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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


Day 1 - Joining the tour in Edinburgh

Meet your group and Tour Manager at the either the Mercure Haymarket Edinburgh Hotel, Radisson Blu Edinburgh Hotel or the Novotel Edinburgh Center Hotel (departure dependent) in Edinburgh.

  • Dinner
Days 2-3 - West Highland Line to Ballachulish

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 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
  • Excursion
Days 7-8 - Glasgow and home

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 make you way to the aiport for your flight home.

  • 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.

Recommended Airport

We recommend that for this tour you arrange flights to Edinburgh Airport (EDI), which is approximately 8 miles from your start point in Edinburgh. We recommend that for this tour you arrange your flight back home from Glasgow Airpor (GLA), which is approximateky 12 miles from your end point.

Visa Requirements

It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.

Departure times

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.


Ballachulish Hotel, Ballachulish

Ballachulish Hotel, Ballachulish

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Apex Waterloo Place Hotel, Edinburgh

Apex Waterloo Place Hotel, Edinburgh

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Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa, Isle of Mull

Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa, Isle of Mull

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Fisher’s Hotel

Fisher’s Hotel, Pitlochry

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London North Eastern Railway
Jacobite Steam Train
West Highland Line


100% of travellers would recommend this tour

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Mr P Johnson

Submitted Aug 03, 2019

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


Submitted Jul 26, 2019

Some of the hotels and food could have been bhetter

Mr P Coleman

Submitted Oct 25, 2018

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 Sep 21, 2018

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

Mr M Tormey

Submitted Jul 08, 2018

Had a great time liked have several nights in each location


Submitted Sep 30, 2017

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

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