Scotland

Fort William Scottish Highlands

Based in Fort William, in the shadow of the mighty Ben Nevis, this year’s adventure is the best rail journeys in the Scottish Highlands.  The Jacobite rail journey from Fort William, through the Highlands onto Mallaig is described as one of the greatest in the world.  Coupled with this is the stunning train journey from the Kyle of Lochalsh to Dingwall and the chance to spot “Nessie” from the banks of Loch Ness.  All in all this extremely popular holiday offers the most amazing scenery the Scottish Highlands has to offer.

26th May – 2nd June 2018 8 days £619pp
15th – 21st September 2018 8 days £639pp

Price per person on Half Board Basis.  Single Supplement £105pp

Alexandra Hotel

The Alexandra Hotel offers a traditional Scottish Highland warm welcome in the heart of Fort William, close to shops and other amenities.  Located in the foothills of the mighty Ben Nevis Mountain, the Alexandra has 93 comfortable, modern bedrooms all benefiting from en-suite bathrooms, telephone, television and tea/coffee making facilities.

  • Excursions include –

    May (Highland Scenic Railways) – A full day excursion with a return journey aboard the famous ‘Jacobite Steam Train’ to Mallaig – A full day exploring the local area, Ben Nevis, Spean Bridge and the Commando Memorial, the Caledonian Canal and Glenfinnan – A full day of wondrous scenery as we drive to the Kyle of Lochalsh where after time spent here we join the Scot Rail Diesel Train to Dingwall, a truly spectacular journey.  We then return via Loch Ness to Fort William – A full day exploring the Cairngorms National Park enjoying a light lunch aboard the Strathspey Steam Railway, rounded off with a visit to the Highland Folk Museum.

    September (Highlands & Islands) – A full day excursion with a return journey aboard the famous ‘Jacobite Steam Train’ to Mallaig – A full day as we travel across Loch Linnhe at its narrowest point on the Corran Ferry which is followed by a scenic drive to Lochaline for another ferry ride to Fishnish on the Isle of Mull.  From here we travel to Tobermory with its colourful houses – A truly glorious full day excursion with spectacular scenery.  Firstly to the Skye Bridge and then on to Portree, on the Isle of Skye, where we have time to explore before returning on the short ferry crossing to Mallaig – Another full day visiting Scotland’s seafood capital, Oban and the Atlantic Bridge.

    Perth & The Edinburgh Tattoo

    Perth is steeped in history.  Sitting astride the “Silver River Tay”, famous worldwide for its salmon fishing and its water as an essential ingredient of fine whiskies.  The Edinburgh Tattoo is in its 68th year.  Since the first Tattoo in 1950 more than 14 million people have attended with an annual audience of around 220,000.

    1st – 6th August 2018 5 nights £499pp

    Half Board (except on the day of The Tattoo).  Single Supplement £79pp

    The Salutation Hotel

    The oldest established hotel in Scotland, the Salutation has been welcoming guests through its doors since 1699.  One of the most famous guests to sample the hospitality was Bonnie Prince Charlie who stayed in 1745, at the height if his struggle to regain the throne for the Stuart Kings.  The welcome now is as warm as it ever was.  ‘The Sally’ as it is affectionately know, offers tradition hospitality with all modern comforts in its 84 bedrooms all with en-suite facilities.  All bedrooms have flat screen televisions, refreshments tray and direct dial telephones.  The hotel has a lift to all floors.

    Itinerary –

    Day 1 – We journey north to York where we spend some time sightseeing before continuing to Darlington and the Blackwell Grange Hotel for our overnight stop.

    Day 2 – Refreshed and heading further north along the A1 around Newcastle Upon Tyne we reach Alnwick where we spend a short time in this historic market town before heading on to Berwick on Tweed where we stop for lunch, then its over the Border around Edinburgh and over the Forth Road Bridge ti Perth, our home for the next four nights.

    Day 3 –  A visit to Tullibardine Distillery at the foot of the Ochil Hills where we have a 45 minute tour and a tasting in the Dramming Bar before visiting Callendar where we spend some time for lunch in Rob Roy Country (not included).  The afternoon is spent visiting Loch Katrine and The Trossachs before heading back to Perth via The Lake of Menteith.

    Day 4 – The highlight of our tour as we head into Edinburgh where we are joined by a qualified city guide for our sightseeing tour and then free time before the world famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo.  No evening meal is supplied on this day.

    Day 5 – A leisurely relaxing moring in Perth after our late night back from the Tattoo.  In the afternoon we take a short journey to the beautiful town on Pitlochry.

    Day 6 – We head out early for home but with a final visit in Scotland to Gretna Green, arriving home about 7pm.

     

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