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Oban, Isle of Skye & The Sound of Mull

3.8 stars(14 reviews)

World class rail journeys in a stunningly beautiful region

6 days From £649 per person

2021 Tour code: 21HMS

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.


What’s included


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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Home

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

  • 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.


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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3.8 stars3.8 / 5 · 14 reviews

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T Marsh

4 stars

Submitted 14/Jun

An excellent holiday - particularly given the stresses caused by Covid-19. Ros was a friendly, efficient and very knowledgeable guide, contributing much to the enjoyment of the trip. Scenery was outstanding and the weather benign. Only serious issue was ScotRail's failure to anticipate that the two-coach train from Dumbarton would be packed making Covid-compliance impossible.

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John Brown

4 stars

Submitted 13/Jun

Good value for the money, would have liked a further day to explore more of the area.

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4 stars

Submitted 12/Jun

This is a good product but I found that it involves too many hours sitting on train,boat or coach. Accommodation at Oban was pleasant but Covid restrictions made it rather impersonal. The bedroom was very hot at night and although we opened the windows heavy drapes prevented air coming into the room. Our tour manager Rosalinde was excellent , informative and helpful and in spite of unscheduled matters out of her control she ensured group members were to enjoy.their holiday.

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4 stars

Submitted 12/Jun

It was alright. We enjoyed the tour. We had a very good tour guide. The only problem was we put a lot to see on day two which was a journey to sky and would hv thaught a journey to Fort William on its own would be great.

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3 stars

Submitted 12/Jun

The tour covers a lot in a few days. So not for those looking for a relaxing holiday. It is really a return trip by train to stay in Oban (3 nights) with approx a 2 hour trip on the steam train and a quick visit to Skye but only to the gardens, no actual tour of Skye itself. The trip on the steam train and Skye is all on one day so a very long day (approx 12 hours). The 2 hotels used were ok. If you want to see more of the islands then this tour is probably not for you. The weather was mixed some sunshine but mostly rain so didn't help.

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Mrs Diane Smith

3 stars

Submitted 30 Oct 2020

The scenery was fantastic but because of Covid it meant that the tour did not go ahead as advertised . Everything in Scotland was closed, no wine allowed with meals in hotel and the worse meal we had every had served on the last night of the tour

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Oban, Isle of Skye & The Sound of Mull

World class rail journeys in a stunningly beautiful region


Helen Laverack
Luke Simpson
Lynne Broadley