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Great Scottish Highland Railways - Jg Explorer

UK & Ireland
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUS9885

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  • Travel Type: Coach

5 days

UK 2024

PRICE FROM ? £629 per person
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Itinerary

Description

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The beautiful Scottish Highlands offer some of the most picturesque and celebrated railways in the world, where sparkling lochs, dramatic moorlands and striking mountain scenery combine to create spectacular backdrops to captivating journeys. We experience the very best on this fabulous break as we travel on the Kyle Railway Line, take a trip on the Strathspey Steam Railway through the glorious Cairngorms National Park and enjoy a steam-hauled voyage aboard the iconic Jacobite Steam Train on the West Highland Line between Fort William and Mallaig.This is an unforgettable way to discover Scotland, and whether you are a railway enthusiast or first timer, these breathtaking journeys promise to enchant and captivate.  

Itinerary

Itinerary


Kyle of Lochalsh
to Inverness Railway (full day)

En-route to our first railway, we enjoy a stunning photo opportunity at a Loch Ness viewpoint (cameras at the ready to try and capture the elusive Nessie)! We continue out to the capital of the Highlands, Inverness, to join the Kyle Railway Line, a beautiful journey which has been likened to a symphony in three parts: pastoral, mountain and marine. From the perfect vantage point, we enjoy the magnificent remote landscapes, taking in many of the area’s shimmering lochs and dramatic moors along the way. Part of our journey also meanders along the southern bank of the mysterious Beauly Firth, through Dingwall and past the huge isolated mountain of Ben Wyvis. We disembark in the pretty village of Kyle of Lochalsh, where we enjoy some free time before heading back to Fort William.

Strathspey Steam Railway & Aviemore (full day)

We make our way to Aviemore station to board a train on the Strathspey Steam Railway, which takes us through the picturesque mountain vistas, heather-clad moors and woodland of the Cairngorms National Park, the largest national park in the British Isles. Following the banks of the River Spey, we journey to Broomhill, which famously featured asGlenbogle station in the popular BBC series Monarch of the Glen. We then return to the peaceful town of Aviemore by coach and spend some time at leisure. Popular for its stunning views of the Cairngorms, the town is also home to a fascinating stone circle that is more than 4,000 years old.

 

West Highland Line & Mallaig (full day)

We head by coach to Fort William, a picturesque town which sits in the shadow of Ben Nevis. Here we board ‘The Jacobite’ steam train and travel across the mountainous west coast of Scotland, considered by many to be the most scenic rail journey in the world. This section of the West Highland Line crosses the 100ft-high Glenfinnan Viaduct used in the Harry Potter film sequences featuring the Hogwarts Express. You don’t need to be a Harry Potter fan to appreciate this journey though, as the scenery in reality beats any cinematography hands down. We disembark in the picturesque port of Mallaig for some free time.

 

Please note: West Coast Railways reserves the right to substitute The Jacobite with an alternative engine or diesel-powered locomotive in the event of breakdown, or if urgent repairs are needed, without notice or refund.

Update @ 21/3/24: we are aware that the Jacobite service is currently suspended whilst West Coast Railways are in discussion with the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) Regulator. Should this dispute affect your departure date, we will move you to the Scotrail service on the same line and refund you the difference in cost.

JG2

Hotels with a JG2 rating are a mixture of larger hotels and privately owned properties. Décor and furnishings may be simple but are clean and well maintained. All bedrooms have en-suite facilities, TV and may have tea/coffee making facilities. Food may be buffet style in some of the larger hotels. Services may be limited but efficient.

Coach Bullets

  • Return coach travel
  • 4 nights at the Caledonian Hotel, Fort William (JG2 rating) with dinner & breakfast
  • Heritage train journeys on the Kyle Railway Line, Strathspey Steam Railway & the West Highland Line aboard The Jacobite Steam Train
  • Photo stop at Loch Ness viewpoint
  • Free time in Kyle of Lochalsh, Aviemore & Mallaig

Search Bullets

  • 4 nights at the Caledonian Hotel, Fort William (JG2 rating) with dinner & breakfast
  • Heritage train journeys on the Kyle Railway Line, Strathspey Steam Railway & the West Highland Line aboard The Jacobite Steam Train
  • Photo stop at Loch Ness viewpoint
  • Free time in Kyle of Lochalsh, Aviemore & Mallaig

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JG Explorer

JG Explorer Coaches 
We are pleased to introduce JG Explorer – a brand-new deluxe coach, thoughtfully designed to provide an elevated coach experience and ensure your journey is special and memorable.

Exclusive to the JG Travel Group, the design of these coaches has been meticulously thought through with your comfort in mind – with only 44 seats meaning more room on board and padded seats. There’s improved legroom and a footrest, making certain that wherever you sit, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your journey. We know it’s the small things that make a big difference in terms of ease and added convenience, so our JG Explorer coaches feature a floor-level, rear-mounted toilet, accessible to all customers.

On-board entertainment throughout your journey is easy to find on the JG Explorer, with access to Azimut, our wireless media system, providing films and quizzes. Simply bring along your smartphone or iPad and enjoy this entertainment interruption-free, with the use of our extra reliable Wi-Fi, free to all passengers and a handy USB port at each seat.

The layout of the JG Explorer includes a floor-level, rear-mounted kitchen with a sink, an espresso machine to purchase delicious Nespresso coffee, dispensed by your driver during comfort breaks, and a fridge stocked with cold drinks and milk. Customers are welcome to help themselves to complimentary JG bottles, that can be used for refill at the built-in cold-water filter, cutting down on the need for disposable plastic bottles and doing our part for the environment. 

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Accommodation

The Caledonian Hotel The Caledonian Hotel

In the Scottish Highlands, we stay at the Caledonian Hotel near the lovely town of Fort William, which boasts a stunning mountainous backdrop. The hotel offers lovely views of Loch Linhe, a comfortable lounge, restaurant and bar plus en-suite rooms with tea and coffee-making facilities and a TV.

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