Groups 5 Days from £599
Rob fell in love with Scotland in the western Highlands. Loch Long, Loch Lomond, the West Highland Line, wild Rannoch Moor and deep forested ravines where you could close your eyes, open them again and swear you were in the Canadian Rockies. As they say up there, “Haste ye back.”
New to 2020
Dedicated Departure - 4th October 2020
• 4 nights’ hotel accommodation with dinner, bed & breakfast
• Rail travel as described in Standard Class (First Class upgrades available on Days 1 and 5)
• Private coach travel (where applicable)
• Services of an experienced Tour Manager
• Excursions as described
• Free optional insurance
Single Supplement from £95 per person.
First Class upgrade London to Glasgow & Inverness to London from £100 per person.
Price based on a minimum 25 passengers.
Day 1 – We meet at London Euston ahead of our morning departure, travelling with Virgin West Coast up the West Coast Mainline to Glasgow. We stay for one night in the handsome city of Glasgow. (D)
Day 2 – Our journey continues northwards with ScotRail, skirting Loch Long, then the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. On wild Rannoch Moor the track floats on peat boglands across the high heather, a scene so remote from our existence that no roads lead here. Deer scamper into the distance at the intrusion of human life in a scene of idyllic and splendid isolation. Arriving in Fort William under the gaze of Ben Nevis, a coach awaits to transport us along the Great Glen to Inverness, stopping off at Loch Ness for a touch of Nessie spotting. (B,L)
Day 3 – A day at leisure allows you to explore Inverness, the Highlands, with interesting shops and arcades. (B)
Day 4 – Our return coast to coast rail excursion with Scotrail takes an epic route on the Kyle Line across the Highlands to Kyle of Lochalsh, overlooking the Isle of Skye. The train glides along the southern shore of the Beauly Firth. Next up is Loch Luichart with mighty Ben Wyvis in the distance to the north, before the train heads for wild mountains and forests, with views of the great Torridon Peaks in the distance. Skirting Loch Carron we reach Plockton in its sheltered bay, a familiar scene from Hamish Macbeth and the Wicker Man, before reaching journey’s end at Kyle. (B,D)
Day 5 – We depart Inverness on LNER’s Highland Chieftain train, cutting through the Cairngorms en route to Edinburgh. Crossing into England, the Farne Islands tantalise off-shore, before we cross the Tyne Bridges and get a great view of Durham’s cityscape. We arrive in London in mid-afternoon. (B)
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