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Explore the natural beauty of the Highlands and the Outer Hebrides combined with a journey on the legendary Jacobite Steam Train through breathtaking landscapes.

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2024 Tour code: 24WHS

About the tour

Discover the wild charm of the Outer Hebrides & The Highlands. On this culture-packed 8 Day tour, explore the vibrant city of Edinburgh, witness the wonder of modern engineering at the Falkirk Wheel, and experience one of the world's most beautiful train lines on the Jacobite Steam Railway.

As you journey through the stunning landscapes of Scotland, explore historic castles, quaint fishing villages, and breathtaking natural beauty. From the iconic Callanish Standing Stones to the Old Man of Storr, visit Scotland's most popular landmarks while also uncovering hidden gems such as the picturesque village of Ullapool and the charming Dunbarton on the River Clyde.

Unforgettable Experiences

Jacobite Steam Train
Jacobite Steam Train
Journey on the Jacobite Steam Train and travel through the breathtaking scenery of the West Highland Line.
Kelpies, Falkirk
Kelpies, Falkirk
Visit the Kelpies and the Falkirk Wheel, two modern engineering wonders that pay homage to Scotland's industrial past.
Stornoway
Stornoway
Enjoy a guided tour of unspoilt Stornoway and discover its fascinating history and culture.
Callanish Standing Stones
Callanish Standing Stones
Explore the Isle of Lewis and experience the mystical Callanish Standing Stones, an ancient monument dating back thousands of years.
Skye
Skye
Relax on a scenic coach journey across Skye, taking in the breathtaking views of the rugged landscapes, pristine lochs, and picturesque villages along the way.

What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - Bustling Edinburgh

Your Scotland experience begins today as you meet your Tour Manager and the rest of your group in Edinburgh. After checking into your hotel - the Ibis Southbridge Edinburgh you're at leisure to start discovering the city. The hotel's central location makes it the perfect base for exploring everything Edinburgh has to offer.

You could wander the Old Town and see the illuminated castle or sip on a dram of whisky while listening to live music at one of the traditional pubs. The city's electric atmosphere is ready for you to discover.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 2 - The inspiring Kelpies, impressive Falkirk Wheel and The West Highland Line to stunning Fort William

After breakfast today, you head to the magnificent Kelpies by coach. These huge sculptures pay homage to the hardworking horses of Scotland that once pulled barges along the canals and worked in the fields of the area.

A few miles down the road is the Falkirk Wheel. Opening in 2002, the rotating boat lift connects the Forth & Clyde canal with the Union canal and is the only one of its kind in the world. There's time to admire this masterpiece and take photos.

You then head to Dumbarton, a small town that sits on the banks of the River Clyde. There's time to explore and get some lunch before a railway journey on the West Highland Line to Fort William.

Travelling through stunning mountain and forest scenery, the route is often hailed as one of the best rail journeys in the world. Highlights include the Clyde Estuary, Ben Lomond, and the Falls of Falloch.

Arriving in Fort William you check into your new hotel and enjoy dinner this evening.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - The magnificent Jacobite Steam Railway and charming Mallaig.

Today, you journey on the famous Jacobite from Fort William to Mallaig, one of the most beautiful train lines in the world. A highlight of the route is the dramatic arches of Glenfinnan Viaduct, recognisable as a filming location for Harry Potter.

You have free time in Mallaig before heading back to your hotel by coach, stopping along the way at the Glenfinnan Monument, a memorial to the 1745 Jacobite Rising.

The rest of your evening is at leisure in Fort William. You could visit the West Highland Museum, which details the history of the Highlands and Islands, or get comfortable in one of the pubs or restaurants serving up hearty Scottish food.

*Steam-hauled when possible. Some departures will make this journey on Scotrail's diesel service.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 4 - Through amazing landscapes to the Outer Hebrides

This morning, you board your coach from Fort William to Uig Ferry Terminal. During the journey, you see the iconic Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotland's most famous landmarks.

You also cross the Skye Bridge onto Skye where towering peaks, rolling hills, and vast, empty moors stretch out in all directions. The next landmark is the Old Man of Storr, a striking rock formation that rises high above you as you pass.

