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2022 Tour code: 22HMS

About the tour

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

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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, one of the most scenic railways in the world. 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. This is one of the most iconic sights in Scotland and is considered to be the natural boundary between central Scotland and the Highlands. On the way, pass through several Highland villages known for breathtaking landscapes. 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 iconic Jacobite, hailed as one of the great railway journeys in the world. The Jacobite travels from Fort William to Mallaig, crossing lochs, rivers, mountains, golden beaches, and beautiful villages before passing over the Glenfinnan Viaduct. From Mallaig, take the ferry to Armadale, on the Isle of Skye. Here you visit the striking ruins of Armadale Castle. The castle was once home to the Macdonalds of Sleat, and you have time to explore the romantic castle and historic gardens, with stunning views to the Sound of Sleat and the mountains of Knoydart. The estate is also famous for its wildlife, so be on the lookout for eagles, deer, and pine martens. Explore the Museum of the Isles for an education on local Highland history before sailing back to Mallaig. Return to Oban by coach, seeing the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct from a different angle. This viaduct is loved by photographers and filmmakers alike, and features prominently in the second Harry Potter movie. Constructed over the waters of Loch Shiel, the viaduct overlooks the Glenfinnan Monument and offers stunning views.

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

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - The Sound of Mull

After a relaxed morning, board the MV Isle of Mull for a highlight of your tour, 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. The Atlantic Ocean's clear waters ensure good visibility, while the sheltered location of the Sound protects it from harsh weather.

These conditions also make the Sound of Mull a favourite among divers and snorkellers. Keep your eyes peeled for porpoises and cormorants during your cruise. Later, enjoy a tour and whisky tasting at Oban Distillery, one of the oldest in Scotland and one of the smallest, with just two pot stills. The distillery began operating in 1794, and is famous for its Oban West Highland malt. Your evening is free to spend as you wish. Perhaps take a stroll through the historic town.

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  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 - Glasgow

Travel by rail back to Glasgow, enjoying views over wild, unspoilt areas of natural beauty. You have free time to explore, perhaps stroll along Buchanan Street, taking in the impeccable Victorian architecture. 

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Home

Today, your holiday comes to an end and you are free to travel home.

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  • 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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Reviews

3.5 stars3.5 / 5 · 21 reviews

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Ian

3 stars

Submitted 3/Jul

The train trip to Mallaig was excellent except tha we didn’t get o the jackabite train

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Mrs Carole Hyde-Smith

1 stars

Submitted 2/Jul

Not as advertised. With a littl more effort it could have been a lot better. Jacobite train was running but had not been accepting group bookings since covid. We could have booked independently had we been told beforehand. Mull was a non-event - didn't even get off the ferry but just there and back with no sightseeing as promised. I could go on but would not recommend this trip and will not be booking again with Rail Discoveries.

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Margaret Simpson

4 stars

Submitted 2/Jul

A very enjoyable holiday, an opportunity to see beautiful scenery, interesting places and meet lovely people. Well organised and guided.

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Jill Edwards

3 stars

Submitted 29/Jun

It would have been useful if we could have had a map or information on the scenery as we had no idea what we were looking at during the travel. The train was cancelled due to a strike and we travelled by coach in the end. Quite uncomfortable.

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Marie

3 stars

Submitted 28/Jun

I feel the title Railway Discovery Holiday and the picture of the Jacobite steam train were used to attract potential clients however is was not a railway holiday. The Jacobite steam train was not available to us on the day for some reason but the train did the journey and arrived at the station as planned. This trip was advertised therefore planned a long time ago so how could this happen? The train between Glasgow and Oban was cancelled so we had to do the journey by bus. Personally I suffer from terrible sickness when on the road which is why I travel by train. I was sick on the bus which made it a terrible personal experience. I had to insist in using a double seat on my own because of the potential sickness and was rudely treated by another traveller on the coach who treated me as “very selfish” person. The journey to the Isle of Mull from Oban was a waste of time and could have been much better organised if we had crossed earlier we could have taken the local bus to Tobermory; we could have participated a lot more in the local economy and have had a much better experience. Our guide was charming, knowledgable and did her best however I will not book another holiday with Railway Discovery Holiday.

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L Mountjoy

4 stars

Submitted 27/Jun

Obviously a beautiful part of the world and the weather most of the trip was fine. The only murky damp day was when we went on the ferry to Mull. We did not disembark which was time-wasting sitting on the ferry. An idea in future would be coaches to Tobermory (?) 2 trains were cancelled which was a disappointment but not to have been foreseen. All in all, we would recommend this trip. The Tour Manager, Rosie, was very competent.

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