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Highlands – Royals And Rails (5 Days)

UK & Ireland
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUS8599

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

5 days

UK 2019

PRICE FROM ? £399 per person
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Description

If you’re looking for a break that combines spectacular scenery, an iconic rail journey and a famous castle with Royal connections, then this trip to the Highlands is for you. We’ll visit stunning Balmoral Castle, Scottish holiday home to The Royal Family, venture through the impressive Cairngorms National Park and take a steam-hauled trip on the West Highland Line, one of the top railway journeys in the world.

Coach Itinerary

Balmoral Castle & Braemar (full day)

We enjoy a visit to the iconic Balmoral Castle. Located in Royal Deeside, the castle is one of two personal and private residences owned by The Royal Family, unlike the Royal Palaces which belong to the Crown.  En-route to the castle we stop at Crathie Church for a photo opportunity. A small parish church, this is where The Royal Family worship while staying at Balmoral. Upon arrival at the castle, we have time to explore the grounds, gardens, exhibitions and gift shop as well as the largest room in the castle, the Ballroom*. En-route back to the hotel, we stop in the picturesque village of Braemar, where we have time to explore at leisure.

*Please note: All other rooms within the castle are not available to the public as these are Her Majesty The Queen's private rooms.

Mallaig & West Highland Line (full day)

We head by coach to Mallaig where we join the afternoon departure on ‘The Jacobite’ steam train across the mountainous west coast of Scotland to Fort William. 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.

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.

Cairngorms National Park (half day)

The Cairngorms National Park, situated in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, is the UK’s largest National Park offering spectacular scenery with towering mountains, sparkling lochs and rivers and wildlife a plenty. We make a stop in Aviemore, a town surrounded by lush Highland scenery and offering a great selection of shops, restaurants, cafés and bars.

Coach Bullets

  • Return coach travel
  • 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Fisher’s Hotel, Pitlochry
  • Excursions to Balmoral Castle, Braemar, Cairngorms National Park & Aviemore
  • Heritage train journey on the West Highland Line

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  • 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Fisher’s Hotel, Pitlochry
  • Excursions to Balmoral Castle, Braemar, Cairngorms National Park & Aviemore
  • Heritage train journey on the West Highland Line

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