Great Highland Railway Journeys

The Balavil Hotel, Newtonmore


6 DAYS | 10th April 2017

This tour offers you the chance to combine a memorable coach tour with a leisurely look at some of Scotland’s dramatic Highland scenery. Join us on three of Scotland’s most scenic railways – The Cairngorm Funicular railway, the West Highland Line and the Strathspey railway and enjoy the stunning natural backdrop.

The Balavil Hotel, Newtonmore is situated in the heart of the Scottish highlands. A family run business that offers a warm and personal welcome to visiting guests. The traditional and stylish accommodation boasts a bar/lounge, dining room, and an indoor pool. All bedrooms have TV, tea and coffee facilities, and en-suite.


We depart Macclesfield calling for coffee enroute to Moffatt where we stop for lunch, we then continue north to our hotel and base for the next five nights.


A relaxing day today, after breakfast we visit the local Folk Museum. There will be time to browse the museum at leisure and have morning coffee before we continue on to Aviemore, for lunch and then into the Caringorm National Park for our ride on Scotland’s only funicular railway. This unique visitor experience allows people of all abilities to reach the Top Station where the Ptarmigan Restaurant is located with panoramic views from over 3,500ft. There is also a viewing terrace, exhibition, shop and the highest post box in the British Isles!


Today we head west to Fort William where we board the train for our trip on the West Highland Line to Mallaig with stunning views of lochs, mountains, the Glenfinan viaduct, Loch Morar and the small isles of Eigg, Muck and Rum. There will be free time in Mallaig before the coach picks you up for the return journey, during which we make a short stop at Banavie’s Neptunes staircase on the Caledonian Canal; built by Thomas Telford the longest set of locks in Britain.


This morning we head for Inverness calling at the Culloden Battlefield Visitors Centre where we have time for coffee. We then continue on to Inverness, the largest city and cultural capital of the Scottish Highlands. You will have free time for lunch in the city. This afternoon we go hunting for Nessie, with a relaxing cruise on Loch Ness.


Our excursion today takes us to Glenlivet Distillery, a Scottish must. We have a guided tour upon arrival and then a little free time to browse the shop and have coffee. We then head back calling at Grantown-on-Spey for lunch. Our final railway journey takes us on the Strathspey Steam Railway from Broomhill to Aviemore. We return to the hotel midafternoon.


Today we head home calling for coffee and lunch en-route to arrive early evening.

Tour includes: Luxury coach travel throughout, 5 Nights Dinner bed and breakfast, 3 train rides as described. Boat trip on Loch Ness.
£498.00 per person sharing twin/double
£60.00 single room supplement
£28.00 insurance per person, inc. IPT

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