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(Tour code: HHS19)

Discover the picturesque Western Highlands

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.

  • Edinburgh
  • Tour and whisky tasting at Oban Distillery in Oban
  • West Highland Line railway journey
  • Ballachulish
  • Jacobite Steam Train
  • Isle of Mull
  • Duart Castle
  • Wildlife cruise
  • Fingal’s Cave, Staffa
  • Oban
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
    Heritage Rail Excursions
  • 3-4* Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals
  • Selected Departures Guaranteed

Western Highlands & Hebrides 2019Tour Details

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Day 1 Edinburgh

Joining the tour in Edinburgh

Meet your group and Tour Manager at the Apex Waterloo Hotel in Edinburgh.

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

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 on the final leg of the iconic West Highland Line, perhaps the most scenic stretch of track in the UK, en route to Mallaig.

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

  • Days 2-3 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 Duart Castle
Duart Castle

The Isle of Mull and Duart Castle

This morning we travel by coach to Oban and onwards to Isle of Mull. Later, we visit Duart Castle. After time to explore the castle's stately rooms and dungeons, we visit Tobermory and then return to check in to Isle of Mull Hotel for 2 nights.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 Iona

Wildlife spotting cruise to Staffa and Iona

Today 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.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 Pitlochry

Whisky Tasting and onwards to Pitlochry

Leaving Mull, today we return to the mainland by ferry to Oban. Here we visit the Oban Distillery for a "Sensory & Flavours" tour including whisky tasting. After lunch in Oban we continue by coach to Pitlochry, an attractive town in the heart of the Highlands, at the foot of Ben Vrackie, and spend three nights here at the Fisher's Hotel.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Excursion
Day 7 Loch Dunmore, Pitlochry
Loch Dunmore, Pitlochry

At Leisure

Enjoy a free day to relax in Pitlochry with its pretty Victorian centre, or perhaps take advantage of the local railway station to explore a little further afield. If you fancy a serene stroll then Pitlochry has excellent woodland nearby. Faskally Wood is set within Tay Forest Park on the banks of Loch Dunmore. and is only one mile north of Pitlochry. The wood is home to a wide array of tree species, some more than 200 years old. The wood has many well signposted paths which make it an easy area to explore amidst the fantastic views of the area. Loch Dunmore is wonderfully picturesque, it has a boat house and a timber footbridge. The manmade wood was originally used to train new foresters, made in the 19th century in the grounds of Faskally House the wood was home to the Forestry Commission School.

  • Breakfast
  • Free Day
Day 8 Highland Wildlife Park
Highland Wildlife Park

Highland Wildlife Park

On today's excursion we travel to the Royal Zoological Society of Scotlands' Highland Wildlife Park for a guided tour by coach. You will then enjoy free time at the Newtonmore Folk Museum. This evening, we gather for a final farewell meal at our hotel.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Highland Wildlife Park
Day 9 Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle

To Edinburgh and home

After breakfast, we travel by rail down through the mighty Cairngorms to Edinburgh. Here the tour concludes, and you are free to make your own way home.

  • Breakfast

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 and from Edinburgh Airport (EDI), which is approximately 8 miles from your base in Edinburgh.

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.

What’s included

An escorted experience

  • The services of a professional Tour Manager
  • Standard Class rail and coach travel throughout your tour

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 8 nights' hotel accommodation, including 1 night at the 4-Star Apex Waterloo Hotel in Edinburgh, 2 nights at a hotel in Ballachulish, 2 nights at the 3-Star Isle of Mull Hotel and Spa on the Isle of Mull, and 3 nights at the 3-Star Fishers Hotel in Pitlochry

Delicious meals included

  • 15 meals including 8 breakfasts and 7 dinners, including 1 farewell dinner in Pitlochry


Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Variety of scenic rail journeys
  • Visit to Duart Castle
  • Wildlife spotting boat cruise
  • Visit to Fingal's Cave in Staffa
  • Visit to Iona
  • Tour and whisky tasting at Oban Distillery in Oban

Not Included

  • Flights and airport transfers 


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