Scotland guided rail tour, Skye & Glencoe
Description of Scotland guided rail tour, Skye & Glencoe
It’s easy to see the Scottish Highlands by rail – this guided rail tour organises everything for you, so you can sit back and admire the scenery. Throughout this trip you’ll stay in wonderful family-run accommodation, enjoying local produce and charming historic rooms.
Meet your group over a welcome dinner in the Edinburgh, before venturing into the country. The Kyle Line cuts a scenic route across the Highlands, and you’ll ride it to Loch Carron, where you can enjoy the splendid Attadale Gardens on a private tour with the owner. Next, depart the mainland for the Isle of Skye, where an expert local guide will show you around the island’s landmarks, telling you tales from its long and storied history.
Return to the mainland for another highlight – the West Highland Line, a train journey south from Mallaig to Fort William, via the stunning Glenfinnan Viaduct. Arriving in the heart of the Highlands again, you can see Loch Awe, Castle Stalker and Glencoe and soak up views of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK. Your trip ends in Glasgow.
• Six nights’ bed and breakfast in hand-picked three and four star hotels and guest houses.
• Four dinners, including a welcome dinner in Edinburgh. Lunch at Attadale Gardens.
• Rail travel from Edinburgh to Blair Atholl, a journey on the Highland and Kyle Lines from Pitlochry via Inverness to Attadale Gardens, ferry travel from Skye to Mallaig and journeys on the West Highland Line from Mallaig to Fort William and from Spean Bridge to Glasgow.
• Entry to Blair Castle
• Owner-led tour of Attadale Gardens
• A private day tour of the Isle of Skye
• A private day tour of the Scottish Highlands, including Loch Awe and Glen Coe
• The services of the tour leader
• Transfers as described.
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PlanetWe are continually increasing our range of public transport holidays for those who actively choose low-carbon transport. We use our years of expertise with the timetables of boats and trains to ensure guests can access remote areas without the need for a car. We encourage travellers to use more sustainable methods of transport, and seek to reduce carbon emissions in this tour by ensuring that the majority of travel is by train.
This guided tour has been carefully-designed to allow you to explore much of Scotland by rail, travelling from Edinburgh to Blair Atholl, Pitlochry to Loch Carron via Inverness, Mallaig to Fort William and Spean Bridge to Glasgow by train.
This guided tour takes you beyond the end of the train lines, through the careful addition of short transfers and day-tours by mini coach to locations that cannot be accessed by rail, such as the Isle of Skye and Glencoe. Travel from Skye to Mallaig is via ferry.
The meals included in this tour are in these locally owned hotel restaurants. Each menu focuses on local produce and cuisine, with ingredients coming from in and around Scotland as much as possible, with fruit, vegetables and salads usually from the property’s own kitchen garden.
We are corporate members of the John Muir Trust, an organisation committed to protecting the Scottish Highlands and islands. We are also members of AITO, The Specialist Travel Association, and adhere to their strict code of conduct concerning sustainable and responsible travel.
We produce very little printed marketing material and utilise the internet and email marketing as our primary communication channels. Our preference is to provide our customers with tour documentation via an app rather than printed hard copy whenever possible. We ensure any leftover marketing materials are recycled.
PeopleEver since the launch of our business in 2003, we have striven to promote and maintain the way of life in remote and often rural locations, encouraging our customers to explore off-the-beaten trackand engage with local culture, and not simply sticking to the well-trodden tourist hotspots.
We go out of our way to build long-term relationships with locally-owned and managed businesses in order to provide an authentic experience in each destination. All transfers and tours are conducted by local people who share our values and commitment to sustainable travel. The tour at Attadale Gardens is conducted by the owner, giving guests a real insight into the history of the house and grounds.
This tour uses small, family-owned accommodation in Pitlochry, Plockton and Spean Bridge. Meals included on this trip are either in local restaurants or within the accommodation used, and use locally sourced produce as far as possible.
We directly employ a small team in Glasgow, who share and promote our values of environmental and sustainable responsibility at all times.