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Uncover breathtaking natural beauty

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20212022
8 days From £1,199 per person

2022 Tour code: 22OHS

About the tour

Soak up the spectacular natural beauty of the Scottish Highlands and the Outer Hebrides on a holiday that takes in breathtaking rugged scenery and features a journey aboard the iconic Jacobite Steam Train.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Glasgow

Arrive in Glasgow and meet your Tour Manager. You're free to explore for the rest of the day. Glasgow is filled with incredible examples of Victorian architecture, having undergone a massive period of growth during the industrial age. The stunning buildings stand alongside some truly incredible examples of modern design, including 'the Armadillo' and the Glasgow Science Centre.

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  • Dinner
Day 2 - The West Highland Line

Transfer to the station for a scenic ride on the West Highland Line to Fort William, travelling through stunning mountain and forest scenery. The route is often hailed amongst the best rail journeys of the world. Highlights include the Clyde Estuary, Ben Lomond, and the Falls of Falloch. Discover Fort William at your own pace, perhaps exploring Old Inverlochy Castle, located about one mile from the city centre. You could also visit the West Highland Museum, which details the history of the Highlands and Islands. On selected departures, you'll travel on the West Highland Line to pretty Oban, a waterfront town nestled in a scenic bay and your base for two nights.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - The Jacobite Steam Train

Journey on the famous Jacobite today, from Fort William to Mallaig. One of the most beautiful train lines in the world, a highlight of the route comes as you cross the dramatic arches of Glenfinnan Viaduct, famously a filming location for Harry Potter. You have free time in Mallaig before moving on to the Glenfinnan Monument by coach. This afternoon, visit the Ben Nevis Distillery, where you enjoy a taste of Scotland with an included whisky tasting. Please note that journeys are steam-hauled where possible - some departures may use the ScotRail scheduled service.

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

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  • Breakfast
Day 4 - To The Outer Hebrides

Travel by coach from Fort William to Ullapool on a drive through the Highlands. Pause on the way at picturesque Eilean Donan Castle, a 13th-century castle perched on a tiny island at the confluence of three lochs, joined to the mainland by an arched bridge, before boarding the ferry to Stornoway. On arrival, transfer to your hotel.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Isle of Lewis

Leave Stornoway by coach and drive north to see the Butt of Lewis and the Port of Ness, areas that highlight that wonderful natural beauty of the island. Return south to Barvas, visiting the Gearrannan Blackhouse Village and the Callanish Standing Stones. This circle of thirteen stones was erected in the late Neolithic era and was used for rituals during the Bronze Age. Enjoy lunch at the Doune Braes Hotel before taking a scenic tour of the Uig District of Lewis, enjoying stunning views over Uig Bay as you walk along the pier. Back at the hotel, enjoy some authentic Scottish entertainment including bagpipes and lively Ceilidh dancers before dinner.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 - Stornoway

Enjoy a morning exploring Stornoway and Garry Beach on a guided tour. Stornoway 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. Continue to the golden sands of Garry Beach, taking a scenic walk along a heritage trail. Next, take the ferry to Ullapool, a quaint Scottish village. You're free to explore this Highland destination, nestled on the shores of Lochbroom. You could visit the museum, where local historical artefacts from different eras are on display. Perhaps stop at one of the waterfront pubs. To the west of Ullapool is Inverpolly National Nature Reserve, home to some unique Scottish wildlife.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - Edinburgh

Leaving Ullapool behind today, you take a coach to Inverness. From here, you continue by rail to Scotland's vibrant capital, Edinburgh, where you spend the night.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 - Home

Your holiday comes to an end today, and you're free to depart or continue exploring independently.

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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Ben Nevis Hotel

Ben Nevis Hotel, Fort William

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Holiday Inn Express Glasgow City Centre Riverside, Glasgow

Holiday Inn Express Glasgow City Centre Riverside, Glasgow

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Hotel Ibis Glasgow City Centre, Glasgow

Hotel Ibis Glasgow City Centre, Glasgow

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The Royal Hotel

The Royal Hotel, Oban

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Caladh Inn

Caladh Inn, Stornoway

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Royal Hotel Ullapool

Royal Hotel Ullapool, Ullapool

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Cabarfeidh Hotel, Stornoway

Cabarfeidh Hotel, Stornoway

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Caledonian Hotel, Ullapool

Caledonian Hotel, Ullapool

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Trains

Jacobite Steam Train
West Highland Line

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Rail travel to and from Glasgow
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Reviews

3.6 stars3.6 / 5 · 73 reviews

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John Toon

1 stars

Submitted 22/Oct

Very overpriced and the tour it self is miss sold!

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Brian Gee

2 stars

Submitted 20/Oct

Far too tiring and in some cases accommodation not good.

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sandra

1 stars

Submitted 13/Oct

I've already sent you a completed survey & that will explain why I've given you only one star.

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B Hester

1 stars

Submitted 12/Oct

We particularly booked this 8 day tour which included a day long visit through the Isle of Skye. Upon receipt of our final itinerary this visit was omitted, initially with no reason given. After numerous phone calls to a Customer Services supervisor we were given three different excuses regarding ongoing construction works at a ferry terminal that meant our large coach group of 38 could not cross via this route. Once on the tour our coach diverted across the Skye Bridge for a photo opportunity (10mins) then returned back to the mainland continue onto Ullapool to board our ferry to Ullapool. We subsequently noticed that the previous tour in May 2021 followed the same route! Therefore why we we not informed of this major alteration in advance of travel? Our tour guide Stella had not done this tour before and therefore lacked any local knowledge and it became obvious to most of the group that she was often, out of her comfort zone. Numerous situations developed due to her lack of professionalism and leadership. Only one hotel met our expectations with regard to accommodation and food - the rest were mediocre. In view of our above experiences it is highly unlikely we will book a Rail Discoveries tour again.

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B Atkinson

4 stars

Submitted 12/Oct

Very disappointed we didn’t go to Skye and Harris. Also came home with COVID-19 as I think more care could have been taken in some of the hotels.

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M Cole

1 stars

Submitted 12/Oct

I have already spent quite a bit of time completing your survey

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