This seven-day tour kicks off in the historic highland town of Fort William, on the shore of Loch Linnhe, and in the shadow of the mighty Ben Nevis. From Fort William, we’ll take the iconic Jacobite steam train to Mallaig, passing over the Glenfinnan Viaduct, made famous by the Harry Potter film series. From Mallaig we’ll adventure on, via ferry, to the Isle of Skye – before rejoining the railway the following day to Inverness. After a generous dose of art and culture, it’s south along the tracks to Aviemore, for a walk in the Cairngorms. Edinburgh – Scotland’s muscular, medieval capital – is our final stop, where we’ll tour the castle and raise a toast to an adventure to remember.
Dimmable lights, temperature controls, wi-fi and luxury Glencraft mattresses as standard – the Caledonian Sleeper’s cabins feel more like a compact boutique hotel than a train carriage. Should you need to stretch your legs, head to the club car for a nibble and a glass of Scottish Malt Whisky.
This handsome hotel, just a couple of minutes walk away from Fort William train station, has everything you’d want from a stay in the Scottish highlands. Rooms are classically furnished, yet brought up to date with contemporary fittings and stylish bathrooms, while the restaurant serves elegant plates of food using local ingredients.
This characterful family-run pub with rooms on the edge of Loch Carron epitomises Scottish hosptality. Rooms are simple but homely, with a nautical theme to the decor. Downstairs, the pub bar hums softly with local chit-chat, while the kitchen serves up fresh, locally-caught seafood.
If you experience a sense of Deja Vu as you’re heading up to your room in this historic city-centre hotel, you’re probably not alone. Legend has it that the grand staircase served as the inspiration for the central staircase onboard the Titanic, and for fans of the film, you’ll see the resemblance. Rooms are equally elegant and classically furnished.
This Victorian townhouse, found down a cobbled street in the historic Haymarket area of Edinburgh, is the perfect setting to call home in the heart of this storied old city. Its central location places you perfectly to see the sites, while cosy Logan’s bar is the ideal spot for wee dram at the end of a long day of exploring. You can even follow it up in the morning with a hearty Scottish breakfast, such as porridge, fresh kippers or even a full Scottish breakfast, including haggis, MacSween’s black pudding and tattie scones. If the local cuisine isn’t for you, there’s still a healthy continental spread to fuel you up for the day.