- Loch Ness
- Glen Ord Distillery
- Strathspey Steam Railway
- Kyle Lochalsh Railway
Scottish Highlands Escape
- No fly
- Half board
Head for the Highlands
For natural inspiration, look no further than the Highlands of Scotland, where deep lochs reflect majestic mountains, and red deer can often be spotted roaming through the landscape. Spend time at the last remaining single malt scotch whiskey distillery on the Black Isle and take a ride on Kyle Lochalsh Railway - one of the most picturesque lines in the world.
Your base for this adventure of discovery is the 4-star Macdonald Drumossie Hotel (3Q+), located four miles from Inverness. It is an art deco bastion of elegance enjoying peace, tranquility and isolation.
5 nights in hotels
10 meals: 5 breakfasts (B) and 5 dinners (D)
Dedicated Saga Host
Plus all this...
- Cancellation rights
- Hosted drinks reception
- Guided orientation walks
- Free hotel Wi-Fi
- Tea and coffee-making facilities in your room
- Porterage at your hotel
Excursions and visits
- Loch Ness cruise and Glen Ord Distillery (full day)
- Train to Kyle of Lochalsh (full day)
- Take a trip on the Strathspey Steam Railway (half day)
Day 1 Inverness
Settle into the Macdonald Drumossie Hotel (3Q+) and join your host for a welcome drink before dinner. D
Day 2 Loch Ness cruise and Glen Ord Distillery
The subject of one of the finest monster mysteries in the world, Loch Ness is also undeniably picturesque. On a calm day, the mirror-like water reflects the rolling hillscapes beyond. You are invited to take a two-hour cruise on Loch Ness. Afterwards, you will be taken to Dochgarroch for some free time, during which you can purchase lunch at your own expense.
Make the journey to the Glen Ord Distillery, where (in their words) ‘barley from the Black Isle meets water from the White Burn to make a Scotch of vibrant colour.’ Following a tour of the site that has been in use since the mid-19th century, enjoy a tasting of single malt, illustrating its quality. B, D
Day 3 Kyle of Lochalsh
The Kyle Line is one of the most scenic railway journeys in the world. Board the train in Inverness, take your seats and enjoy two and a half hours of picturesque prettiness slipping past your window.
Highlights along the way include herds of deer between Loch Luichart and Garve, the isolated mountain of Ben Wyvis, and the Torridon Peaks. In Kyle of Lochalsh, the gateway to the Isle of Skye, you have free time to admire the scenery that wraps around this modest village before making the return journey to Inverness. B, D
Day 4 At leisure
With no scheduled excursions, consider taking a taxi into Inverness - perhaps stopping at the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery - or going a little further afield to the Battlefield of Culloden - at which the Jacobite rising of 1745 was crushed. B, D
Day 5 Strathspey Steam Railway
In most of the UK, steam trains have largely died out; the reason being too costly to run or simply not logistically viable. Along the Strathspey Railway Line, however, the puff puffing and choo-chooing of trains can continue to be seen and heard today. Since 1978, a team of dedicated volunteers has invited visitors to experience highland steam travel. Enjoy a trip back to an era when ‘whistles blew, carriage doors slammed shut and there was a familiar click-clack, rhythm of the rails.’ B, D
Day 6 Farewell
Leave the Highlands behind, perhaps now understanding why Robert Burns wrote ‘wherever I wander, wherever I rove, the hills of the Highlands forever I love.’ B
Scotland is, of course, the home of golf, and while you are some distance from St Andrews, your hotel is a 10-minute drive from Inverness’s Fairways Golf Course. Also within driving distance - if you do fancy dusting off your clubs - are Inverness Golf Club and Kings Golf Club. Consider exploring Inverness in more depth. See (from the outside only) the 18th-century Inverness Castle, followed by a stroll through the halls of Inverness Museum and Art Gallery.
Further afield you will find the Culloden Battlefield, site of the 1746 English victory over Bonnie Prince Charlie. During your stay, a delightful afternoon can be spent taking the train to Dunrobin Castle, a fairytale castle and the seat of the Earl of Sutherland.
Macdonald Drumossie Hotel (3Q+)
You will find the Macdonald Drumossie Hotel within nine acres of spectacular parkland, four miles from Inverness. Each of the hotel’s 44 en-suite rooms boasts traditional grandeur, decorated with Highland Scenes and filled with comfortable furniture to make your stay as pleasant as possible. When not exploring the area, or joining one of the included excursions, you will be dining in the hotel’s AA Rosette-winning Grill Room Restaurant, serving Scottish dishes using local produce - including sustainable fish, organic cooked breakfasts and Scottish beef hung for at least 21 days. If arriving by train, a taxi will be required to reach the hotel.
Located on the Old Perth Road, just off the A9.
Take the B9177 exit towards Milton of Leys/Culloden/B9006.
At the roundabout, take the third exit onto B9177. At the next roundabout, take the first exit and stay on B9177. Turn left.