Reader Holidays - Scottish Highland Railways from Hillingdon Times
Departing April - October 2015
*Price shown: 13 Oct 2015 - HLO
Scottish railway splendour
Visit the heart of the Highlands to enjoy three spectacular train journeys. Ride the famous West Highland Line from Fort William to Mallaig, take a trip on the charming Strathspey Steam Railway and enjoy a breathtaking run from Inverness to the Kyle of Lochalsh.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions
- Rail travel from Inverness to Kyle - one of the 'Great Railway Journeys of the World'
- Journey on the steam-hauled Strathspey Railway
- Cross the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct on the 42-mile journey from Fort William to Mallaig
- Visit the famous Highland resort of Aviemore
- Four nights' carefully chosen dinner, bed and Scottish breakfast accommodation at either the Highlander Hotel, Newtonmore or the Carrbridge Hotel, Carrbridge
- Return flights from your chosen airport to Edinburgh
- Comfortable coach travel and transfers in Scotland
- Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
Single rooms are available for a supplement
Fly to Edinburgh and transfer to your hotel. After check-in, the rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore the secluded glens and riverside walks of the surroundings before dinner at the hotel.
Today we'll follow the stunningly scenic route from Inverness to the Kyle of Lochalsh. The line travels along the south side of Beauly Firth, with views across to the 'Black Isle', before turning north to the market town of Dingwall. From there it heads west, climbing through the remote northern Highlands, past towering Liathach and its Torridon mountain neighbours. The final stage is the most spectacular - as the line descends to the magnificent scenery of Loch Carron.
Our second excursion is a nostalgic trip on the Strathspey Steam Railway. The nine-and-a-half-mile journey through unspoilt Highland scenery ends in Aviemore, where you're free to explore. You may also like to join our optional excursion on the Cairngorm Mountain Railway, the UK's longest funicular, which is renowned for its magnificent views.
Our final trip takes us 42 miles along the dramatic West Highland Line to Mallaig, overlooking the Isle of Skye. We'll cross the spectacular 21-arch Glenfinnan viaduct and rumble past the white sands of Morar. Once in Mallaig you can walk the hills, explore the Heritage Centre or visit the kipper smokery.
Transfer back to Edinburgh for your return flight home. Depending on your departure time, there may be time to explore this beautiful city before you head to the airport.
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately three hours.
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.
Please note, the West Highland and Kyle lines are both scheduled ScotRail services, and use diesel-powered engines. In the unlikely event of a steam locomotive breaking down on the Strathspey Railway, we reserve the right to substitute the engine with a diesel locomotive.
Cairngorm Mountain Railway
Please note that the Cairngorm Mountain Railway will be closed for maintenance from 7th to 12th June. The optional excursion will therefore not be available on holidays departing on 5th, 7th and 9th June. There will be an included afternoon visit to Grantown-on-Spey instead.
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 or electric scooter, please let us know as soon as possible 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.
Airport development fees
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 GBP5 and GBP10 per person. Please visit the airport's website for further information.
The following hotels are offered with this holiday (subject to availability and supplementary pricing)
We're sure that you will be delighted with the friendly service and warm hospitality that are the hallmarks of a stay at the Highlander, which is always popular with Newmarket guests.Further Hotel Information
We're sure that you will be delighted with the friendly service and warm hospitality that are the hallmarks of a stay at the Highlander, which is always popular with Newmarket guests.
Facilities & Amenities
The rooms in this comfortable, modern hotel are located in two blocks just a short walk from the main hotel reception, restaurant and bar area.
Each room has private facilities, TV, a hairdryer and tea- and coffee-making facilities.Hide Hotel Information
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 Hotel Information
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.
Facilities & Amenities
The hotel has a lounge, a bar and a restaurant. There is lift access to the first floor. Rooms on higher floors are accessed by stairs.
Rooms have private facilities, tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV and telephones.Hide Hotel Information