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Single £ 680.00
Twin £ 520.00

All prices are per person

Child fare:75% of the adult rate
Child reduction applies to children aged 3 to 12 inclusive on the basis
that they stay in a room with 2 adults.

We regret that children under the age of 3 are not carried on this tour.

Once booked this tour cannot be altered or cancelled

Departure times are for guidance only.
The actual time of your train journey will be confirmed at time of booking.

Seasonal Price Range
£520-£750

Tour Type: Train and Coach Tour


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Dates of Operation

Saturdays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
7 April to 10 October, 2014
Daily
10 May to 27 September, 2014

Departure Information

Check In: 06:30
Departs: 07:00
Returns: 15:54

From: Kings Cross Railway Station, London

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What's included

• Standard class train tickets from London to Edinburgh and Inverness to London.
• Three nights accommodation in twin rooms with private bath/shower.
• Full Scottish breakfast (days 2 to 4) .
• City tour of Edinburgh by open-top bus.
• Transportation by luxury coach with guide between Edinburgh and Inverness.
• Full day excursion to Eilean Donan Castle and the Isle of Skye.
• Customised tour itinerary.
• Service charges and taxes.

What's NOT included

• Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
• Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
• Gratuity to your tour host

Product Code: ST00314

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Edinburgh, Skye and the Highlands

from London

Tour Highlights: Open-top bus tour of Edinburgh, Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe, Fort William, the Great Glen, Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle and Loch Cruise (optional), Inverness, Glen Moriston, Eilean Donan Castle (optional), Isle of Skye, Cuillin Hills, Elgol and Glen Carron.

In just four comfortable days we’ll whisk you from the centre of London to show you the delights of Edinburgh, Scotland’s historic capital city. Then enjoy a fascinating tour into the heart of the Scottish Highlands to explore famous sights such as Glen Coe and Loch Ness. Spend two relaxing nights in Inverness and visit the magical Island of Skye and Eilean Donan Castle, the very symbol of Scotland’s historic past before returning to London by comfortable day train.

Day One
London to Edinburgh

All aboard! Join your express train for the swift journey to Scotland. Along the way the train will travel through the historic communities of York and Durham; Newcastle and Gateshead which straddle the famous River Tyne and Berwick-upon-Tweed, where we cross the Border and enter Scotland. There are wonderful sea views to enjoy as we make our way along the cliff tops towards Edinburgh.  On arrival in Edinburgh it is a short walk to your hotel for tonight.

This afternoon explore Edinburgh by open-top bus. This absorbing tour will first take you into the Georgian splendour of the New Town with it’s wide streets and grand squares. You’ll see majestic Edinburgh Castle which has stood guard over the city since the earliest of times. Next you’ll discover the hidden secrets of the medieval Old Town where murder and mystery were the canvas on which the history of this historic city was painted. A joint highlight will be the views of the Scottish Parliament building and then Palace of Holyroodhouse, The Queen’s official residence in Scotland.

Overnight: Jury’s Inn (or similar)

Day Two
Edinburgh – Glen Coe – Inverness (2 nights)

We head into the Highlands today as we make our way from Edinburgh to Inverness. The journey starts with fantastic views of Stirling Castle which sits atop a volcanic core. Soon we’ve crossed from the Lowlands into the Highlands and almost instantly the scenery around us changes into a panorama of lochs and mountains.

Enjoy the views as we stop in spectacular Glen Coe. Hear the sad story of the massacre of the resident MacDonald Clan by Campbell troops in 1692 which has given this scenic valley the epithet of "The Glen of Weeping”. Soon we’re in Fort William, Scotland’s outdoor sport centre, before entering the Great Glen.

We’ll drive the entire length of mysterious Loch Ness, so keep a careful watch just in case! There is a stop at Urquhart Castle where you can visit this picturesque ruin which overlooks the deepest part of the loch. Here you can also enjoy a short cruise on the loch before making the short journey to Inverness.

Overnight: Ramada Encore (or similar)

Day Three
The Isle of Skye and Eilean Donan Castle

There’s an exciting day in prospect as we head for the lovely Island of Skye. Our first stop is in the little village of Invermoriston so we can explore this pleasant little community. Soon we are heading through Glen Shiel, a spectacular valley with mountains over 3,000 feet soaring skywards on both sides of the road.

Iconic Eilean Donan Castle is next. This picturesque castle stands on a little island at the confluence of Lochs Duich and Alsh. There is a stop here so you can enjoy the views and take a tour of the castle.

Soon we are crossing "over the sea to Skye”. This famous island is known for its wild and beautiful landscapes of deep lochs and jagged mountains. This is a land that has had a harsh history, with Norse invasions, fierce
clan battles and the tragic Highland Clearances of the 19th Century. The stories that you will hear will be even more stirring as you drive through this dramatic scenery!

The main stop of the day will be in the little fishing village of Elgol where the views across Loch Scavaig, towards the Black Cuillin Hills, are considered by many to be the finest in Britain!

We return to the mainland and enjoy a drive through Glen Carron and the Black Isle before returning to Inverness.

This tour is timed to connect with the overnight sleeper service to London. Please contact us for a quotation if you would like to take this option.

Day Four
Inverness to London

It’s an early start as we transfer to Inverness Railway Station to catch the famed "Highland Chieftain” train to London. This "iron road” will take you through the Cairngorm National Park before climbing to reach Slochd Summit. As the train leaves Aviemore look out for the high peaks of the Cairngorm Mountains in the distance.

Soon we’ll reach the Druimuachdar Pass, the highest summit in the British rail network before descending towards the gentle scenery of Perthshire. Look out for white-washed Blair Castle, the home of the Duke of Atholl. From Perth the train continues to Gleneagles, built to serve the nearby 5 star hotel, then to Stirling and Edinburgh.

From Edinburgh the train will follow the same route as your northbound journey. Your tour will terminate at London (Kings Cross) Station around 15:54 hrs.

The train journeys are unescorted.



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