Spend Christmas with the Scots, ringing in the holiday in Inverness and enjoying Boxing Day at Loch Ness - with plenty of other destinations along the way.
About the Tour
Scotland plays host for Christmas on this holiday rail tour. The festive journey follows a round-trip route that begins in Edinburgh and travels through beloved destinations such as Kyle of Lochalsh, Inverness and Loch Ness. Traveling by Scotrail, the Kyle Line and coach, we enjoy views of the picturesque Cairngorms Mountains and Eilean Donan Castle. Christmas is spent toasting to family, friends and good fortune in Inverness, and for Boxing Day, we embark on an excursion to Loch Ness. As the tour returns to Edinburgh, bid farewell to Scotland by sightseeing through the city and enjoying the sites illuminated in twinkling lights. Celebrate this season with traditions both old and new.
Your vacation start or end can be tailored to meet your travel needs.
- Rail travel on Scotrail
- Christmas Eve excursion on the famous Kyle Line
- Rail journey through the majestic Cairngorms
- Hotel accommodations for 6 nights
- 15 meals including lunch with Champagne, live music and Scottish dancing on Christmas Day
- Complimentary bar at the hotel, from 7pm to 10pm every evening in Inverness, including house beer, wine and local spirits plus soft drinks
- Excursion to the world-famous Loch Ness on Boxing Day
- Excursion to the majestic Eilean Donan Castle (entrance not included)
- Services of a professional Tour Manager
Day 1 - Arrival in Edinburgh
Arrive in Edinburgh today, and transfer to the 4-star Radisson Blu Hotel to meet your Tour Manager. Because the hotel is located on the Royal Mile near Edinburgh Castle, many of the city’s attractions, restaurants and shops are at your fingertips during your afternoon at leisure. This evening, join the group for a welcome dinner. Overnight Edinburgh. (D)
Day 2 - Through the Cairngorms to Inverness
Begin the day with a scenic rail excursion across the iconic Forth Bridge and through the dramatic scenery of the Scottish countryside to Inverness. Along the way, we enjoy vistas of the mighty Cairngorms mountain range and surrounding protected parklands. Additionally, we pass through the charming towns of Kingussie, Pitlochry and Aviemore before arriving in Inverness and checking into our hotel, the 3-Star Palace Hotel. A drinks reception concludes the evening. Overnight Inverness. (B, D)
Day 3 - Christmas Eve along the famous Kyle Line
What better way to spend Christmas Eve than aboard the exceptional Kyle Line, a quintessential Scottish railway that treks alongside misty lochs and looming mountains. As we arrive in Kyle of Lochalsh, we visit Eilean Donan Castle, a 13th-century marvel in the heart of the Highlands. This iconic building is located on a private island and offers breathtaking views. Back at our hotel, we enjoy a Christmas reception, complete with festive sherry drinks and live entertainment. Overnight Inverness. (B, L, D)
Day 4 - Christmas Day in Inverness
Merry Christmas! Our morning begins with a full Scottish breakfast accompanied by Buck's Fizz. After, the morning is yours to relax, spend time with friends and family or to stroll the banks of the River Ness. A sumptuous Christmas lunch is served at the hotel, and later, you can toast the Queen’s speech and enjoy afternoon tea. This evening is filled with holiday cheer, as you dine on a festive buffet dinner, listen to live Scottish music and enjoy traditional dancing. Overnight Inverness. (B, L, D)
Day 5 - Boxing Day excursion to Loch Ness
Boxing Day's excursion takes us along the stunning shores of Loch Ness by coach. We make our way to the acclaimed Loch Ness Exhibition Center, where the history and geology of the region are brought to life through seven fascinating themed areas. There is even an exhibition dedicated to the lore of Nessie herself. Back in Inverness, we enjoy a scrumptious dinner together at the hotel and an evening of entertainment. Overnight Inverness. (B, L, D)
Day 6 - Return to Edinburgh
We travel to Edinburgh today in Standard Class aboard Scotrail. The journey again takes us through the beauty of the Cairngorms en route to the city. Upon arrival, we check-in at the Radisson Blu Hotel and enjoy an afternoon at leisure to discover the city. Perhaps take an open-top bus tour past Edinburgh’s major attractions, or visit some of the world-class art galleries and museums. The heart of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its medieval Old Town, Georgian New Town and the award-winning modern architecture continuing the contrast between traditional and contemporary. Of course, no trip to Edinburgh is complete without a visit to the famous castle. Later, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner at the hotel. Overnight Edinburgh. (B, D)
Day 7 - Tour Conclusion
Following one last hearty Scottish breakfast, your festive adventure through Scotland concludes. (B)
Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh
The stylish 4-Star Radisson Blu Hotel is perfectly located on Edinburgh's Royal Mile, half way between Holyrood Palace and Edinburgh Castle. The hotel has a restaurant, a bar and a leisure club with a jet stream pool, a sauna and a gym. The rooms are decorated in a contemporary style and feature individual climate control, a telephone, a television, a minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, a safe and a hairdryer.
Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa, Inverness
The welcoming 3-Star Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa is situated on the banks of the River Ness, just a short walk away from the city center. Built over 100 years ago, the hotel is equipped with a swimming pool, leisure club, brasserie and lounge. Rooms include a hairdryer and a television.
Providing service to the entirety of mainland Scotland, Abello Scotrail is a fantastic commuter service that connects even the farthest reaches of this wild and wonderful country. This service has been in operation since 1983, offering numerous lines, including one that stretches from the northern tip, Thurso, down to Edinburgh in the south.
The lines on the Scotrail service are some of the most scenic in the world. The Kyle Line, the West Highland Line, and the Hadrian's Wall Line are all services by Scotrail trains. The stock that traverses the lines are comfortable and modern, with spacious carriages and seating, as well as large windows through which to see the passing beauty of the Scottish countryside. New trains will be added in the coming years, with more services, power sockets, Wi-Fi and improved accessibility.
The Kyle Line
The Kyle Line takes us on one of the most scenic rail journeys in the British Isles, traveling between Inverness and Kyle of Lochalsh. Leaving Inverness, the line hugs the shores of the Beauly Firth before heading north to Dingwall. From here, the line turns inland and climbs over the Highlands. Passengers marvel at the varied scenes during the journey, including mountains, lakes, Black Rock, Loch Garve, Loch Carron, the village of Plockton and its colorful harbor and the dramatic carved-rock surroundings that lead to Kyle Pier. On arrival in Kyle of Lochalsh, Loch Alsh comes into view, ending the journey with just as much beauty as it began. In all, the journey takes approximately 2 1/2 hours.
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