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World class rail journeys in a beautiful region

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2022 Tour code: 22HMS

About the tour

From vibrant Glasgow, journey through the mesmerising Scottish Highlands on one of the world's great railways, before visiting the beautiful Isle of Skye, embarking on a scenic cruise on the Sound of Mull and visiting colourful Tobermory.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Glasgow

Your tour begins in Glasgow, where you meet at your hotel. After settling in, you're free to explore. Places of interest include Buchanan Street, the core of Glasgow's retail centre and home to the Royal Concert Hall, and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum. With free entry, you could admire paintings by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, and Dalí, as well as works by local Scottish artists.

Day 2 - West Highland Railway

Embark on a journey along the magnificent West Highland Line. The routes takes you through the mountainous west coast of Scotland, along the River Clyde, and over the hills and glenns of Argyll. You'll also travel by the shores of Loch Lomond and through Trossachs National Park. On the way, pass through several Highland villages. Your destination is Oban, your base for the next three nights. The afternoon is free to explore. Perhaps visit McCaig's Tower on Battery Hill, or the Oban War & Peace Museum. The Oban Chocolate Company is the place to go for handmade chocolates, or you could take the bus to the ruined castle of Dunstaffnage, sat on a promontory with sea on three sides.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - The Jacobite and Isle of Skye

Transfer by coach to Fort William for a journey on the Jacobite, hailed as one of the greatest railway journeys in the world. The Jacobite travels from Fort William to Mallaig, passing lochs, rivers, mountains and beaches, and passing over the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct. From Mallaig, take the ferry to Armadale, on the Isle of Skye, where you visit the ruins of Armadale Castle. You have time to explore the castle and gardens, with stunning views to the Sound of Sleat and the mountains of Knoydart. You return to Oban by coach, pausing at the pretty village of Kyle of Lochalsh. You also stop at Eilean Donan Castle, an iconic castle perched atop an island at the confluence of three lochs.

Please note that journeys are steam-hauled where possible - some departures may use the ScotRail scheduled service.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - The Sound of Mull

Board the MV Isle of Mull for a scenic cruise along the Sound of Mull. Soak up incredible views as you sail from Oban to Craignure, seeing the island of Lismore with its impressive lighthouse, the Nevis Mountain range, the Garvellach Islands, and imposing Duart Castle. The Sound of Mull's geographic position makes it the ideal area for spotting marine life, so keep your eyes peeled for porpoises and cormorants during your cruise. In Craignure, join a coach to picture-postcard Tobermory. Tobermory is one of Scotland's prettiest port towns, with a sweeping harbour lined with rainbow-coloured houses. Return to Craignure for the ferry journey back to Oban. Later, enjoy a tour and whisky tasting at Oban Distillery, one of the oldest in Scotland.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 5 - Glasgow

Travel by rail to Glasgow, enjoying views over unspoilt areas of natural beauty from the comfort of your seat. You have free time to explore the city this afternoon before dinner in a local restaurant this evening.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Home

Your holiday ends today and you're free to depart, or continue exploring Glasgow.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

Departure times

On many of our UK & Ireland tours, you may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00; your Tour Manager will be available between 16:00 and 18:00. However, if you are arriving later, you can meet your Tour Manager before dinner from 19:00.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Holiday Inn Express Glasgow City Centre Riverside, Glasgow

Holiday Inn Express Glasgow City Centre Riverside, Glasgow

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The Royal Hotel

The Royal Hotel, Oban

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Jacobite Steam Train
West Highland Line

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3.5 stars3.5 / 5 · 56 reviews

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Ms Edwards

5 stars

Submitted 31 Oct 2021

Had a great time, food was lovely in all hotels, trips were very organised, we do fancy going on some trips that are abroad with rail discoveries and after the trip we have just been on would definitely book again with rail discoveries. Maggie our tour operator was very helpful, friendly, knowledgeable, very enjoyable trip.

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A Madin

4 stars

Submitted 30 Oct 2021

A very enjoyable holiday which did what it said on the tin. I particularly enjoyed the day on the Fort William to Mallaig train (and yes, we did get the steam train) and the Isle of Skye, the gardens at Armadale being a particular favourite. The Hotel in Glasgow is basic but comfortable, very much in the style of modern chain hotels. The Breakfast at that hotel was poor, with everything I tried, both cooked and 'continental' being of very poor quality. The Hotel in Oban was generally good, if a little faded, and the food was much better, both at breakfast and the included evening meals. However, the room cleanliness could do with more attention. The tour guide was excellent. A key point I would make to anyone booking this trip is that you do need to regard the travel as very much a part of the holiday, otherwise you are missing a lot! One area where I feel the holiday could be improved is on the day including the trip to Mull. I do not regard the trip as 'a waste of time', as I see one previous respondent has put it, as the scenery from the ferry is truly spectacular. However, bearing in mind that the majority of the day is free, would it not be possible to take an earlier ferry and include a little sightseeing on Mull? Caledonian McBain (The Ferry operators) used to run a trip which included a tour of 2 castles, including Duart Castle. I understand that this trip is not currently running due to COVID 19, but something similar should be possible. To be fair, our tour guide did explain this, and what options there were, and my understanding is that some guests did indeed take an earlier ferry and the bus to Tobermoray.

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Mrs Maguire

1 stars

Submitted 27 Oct 2021

it wasn't like a tour had to much free time

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Sarah

5 stars

Submitted 27 Oct 2021

A very enjoyable holiday. Margaret, the Tour Manager, was outstanding, engaging with everyone and making sure everything ran as smoothly as possible. She even rang us before the holiday to check if we had any particular needs or questions.

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P Dodgson

4 stars

Submitted 27 Oct 2021

I should have booked my own tickets to Glasgow then I could have reserved seats.

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M Impey

5 stars

Submitted 20 Oct 2021

Excellent stay, would have loved to stay longer during Armadale castle visit. Enjoyed our free time walk to Pulpit Hill in Oban amazing views.

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