The Highlander 5 Days - Mackays Strathpeffer
Our ‘Highlander’ tour journeys into Britain’s most spectacular region with towering mountains, glistening tarns and lochs, granite cities and hardy farming towns. This tour affords us a variety of perspectives on the Highlands, from the coast at Nairn to the peaks of the Cairngorms. Or head for the far Northern reaches of the British mainland with a tour that incorporates coast, city and country, including the spectacular scenery en route from our base in Strathpeffer to the rugged coastline of John O’Groats.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1 - Outward Travel
Day 2 - Full Day - Strathspey Railway & Newtonmore
The steam-hauled heritage Strathspey railway (fare included in tour cost) runs along the Spey valley through the Cairngorms National Park. /nThe former Highland Railway line ran from Grantown to Forres until 1968. Since 1971 a group of dedicated volunteers has restored sections of the line./nOur journey takes us through stunning and varied scenery with fabulous vistas of the surrounding hills as well as dense forests and abundant wildlife/nThe Highland Folk Museum, situated in Newtonmore, brings to life the domestic and working conditions of earlier Highland peoples./n
Day 3 - Full Day - Elgin & Nairn
Nestling in the world famous whisky country, Elgin is home to famous brands such as Glenmoray, Gordon & MacPhail and Glen Elgin./nElgin Museum offers the chance to see objects from all over the world, with a special focus on Moray, and from all periods of history and prehistory (Apr-Oct opening)./nNairn is an attractive seaside town with sandy beaches, riverside walks, and a promenade which offers fantastic views over the Moray Firth. /n
Day 4 - Full Day - Inverness incl Urquhart Castle
Inverness, translating as 'Mouth of the River Ness', is the capital of the Highlands of Scotland. /nInverness Castle dominates the horizon. ‘Macbeth’ was supposedly based in an older castle, since destroyed by the Jacobites./nThe Inverness Museum and Art Gallery (entry fees apply) give a good general overview of the development of the Highlands. /nOnce one of Scotland’s largest castles, Urquhart saw great conflict during its 500 years as a medieval fortress. Today it offers beautiful views (Entrance included). /n
Day 5 - Return Travel
MacKay’s Hotel is situated in the former spa village of Strathpeffer and is an excellent base for exploring this scenic area. In Victorian times the village was famous for its sulphurous springs. The village of Strathpeffer has specialist attractions such as the Childhood Museum housed in a Victorian Railway Station and the Old Pump House.