Explore from Inverness Scottish Highlands Explorer
Includes hotel accommodation in Inverness and four days of rail travel around the Scottish Highlands region.
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Visit the Scottish Highlands from the towns of Inverness and Aberdeen to the ‘end of the road’ – John O’Groats. Included with the Explorer ticket is a hotel stay in Inverness which you can tailor to your needs from 5 nights onward. Take a look at our recommended trip itinerary to help you get the most from your stay.
Arrive into Inverness and check in to your comfortable hotel for your five night stay.Read more
Today, take the train to Aberdeen, famous for its granite buildings and monuments. The historic city centre is now full of famous shops and department stores but be sure to check out the Victorian architecture of Union Street and Crown Street. The area around the harbor is known as Footdee, it is now a quaint fishing village packed with tiny cottages and well worth a visit. Test your sea legs on an Aberdeen Harbour cruise (payable locally) and peruse the traditional Scottish shops in this historic area. Its coastal location means Aberdeen has a long-standing maritime heritage from its famous fishing fleet to the booming oil industry of today and there are miles of sandy beaches to explore where the North Sea meets the river Don.Read more
Why not take a train ride through the highlands to see the village famous for its iconic ‘end of the road’ location – John O’Groats. Take the train to either Wick or Thurso on the Inverness line and get a bus to the village which is an area rich in Scottish history and culture and deserving of a closer look. Whether you take a coastal walk or just take in the breathtaking atmosphere at one of the most northerly locations on the UK mainland you will have a full day of new experiences.Read more
A thirty minute journey east from Inverness takes you to the attractive seaside town of Nairn, a picturesque town with a prime location on the Moray Firth. The town enjoyed its heyday during the Victorian era as thousands of visitors flocked to the town to bathe in the sea. Today the town remains a popular holiday destination with pleasure boats in the harbour (payable locally), while Nairn Museum explores the town’s history, recalling its time as a busy herring fishing port. Why not take a short taxi ride to Cawdor Castle, famed for its literary connection to Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Experience the castle’s sumptuous interior and carefully manicured grounds which includes three beautiful gardens. Take a stroll along the promenade and enjoy the view across the Firth towards the sea.Read more
Today take the scenic route through the beautiful green highlands to Dunrobin Castle (seasonal service). Dunrobin Castle is the most northerly of Scotland's great houses and the largest in the Northern Highlands. Although much altered and added-to over the years, the oldest part of the castle dates back to the 15th century. The castle now resembles a French chateau rather than a medieval fortress with towering spires and manicured gardens overlooking the Dornoch Firth. Once you have pictured yourself living in such grand surroundings it’s time to head back to Inverness for your last night of your stay.Hide
Rail Package Information
***The Scottish Highlands Explorer allows you to travel between Inverness and many destinations in Scotland including Aberdeen, Nairn, Aviemore, Kyle of Lochraine, Dunrobin Castle and John O'Groats.
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Time Restrictions: Rail tickets are available for travel on trains timed to depart after 09:00am Mondays to Fridays and at any time on weekends and bank holidays.
Using your ticket: Tickets are valid for 4 days within a 8 day period. When a passenger needs to validate a ticket, the date of travel should be completed in black ink using numerical values only for 'Day' and 'Month' e.g. 07 09 for travel from 7th September. The ticket will need validating before the first journey of the first day of travel.
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