Edinburgh, Glencoe & Isle of Skye
Discover Scotland’s fascinating heritage
From journeys on the West Highland Line and discovering previously hidden streets in Edinburgh, to exploring the history of some of Scotland's famous clans, the heritage of Scotland is fascinating. On a small group tour, you have the benefit of enjoying more exclusive entrances and special experiences such as the fantastic Mary King's Close and Armadale Castle, both of which are closed off to larger groups.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Overnight journey aboard the Caledonian Sleeper Train (2 nights on train)
- Rail travel on the Scotrail network
- Hotel accommodations for 6 nights
- 11 meals
- Historic underground tour of Real Mary King's Close in Edinburgh
- Clan heritage tour and talk at Clan Cameron Museum Achnacarry
- Visit to Armadale Castle, with Afternoon Tea
- Tour of Glencoe
- Travel by deluxe motorcoach
- Services of a professional Tour Manager
Days 1-2 – The Caledonian to Edinburgh
Meet your Tour Manager in London Euston today, where you board the Caledonian Sleeper Train. Arrive in Edinburgh on Day 2, where you are at leisure until dinner at our hotel this evening. (Day 2 - B, D)
Day 3 – Historic Edinburgh
After breakfast, you are at leisure to relax and explore the beautiful city of Edinburgh. The city is crowned by the iconic Edinburgh Castle, which is built over the caldera of a long extinct volcano. The history of the castle stretches way back to the 2nd century, and is fascinating to discover. Alternatively, you may want to take a walk up to Arthur's Seat, which boasts of some truly incredible views.
This afternoon, we take a guided underground tour of Edinburgh at the Real Mary King's Close. This infamous alley is famous as the Scottish capital's most haunted street, and is the birthplace of various legends and ghost stories. Mary King's Close had been closed to the public since the 18th century, only to be opened more recently. During that time, the street became shrouded in mystery, which we begin to unravel on our tour. Afterwards, you are at leisure to discover Edinburgh by night - why not take a stroll up the lively Royal Mile? (B)
Days 4-5 – To Spean Bridge and Historic clans of Scotland
Leaving Edinburgh today, we transfer to the station for our journey across Scotland to Glasgow. Enjoy the wonderful passing scenery as we travel through the heart of this country, admiring the beautiful hills and moorlands we pass. From Glasgow, we join the iconic West Highland Line to Fort William, a railroad journey that is regularly voted one of the best of its kind in the world. We transfer to our hotel in Roy Bridge, where on arrival, we enjoy dinner this evening. Next up is a night cap, as we sample Scotland's most famous exports, whisky, with a tasting and talk about the production of this fine drink.
On Day 5 we delve into the history of Scotland as we head to the Clan Cameron Museum in Achnacarry. Here, we enjoy an informative Clan Heritage tour and talk. We learn about the history of this clan, which has survived from the 14th century until today, before continuing to Fort William. We have some free time for lunch ahead of a visit to the fascinating West Highland Museum. (Days 4 & 5 - B, D)
Day 6 – Isle of Skye & Armadale Castle
After breakfast, we travel to the Isle of Skye via the Skye Bridge, pausing en route at Eilean Donan Castle for a photo opportunity and the Visitor Center. Arriving on the Isle of Skye, we visit Armadale Castle and enjoy Afternoon Tea here. The home of Clan Donald, we enjoy a guided tour of the castle, where we learn more of its fascinating history, as well as sit down to a delightful afternoon tea. This incredible castle is exactly how you'd expect a medieval fortress to look, with square towers and crenellated parapets. Despite its ancient appearance, this castle was only built during the 18th and 19th centuries, but fell into ruin in 1925. The remains of this castle are now romantically draped in ivy, and are a delightful place to while away a few hours.
We return to the mainland via ferry to Mallaig, transferring by coach to Glencoe where we check into our hotel for the night, the Kingshouse Hotel located on the West Highland Way. (B, D)
Day 7 – The Jacobite Steam Train*
This morning, we travel by coach to Fort William for one of the highlights of our tour. The Jacobite Steam Train is one of the United Kingdom's most famous steam trains, and takes us along the West Highland Line to Mallaig. This stretch of the railroad is one of the most iconic, as along the route we travel over the spectacular Glenfinnan Viaduct. An enormous, 21-spanned concrete structure blends so seamlessly with the surrounding countryside that it has become an integral part of Scotland's landscape.