Arriving in Uig, you board the ferry to the village of Tarbert - keep your eyes peeled to spot some seals or dolphins in the water as you sail. From here, you continue to the Isle of Lewis by coach and check into the Cabarfeidh Hotel for the next two nights.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Discovering the incredible Isle of Lewis

Today, you enjoy a full day touring the Isle of Lewis with a guide. Heading north by coach, you begin at the Butt of Lewis, the northernmost point of the island defined by stunning cliffs and crashing waves.

Next, is the Port of Ness, a picturesque fishing village with colourful cottages lining the harbour. Continuing to the Gearrannan Blackhouse Village, the traditional thatched-roof cottages that fill the streets here are a reminder of a simpler way of life.

One of the most iconic sights in the Outer Hebrides, the Callanish Standing Stones, is the next stop. These ancient stones date back over 5,000 years and continue to fascinate visitors from around the world with their mysterious origins.

After experiencing the standing stones, you stop for lunch at the Doune Braes Hotel, surrounded by beautiful countryside. Your tour then continues to the Uig district of Lewis, where rolling hills and an amazing coastline surround you.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Lively Stornoway and peaceful Ullapool

Enjoy a morning discovering Stornoway on a guided tour. The town is known as the capital of the Outer Hebrides, and with its traditional harbour, Gaelic street signs and bustling atmosphere, it's a delight to explore.

You then board a ferry to Ullapool, a quaint Scottish village. Surrounded by wonderful scenery, Ullapool has a popular art scene, lovely shops, and friendly locals. You check into your next hotel here and can explore the village at leisure before eating at a local seafront restaurant.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - Vibrant Edinburgh

Leaving Ullapool behind today, your coach takes you to Inverness. From here, you continue by rail to Scotland's lively capital. Endless hills, tranquil lochs, and cascading waterfalls fly by your window occasionally interrupted by historic towns and villages.

You can explore Edinburgh's architecture, history, and vibrant cultural scene at leisure this afternoon. Dinner this evening is at one of the city's popular restaurants, Luckenbooths, where you enjoy your final night in the welcoming atmosphere of Scotland.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 - Homeward bound

As your holiday comes to a close after breakfast this morning, it's time to bid farewell to Edinburgh. You say goodbye to new friends and fellow travellers before making your way home.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

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

Ibis South Bridge, Edinburgh

Ibis South Bridge, Edinburgh

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Alexandra Hotel, Fort William

Alexandra Hotel, Fort William

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Cabarfeidh Hotel, Stornoway

Cabarfeidh Hotel, Stornoway

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Caladh Inn

Caladh Inn, Stornoway

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Caledonian Hotel, Ullapool

Caledonian Hotel, Ullapool

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Royal Hotel Ullapool

Royal Hotel Ullapool, Ullapool

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Nevis Bank Inn, Fort William

Nevis Bank Inn, Fort William

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Trains

Jacobite Steam Train
West Highland Line

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Reviews

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Vincent Tabor

5 stars

Submitted 30/Apr

Well presented and knowledgeable guide's. Hotel in fort William could do with some TLC but the two others were great.

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David Peel

5 stars

Submitted 30/Apr

Weather awful, otherwise an excellent tour. Tour leader Alan Jones organised an over-sized party with skill and good humour, making several decisions which ensured we all had a most enjoyable time.

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J Ferrers-Dunn

5 stars

Submitted 29/Apr

Overall excellent with a particularly good guide. It took us to the places we wanted to revisit including those where a solo traveller would find tricky to organise.

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J Jennings

5 stars

Submitted 25/Apr

Fantastic trip through amazing scenery. Well organised. Comfortable hotels. Delicious meals. Good company. Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

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geoff patten

4 stars

Submitted 25/Apr

Generally a good experience on the whole found the party to large although Alan did is best did not rate the Alexandra Hotel it was very dated expected better

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Ann S.

4 stars

Submitted 25/Apr

It’s an interesting experience, covering a vast area in a well- planned but comfortable way. In spite of the cold and wet I really enjoyed it. The group were lively and friendly, our hosts very welcoming and our guides excellent. We were unable to travel on the Jacobite line for practical reasons, and didn’t warm to Dumbarton Station, where no facilities were open, but otherwise everything went well.

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