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Inverness - Shire by Sail & Rail Inverness - Shire by Sail & Rail

Inverness - Shire by Sail & Rail

Inverness - Shire by Sail & Rail

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Join us as we head to Nethy Bridge for our Inverness-Shire Sail and Rail tour. This wonderful panoramic tour takes you on a scenic journey of Inverness-shire and the Cairngorms by sail and rail. Take a nostalgic train journey through the Cairngorm National Park, as we take a twenty-mile round trip along part of the original Highland Railway mainline passing through moorland, woods and alongside the meandering River Spey, enjoying stunning Cairngorm Mountain scenery along the way. Cruise Canal & Loch, with castle views as you follow in the footsteps of Queen Victoria, experience a breathtaking journey that takes you along Thomas Telford’s famous Caledonian Canal and, across the legendary waters of Loch Ness. Marvel at the stunning scenery of the Great Glen, and panoramic views of Aldourie Castle, Bona Lighthouse and the spectacular Urquhart Castle. Step back in time as you experience life in the Highlands from 1700’s to the 1950’s as we explore the Highland Folk Museum. Visit the 5-star attraction, Cawdor Castle and Gardens, the traditional Scottish Castle that has housed the Cawdor family for over 600 years complete with medieval tower constructed around a legendary holly tree. Cameras at the ready! Don’t miss out on this attraction packed, breath-taking panoramic tour.


Your Holiday Includes:

Door to door service


Dinner bed and breakfast

En-suite bedrooms

Entrance to the Highland Folk Museum

Entrance to Cawdor Castle and Gardens

Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness Contemplation Cruise by Jacobite

Journey on the Strathspey Steam Railway


Executive coach travel throughout


Single Supplement - £64.00


IMPORTANT NOTE added 15/02/2024:

We have been advised that the Funicular on the Cairngorms Railway is not operational at the moment and is unlikely to be up and running again before the end of April/beginning of May, as a replacement they have offered us a short, guided walk to the Mountain Garden with tea/coffee and tray of bakes however we feel although lovely, may be too stenuous for some of our passengers.  We have booked a visit to Cawdor Castle and Gardens as a replacement attraction instead of the Cairngorms Mountain Railway, all customers already booked on the tour will be notified by letter of the change.


Depart from Leyland at 8am for our journey to Nethy Bridge in Scotland with a suitable lunch stop en-route.

Tuesday - Thursday

Full day tour - morning visit to the Highland Folk Museum, step back in time and experience life in the Highlands from 1700's to the 1950's, in the afternoon travel to the Cairngorms Mountain Railway to take a journey on the highest funicular railway in the UK, enjoy breath-taking mountain views from the viewing terrace

Full day Tour - Following breakfast we will be heading to Dochgarroch to board a boat cruise along the Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness followed by free time in Inverness.

Half Day Tour - today we go back to a bygone era with a nostalgic steam train journey on the Strathspey Railway.

Following breakfast we will depart from the hotel for our return journey, with a suitable stop en-route.


 The Nethybridge Hotel, Nethy Bridge, Inverness-Shire







Hotel Star Rating

 3 Star







Hotel Website







Hotel Contact

 01479 821203





About the hotel

Our hotel is the perfect base for exploring the Cairngorms National Park and Strathspey area of the Scottish Highlands. The Nethybridge Hotel is set in the quaint village of Nethy Bridge with magnificent views in every direction and beautiful country walks on the doorstep. Guest bedrooms are traditional, comfortable rooms. Due to the age and nature of this grand old building all bedrooms are individual in size and shape
















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About Us

Ava Travel, based in Leyland, is a relatively new company specialising in the creation and operation of coach tour holidays throughout the UK and Europe.

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Ava Travel (Leyland) Ltd
41 Hough Lane
Leyland, PR25 2SB
Office Opening Hours
Monday to Friday - 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 14:00, Sunday - Closed