Staying at the Alexander Hotel
6 DAYS | 18th July 2022
In a harmonious unification of luxury coach and nostalgic train travel, our Great Highland Railway Journeys tour is your chance of a unique view of some of Scotland’s most dramatic Highland scenery. With an itinerary of several train journeys including a trip across Rannoch Moor and the North Highland Line from the Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness. This really is an epic tour with stunning views all the way.
Our first night of the tour will be spent in a hotel near Glasgow. Our main hotel is the Alexander Hotel in Fort William; part of the fabric of Fort William since Victorian times, the hotel is ideally located in the heart of the town and boasts two restaurants, a bar and pleasant lounge. All rooms are en-suite with TV and tea tray.
We depart calling for coffee en-route to Moffat where we stop for lunch, we then continue north to the Glasgow area and our hotel.
This morning we continue our journey north making our way up the side of Loch Lomond to Crainlarich where we stop for lunch. An important highland road and railway junction, the town describes itself as ‘the gateway to the Highlands’ and resides in the shadow of several Munro peaks. We then board the train for the spectacular journey over Rannoch Moor to Fort William and our base for the next four nights.
This morning we venture to Inverness taking the scenic route up the side of Loch Ness. You will have free time in Inverness for lunch and a meander, before we board the train for the stunning trip down to the Kyle of Lochalsh. Travelling coast to coast across the Highlands, the mountains, forest, bright lochs and wide open moors never fail to impress.
Today you have the opportunity to board the train to Mallaig. Take either the standard Scotrail train (approx. £18) or the nostalgic steam train ride on the Jacobite (approx. £55). Described as the greatest railway journey in the world, this 84-mile round trip takes you past a list of impressive views. You will have free time in Mallaig before returning to Fort William.
We take a drive to the picturesque village of Banavie and see the impressive Neptunes Staircase; an incredible feat of engineering built by Thomas Telford, this amazing flight of eight locks on the Caledonian Canal is the longest staircase lock in Scotland. We then travel into the Nevis Range where you have the option of taking a trip on Scotland’s only mountain cable gondola. At the top you will be treated to magnificent views of Fort William and beyond. There is also a café at the top for morning coffee (cable car ride approx. £24). Alternatively, simply enjoy the views of the mountain and have a coffee in the café at the bottom of the mountain. We then head back to Fort William for the remainder of the day.
After breakfast we head south calling for coffee and lunch en-route home.
Tour includes: 5 nights dinner, bed and breakfast; train ride Crianlarich to Fort William and Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness.
£699.00 per person sharing twin/double
£125.00 single room supplement
£38.50 insurance per person, inc. IPT