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Reader Holidays - Scottish Highland Railways from Hereford Times
Departing March - October 2014
*Price shown: 21 Oct 2014 - 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.
What The Price Includes
- Return flights from your local airport to Edinburgh
- One suitcase allowance per person
- Coach travel in Scotland
- Four nights' dinner, bed and Scottish breakfast accommodation in a good hotel in the Highlands of Scotland
- Rail journeys as described
- The services of a Newmarket Tour Manager
- Government taxes and service charges
Single rooms are available for a supplement
Fly to Edinburgh and transfer to your hotel (approximately three hours). 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 the Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness, as featured by Michael Palin in his series 'Great Railway Journeys of World'. Along the way we'll pass through the spectacular landscapes used in the filming of the BBC TV series 'Hamish Macbeth'.
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.
Please note, the West Highland and Kyle lines are both scheduled ScotRail services, and use diesel-powered engines.
Changes to your excursions
Due to timetable changes and other factors outside our control, it may be necessary to alter the order of the excursions on your holiday. Please note that on 31st March, 7th April, 14th April, and 20th and 21st October the Strathspey Railway will not be operating. A day exploring Loch Ness will be offered instead.
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, which also offers a restaurant and bar area.
Each room has private facilities, colour TV, a hairdryer and tea- and coffee-making facilities.Hide Hotel Information »
Set on the banks of the River Dulnain with spectacular views of the Cairngorm Mountains, the family-owned and managed Carrbridge 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. There is lift access to most bedrooms.Further Hotel Information »
Set on the banks of the River Dulnain with spectacular views of the Cairngorm Mountains, the family-owned and managed Carrbridge 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. There is lift access to most bedrooms.Hide Hotel Information »