Highland Adventure

Steam Train & Mountain Railway experience
Nights 5
Adults 2
Children 0
Hotel Name Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa
Leaving Date 30th August 2018
From £800pp

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Day 1 
Our tour begins in Inverness at the Palace Hotel & Spa, which overlooks the River Ness in the centre of the city. Perhaps familiarise yourself with the city on a riverside stroll before meeting for this evening’s meal. This delightful city is considered to be the capital of the Highlands, and it is crowned by the stunning Inverness Castle.

The history of Inverness dates back well over 2,500 years, and one of the most famous residents, King Mac Bethad Mac Findláich may seem familiar as he is the inspiration for one of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies, MacBeth.
Includes: Dinner

Day 2
Jacobite Steam Train
Today we transfer to Fort William, where we join the Jacobite Steam Train* for the return journey to Mallaig, travelling on the magnificent West Highland Line, which is arguably the most scenic railway journey in the UK. During the journey, the train steams past Ben Nevis, then climbs into the mountains surrounding Glenfinnan, where we cross the 21 arches of the Glenfinnan Viaduct.After time for lunch we return along the West Highland Line to Fort William, from where we continue by coach to Inverness, stopping briefly at the Commando’s Memorial and Fort Angus along the way.
*The Jacobite Steam Train does not operate until mid-May. Earlier departures travel on Scotrail’s scheduled service.
Includes: Breakfast, Dinner

 Day 3
The Kyle Line & Eilean Donan Castle
We spend the day discovering Scotland’s treasures, with an excursion to the beautiful Eilean Donan Castle on the tiny island in Loch Duich.
Eilean Donan is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular castles in Scotland. Perched atop a tiny island at the confluence of Loch Duich, Loch Long, and Loch Alsh, this iconic castle has been filmed and photographed numerous times over the years, most famously being featured in the film ‘Highlander’.Originally built in the 13th century, it was destroyed 400 years later during the Jacobite rebellions. The original owners of the castle and land, Clan Mackenzie, had strong ties to the rebellion, and the castle was used as a stronghold for Spanish soldiers, leading to its destruction by the Royal Navy., 200 years later, and over a period of 13 years, the castle was lovingly restored. The bridge connecting the castle to the shores was added, and it now stands as a reflection of its former glory. Enjoy some time at leisure at the castle, perhaps absorbing its magnificent surroundings or taking a short walk by one of the Lochs that feeds the watery surroundings.
After our visit, we return to Inverness on the Kyle Line, of Scotland’s most scenic railway lines. Skirt alongside lochs and up into the wild mountain landscapes, this breathtaking line is a wonderful way to end our day. We arrive back at our hotel ahead of dinner this evening.

Day 4
Strathspey Steam Railway & Cairngorm Mountain Railway
Our excursion today is on the tracks of the historic Highland Railway. Travelling to Aviemore by rail, we join the nostalgic Strathspey Steam Railway. From Aviemore through to Broomhill, the train passes moorlands, woods and by the River Spey. Through the large windows of the excellently restored carriages, take in the stunning sights of the Cairngorm National Park. From rolling hills blanketed by purple heather, to the craggy top of Cairngorm Mountain, to mysterious depths of the thick pine forests, pass through some of the most delightful stations in Scotland on this short but rather spectacular journey.
The final station on the line, Broomhill, could also be recognisable thanks to its use in the television series ‘Monarch of the Glen’, where it is used as the station for ‘Glenbogle’. There is even a ‘Glenbogle’ sign that still stands at the station, and there is plenty of time to stretch your legs and breathe in the fresh, Scottish air on arrival.Finally, we enjoy an excursion on board the Cairngorm Mountain Railway, Scotland’s only funicular railway. The sights that can be seen from the departure station are already incredible, but as you ascend, more of the national park is revealed to you in its splendour. A handy voice over in the carriage unveils more information about the various flora and fauna of the mountain, including the tiny bird after which the summit station is named – the Ptarmigan.
Upon arrival at the summit station, you have some time at leisure. Perhaps explore the interactive exhibition that describes the history and geology of the mountain? Alternatively, pop to the Café and enjoy a coffee by its panoramic windows. On a clear day, the glittering lochs, verdant pine forests, and tiny towns are revealed in a truly awe-inspiring sight, and if you are lucky, it might be possible to spot a reindeer from the United Kingdom’s only reindeer herd.
We return by rail to Inverness after descending the Cairngorm Mountain Railway, and upon returning to our hotel, we enjoy a final farewell meal together.

Day 5 
Your Tour Manager bids you farewell from Inverness and you are free to travel home independently.

Belfast – Cairnryan Ferry approx £305 Car & 2 passengers

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