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A true discovery of the Scottish Highlands by train

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6 days From £599 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

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Jacobite Steam Train
Day 6 - Home

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

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  • 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

Best Western Crianlarich Hotel, Crianlarich

Best Western 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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Jacobite Steam Train
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West Highland Line

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4.2 stars4.2 / 5 · 13 reviews

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Mrs Maria Samuda

3 stars

Submitted 12 Oct 2020

Monday 28th September could have been better planned. We left Glasgow on the 16.36 train to Crianlarich with the whole morning and part of the afternoon spent in Glasgow. We arrived on Sunday so we had plenty of time to visit Glasgow. On Monday we could have visited Oban (only 1 1/2 hour from Crianlarich) instead, if we left earlier. On Tuesday w could have stayed longer in Inverary, to enable us to visit the Prison, the shops and have a chance to eat in a nice place. We only had just over an hour there, arriving at the Hotel far too early..(dinner at 7,30pm while we arrived at just after 5pm...). The Hotel by the way was first class with good, fresh food,very clean with friendly and helpful staff, respecting social distancing. The small brochure you sent before departure should have given more details (bring camera, binoculars, walking shoes..) rather than tell us when we are already there! The actual trip was for 3 1/2 days Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and 1/2 day Monday) , as Sunday, Monday 1/2 day and Friday were arrival/departure days. Our coach driver (Brian) was very knowledgeable and competent. The Tour Manager was very considerate, friendly and helpful

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Mrs Eileen Hedley

5 stars

Submitted 09 Oct 2020

Very organised given currant suitation with virus & felt safe in both hotels. Tour Manager was very approachable and helpful. The Coach Driver was very knowledgeable & enjoyed his commentary as we travelled around.

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Mr Graham Treadwell

5 stars

Submitted 01 Oct 2020

Excellent hotels with brilliant food excellent tours out all well organised with everything spot on time good price well worth the money will certainly be booking again

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Mrs J Luste Manning

5 stars

Submitted 22 Oct 2018

Well organised. Good hotels and food. Tour manager excellent

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Mrs P Bamforth

4 stars

Submitted 24 Sep 2018

Good hotels- excellent tour guide. We were well informed and the tours were interesting. Plenty of free time always allowed for own activities.

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Mrs C Granville-Self

3 stars

Submitted 24 Sep 2018

A lot of travelling but not much free time at the places. Would like to have walked a little at Loch Lomand or Tobernary or Oban or Fort Worth but no time. Time at Glasgow but not such an attractive city

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