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Journey to the heart of the Highlands

6 days From £599 per person

2022 Tour code: 22FWS

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 a vibrant Scottish city with a lot to offer, and its lively centre is complemented by the backdrop of its rich history and outstanding Victorian architecture. Perhaps get your first taste of Scotland with a visit to a traditional pub for a wee dram, or get a dose of culture with a visit to one of Glasgow's excellent museums or galleries.

Please Note: For departure 22FWS07 and 22FWS09 you will stay at the Holiday Inn Express Glasgow City Centre Riverside hotel.

Day 2 - West Highland Line

Enjoy a journey on the West Highland Line today, a line that 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. You arrive in Crianlarich and 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.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Loch Lomond

Travel to Tarbet for a cruise on majestic Loch Lomond. Surrounded by Trossachs National Park, Loch Lomond is Britain's largest inland body of water and is a stunning sight. This freshwater Scottish loch is located at the border of Central Scotland and the Highlands, and is home to a host of wildlife and fish. After soaking up the beauty of Loch Lomond from the waters, you head to Inveraray, a town on the western shore of Loch Fyne where you have free time. You could visit Inveraray Castle, a unique castle with architecture incorporating Baroque, Palladian and Gothic styles, surrounded by glorious gardens. Or, visit Inveraray Jail. This 19th-century prison and courthouse is now a 'living museum' recreating the history of the era.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Oban, Duart Castle & Tobermory

Transfer to Oban where you have a little free time. The town boasts some beautiful beaches, as well as one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland. Next, catch the ferry to Craignure, on the Isle of Mull just off Scotland's west coast. On arrival, visit Duart Castle, the ancient home and seat of Clan Maclean. The striking castle has watched over the Sound of Mull for hundreds of years, with a history dating back to the 13th century. Enjoy a guided tour of the imposing estate, built on the end of a peninsula jutting into the Sound of the Mull. Continue by coach to Tobermory, the capital of the Isle of Mull, a lovely little fishing port famous for its brightly coloured houses, where there's free time to explore.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - The Jacobite

Join the iconic 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 head out to a nearby restaurant to try the fresh catch of the day.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Home

Head back along the West Highland Line to Glasgow, where your tour ends. You're free to depart or continue exploring.

Includes
  • Breakfast

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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Maldron Hotel, Glasgow

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4.0 stars4.0 / 5 · 52 reviews

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Colin Bones

5 stars

Submitted 11/May

Excellent tour with variety - Glasgow, amazing highland scenery & island visit. Hotels very good.

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Mr Richard Wilson

4 stars

Submitted 11/May

After 2 delayed holidays booked in 2019 for 2020 which were rather disappointing, the 3rd (Rail Discoveries) was more successful.

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customer

5 stars

Submitted 7/May

We had a lovely holiday. Well organised, a great tour manager, and good hotel in Crianlarich.

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Ed Partridge

2 stars

Submitted 6/May

This trip could have started on the Monday afternoon from Glasgow Queen Street station and cost £100 less. The Loch Lomond cruise was very average and a waste of a day as no trains were involved. The West Highland line was lovely and the trip to Oban well worth it. The final day was the highlight. The hotel breakfast and dining experience was very controlling. Thank goodness the weather was good.

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Sue

4 stars

Submitted 27/Apr

This tour was very good, with a Tour Manager who kept us well informed but didn't treat us like schoolkids. Highlight - The Jacobite steam train across Glenfinnan viaduct, Not so good - the "Scottish evening", when we endured bland folk songs (not even Scottish for the most part) accompanied by a very loud guitar. We had expected Highland dress, bagpipes, maybe even a Highland fling or sword dance.... The hotel in Crianlarich was lovely, food good, and rooms warm and welcoming. My chief criticism of the tour was the day in Glasgow before departing after 4pm. I'm sure there are organisational reasons for not starting our travels straight after breakfast, but I didn't want to spend nearly a whole day in a big city, I wanted to get out into the wilds. Alternatively, why ask us to arrive on Sunday, why not request us to be at the station in Glasgow by 4pm Monday?

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P Scallan

5 stars

Submitted 27/Apr

Very good and great value for money.

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