Hogmanay in the Scottish Highlands 2014
Traditional New Year festivities in Scotland
Experience the definitive celebration of New Year with an escorted rail journey to Scotland. Enjoy the traditions of the distinguished Hogmanay festival and declare your New Year resolutions over a wee dram. When you spend New Year in Scotland on a rail holiday our special festive programme, which includes a four-course gala dinner and live music, ensures you will end the year in style. This tour begins in the dynamic city of Glasgow and subsequently travels through some of the most picturesque landscapes of the Scottish Highlands at Hogmanay. The exceptional journey by rail takes you to Loch Lomond and the beautiful Loch Awe, as well as allowing you to absorb the views of the mountainous terrains of the Highlands.
Day 1 - Meet in Glasgow
Your tour begins in Glasgow, where your Tour Manager greets you at the 4* Holiday Inn Glasgow Theatreland. After checking in, you are free to explore vibrant Glasgow - take the chance to discover Charles Rennie Mackintosh's famous architecture ahead of dinner in the hotel.
Day 2 - New Year on the West Highland Railway
Today we take a train along the beautiful West Highland Line to Crianlarich. The route is widely regarded as one of the most scenic in Britain, and shortly after leaving Glasgow, the scenery becomes dramatic as we pass forests and mountains. We enjoy incredible views of Loch Long before skirting the shore of Loch Lomond. We then arrive in Crianlarich, and stay here for four nights at the 3* Crianlarich Hotel. Tonight we enjoy a celebratory four-course gala dinner to welcome in the New Year. A live band makes the evening swing and we ring in 2015 with the hotel's piper.
Day 3 - New Year’s Day
Celebrate New Year's Day by taking a leisurely walk through the beautiful countryside, or by relaxing by the fireside in the homely surroundings of our hotel.
Day 4 - A day in the Trossachs
Today we enjoy an excursion into the wonderful scenery of the Trossachs National Park. We travel by coach through the dramatic, undulating landscape - enjoying the classic scenery for which Scotland is known. Our first stop is in the pretty village of Aberfoyle, where we visit the Scottish Wool Centre. After some free time for lunch, we continue through the rugged hills to Callander, a delightful town which was a favourite of Sir Walter Scott. Here you have free time to take a stroll, and admire the views of the imposing Callander Crags. Later we return to the hotel for dinner, followed by live music.
Day 5 - The Oban Distillery
We re-join the West Highland Line on New Year's Eve, following the course of Loch Lochy through its majestic glen to picturesque Loch Awe and Loch Etive. Arriving in Oban, we enjoy a visit to the Oban Distillery, one of Scotland's oldest sources of single malt Scotch whisky, dating back to 1794. Of course, the visit is followed by a 'wee dram' to warm the winter's day! After some free time in Oban, we return to Crianlarich by coach for dinner together in the hotel.
Days 6-7 - Farewell to the Highlands
We leave Crianlarich, and travel by coach back to Glasgow. We go along the west bank of Loch Lomond before arriving in Glasgow for another night at the 4* Holiday Inn Glasgow Theatreland. On Day 7 you are free to leave Glasgow at your leisure.
Day 6 - Breakfast, dinner
Day 7 - Breakfast
These meals, where shown, are included in the price of your holiday.
Please note that the itinerary above is for tour 5HLN02 departing Tuesday 30 December 2014. Tour 5HLN01 departing Monday 29 December features all the same excursions and highlights, but in a different order. Please contact us for details.
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Ring in the New Year in Scotland with a Rail Holiday
A tour of the Oban Distillery will be a highlight of your New Year in Scotland rail holiday. Preparations for the evening's celebrations begin with a cocktail reception and dinner at the hotel. You can then welcome in the New Year to the music of a traditional ceilidh band whilst sipping on sparkling champagne. The following day, after the previous night's revelry, you will have the opportunity to relax in the comfort of the hotel enjoying a delicious brunch. In the evening, a highland banquet will be served, while the hotel's accordionist plays melodious compositions to accompany your meal.