile scenic journey on the last stretch of the famous West Highland Line, all the way to the tiny fishing village of Mallaig. Voted by readers of Wanderlust Magazine as Britains’s most scenic train journey, this spectacular route crosses the Caledonian Canal – look out for Neptune’s Staircase, a succession of eight locks built in the early 19th Century – then runs alongside Loch Eil and over the spectacular 21-arched Glenfinnan Viaduct, famously featured in the Harry Potter movies. Other highlights of this scenic journey include island-studded Loch Eilt, considered by many to be the prettiest along the route, Arisaig, Britain’s most-westerly railway station, and the Atlantic-washed sands of Morar, just south of Mallaig.
Re-board the coach in Mallaig, and return to the hotel to begin your Christmas in earnest. Enjoy a second dinner in the company of your fellow guests, followed by some light-hearted entertainment. Why not join some of your new-found friends and stroll the 400 yards to Carrbridge Church in time for the traditional service?
Merry Christmas! Enjoy a relaxed, informal day in the hotel, with plenty of opportunities to chat with your newfound friends over coffee and tea. After breakfast, you’ll have the chance to join the short Christmas Morning service at the Carrbridge Church, and then enjoy sherry in the lounge, followed by a full Christmas lunch with all the trimmings. A relaxed afternoon will be followed by a buffet dinner and the chance to enjoy a traditional Highland ceilidh band – a wonderful end to a wonderful Christmas Day.
Spend today relaxing after yesterday’s festivities. Why not wrap up warm, after breakfast, and take a short walk around the village, take part in the village treasure hunt or join a light-hearted quiz in the bar? Alternatively, join your tour manager for an optional mystery tour to a nearby place of interest.
However you decide to spend your last full day in the Scottish Highlands, re-join your new-found friends for a final night of Highland hospitality, enjoying dinner followed by live entertainment – the perfect way to complete a relaxing day.
After breakfast, you'll bid farewell to the Highlands and travel back to the airport to check in for your return flight, at the end of some wonderful, festive days.
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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 travellers. It has been extended and refurbished over the years, and now has 100 bedrooms.
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 45 minutes.
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.
Please note, the West Highland line is a scheduled ScotRail service, and use diesel-powered engines. All train journeys are single journeys.
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, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
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.
An Airport Development Fee has been introduced at a few UK Airports. You will be required to pay this charge at the following airports prior to checking in for your flight: Blackpool, Durham Tees Valley, Newquay and Norwich. The amount varies from airport to airport, but it is generally between £5 and £10 per person. Please visit the airport's website for further information.
From 1 January 2021, new rules apply on travel within Europe.
Note that these new rules do NOT apply when travelling within the United Kingdom or to the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland. You do require government issued ID when travelling by air.
New rules apply when travelling to European Union countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The following are useful guidelines which will help you prepare for your next adventure:
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