Boats and Trains of the Highlands and Islands
Our Boats and Trains programme is based on the coast 40 miles north of Inverness and surrounded by picturesque Highland scenery. The tour is planned so each day is different. Board the train for one of Europe’s most famous railways, visit the Isle of Skye, roam round ancient castles, take a cruise on the most famous loch in the world, as well as exploring the Queen Mother’s Scottish home.
Dornoch Hotel, 3 Star
Tel: 0843 357 5555
This traditional hotel is set within its own grounds in a truly historic corner of the Scottish Highlands affording spectacular views of the Firth. The hotel is within easy reach of Dornoch town centre. Lift.
Monday 24 August 5 Days £470
Single Supplement £60. Insurance £20
(includes Insurance Premium Tax at 20%)
4 Nights Dinner, Bed and Breakfast, Cruise on Loch Ness, Entry to Urquhart Castle, Entry to Castle of Mey, Single Rail Journey from Golspie – Thurso, Single Rail Journey from Inverness – Skye, Light Lunch at Dunollie Hotel, Skye.
DAY 1 We leave home and travel to Dornoch to arrive late afternoon.
DAY 2 We have some free time in Inverness before taking the ten mile journey along the shoreline of Loch Ness. Board the cruiser at Clansman Harbour out on to the Loch – take your camera just in case you see something lurking in the loch! We then visit Urquhart Castle Visitor Centre and Grounds and return to Dornoch via Beauly and Muir of Ord.
DAY 3 Take your seat on “One of the most beautiful rail journeys in Europe” – Michael Palin. In Kyle your coach collects you to take you over the bridge and on to the Isle of Skye – an island full of mystery and history with magnificent scenery. Included is a light lunch at the Dunollie Hotel. Returning over the Skye Bridge, stopping at Eilean Donan Castle for photos, before crossing from west coast to east coast, covering 109 miles of Highland splendour, via Loch Carron and Achanasheen.
DAY 4 We venture north by train, tracing the North Sea coast passing fairy-tale Dunrobin Castle and the beautiful beaches around Brora. Experience how remote Scotland can be passing famous salmon rivers and distilleries with miles of moorland before disembarking in Thurso, where your coach will be waiting. We then visit the Castle of Mey before taking the short hop to John O’ Groats, the most northerly inhabited point on mainland Britain. Returning south passing what once used to be the mighty fishing port of Wick with coastal scenery all the way back to Dornoch.
DAY 5 We return home.