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Take in a stunning, unspoilt region by rail

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20212022
7 days From £995 per person

2022 Tour code: KCS22

About the tour

Set in idyllic surroundings overlooking 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, visit the wild whirlpool of Corryvreckan and immerse ourselves in the Scottish culture with a traditional music evening in Glasgow.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Glasgow

Our tour begins in Glasgow, where we meet at our hotel. There's time to explore the city before dinner at Restaurant Mharsanta, where we enjoy a range of popular Scottish specialties, accompanied by the sounds of a traditional fiddle player.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 2 - The West Highland Line and Stonefield Castle

We enjoy a journey on one of the world's most spectacular railways, the West Highland Line - known as the 'Iron Road to the Isles'. As we leave Glasgow, we're suddenly surrounded by the wild and windswept landscapes of the Scottish Highlands before passing under the mighty mountains of Munro and Ben Lui, with its five distinctive ridges. We reach the coast at Oban, overlooked by the Colosseum-like McCaig's Folly and with the Isle of Mull in the background, disembarking to continue by coach to Stonefield Castle for four nights.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 – Corryvreckan Whirlpool

We begin our day with a wildlife boat excursion to the Corryvreckan Whirlpool. Situated between the islands of Jura and Scarba, the area is known for its strong tidal currents and standing waves, which form this unique maelstrom, one of the largest in the world and with a roar that can sometimes be heard as far away as ten miles. During our time at sea, we also hope to spot some of the local wildlife which call these waters home, such as porpoises, dolphins and even whales.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 - The Isle of Arran

We take a ferry to the Isle of Arran, the largest island in the Firth of Clyde. Home to dramatic a coastline, wild mountain landscapes and ancient forests, we make our way to Brodick Castle and Gardens. Once the baronial seat of the Dukes of Hamilton, there are plenty of historic treasures to discover from the time the castle was built in the late 19th century. The grounds are also well worth exploring, with their garden and plant trails, red squirrel population and hidden waterfalls.

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 a 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 or wander to the pier to see the Arctic sailing ships ahead of a lunch of local seafood, all ethically sourced from nearby lochs. 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 - Glasgow

We transfer by coach to Oban and retrace our route to Glasgow, enjoying another spectacular journey on the West Highland Line. We arrive at our hotel in time for a final group dinner.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - Home

Check out after breakfast and you're free to begin your journey home.

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

4.0 stars4.0 / 5 · 67 reviews

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Anonymous

5 stars

Submitted 12/Oct

Great holiday.

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Susan

4 stars

Submitted 12/Oct

Stunning scenery. Excellent food and drink. Very interesting historic houses. Good mix of activities.

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S Robertson

4 stars

Submitted 12/Oct

A good hotel. Excellent food. Sometimes short of staff in bar. Good excursions. Missed my booklet giving day to day itinerary. A4 sheets weren’t so satisfactory.

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Pamela Carter

4 stars

Submitted 12/Oct

A beautiful setting on the shore of the loch, comfortable accommodation and excellent food. The trips could have been a little more varied, but overall a good experience

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Paolo

4 stars

Submitted 12/Oct

We enjoyed the holiday but found the coach travel using the same roads to be a negative. Would have preferred a circular route with varied accommodation. Our visit to Mount Stewart was a delight and definite holiday highlight. Staffing levels were also a problem at the hotels we stayed at but credit goes to the few that gave everything to make our stay as pleasurable as possible.

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Roger

3 stars

Submitted 12/Oct

The holiday was spoiled by Great Rail Journeys misleading travellers by telling us that it was a 'small group holiday' when in reality it was a large group holiday run in two sub groups in such a way that the operations impacted on each other to the detriment of the hioliday for me and others. It was 'our group' and the 'other group' for meals etc. I was not the only traveller to have felt misled by Great Rail Journeys.

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