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|Price range||From £589|
|Travel partner||Newmarket Holidays|
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Christmas in the highlands
- Return flights to Edinburgh
- One piece of hold luggage per couple
- Coach travel throughout
- Four nights dinner, bed and Scottish breakfast accommodation at the Carrbridge hotel, Carrbridge
- A short orientation tour of Edinburgh (time-permitting)
- A visit to Inverness
- An excursion to Loch Ness and the Drumnadrochit exhibition centre (entry payable locally)
- A half-day tour of the local area and a visit to the Speyside Heather Centre on Boxing Day
- Entertainment in the hotel each evening
- Christmas lunch with all the trimmings
- A soup and sandwich lunch on Boxing Day
- The services of a Newmarket tour manager
- Single rooms are available for a supplement
Fly to Edinburgh. On arrival, we'll head north to the Highlands and our Christmas hotel. After a complimentary glass of bucks fizz and dinner, get to know your fellow companions and enjoy the first evening of a programme of live entertainment.
Day two (Christmas Eve)
Today we'll visit historic Inverness, with its imposing castle (not open to the public), pink sandstone cathedral and attractive city centre. Spend the morning exploring before we continue to Loch Ness for a spot of monster hunting. We'll also visit the award-winning Drumnadrochit Loch Ness Exhibition Centre (entrance payable locally), which tells the story of this iconic and mysterious lake.
Day three (Christmas Day)
A leisurely morning awaits. You may like to attend the local church service or, alternatively, explore the surrounding area. The historic village of Carrbridge boasts delightful local walks through the ancient pine woods or along the river, as well as the ancient packhorse bridge - the oldest stone bridge in the Highlands.Join Santa in the Highland Suite for sherry at midday before the highlight of today's celebrations - a traditional Christmas lunch with all the trimmings. Afterwards settle back to enjoy tea and cake while watching the Queen's Speech and, later, a buffet dinner.
Day four (Boxing Day)
After breakfast join our morning tour of the local area, taking in the Spey Valley's lovely scenery and making a short stop at the Speyside Heather Centre, with its vast array of heathers. Lunch today will be a hearty soup and a sandwich. Relax at the hotel this afternoon, perhaps enjoying the quizzes or joining the local village treasure hunt - popular with visitors and residents alike. Alternatively you may like to visit nearby Landmark Park, a woodland centre with nature trails, interactive exhibitions, and a section of pine forest dating back as far as 10,000 years.
Bid farewell to the Highlands today as we begin our journey home. Time permitting; take a short orientation tour of Edinburgh, taking in the famous sites, before we continue to the airport for the return flight.
Set on the banks of the River Dulnain with spectacular views of the Cairngorm Mountains, the Carrbridge Hotel was originally established in 1803 as an inn for weary travellers. It has been extended and refurbished over the years and now has 100 bedrooms.