b'Great host and wonderful people on the tour. Ballachulish Hotel had great service and baggage transfers were much appreciated. The Inverness Hotel had a great location. Both hotels in Edinburgh were very good. The final dinner was excellent with the bagpipes. Thanks for the great tour. ~ Clare R, Otautau, NZDay 1 - Arrive in Edinburghthe water. After our cruise, we visit Glencoe,we leave Inverness and skirting the shoresOur fantastic Scottish tour begins at the one of Scotlands most iconic glens. of crystal-clear lakes. During the final partApex Hotel Waterloo Place, located closeOvernight Ballachulish*. (B, D)of the journey we pass the picturesqueto Edinburghs main station, just off the*Hotel may vary based on departure date. white-washed houses in the village ofrenowned Princes Street. Your tour escortDay 5 - Jacobite Steam TrainPlockton. We arrive at Kyle of Lochalsh, the greets you at the hotel and the remainder ofThis morning we join the Jacobite Steamend of the line, located across a short stretch your day is free to explore. Overnight Train for a journey to Mallaig on the final legof water from the Isle of Skye. Afterwards we Edinburgh. (D) of the wonderful West Highland Line. make a visit to Eilean Donan Castle.Day 2 - The West Highland LineDuring the journey the train steams pastOvernight Inverness. (B)Today we travel to Glasgow, before changingBen Nevis, then climbs into the mountainsDay 8 - Inverness to Edinburgh trains for a journey on one of the worldssurrounding Glenfinnan. Here we cross theWe leave Inverness, traveling south through most spectacular scenic railway lines, The21-arched Glenfinnan Viaduct seen in thethe Cairngorms, via Aviemore, Pitlochry and West Highland Line. The incredible routeHarry Potter films; one of the most iconicKingussie, to arrive back in Edinburgh for a skirts the western banks of Loch Lomondengineering works found throughout thenight at the Radisson Blu Hotel. We enjoy a and climbs quickly from Crianlarich to UpperBritish railway network. After time for lunch,farewell dinner as part of a Scottish Eve-Tyndrum and wild Rannoch Moor. Mightywe make the return journey by coach, ning. For this, we are regaled by a Scottish mountains provide an imposing backdrop topassing the Glenfinnan Viaduct, to Inverness,piper with all manner of fascinating Scottish the nearby village of Ballachulish. Overnight where we stay for three nights. (B, D)stories and snippets of local history. We also Ballachulish*. (B, D)Early year departures will travel via Scotrail sample a menu of traditional Scottish dishes *Hotel may vary based on departure date. as we are entertained. Overnight Edinburgh. Day 6 - Loch Ness(B, D) Day 3 - The Isle of MullToday, travel to iconic Loch Ness, most Day 9 - Tour Conclusion Today, we travel to the town of Oban. Leavingfamous for its mythical dweller, the LochYour tour concludes after breakfast. You are the mainland by Caledonian MacBrayneNess Monster, however it is also surroundedfree to begin your journey home or enjoy ferry, we make the 40-minute crossing to theby some of Scotlands most breathtakingmore time sightseeing independently. (B)Isle of Mull. We arrive at the town of Craig- scenery. Enjoy your short cruise surrounded nure from where we visit Duart Castle, the an- by the purple painted mountains, beforecestral home of the Maclean Clan. After ourtaking a trip to Urquhart Castle which sits visit, we enjoy a Whisky tasting at our hotelperched on the banks of the loch. You have or the local distillery. Overnight Ballachulish*.some free time here before we coach back (B, D)to Inverness. The rest of your day is spent at *Hotel may vary based on departure date. leisure, before a delightful meal together this evening. Overnight Inverness. (B, D)Day 4 - Neptunes Staircase, Loch Linnhe & GlencoeDay 7 - The Kyle Line & Today we travel by coach to Neptunes Eilean Donan Castle Staircase, an impressive flight of eight locksToday we enjoy one of the most breathtak-operated by a team of at least three locking railway journeys in Europe, the Kyle Line. keepers. From here we continue to LochThis incredibly scenic route takes us across Linnhe where we enjoy a scenic cruise acrossScotland, crossing the Caledonian Canal as For Vacations By Rails complete collection of vacations, visit www.vacationsbyrail.com or call 877-253-9891 13'