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A true discovery of the Scottish Highlands by train

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6 days From £549 per person
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2021 Tour code: 21FWS

About the tour

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.

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Itinerary

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 river.

Glasgow
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.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
West Highland Line
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,

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Loch Lomond
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 overlooking Oban.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Oban
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

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Jacobite Steam Train
Day 6 - Home

Head back along the West Highland Line to Glasgow, where your tour ends.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Glasgow

Additional information

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour features the same excursions, they may not necessarily be in the order listed above.

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

The Crianlarich Hotel, Crianlarich

The Crianlarich Hotel, Crianlarich

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Holiday Inn Express Glasgow City Centre Riverside, Glasgow

Holiday Inn Express Glasgow City Centre Riverside, Glasgow

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Trains

Jacobite Steam Train
Scotrail
West Highland Line

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78% of travellers would recommend this tour

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Mrs J Luste Manning

Submitted 22/10/2018

Well organised. Good hotels and food. Tour manager excellent

Anonymous

Submitted 15/10/2018

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.

Anonymous

Submitted 24/09/2018

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

Submitted 24/09/2018

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

Submitted 24/09/2018

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.

Anonymous

Submitted 02/07/2018

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.

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