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The Highland Lines - We take to the trains to show you some of the best scenery that Scotland has to offer. A visit to the Cairngorms gives us a chance to ride the fastest mountain railway in the country. To finish the tour we enjoy a ride on the fabulous Settle to Carlisle Railway, taking us through spectacular northern landscapes and crossing the famous Ribblehead Viaduct.
Tuesday – We collect you from home taking you to your tour coach travelling to the Carlisle area for an overnight stay with dinner, bed and breakfast. Dinner will be served after some time to settle in to the hotel.
Wednesday – We continue north through the Lowland Hills past Glasgow to Stirling, Perth and Pitlochry, arriving early evening at the Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie for a five-night stay with dinner, bed and breakfast. There will also be welcome tea and coffee accompanied with biscuits on arrival.
During your stay in Kingussie the following excursions are included:
1) We make for Aviemore where we take a break before heading into the beautiful Glenmore Forest Park on our way to Cairngorm. Where we will have a Mountain Guided Tour where you will learn about the funicular and history in their Base Station before a short (approx. 100m) walk to the Mountain Garden and camera obscura (weather dependent) with another guide giving further information. There will be tea/coffee and cake served in The Storehouse Café before.
2) We head west around Beauly Firth, along Glencarron to Stromferry and Kyle of Lochalsh. After a break we join the Scotrail train for one of the Great Railway Journeys of the World - the Kyle Line. The route takes us through some of the best scenery in the country, skirting lochs and passing remote villages on the way back to Inverness. Here we rejoin the coach for the ride back to Kinguissie.
3) An early morning departure today as we travel south west along the shore of Loch Laggan and through Glen Spean to Fort William. Here we have another train journey, this time by steam train on the famous ‘JACOBITE’ along the celebrated West Highland Line to Mallaig. This spectacular line passes hidden lochs and inlets, silver sands, and crosses the magnificent Glenfinnan viaduct on its way west. 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 rejoin the coach for the ride back to Kinguissie.
4) This morning we stroll to Kingussie station where we catch the train to Inverness. The line takes us through spectacular scenery over the line’s summit at Slochd before descending into the Highland Capital, Inverness. You will have free time to explore the city and obtain lunch before the return rail journey to Kingussie.
Monday – We leave the Highlands and retrace our steps south towards Perth, before heading across the Forth Bridge, with superb views of the iconic Forth Rail Bridge, and skirting Edinburgh on our way towards the Lowlands region for our overnight stop – dinner, bed and breakfast.
Tuesday – After breakfast we leave for Carlisle station to catch the train for a ride on the famous Carlisle to Settle line. This spectacular line passes through some of the most rugged scenery in the North and is a highlight is the crossing of Ribblehead viaduct. Leaving the train to Skipton we have time for lunch before we continue our way home to your waiting taxi.
Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie
Situated in the Highland valley of Kingussie, with views across the picturesque Spey Valley, the hotel offers all modern-day facilities and home comforts, yet retains the character and heritage of an old Scottish coaching inn. Hotel facilities include a bar, pleasant lounge and elegant restaurant. Hotel entertainment is provided on 2 nights. All bedrooms are en suite and have a TV, telephone and tea and coffee making facilities. The hotel has a lift.
7 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Platinum coach travel
Excursions and rail journeys