The Highland Explorer

Lakes and lochs stays, Jacobite train experience and tickets to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Prices from $7,499 pp

With its rolling hills, sparkling lochs and charming forestlands, Scotland showcases the great outdoors to absolute perfection. Enjoy stays in the Lake District and Loch Lomond; ride the train made famous in the Harry Potter series during a spellbinding journey through the highlands and experience the world-famous Edinburgh Tattoo during this 14 night holiday.

Beginning in the Lake District, tucked in the North-western corner of England, you’ll spend five nights exploring the UK’s most loved national park. The perfect destination for those who love the simplicity of nature and the wonder of the great outdoors, there’s so much to do and see in this scenic and tranquil corner of the world.

Next you’ll make the short journey to Loch Lomond, one of Scotland’s most famous lochs. With sprawling glens and rocky peaks that reflect in the mirror-smooth lake, this is yet another example of the enduring natural beauty of this part of the world.

From one famous loch to another you’ll tour the most famous loch in Scotland – Loch Ness. Shrouded in legend and myth, you’ll cruise around the loch during a fully escorted tour and try to catch a glimpse of Nessie, the infamous, yet allusive, Loch Ness Monster. From monsters to magic, a journey on board the Jacobite train awaits. Known in popular culture as the Hogwarts Express, this charming steam locomotive will journey you through the Scottish highlands, past deep sparkling lochs, rugged terrain, charming villages and across over the famous Glenfinnan viaduct.

Leaving Fort William behind, your final highland fling sees you travel South-east to Edinburgh, Scotland’s magnificent capital. Rich in Georgian architecture, culture and elegance while here you’ll experience the highlight of Edinburgh’s event calendar, the magnificent Edinburgh Tattoo.

Duration 14 nights
Departing Aug 2020
  • All flights
  • All taxes
  • Fully escorted tours

Your Experience

  • All flights, taxes and transfers
  • 5 night stay at the Macdonald Leeming House in Lake District
  • 4 night hotel stay in The Inn on Loch Lomond
  • Fully escorted tour of Loch Ness
  • 2 night hotel stay in Fort William
  • Full day Jacobite train experience
  • 3 night stay at the Kimpton Charlotte Street in Edinburgh
  • Tickets to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
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Days 1 - 5
The Lakes District, UK

Beginning in the Lake District, tucked in the North-western corner of England, you’ll spend five nights exploring the UK’s most loved national park. Its craggy fells, meadows that teem with wildflowers, tumbling waterfalls and iconic lakes have long been romancing visitors and have been the inspiration for many a poet, author and artist. Visiting in August, enjoy a ramble across the fells warmed by the late summer sun, take a scenic cruise on the lakes, head to a traditional beer garden or take afternoon tea on a sunny terrace overlooking the lake.

Days 6 - 9
Loch Lomond National Park

Rich in nature and outdoor activities, Loch Lomond National Park presents the perfect blend of relaxation and exploration. During your stay you could explore the nearby Stirling Castle, visit one of the whiskey distilleries, stroll along the loch shore at sunset or try your hand at fishing – the possibilities are endless.

Day 10
Loch Ness Tour

The mystique and legend of Loch Ness awaits. You’ll tour the waters of this deep, dark loch while searching for a glimpse of the ever allusive Nessie before travelling to Fort William for an overnight stay to relax before your Jacobite train experience the next day.

Day 11
Jacobite Train Excursion

Described as the greatest railway journey in the world, step aboard the steam locomotive made famous from the magical world of Harry Potter. Better known as the Hogwarts Express, your journey will show you the highlights of Western Scotland as you chug past deep sparkling lochs, rugged terrain, charming villages and cross over the famous Glenfinnan viaduct. This 84 mile round trip begins near Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Britain and ends in Mallaig, all the way taking in magnificent views of the highlands landscape with its fishing villages, silvery beaches and small Isles that sometimes appear in the distance on a fine, clear day.

Day 12
Edinburgh - Hotel Stay & Tour

Become acquainted with Scotland’s long history and zest for life during your three night stay, with time to explore the fashionable areas of the Georgian-built New Town and compare the narrow streets and hidden vaults of the Old Town. Head outside the city to hike up hills for views across the landscape, and reward yourself with hearty cuisine like haggis, neeps and tatties, followed by creamy, crunchy cranachan for dessert.

Day 13
Edinburgh - Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Enjoy the spectacular pomp and ceremony from your seats, under the shadow of the city’s greatest landmark, lit up against the night sky. The Tattoo draws to an emotional close as the haunting lament of the illuminated Lone Piper, stood high on the ramparts, fills the air - it’s a moving and beautiful moment that you’ll remember forever. 

Day 14
Edinburgh - Hotel Stay

Scotland’s capital combines stunning architecture and a beautiful natural setting. Take in the views you walk along the bustling Princes Street and through the wide, elegant streets of the 200-year-old Georgian New Town. Walk along part of the Royal Mile to visit the majestic Edinburgh Castle, which dominates the city skyline and is home to the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Scone.

Day 15
Fly home

Today you’ll fly home.


06 Aug 2020 - 20 Aug 2020 Twin share from $7,499
06 Aug 2020 - 20 Aug 2020 Solo Passenger from $10,299

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