We enjoy free time in Mallaig for lunch before our return journey. From Fort William we transfer back to the Kingshouse Hotel in Glencoe for our final night in Scotland. (B, D)
*Please note on some departures this journey maybe operated by schedule Scotrail service
Days 8-9 – Glencoe and return to London
After a leisurely morning on the West Highland Way, a long-distance walking path for exploring the Highlands, we head to the Glencoe Visitor Center where we have time to take in one of Scotland's most iconic glens. Glencoe has been the spectacular backdrop of many films, including James Bond Skyfall. We have the afternoon at leisure in Fort William, before we board the overnight Caledonian Sleeper train back to London. We disembark after breakfast on Day 9, when our vacation comes to an end. (Days 8 & 9 - B)
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Train and Hotel Accommodations
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 & coffee making facilities, a safe and a hairdryer.
Apex Waterloo Place Hotel, Edinburgh
The 4-Star Apex Waterloo Place Hotel is ideally located at the eastern end of Princes Street, close to Edinburgh Waverley Railroad Station. The rooms feature a television, fridge, safe, tea and coff ee making facilities, luxury toiletries and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Glenspean Lodge Hotel, Roybridge
The Glenspean Lodge Hotel boasts a dramatic location in the Scottish Highlands, within its own landscaped gardens and surrounded by dramatic woodland. Originally a hunting lodge in the late 1800s, the hotel has been extensively refurbished and now offers comfortable accommodation in the heart of this area of natural beauty. The AA Rosette award winning Nevis View restaurant offer delicious food accompanied by incredible views, and the Mackintosh Lounge Bar offers a more casual menu along with an extensive drinks menu. The en-suite guest rooms are all individually designed with a television, hairdryer, complimentary Wi-Fi and tea & coffee making facilities.
Kingshouse Hotel, Glencoe
Step back in time with a stay at the legendary Kingshouse Hotel, nestled amongst the dramatic wilderness of Glencoe and framed by a stunning mountain backdrop. Purportedly the oldest inn in Scotland, the hotel is steeped in a rich and fascinating history, which dates back to the 18th century, and has welcomed many historic figures, including renowned author Charles Dickens and romantic poet William Wordsworth.
The Caledonian Sleeper offers two options: First Class cabins which are single berth and Standard Class cabins which are twin berth. All cabins are non-smoking and are equipped with air conditioning, lighting and bedside controls, a concealed wash basin, shaver point and hand towel. Toilet facilities are situated at the end of each coach. All Caledonian Sleeper services have a Lounge Car, where you can relax in a pleasant atmosphere and purchase light snacks or a drink at the bar. At very busy times the Lounge Car may be restricted to First Class ticket holders.
West Highland Line
Named as the “Most Scenic Railway Line in the World” 2 years in a row, the West Highland Line offers a beautiful rail journey through Scotland. Riders begin their journey in the heart of Scotland in Glasgow and have the option to choose three end destinations: Mallaig, Fort William and Oban. Along the way, the dramatic Scottish landscape unfolds. Enjoy a look at lochs, moors, mountains and the coastline as you meander through the countryside.
Jacobite Steam Train
Following a route from Fort William to Mallaig, the Jacobite Steam Train has been called the greatest railway journey in the world. The train follows a round-trip route the totals 84 miles in length - just over 41 miles in each direction. Along the way, sights to be seen include Ben Nevis, River Morar, the Glenfinnan Viaduct and Loch Nevis, amongst others. Scenic villages dot the landscape and complete the picturesque vistas.
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|23rd April 2020||$2,305||Book Now|
|14th May 2020||Sold Out|
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|10th September 2020||$2,455||Book Now|
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: Departs 23rd April 2020 ($2,305), 14th May 2020 (Sold Out) 11th June 2020 ($2,455), 9th July 2020 ($2,455), 10th September 2020 ($2,455)
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