Spectacular Scotland

The vision of Christmas past

Come and indulge the magic of Christmases past with this 8-day tour around the winter wonderlands of the Scottish Highlands on this wonderful circular journey.

About this journey

Explore the wonderful cities of Stirling, Glasgow and Edinburgh, taking in some of the most incredible sights on your way. Meander through the Cairngorms and the Highlands as you take a glimpse of Skye whilst exploring the mystical history of famous sights such as the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, the Kyle of Lochalsh, Eilean Donan Castle, and the magical Christmas markets of Edinburgh.

This is a very special journey, a once in a lifetime opportunity not to be missed!

Day 1

Spend today arriving at the Stirling Highland Hotel and relax in the calm atmosphere before dinner, spending a restful night before your journey begins!


Day 2

The early start is worth every moment as you’ll take advantage of the limited daylight hours to travel the West Highland Line on your way to Glasgow. You’ll take in the wild shores of Gareloch, Loch Long and Loch Lomond. A special treat for this journey is the trip across Rannoch Moor, which can only be accessed by foot or rail! We’ll twist around the imposing peaks of Ben Nevis as you travel through Fort William and take the Nevis Gondola cable car, travelling high up Aonach Mor to experience the stunning views. Settle those high-altitude nerves with a wee dram of whiskey at the Ben Nevis Distillery before settling in for two nights at the Alexandra Hotel.


Day 3

Today is the day we travel along the world-famous Glenfinnan Viaduct and see Bonnie Prince Charlie’s memorial, past the Caledonian Canal’s locks on our way to spend time in the beautiful Mallaig. Enjoy views across the Atlantic sea and catch a glimpse of Rhum and Eigg before you journey back to Fort William.


Day 4

This morning starts with a journey by coach across the Kyle of Lochalsh, taking in views of stunning glens and lochs, and catching a glimpse of Eilean Donan Castle. Upon arrival, you’ll enjoy Michael Pailin’s The Kyle Line, “Great Railway Journey Of the World”. This fantastic journey meanders through the diverse landscapes across Scotland, taking in forests and lochs, glens and small intimate hamlets, finally pulling into Inverness to stay at the beautiful Mercure Hotel, conveniently located in the city centre for those last-minute gifts.


Day 5 – Christmas Eve

Today we travel on the Cairngorm Line, and enjoy views of the Grampians as we travel. We sail past the sweet little town of Pitlochry and arrive back in Stirling in time for lunch. Evening and afternoon entertainment is provided in the hotel including festive movie screenings and festive food, live music, and dancing to get you in the mood for the big day.


Day 6 – Christmas Day

Enjoy a relaxing day at the hotel, taking time to indulge in the leisure facilities on offer. Today is about enjoying the day and relaxing above all. Lunch will include a sparkling wine reception and a traditional Christmas lunch with all of the traditional trimmings. If you wish to join in the activities there will be a treasure hunt around Stirling organised by the hotel as well as a festive movie screening later in the afternoon. Entertainment and a light buffet sees the evening out.

Day 8 – Boxing Day

Today’s excursion is mainly by coach, exploring the fully festively decorated Royal Yacht Britannica. Take a walk in the footsteps of royals and dignitaries such as Sir Winston Churchill and Gandhi as you tour around this world-famous yacht. You’ll have free time in the afternoon to indulge the sales and Christmas Markets before returning to the hotel in Stirling for a farewell dinner and entertainment in the evening.


Day 9

After breakfast at the hotel, it’s time to bid Scotland farewell as you journey home.

Travel Highlights

  • Ben Nevis Distillery
  • The West Highland Line
  • The Kyle Line
  • Cairngorm Line
  • Edinburgh Christmas Markets

Included in your package

  • Christmas at the 4-star Stirling Hotel
  • Festive entertainment included
  • Dinner each evening
  • Lunches on days 5 & 6
  • Breakfast each morning

Departure dates 2020

January February March April May June
July August September October November December


Tour Price: From £975

Hotel details

Your hotels for this tour are:

The Stirling Highland Hotel
The Alexandra Hotel, Fort William
Mercure Hotel, Inverness

The facilities include:

  • En-suite bedrooms
  • Flat screen TV
  • Tea/Coffee facilities
  • Wifi (subject to availability)
  • Stylish bar and restaurant
  • Swimming pool (subject to availability)
  • Fitness suite (subject to availability)