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Scottish Highlands Hogmanay

Discover a New Year with a difference and experience The West Highland Line, the Kyle Line and the Cairngorms Line - a truly magical post-Christmas circular rail tour of the Scottish Highlands in all their wintry glory, followed by a wonderful New Year in Stirling with all the trimmings including afternoon tea, champagne drinks reception, gourmet 4-course New Year's dinner with Ceilidh band, plus an excursion to historic Edinburgh.

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8 days from £949

 

DEPARTS

Sunday 27 December 2020

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Travel on the beautiful West Highland Line to Fort William

  • Experience a thrilling trip on the Nevis Gondola cable car

  • Trundle across the Glenfinnan Viaduct en route to Mallaig

  • Take an original ‘Great Rail Journey of the World’ on the spectacular Kyle Line

  • Cut through the Grampians on the Cairngorm Line

  • Enjoy a wonderful New Year at the 4-star Stirling Highland Hotel with entertainment programme*

  • Spend time in historic Edinburgh and explore its many attractions

 

Also included in your tour fare:

  • Dinner every evening plus 1 light lunch and 1 afternoon tea

  • Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

 

* Please note all entertainment will be subject to government guidelines allowing the hotel to run the events

 

 

 



 

DAY 1

Travelling by train to Stirling, we meet at the Stirling Highland Hotel, enjoying a welcome tea or coffee. Explore the handsome city or enjoy the hotel's leisure facilities ahead of dinner.

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DAY 2

An early start this morning, as we depart Stirling for Glasgow. Here we change onto the West Highland Line. Catching the railway during the seasonally limited daylight hours, we skirt the shores of Gareloch, Loch Long and Loch Lomond, with the winter scenery becoming ever more dramatic, before we climb high across Rannoch Moor, whose splendid isolation can only be experienced by train or on foot (no roads lead here). One of the world's greatest railway journeys then descends into Fort William, in the shadow of brooding Ben Nevis. On arrival a coach takes us the short distance to the Nevis Gondola cable car which whisks us high up Aonach Mor for incredible views. Following our thrilling cable car journey, we check into the Alexandra Hotel, our base for the next two nights.

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DAY 3

Today we rejoin the West Highland Line for the final part of the epic journey to Mallaig. Trundling first past the Caledonian Canal's locks, we head through rocky mountain landscapes, crossing Glenfinnan Viaduct, where Bonnie Prince Charlie's monument and Loch Shiel are viewed before bursting out onto the Atlantic coastline of golden white sands with distant views of Rhum and Eigg. Enjoy time in Mallaig with views across the sea to Skye before returning to Fort William

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DAY 4

A truly stunning coach journey heads through untouched lochs and glens, past the romantic Eilean Donan Castle en route to Kyle of Lochalsh, overlooking Skye. Here we join the original 'Great Railway Journey of the World' made famous from Michael Palin's trailblazing programme - The Kyle Line. Leaving the wintery western seascapes behind, our train climbs past lochs and forests, stopping briefly in small hamlets, before descending to Inverness, where we stay for a night at the Mercure Hotel in the city centre.

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DAY 5

New Year's Eve
Our morning train once again allows incredible daylight views of the Grampians which we cut through on the Cairngorm Line. Passing the ski resort of Aviemore and the charming town of Pitlochry, we arrive back in Stirling for our warming soup and sandwich lunch at the Stirling Highland Hotel. In the afternoon why not relax in the hotel and enjoy the leisure facilities or take a stroll around the Old Town. In the evening Hogmanay celebrations begin with a champagne reception before we sit down for a gourmet Scottish 4-course dinner followed by a live music from a Ceilidh band* to welcome in 2021!

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DAY 6

New Year's Day
Happy New Year! We can enjoy a relaxing morning and well deserved lie-in as brunch is served until 1pm. If you want to blow away the cobwebs you can take part in the Stirling Treasure Trail arranged by the hotel and enjoy a walk out in the fresh air. In the afternoon we enjoy a traditional afternoon tea and after an action packed few days, we can unwind in the homely surroundings of the Stirling Highland, and, above all, relax. In the evening we enjoy more fine dining with a candlelit 3-course dinner, followed by Scottish entertainment*.

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DAY 7

Today we travel by train to Edinburgh, Scotland's proud capital. We have a day at leisure to take in the glorious architecture of the Royal Mile, treat ourselves to some sales shopping on Princes Street and visit the city's many wonderful attractions. Back in Stirling, we enjoy our final dinner to round off our wonderful New Year holiday.

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DAY 8

We bid you farewell and 'haste ye back'. (B)

* Please note all entertainment will be subject to government guidelines allowing the hotel to run the events.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, LR=Light Refreshments, D=Dinner

HOTELS

The Stirling Highland Hotel

Our base over Christmas is set in the heart of Stirling, just a short walk from Stirling Castle. The Highland Hotel is 4* and its restaurant boasts an AA Rosette. There is a leisure club, including swimming pool, it is a great place to relax. Built in the 19th century as the High School, this historic building still houses a working observatory in its roof. Rooms are well equipped and the restaurant and bar provide comfortable surroundings to unwind in a festive atmosphere.

 

The Alexandra Hotel, Fort William

Situated close by the railway station this comfortable Victorian villa hotel offers all rooms en suite with TV and radio, telephone and hospitality tray. The dining room is proud of its locally sourced Table d'Hôte menu.

 

Mercure Hotel, Inverness

Situated in the centre of Inverness, the 4-star Mercure hotel boasts an excellent waterside setting overlooking the River Ness. The railway station is conveniently located just 200 metres from the hotel. The recently refurbished, stylish bar and restaurant have fantastic views. The hotel also has a gymnasium. The modern bedrooms are well equipped with free Wi-Fi, TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities.

 

FARES

Fare Region

First

Standard

London: Kings Cross

£1,275

£1,139

Greater London

£1,289

£1,145

South of England

£1,335

£1,169

East Anglia

£1,339

£1,175

South West

£1,435

£1,219

Heart of England

£1,335

£1,169

Midlands

£1,265

£1,129

Yorkshire

£1,209

£1,099

North East

£1,149

£1,065

North West

£1,209

£1,089

South Wales

£1,335

£1,169

North Wales

£1,265

£1,115

Scotland

£1,085

£1,015


Join & Leave at Hotel £969

 

£20 Tour Discount for holders of National Railcards

 

Single Room Supplement £75

 

7 nights’ bed, breakfast & Table d’hôte evening meal, plus 1 light lunch and 1 afternoon tea

Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

Rail & coach travel, with transfers as described

All excursions & admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

Important – Please select the number of passengers before proceeding to ‘Book Now’

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Staffordshire Moorlands, ST13 5JW
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