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Western Highlands & Hebrides

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Discover the picturesque Western Highlands

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2020 Tour code: HHS20

About the tour

Discover the incredibly picturesque Western Highlands and the rugged, breathtaking coastal islands which lie off Scotland's western coast. This tour takes us on some of the world's most scenic railway journeys as part of a truly memorable exploration of the Highlands.


What’s included


Days 1-3 - West Highland Line to Ballachulish

After meeting in Edinburgh, on Day 2, we journey along the incredible West Highland Line. At Fort William, we transfer by coach to the nearby village of Ballachulish, situated at the head of Loch Leven.

On Day 3 we join the Jacobite Steam Train* for an unforgettable journey to Mallaig along the final leg of the iconic West Highland Line, perhaps the most scenic stretch of track in the UK. We disembark the train in Mallaig, and, following free time here, transfer by coach to Glencoe. Back at our hotel, there's an evening of Scottish dancing and music.

*Please note: Some early departures may take this journey on the Scotrail scheduled service.

  • Day 1 - Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
West Highland Line
Days 4-5 - The Isle of Mull, Duart Castle and Wildlife spotting cruise

This morning, we travel by coach to Oban, where we have some free time. Later, we visit Duart Castle. After time to explore the castle's stately rooms and dungeons, we head to the Isle of Mull Hotel for 2 nights.

On Day 5 we enjoy a spectacular tour by boat around some of the tiny islands west of Mull. Here, minke whales and dolphins can sometimes be seen. Later we cruise to Iona, making a visit to Fingal's Caves on Staffa island.

  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Dinner
Duart Castle
Day 6 - Mull and whisky

We discover the fascinating wildlife of the Isle of Mull today, with an informative wildlife walk that takes us along a beautiful coastal route from Garmony to Fishnish. We also visit Tobermory again, where we enjoy entrance into the Tobermory Distillery for a tour and a dram of iconic Scotch whisky.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Days 7-8 - Glasgow and homeward bound

We transfer to the port this morning for our ferry back to the mainland. Arriving in Oban, we continue on the scenic West Highland Line to the vibrant city of Glasgow spending the night in a local hotel.

Our tour finishes after breakfast on Day 8, and you are free to depart at leisure.

  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 8 - Breakfast

Additional information

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Mobility information

Please note: This may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.


Ballachulish Hotel, Ballachulish

Ballachulish Hotel, Ballachulish

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Novotel Edinburgh Centre

Novotel Edinburgh Centre, Edinburgh

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Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh

Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh

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Jurys Inn, Glasgow

Jurys Inn, Glasgow

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Novotel Glasgow Centre, Glasgow

Novotel Glasgow Centre, Glasgow

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Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa, Isle of Mull

Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa, Isle of Mull

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Jacobite Steam Train
West Highland Line

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Mr P Johnson

Submitted 3819

Thoroughly enjoyed the round of experiences in this holiday. A bit spoilt by the weather.


Submitted 26719

Some of the hotels and food could have been bhetter

Mr P Coleman

Submitted 251018

It was good, but disappointing not to get on the Mountain railway (not the fault of GRJ. We didn't go to Staffa, apparently no Puffins at this time of year, but we enjoyed the day on Iona instead.

Mr J Steward

Submitted 21918

Very enjoyable but some of the hotels were difficult for disabled persons

Mr M Tormey

Submitted 8718

Had a great time liked have several nights in each location


Submitted 30917

Disappointment with second hotel. Spoilt holiday. Also a little too much time spent waiting on stations for trains.

Western Highlands & Hebrides

Discover the picturesque Western Highlands


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