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Arrive in the Highlands by Sleeper then enjoy private tours and indulgent 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.
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, in the Victorian town of Pitlochry, surrounded by the splendour of the Perthshire Highlands.
Upon arrival at Pitlochry station, you’ll be met by a driver and transferred the short distance to your hotel, your base for the next two nights.
Today is yours to explore this corner of the Highlands. Your five-star castle hotel features endless private grounds and super spa facilities. Nobody would judge you for spending the day lolloping here and perhaps being pampered, or you could stroll to Pitlochry to explore.
One of Scotland’s most appealing castle hotels, your accommodation by Pitlochry is long-established and much admired.
Lose yourself in the lush private garden, take a dip in the indoor pool or one of a range of private treatments, and enjoy fine dining in the acclaimed restaurant.
This morning after breakfast, you’ll be met by your driver-guide and taken on a guided tour of rural Highland Perthshire. With the tour tailored exactly to your requirements, 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 a delicious breakfast and bidding a fond farewell to your castle hotel, you will be picked up by private transfer and taken to Rannoch Station, one of the remotest in the whole of the UK. Here, board the regular train for the spectacular West Highland line 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 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.
After your mouthwatering 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.
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.
This holiday includes two nights by Pitlochry in Highland Perthshire and two nights on the Isle of Skye, along with two nights onboard the Caledonian Sleeper service.
£2325 per person for March & November, £2495 per person for April & October and £2645 per person for May to September.
Price is based on two people sharing return club-class sleeper travel and four nights’ accommodation in small four- and five-star hotels. Your stay in Highland Perthshire is on a bed and breakfast, while your two nights on Skye are on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. This price also includes rail and ferry travel as described, transfers, and private guided tours of Highland Perthshire, Skye and Inverness.
Club class berths are ensuite with shower and wc have and bunk beds. Berths are also available single occupancy, for a supplement. A small number of double-bedded sleeper berths are available on each train also at a supplement. Our team can discuss the options in more detail with you in person.
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.
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