Journey to the heart of the Scottish Highlands, taking in the
marvellous lochs and glens this part of the world is famous for.
Travel by vintage steam train on the superb West Highland Line and
set sail on stunning Loch Lomond.
Enjoy a guided tour of Duart Castle, seeing the magnificent Great Hall, the state bedroom, and the impressive dressing rooms.
Journey on the West Highland Line, one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys.
Cruise on Loch Lomond, listening to informative commentary as you gentle sail across the waters of the scenic loch.
Journey on the iconic Jacobite, crossing the Glenfinnan Viaduct on your way to Mallaig.
The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
Food & Drinks
6 Breakfasts and 4 Dinners
What’s not included
Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged
Day 1 - Glasgow
Your Tour Manager greets you in Glasgow, then the rest of the
day is free for you to explore. Straddling the River Clyde, Glasgow
is one of Europe's most popular destination, and its lively centre
is complemented by the backdrop of its rich history and outstanding
Victorian architecture. The city's beginnings can be traced back to
ancient times, when it was first settled as a ford on the
Day 2 - West Highland Line
Travelling between Glasgow, Oban, Fort William, and Mallaig, the
West Highland Line covers some of the most beautiful areas of
Scotland. As you leave Glasgow, you are quickly immersed in the
wild and windswept panorama of the Scottish Highlands. On arrival
in Crianlarich, transfer to your hotel where you enjoy dinner.
Crianlarich is a village in Perthshire, whose name is derived from
the Gaelic for 'low pass' because of its location in a glen
surrounded by several mountains. The villagers call their village
the 'gateway to the Highlands', as it boasts a beautiful walking
and cycling trail, and stunning views of Ben More, one of the
highest hills in the area. Replete with serene walks and grassy
hills, the village is an ideal retreat for travellers.
Day 3 - Loch Lomond
This morning you travel to Tarbet for a cruise on majestic Loch
Lomond - Britain's largest inland body of water. This freshwater
Scottish loch is located at the border of Central Scotland and the
Highlands, and is home to a host of wildlife and many fish. Much
like Loch Ness, the lake is often used as an iconic depiction of
picturesque Scotland and it has been lauded for generations, with
mentions in many old Scottish folk songs. It is surrounded by the
lovely scenery of Trossachs National Park. Later, you stop at
Inveraray, a town on the western shore of Loch Fyne. Here you have
free time to explore. You could visit the magnificent castle or
Inveraray Jail. Inveraray Castle's unique architecture incorporates
Baroque, Palladian, and Gothic styles. It is said that in 1744 the
castle was fully demolished and reconstructed by the then Duke and
the end product was not a traditional Scottish castle but more of a
Georgian mansion on a grand scale. Queen Victoria visited the
castle in 1874. Inveraray Jail is a 19th century prison and
courthouse that is now a 'living museum' recreating the fascinating
history of the era,
Day 4 - Oban & Duart Castle
Transfer to Oban for the ferry to Craignure, on the Isle of
Mull. On arrival, visit Duart Castle, the ancestral home of the
Clan Maclean and a striking castle. Enjoy a guided tour of the
imposing estate, built on the end of a peninsula jutting into the
scenic Sound of the Mull, before returning to Oban for some free
time to explore. Oban derives its name from Gaelic and means
'little bay', and the town boasts some dramatically beautiful
beaches, as well as one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland, and
a factory for homemade chocolatiers. There are some beautiful
castles close by, as well as McCaigs Tower on Battery Hill
Day 5 - Jacobite Steam Train
Join the Jacobite today for a magnificent journey on the final
leg of the West Highland Line, hailed as one of the great
railway journeys of the world. The Jacobite travels from Fort
William to Mallaig, passing lochs, rivers, mountains, silvery
beaches, and beautiful villages along the way. One of the most
iconic landmarks to look out for is the Glenfinnan Viaduct, an
incredible feat of engineering that was opened in 1901. Famously
featured in the 'Harry Potter' films, the viaduct stretches over
some truly impressive landscapes. On arrival in Mallaig, a
quintessential Highland port town, you could try the catch of the
Day 6 - Home
Head back along the West Highland Line to Glasgow, where your
Please note that while every departure of this tour features the
same excursions, they may not necessarily be in the order listed
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
between 16:00 and 18:00.
However, if you are arriving later, you can meet your Tour Manager
before dinner from 19:00.
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.
Well organised. Good hotels and food. Tour manager excellent
Very friendly and professional guide, helpful staff when booking, comfortable accommodation at the hotels and a group of nice people to share the experience with.
The food was a bit hit and miss in hotel the starters and deserts were very nice but main meal could have been improved
Mrs P Bamforth
Good hotels- excellent tour guide.
We were well informed and the tours were interesting.
Plenty of free time always allowed for own activities.
Mr W Longmore
Generally good; well organised by Rail Discoveries. Satisfactory hotels, though food at Best Western not always good. Coach journeys too long, would have preferred more rail. Excellent tour manager.
Good itinerary. Excellent tour manager. Hotel general good but let us down at breakfast on the one morning we had an early start. Also our main hotel did not serve alcoholic drinks at the table. Rooms quite hot as no air conditioning. Excellent centre for this tour. Private boat on Loch Lomond enhanced tour. Excellent coach driver.