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Take in a stunning, unspoilt region by rail

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20212022
7 days From £1,045 per person

2021 Tour code: KCS21

About the tour

Set in idyllic, undiscovered surroundings overlooking picturesque Loch Fyne, a magnificent 19th century Baronial Castle awaits us. On this fantastic Scottish holiday, we cruise the open waters to the Isle of Bute and explore nearby Oban and Inveraray.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Glasgow

Our tour begins in the bustling city of Glasgow, where you meet your Tour Manager at the 4-Star Indigo hotel. There is some free time to explore this city before enjoying dinner at the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, located in our hotel.

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  • Dinner
Day 2 - Stonefield Castle

Today we enjoy a journey on one of the world's most spectacular scenic railway lines, travelling on the West Highland Line - known as the 'Iron Road to the Isles'. We reach the coast at Oban, which is set in an idyllic bay. Here you have time at leisure. Perhaps you may wish to visit the local War & Peace Museum, detailing the history of the local area, especially its usage as an important naval port during World War Two.

Alternatively, you could visit the famous McCaig's Tower, based on the design of the Roman Colosseum, the tower is the focal point of the town provides wonderful views of Oban and the harbour below. The town is built around the Oban Whiskey Distillery, which holds regular tours of its inner factories. The Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel is also within walking distance and the vivid colours of the castle grounds and stoneworks are really something to behold. Later, we travel by coach to Stonefield Castle. We spend four nights here.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - A seafood lunch and Tarbert

Enjoy a relaxed morning in the castle and its grounds. Stroll around the loch, where you'll find woodland gardens and a private island. Later, we drive to the George Hotel in Inveraray. We enjoy a talk about the local seafood, all ethically sourced from the waters of the loch. After an insight into the history of the loch, as well as the best methods of smoking salmon, we sit down to a mouthwatering lunch. Returning to our hotel, we pause at Tarbert, a fishing village overlooked by the ivy-covered ruins of a 14th-century castle. With a little free time, you may like to climb the steps from the harbour to the castle. Or, head to a quaint pub for a wee dram.

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  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 - Mount Stuart

Today we take a ferry to the Isle of Bute to visit Mount Stuart, a Victorian mansion house. The house provides a stunning example of Gothic Revival architecture, with its red stone walls, Marble Hall and the elaborate Marble Chapel, with its spired tower. Much of the interiors and gardens were redesigned in the first years of the 20th century and interestingly, Mount Stuart was the first house of any kind to contain an indoor heated pool, and was the first home in Scotland to gain electric power. We enjoy afternoon tea, relaxing in the idyllic grounds.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Inveraray Castle and Crarae Gardens

We enjoy a scenic drive to Inveraray Castle, the ancestral home of the Dukes of Argyll. During our tour, we explore the stately rooms and learn about the folklore that has shaped the region. Next, you have free time in nearby Inveraray. You could visit the Georgian Inveraray Jail, a 19thcentury prison that is now a replica museum, or wander to the pier to see the iron Arctic sailing ships moored here, before they set off on their voyages to the poles. This afternoon, we drive to Crarae Gardens, a Himalayan-style woodland garden set on a rocky gorge. You have time here to admire the colourful blooms, rushing waterfalls, and dense trees.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Return to Glasgow

Today we transfer by coach to Oban at the edge of the Highlands. From here we retrace our route to Glasgow, enjoying another spectacular journey on the West Highland Line.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - Home

After breakfast on, the tour concludes, and you are free to depart at leisure.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

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

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

Hotel Indigo, Glasgow

Hotel Indigo, Glasgow

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Stonefield Castle Hotel, Stonefield

Stonefield Castle Hotel, Stonefield

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Trains

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West Highland Line

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Reviews

3.9 stars3.9 / 5 · 36 reviews

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R Brook

4 stars

Submitted 2/Jul

Very good itinerary in spite of Covid restrictions and the cancellation of the West Highland train journey to Oban and the ferry crossing to Bute. Both situations dealt with quite promptly. Stonefield Castle suited us very well with good food and genuine old fashioned hospitality. Wonderful position and outstanding views.

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P Fallows

5 stars

Submitted 29/Jun

A thoroughly enjoyable holiday.

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C Godwin

4 stars

Submitted 28/Jun

Although this was meant to be a train experience, our first journey in a train was on the return day. There were problems with a train strike going out and we had to make our journey by coach. Our coach also was refused entry on a short ferry two days later, because of its wheel configuration, involving a long coach journey (some 6 hours) to get to our planned destination! All of this spoilt the trip somewhat, but it seems it was for reasons beyond our guide's control.

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P Woodhouse

3 stars

Submitted 28/Jun

There was disruption by Scotrail which caused us inconvenience. The Hotel Indigo was adequate but the evening meals were very poor. We were unable to get onto the ferry at Tarbert as the bus was too big,this involved a very long journey by road

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Janet Howatson

4 stars

Submitted 27/Jun

Enjoyed the whole experience but train cancelled from Glasgow to Oban. The ferry did not allow the coach on from Tarbet to Bute so the driver had a long day but it was otherwise a good day. The driver and Christine Pretty were extremely helpful and calm during the trip. Very good hotels but in the Indigo they were suffering from staff shortages - people on furlough caused problems, not their fault. Staff very good otherwise. Stansfield Castle very special.

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Mr E Goddard

4 stars

Submitted 12/Jun

I have completed a post-trip survey, i think. That should suffice.

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