Door 2 Tour

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Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm

Best Of The Scottish Highlands

UK & Ireland
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TNEW99836

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Air

6 nights. September 2019 - October 2020. From £432.65.

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From the stunning 'Road to the Isles' and legendary Loch Ness, to the mysterious Black Isle, this holiday features a host of Highland highlights. Enjoy a ride on the delightful Strathspey Steam Railway and take a 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, unveil the beauty and variety that this very special part of the world has to offer.

What's Included

Six nights' dinner, bed and Scottish breakfast accommodation at the three-star Carrbridge Hotel
Visits to Inverness, Aviemore, Elgin, Loch Ness and Dufftown
A dolphin cruise and Strathspey Railway journey
A tour of the Black Isle Visit to Brodie Castle (entrance payable locally by non National Trust members)
Coach travel throughout your time in Scotland
Return flights to Inverness
Escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Holiday Highlights

Spot dolphins on a cruise on the Moray Firth
A tour of the Black Isle
Enjoy a ride on the nostalgic Strathspey Steam Railway
Take the unforgettable journey on the 'Road to the Isles' from Fort William to Mallaig
Discover the beauty of the Moray Coast and visit Brodie Castle
Enjoy the chance to go monster hunting on a boat trip on Loch Ness
An opportunity to join a tour and tasting at the Glenfiddich whisky distillery
PRICE FROM ? £433 per person
Plan My Trip

Itinerary

Day 1

Fly to Inverness, meet your Tour Manager and make the short transfer to Carrbridge. Depending on your arrival time, spend the rest of the day enjoying the delights of this pretty village. Opposite your hotel, you'll spy famous Packhorse Bridge, which dates back to 1717 and is reputed to be one of the oldest bridges in Scotland.

Day 2

This morning it's off to the rose-coloured, turreted Brodie Castle (entrance payable locally but free to National Trust members), the ancestral home of the Brodie clan for over 400 years and a treasure trove of priceless antiques and artefacts. The castle building ranges in style from the impenetrable 16th guard chamber to a sprawling Victorian extension with some magnificent rooms. The guided tour will help you make the very most of your visit. The beautiful grounds are also well worth exploring.

Later in the day you'll have the chance to see some of the Moray Coast and to explore the fine, historic town of Elgin with its warren of alleys and closes and awe-inspiring cathedral ruins.

Day 3

Explore the capital of the Highlands today as we visit Inverness, home to a delightful Victorian Market, an excellent museum and art gallery, and attractive riverside walks. We'll also enjoy a short tour of the Black Isle, which, contrary to its name, is neither black nor an island, but rather an isolated peninsula surrounded by three bodies of water. We'll stop at Fortrose, which overlooks the Moray Firth, as well as the charming nautical town of Cromarty.

The day ends as you board the Dolphin Spirit for a cruise around the inner Moray Firth, where hopefully you'll spot the resident bottlenose dolphins gliding through the waters.

Day 4

Today we visit beautiful, mysterious Loch Ness. We'll head to Fort Augustus, at the southern tip of the loch, where the Caledonian Canal Heritage Centre gives a fascinating insight into the history and operation of the canal. From here, we'll continue past the dramatic ruins of Urquhart Castle to Drumnadrochit, where you may like to visit the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre or perhaps enjoy a boat trip to go monster hunting. Nature lovers are in for a treat as the wooded shores of the Loch are home to an abundance of wildlife, including cormorants and ospreys.

Day 5

We're treated to a ride on the nostalgic Strathspey Steam Railway through the Cairngorm National Park, home to five of Scotland's six highest mountains. Enjoy the ride as the vintage train skirts the course of the River Spey, past heather fields, moors and forests.

Our day also includes a visit to Dufftown, which promotes itself as the malt whisky capital of the world. Explore the town or perhaps visit the Glenfiddich distillery, one of the few single-malt distilleries to remain entirely family-owned, to enjoy a guided tour and the sample three different single malts (entry and tour payable locally).

Day 6

We head west today, following the evocatively named 'Road to the Isles' from Fort William to Mallaig. On this wonderfully scenic day we'll pass through diverse landscapes ranging from sandy beaches to flowering heather moors and dense woodlands. Our first stop will be at the Glenfinnan Visitor Centre, from where you can see the eponymous monument built overlooking Loch Shiel. Take the short uphill walk from the centre to get a wonderful view of the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct.

The road ends at the thriving fish port of Mallaig, home to an excellent Heritage Centre. Make sure to try some of the delicious kippers while you're here, thought to be some of the tastiest in the country.

Day 7

Your holiday in the Highlands comes to an end. Travel back to Inverness airport to catch your flight home. Those not flying until the afternoon will also enjoy a short visit to the Victorian seaside town of Nairn, where pretty walking trails run alongside the river and a seafront promenade overlooks the Moray Firth. Back to top

Further Information

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.

Special requirements

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.

Disabled access

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.

Itinerary changes

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.

Terms and conditions

OFFER TERMS: This offer applies to new bookings on air-inclusive holidays made between 4th and 24th July 2019 (inclusive) only. Offer excludes ocean cruises, river cruises, Wimbledon packages and Andre Rieu concert breaks. 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. The discount applies to your final holiday price (excluding insurance if selected) at the time of booking. Your chosen gift will be dispatched within two weeks of your holiday return date. If you cancel your holiday, your free gift will not be dispatched. Only one free gift will be sent per booking. No cash equivalent can be given. Free gifts are not available on bookings with postal addresses in the Channel Islands. Virgin wines gift option available to over 18s only. These offers cannot be used in conjunction with Late Availability pricing, are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. WINE TERMS: Offer applies to new bookings on air holidays made between 4th and 24th July 2019 (inclusive) only, and to new bookings on ocean cruises made between 2nd and 24th July 2019 (inclusive) only. All information provided on this page has been approved by Virgin Wines (www.virginwines.co.uk). If this free gift is chosen, you are agreeing that you will provide a valid address and will allow us to send this and any other necessary data to Virgin Wines for the sole purpose of fulfilling the order of the free gift. Virgin Wines will not use this information for any other purpose. Newmarket Holidays will use this data in accordance with their Privacy Policy. This offer is not available on bookings with postal addresses in the Channel Islands. This offer is subject to availability and can be withdrawn at any time. One Case of Wine per booking. No cash equivalent can be provided. Newmarket Holidays are acting as an agent to Virgin Wines and are unable to resolve any issues you may have with Virgin Wines after you have received your free gift. You can contact Virgin Wines regarding your case of wine by emailing corporate@virginwines.co.uk. HAMPER TERMS: This offer applies to new bookings on air-inclusive holidays made between 4th and 24th July 2019 (inclusive) only, and to new bookings on ocean cruises holidays made between 2nd and 24th July 2019 (inclusive) only. Offer excludes river cruises, Wimbledon packages and Andre Rieu concert breaks. All information provided on this page has been approved by Whisk Hampers. If this free gift is chosen, you are agreeing that you will provide a valid address and will allow us to send this and any other necessary data to Whisk Hampers for the sole purpose of fulfilling the order of the free gift. Whisk Hampers will not use this information for any other purpose. Newmarket Holidays will use this data in accordance with their Privacy Policy. This is subject to availability, and can be withdrawn at any time. One Hamper per booking. No cash equivalent can be provided. Newmarket Holidays are acting as an agent to Whisk Hampers and are unable to resolve any issues you may have with Whisk Hampers after your account has been activated. Back to top