This two-centred tour allows you to experience two remarkable rail journeys – the Kyle Line from Dingwall to the Kyle of Lochalsh and the world-famous Jacobite Steam Railway. Join us as we take to road and rail through the breathtaking scenery of the Highlands, taking in Fort William, Inverness, Loch Ness and a wee dram of whisky along the way.
Day 1 We have our usual taxi collection service from your home to our coach, then we make our way northwards to our hotel in the Carlisle area for our overnight stay.
Day 2 We cross into Scotland at Gretna Green, pass Glasgow and visit the pretty village of Luss on the shores of Loch Lomond. We continue north through the breathtaking scenery of Glen Coe, past Loch Leven and Loch Linnhe to reach our hotel in Fort William for a three-night stay.
Day 3 Today we board the Jacobite Steam Train to enjoy one of the most remarkable rail journeys in the world, and made even more famous as the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter ﬁlms. Beginning in the shadows of Ben Nevis, the train travels along the West Highland Line along the shores of Loch Linnhe and over the 21 arches of the Glenﬁnnan Viaduct. Enjoy unforgettable views across the Highland terrain as we approach the coast and the busy ﬁshing town of Mallaig. We have some free time in the town before hopping back aboard the train to see the journey from an entirely diﬀerent perspective on the return journey.
Day 4 Today is free in Fort William for those who want to explore the town. Alternatively join your driver for an excursion to Oban, a pretty town lying in the crescent of Oban Bay and boasting a variety of shops and pleasant cafés.
Day 5 We wave farewell to Fort William and the west coast as we travel inland and up the eastern side of Loch Lochy, following the route of the Caledonian Canal to Fort Augustus. We have now reached the southern tip of Loch Ness and we take time out to have a 50-minute cruise on this remarkable loch, looking for Nessie. Continuing by coach, we reach Beauly and our hotel for the next three nights.
Day 6 Today we enjoy one of the world’s ﬁnest coast to coast rail journeys as we travel from Dingwall to the Kyle of Lochalsh on a two-hour journey through some of Scotland’s most rugged and spectacular scenery. Keep an eye out for Ben Wyvis just after Dingwall and before the wild mountainscape between Lochs Luichart and Carron. Then through Plockton and on to the Kyle of Lochalsh with the Isle of Skye just over the water. After some free time, we are met by our coach for an equally picturesque journey back to Beauly through Glen Sheil and Glen Moriston, and along Loch Ness.
Day 7 After a leisurely breakfast, we make our way to Inverness, which boasts a host of historic buildings, notably in the old town, and a delightful Victorian covered market. Midafternoon we travel to Glen Ord Distillery, where we have a tour and a tasting of their Singleton of Glen Ord 12-year-old whisky, before returning to our hotel.
Day 8 Leaving Beauly after breakfast, we travel south passing Pitlochry and Perth on our way to Edinburgh. We enjoy a few short hours in this remarkable town before continuing across the border, through Northumbria to our overnight hotel in the County Durham area.
Day 9 We continue our journey homewards, making suitable refreshment stops along the way and reaching the local area early evening.
Located in the centre of Fort William, our threestar Victorian hotel oﬀers comfortable accommodation and cosy public areas with a traditional bar. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has WiFi and a lift.
Our three-star hotel is ideally located to the west of Inverness along the shores of the Beauly Firth, in the attractive town square of Beauly. It is a traditional building but has been tastefully modernised and has a pleasant open plan dining area and a lift. Bedrooms are equipped with TV, telephone, WiFi, trouser press, hairdryer and hospitality tray.