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Scotland's Romantic Highland Railways 2018

Balavil Hotel - 5 Days / 4 Nights

Breathtaking rail journeys capture the contrasting villages and towns of Inverness, Fort William, Aviemore and Kyle of Lochalsh. Sit back and relax as dramatic Highland landscapes glide past you. Go back in time on one of the most well-known and nostalgic rail journeys in Europe, made famous in the Harry Potter movies. Also includes two other memorable rail experiences.

Price Includes:

  • Coach travel
  • 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation starting with dinner on day of arrival and ending with breakfast on departure day
  • 1 leg railway journey from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh
  • Single steam rail journey from Aviemore
  • 1 leg journey on the Jacobite Steam Railway
  • 1 hour wild life cruise

Not Included:

  • Any charges hotel may make for use of facilities
  • Any meals or drinks en route
  • Travel insurance
  • Single room supplement
  • Personal expenditure, gratuities, any admission charges etc.

Your Itinerary:

Day 1 - We start with a local departure for our journey north through the Borders to arrive at our hotel – the Balavil Hotel, Newtonmore. All rooms have private facilities and features include a bar and restaurant.

Day 2 – Aviemore Steam and Spey Valley - after a leisurely breakfast we take a short drive to Aviemore before boarding the steam train for the 45 minute journey through spectacular Speyside mountainous scenery.  Time free in Grantown on Spey followed by a visit to the Highland Heather Centre at Dulnain Bridge

Day 3 – The Kyle Line and Skye – after breakfast we head for Inverness to catch the train for ‘one of the most beautiful rail journeys in Europe’ – Michael Palin.  In Kyle our coach collects you for the short journey to the Isle of Skye, with time for sightseeing.  Return to our hotel by coach through glorious Highland grandeur

Day 4 – Jacobite Steam Train and Wildlife Cruise.  From Fort William the 2 hour journey to Mallaig has been made world famous in the ‘Harry Potter’ movies, absorbing beautiful views of lochs, mountains, Glenfinnan Viaduct, Loch Morar and the small Isles of Eigg, Much and Rum.  In Mallaig we have arranged a 1 hour cruise sailing out towards the Isles with regular sightings of whales, dolphins and sea eagles.  Please Note: There may be a lack of under cover in inclement weather.  Please bring a waterproof or umbrella today. The road journey back in your coach is very different to the rail journey.  We stop off in Glenfinnan to see Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Monument, the 21 arched viaduct and Loch Shiel.  Then onwards to Banavie’s Neptunes Staircase and the Caledonian Canal.

Day 5 - Commence our journey home arriving back later on.

Please Note: Train journeys may be done in reverse order to accommodate timetable in which case no compensation will be payable. Steam trains may be replaced by diesels. Excursion days may be alternated. Again no compensation will be payable in these circumstances.



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