The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
Food & Drinks
6 Breakfasts and 5 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, the sprawling metropolis of Glasgow
is one of Europe's most popular destinations. It is a lively centre
of vitality and style, 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. After its cathedral was
established, Glasgow was granted a 'burgh' status, meaning it was
awarded certain trading monopolies.
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 beautiful Glasgow, become immersed in the
wild and windswept panorama of the Scottish Highlands.
On arrival, transfer to the Best Western Crianlarich 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'. Crianlarich
boasts a beautiful walking and cycling trail, and stunning views of
Ben More, one of the highest hills in the area. Replete with grassy
hills and serene walks, the village is an ideal retreat for
Day 3 - Loch Lomond
This morning 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. Its home to many fresh water fish and the surrounding
hills play host to a huge array of birds, Loch Lomond, much like
Loch Ness, is often used as iconic depiction of picturesque
Scotland and has obviously been lauded for generations, being
mention in old Scottish folk songs. It is surrounded by the Loch
Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.
Afterwards, you stop at Inveraray, a town on the western shore
of Loch Fyne. Why not explore the magnificent castle or visit
Inveraray Jail while you're here? 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 had visited the castle in 1874.
Inveraray Jail is a 19th century prison and courthouse that is
now a 'living museum' recreating the history of the era. You have
the chance to interact with costumed characters, watch courtroom
trials, talk to 'prisoners', witness cell life, sample the
punishments, and browse the prison artefacts before you make your
Day 4 - Oban & Duart Castle
Today, transfer to Oban for the ferry to Craignure, on the Isle
of Mull. On arrival, make a visit to Duart Castle, the ancestral
home of the Maclean Clan. Enjoy a guided tour of the imposing
estate, built on the end of a peninsula jutting into the Sound of
the Mull, before returning to Oban for some free time. Oban derives
its name from Gaelic and means 'little bay', and the town boasts
some dramatic beaches, as well as one of the oldest distilleries,
and a factory for homemade chocolatiers. There are beautiful
castles close by, as well as McCaigs Tower on Battery Hill
Day 5 - Jacobite Steam Train
Join the Jacobite Steam Train* 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 service began operating in
1984 as a tourist attraction. One of the most iconic landmarks to
look out for is the Glenfinnan Viaduct, an incredible feat of
engineering that was opened in 1901. Most famous for being featured
in the 'Harry Potter' films, the viaduct stretches over some truly
impressive views that cement the West Highland Line as one of the
most scenic lines in the world, The Jacobite travels from Fort
William to Mallaig, passing lochs, rivers, mountains, silvery
beaches, and beautiful villages along the way. On arrival in
Mallaig, a quintessential Highland port town, why not try the catch
of the day?
*Steam-hauled when possible. Some departures will make this
journey on Scotrail's diesel service.
Day 6 - Homeward bound
Head back along the West Highland Line to Glasgow, where your
tour ends. You are free to explore Glasgow on your own or depart at
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.