Best Of The Scottish Highlands
6 nights. September - October 2018. From £649.00.
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From the famous 'Road to the Isles' and legendary Loch Ness, to beautiful Royal Deeside and the mysterious Black Isle, this holiday features a host of highlights. Ride on the Strathspey Steam Railway and cruise on the Moray Firth, home to around 190 resident bottlenose dolphins and a wealth of birdlife. In the company of our friendly, knowledgeable Tour Manager, this holiday will give you a real feel of the beauty and variety that this very special part of the world has to offer.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions
A journey on the nostalgic Strathspey Steam Railway
A dolphin-spotting cruise on the Moray Firth
A tour of the Black Isle
A visit to Brodie Castle (entrance payable locally by non National Trust members)
An unforgettable journey on the 'Road to the Isles' from Fort William to Mallaig
Time to discover famous Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal
Visits to Inverness, Aviemore, Elgin and Grantown-on-Spey
Six nights' dinner, bed and Scottish breakfast accommodation at the three-star Carrbridge Hotel, Carrbridge
Return flights to Inverness
Coach travel and transfers throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
Single rooms are available for a supplement
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Following your flight into Inverness Airport, you will be met by your Tour Manager for the short
transfer to Carrbridge (approximately 45 mins). After checking in, the rest of the day is free to relax or explore the village and the surrounding area. The Carrbridge Hotel is situated on the edge of the village and lovely local walks abound (the hotel staff will be happy to point you in the right direction). The famous packhorse bridge, dating back to 1717, is opposite the hotel.
Today's journey takes us south over the Grampian Mountains, through Tomintoul, the highest village in the Highlands, to Royal Deeside, an area much loved by the Royal Family.
During the day we will visit the popular resort of Ballater and Crathes Castle (entrance payable locally, but free for National Trust members). Steeped in history and offering a fascinating insight into Scotland's turbulent past, Crathes is one of the most beautiful and best preserved castles in Scotland. The interior boasts some fine 16th-century painted ceilings, family portraits and furniture, and the Green Lady's Room is said to be haunted. Display boards and guides in the principle rooms will help you make the most of your visit. The stunning walled garden is divided into themed areas, and the June borders - two lavish beds of herbaceous colour - are a sight to be seen.
A ride on the nostalgic Strathspey Steam Railway through the Cairngorm National Park, home to five of Scotland's six highest mountains, is this morning's highlight. Sit back and relax as the vintage train steams its way for 45 minutes through the lovely Spey Valley, over moorland and through forested hills and alongside sweeps of the River Spey.
The day also includes a visit to the traditional Highland town of Grantown-on-Spey, with its fine Georgian and Victorian architecture and impressive tree-lined square. The town has an interesting Museum and Heritage Trust and there are plenty of cafes, tea shops and shops to explore.
No holiday to the Highlands would be complete without visiting beautiful, mysterious Loch Ness. Our tour will take us to Fort Augustus at the southern tip of the loch, where a series of locks join the Caledonian Canal to Loch Ness. Here the Caledonian Canal Heritage Centre gives a fascinating insight into the history and operation of the Canal.
From here we head past the dramatic ruins of Urquhart Castle to Drumnadrochit, where you may like to visit the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre, which is packed with information about the Loch, or perhaps enjoy a boat trip and go monster hunting! The wooded shores of the Loch are home to an abundance of wildlife, including cormorants and ospreys.
This morning we'll visit Inverness - the thriving capital of the Highlands with its Victorian Market, Museum, Art Gallery and riverside walks. Boarding the Dolphin Spirit we will enjoy a cruise round the inner Moray Firth to (hopefully) see the resident bottlenose dolphins. A specialist guide will give a full commentary so you don't miss anything.
Later we will enjoy a short tour of the Black Isle, which is neither black, nor an island, but rather a delightful isthmus full of scenic variety. We will stop at Fortrose, which overlooks the Moray Firth, and the charming old town of Cromarty with its nautical connections.
Possibly leaving the best to last, we head west today, following the evocatively named 'Road to the Isles' from Fort William to Mallaig, a route full of history, spectacular scenery and magnificent views. We will stop at the Glenfinnan Visitor Centre, from where you can see the eponymous monument built overlooking Loch Shiel. A short uphill walk from the Centre will enable you to see the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct.
The road ends at the thriving fishing port of Mallaig. Don't miss The Heritage Centre, and if you're fond of kippers you'll go a long way to find any that taste better than those found here! This is a long but wonderfully scenic day that you'll not want to miss.
We transfer to the airport at the end of a truly wonderful few days in the Highlands. (Those not flying till the afternoon will enjoy a short visit to the Victorian seaside town of Nairn, with its riverside walks and promenade overlooking the Moray Firth).Back to top
''An ideal base from which to explore the Highlands, this comfortable, unpretentious, family hotel prides itself on its friendly staff and the warmth of its Highland hospitality���.
Set on the banks of the River Dulnain, and boasting spectacular views of the Cairngorm Mountains, this hotel was originally established in 1803 as an inn for weary travellers. It has been extended and refurbished over the years, and now has 100 bedrooms.
The hotel has a lounge, a bar and a restaurant. There is lift access to the first floor. Rooms on higher floors are accessed by stairs.
Rooms have private facilities, tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV and telephones.Highlander Hotel
''A warm Highland welcome for every guest. This is popular, unpretentious hotel has been a Newmarket favourite for many years.''
We're sure that you will be delighted with the friendly service and warm hospitality that are the hallmarks of a stay at the Highlander, which is always popular with Newmarket guests.
The rooms in this comfortable, modern hotel are located in two blocks just a short walk from the main hotel reception, restaurant and bar area.
Each room has private facilities, TV, a hairdryer and tea- and coffee-making facilities.Back to top
Combining hotel transfers
We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 45 minutes.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
**The World Cup Offer discount applies to new bookings only made between 14th June and 16th July 2018. This offer applies to selected flight-inclusive holidays only and exclusions include fly-cruises on board Magellan and Columbus and River Cruising by air. Prices shown when booking do not include the discount. The discount will be applied to your booking once the promo code has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. This offer can not be used in conjunction with any other offer, is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.Back to top