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Luxury Skye and Highlands by Sleeper

The perfect combination of comfort and indulgence, this rail holiday features private tours and stays in some of Scotland's most arresting locations.

Experience the life-changing feeling of leaving London in darkness, and waking up to watch the spectacular scenery of the Scottish Highlands unfold in front of you – soaring mountain peaks, dense emerald forestry and lochs of the deepest blue. You will discover the best of Perthshire and Inverness with private tours – plus, of course, two days on the ever-arresting Isle of Skye. Paired with exceptional accommodations, this is a holiday you will never forget.


At A Glance

Best Time To Go

March - October

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add an unforgettable trip on the Jacobite steam train?

Prices From

£1795

No of Nights

6

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Day 1 – Overnight Journey to the Highlands

Make your way to London Euston and step on board the Caledonian Sleeper train for your clickety-clack overnight journey into the heart of Scotland. Drift off as you are pulling out of the bustling city of London, then rise in the morning in a whole new world, surrounded by wilderness scenery and the freshest, pure air.

Day 2 – A Private Tour of Perthshire

As you pull into Rannoch Station, you will emerge bright eyed and ready for a most unforgettable day, with a three hour guided tour of rural Highland Perthshire. This private tour is tailored exactly to your requirements, and our hand-selected local guide knows every inch of this varied landscape like the back of his hand, meaning you will uncover countless hidden secrets along the way. After your tour ends, you will be transferred by your guide to your accommodation for the next two nights.

Your Luxury Accommodation in Perthshire

Recently created from the shell of a long-derelict Victorian coaching house and outbuildings, your luxurious hotel retains many original features and incorporates elegant modern touches to present a most appealing place to stay within a remote and beautiful setting.

Relax in the sumptuous guest lounge with a local gin and tonic, admiring the neat courtyard, before dining in the light-flooded restaurant, with a terrific menu of local, seasonal produce.

Day 3 – A Day at Leisure

Today is yours to explore this faraway slice of the Highlands. Perhaps you will take a stroll around the woodland trails that skirt beautiful Loch Rannoch. The Clan Trail is marked by waypoints telling the stories of the seven clans who made this sometimes harsh land their home many centuries ago. The skyline here is dominated by Schiehallion, regarded as one of the most picturesque peaks in Scotland, and where a wide variety of flora and fauna can be spotted.

Day 4 – Over the Sea to Skye

After a final delicious breakfast and bidding a fond farewell to your charming hotel, you will be picked up by private transfer and taken to Rannoch Station, where you will board the regular West Highland line train to Mallaig. On arrival, take the ferry to Armadale on the wildly romantic Isle of Skye, where you will be transferred to your next inviting hotel.

Your Luxury Accommodation on Skye

Your lodging is a very special place in a magical setting, nestling at the foot of Kinloch Hill on the tranquil shoreline of the sea-loch Na Dal in Sleat. Steeped in heritage and history, and exemplifying all the traditions of highland hospitality, the hotel is noted for its engaging, informal atmosphere and a welcome every bit as warm as the log fires ablaze in every hearth. Interiors are distinguished by fine antiques, prints, paintings, and sporting trophies – plus Macdonald family portraits, photographs and treasured mementos. Not to mention that the dining is remarkable – in a renowned restaurant full of character and elegance.

Day 5 – A Private Tour of Skye

After your mouth-watering breakfast, one of our favourite local guides will collect you from your Skye hotel and take you on a full tour of the island. If there is anything in particular that you would like to see, the guide will try and incorporate this into your private tour while encompassing the most remarkable parts of Skye, along with some local secrets. Particular highlights can include Dunvegan Castle, Waternish, Portree and the Trotternish peninsula.

Day 6 – Explore Inverness and return to London

Today you will depart from the gorgeous Isle of Skye as you take your private transfer to Kyle of Lochalsh, from where you will travel on the equally scenic North Highland train-line to the city of Inverness. On arrival, you will be greeted by a charismatic local guide, who will take you on a half-day tour of the rich history of Inverness and the surrounding area. After your tour, perhaps take some time to explore the idiosyncratic plethora of shopping and restaurants – including the unique Victorian market – that call the city home. Make your way back to the train station in plenty of time to enjoy the amenities on board your return sleeper journey to London. Refreshed in body and soul after your Scottish Highland jaunt, your holiday will come to a close back in the hubbub of the UK’s capital city.


Location

This holiday includes two nights in Highland Perthshire, two nights on the Isle of Skye, along with two nights onboard the Caledonian Sleeper service.


Pricing

£1795 per person in March, April & October, £1895 per person from May to September.

Price is based on two people sharing return club-class sleeper travel and four nights’ dinner/B&B accommodation in small four and five star hotels. This price also includes rail and ferry travel as described, transfers, and private guided tours of Highland Perthshire, Skye & Inverness.

Before your departure, you will receive personalised holiday information including full directions, recommended routes, and suggestions on places to visit depending on your interests and our local knowledge to help you get the most from your holiday.

All itineraries and room types are presented subject to availability at specific hotels.

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This holiday can be arrange from March until the end of October.

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