Back by popular demand, we offer the chance to combine a memorable coach holiday with a leisurely look at some of Scotland’s finest scenery by rail. We include journey’s on board the “Kyle of Lochalsh”, the “Highland Lines” and a ride on the “Road to the Isles”, described as one of the greatest railway journeys of the world with outstanding scenery all the way plus a cruise on famous Loch Ness. Based at the Highlander Hotel in the Highlands village of Newtonmore, this is a tour not to be missed!
Located in the picturesque Highland village of Newtonmore, the Highlander Hotel has a delightful restaurant, a bar and a lounge which are both warm and welcoming. All of the bedrooms are en-suite and have a TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Although the hotel does not have a lift, some ground floor rooms are available on request. Entertainment will be provided on one evening.
Saturday Our door to door service takes you to the waiting coach for the drive north from our home area through North Yorkshire to our overnight hotel close to the Scottish border arriving late afternoon.
Sunday Superb Scottish scenery today as we head north to the Highlands, through Lockerbie to Glasgow. We then travel through rolling Perthshire countryside passing beautiful Stirling and Perth, where we are able to spend time for lunch. Along the Tay Valley to Pitlochry where we make a visit to the shores of Loch Tummel to take in the celebrated ‘Queen’s View’ then on through the Spey Valley beside the rugged Cairngorm Mountains to reach Newtonmore and our holiday hotel, The Highander.
Monday This morning we make our way through Aviemore, where we make a short break, before heading into the beautiful Glenmore Forest Park on our way to Cairngorms. Twice the size of the Lake District, the Cairngorms National Park has more mountains, forest paths, rivers, lochs and wildlife hotspots than you can possibly imagine. Here we have the opportunity, weather permitting, to take a ride on the fantastic Cairngorm Mountain Railway, taking us to the top in just 8 minutes. Why not have a delicious lunch in the Panoramic Restaurant and admire the superb views? This afternoon we ride on the Strathspey Railway from Aviemore to Boat of Garten and Broomhill, or ‘Glenbogle’ as views of the hit BBC series Monarch of the Glen may recognise it as. As well as some spectacular views of the mountains, you will also be treated to scenes of heather fields, moors, forestry and more as you travel along the River Spey.
After a full Scottish breakfast we depart by coach heading north north io the Highland capital, Inverness. We join the Scotrail for one of the greatest railway journeys in the world, the line to Kyle of Lochalsh. The Kyle Line is one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys. The view from the windows are worth the fare alone, but no matter where you are along its 80 miles, historic Scotland is only a few metres away. The route takes us through some of the best scenery in the country, skirting lochs and passing remote villages. Kyle of Lochalsh is the gateway to the Isle of Skye which can be viewed across the water. The town’s shoreline stretches far to the east beyond the pier and carries the railways station. After a break in Kyle of Lochalsh we join the coach for the return to the hotel.
Wednesday Today we travel south west along the shore of Loch Laggan and through Glen Spean to Fort William, the largest town in the Highlands and lies in the shadow of Ben Nevis. Here we enjoy another train journey, this time by steam train on the famous ‘JACOBITE’ along the celebrated West Highland Line to Mallaig. Described as the greatest railway journey in the world, this 84 mile round trip takes you past a list of impressive extremes. This spectacular line passes hidden lochs and inlets, silver sands, and crosses the magnificent 100ft-high Glenfinnan viaduct, famous as the first mass concrete viaduct ever built in the world, now more notable for appearing in several of the Harry Potter films. Mallaig is a major fishing port and we have time to wander around the harbour and explore before we catch the train for the return journey to Fort William, where we re-join the coach for our ride back to Newtonmore.and our hotel.
Thursday Loch Ness is our destination for today. We travel through unspoilt scenery past Loch Mhor and along Stratherrick to Fort Augustus. Here we have time for lunch before joining our boat to a cruise with commentary on Loch Ness, look out for its elusive but famous resident, Nessie. Later we head north to Inverness before making our way back to the hotel for dinner
Friday Our drive south takes us through the rugged Grampian Mountains and Glen Garry to Pitlochry where we make a stop for a distillery visit, then through the lush farmlands of Perthshire to historic Stirling, Gateway to the Highlands. We drive to the castle then have time for lunch in the lower town. The afternoon sees us pass Glasgow to reach our overnight hotel in Dumfries.
Saturday Homeward bound, we make a stop in Gretna Green then over the border and south through England to historic Richmond where we make a stop for lunch. This afternoon we return to our home area and waiting taxis arriving early evening.
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