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Plockton Harbour & Loch Carron, on the Kyle Line

Romantic Railways & Lochs Travel around the spectacular Scottish Highlands in style, taking in picturesque views at every turn! Our tour includes scenic rail journeys on the fabulous Kyle Line and on the Strathspey Steam Railway, as well as a cruise on the famous Loch Ness. We also get a glimpse of life in the Highlands from the 1700s to the 1950s at the superb open-air Highland Folk Museum. PACKAGED ITINERARY Day 1 Arrival We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner. Day 2 Scenic Train Journey Inverness - Kyle of Lochalsh Today we enjoy a one way scenic train journey on the spectacular Kyle Line from Inverness to the Kyle of Lochalsh. Our Scotrail train travels through the spectacular scenery of the Highlands in the shadows of mountains and forests, beside bright lochs and wide open moors, as we head for the final stretch towards the Kyle of Lochalsh, which offers beautiful views of Skye. We have time to do a spot of sightseeing on the island before returning by coach, passing the famous Eilean Donan Castle and the stunning views at Loch Cluanie. Day 3 Loch Ness Cruise & Urquhart Castle This morning we embark on a scenic journey to Loch Ness. We attempt to track down the world’s shyest monster on a 50 minute cruise of legendary Loch Ness , departing from Fort Augustus on the southern shores. Brimming with history and monster tales, the real stars of the loch are its castles, monuments and scenery. Afterwards we head up the west side of Loch Ness to visit Urquhart Castle , which occupies a scenic spot on a headland overlooking the famous loch. The ruined castle dates to the 13th century, though the history of the site goes back further. Urquhart was passed back and forth during the Scottish Wars of Independence, raided several times, abandoned and deliberately blown up. Day 4 Strathspey Steam Railway, Aviemore & Highland Folk Museum After breakfast we head off for a return journey on the Strathspey Steam Railway from Aviemore to Broomhill, taking in glorious views of heather-clad moors, Caledonian forest and the Spey River. Upon return to Aviemore we have some free time to explore this popular Cairngorms resort, famous for its winter sports and hill-walking, before heading south to step back in time at the open-air Highland Folk Museum . Here, we experience life in the Highlands from the 1700s to the 1950s, exploring 35 historical buildings as we discover how people lived, worked, went to school and enjoyed their leisure time. Day 5 Departure After breakfast, we make our way home.

Highland Folk Museum

Loch Ness Cruise

The Strathspey Railway © Neil MacQueen

Highlander Hotel Newtonmore, Inverness-shire

Located on the outskirts of Newtonmore in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park, the Highlander Hotel offers friendly service and quality food, and is famous for its welcome to coach groups. The hotel consists of two buildings, one housing the public areas and one housing the bedrooms, with external access between the two. All 80 bedrooms are comfortable and equipped with a TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Although the hotel does not have a lift, all of the public areas and many of the bedrooms are on the ground floor, with the remaining situated on the first floor. There is a spacious, informal restaurant, a relaxing authentic bar, a comfortable lounge and an outside seating area. • Ground floor rooms • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Coach parking is on-site & free of charge 4 Nights Half Board Twin from £299pp Double for Sole Use Supplement from £94 Based on Monday arrivals

Inclusions • Porterage

• Choice of menu & tea/coffee after dinner • Small glass of wine with dinner on 1st night • Afternoon tea/coffee & shortbread on 1 day • Live musical entertainment on a minimum of 1 night • Single rail journey Inverness - Kyle of Lochalsh • 50 minute Loch Ness cruise • Entrance to Urquhart Castle • Return rail journey Aviemore - Broomhill • Entrance to Highland Folk Museum (free entry)

Urquhart Castle & Loch Ness


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