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Take in a stunning, unspoilt region by rail

7 days From £995 per person
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Book your 2022 holiday between 8th December 2021 and up to and including 31st January 2022 and you can transfer your holiday for free - no questions asked. T&C's apply

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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.

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  • 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

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Mr Gray

4 stars

Submitted 25 Oct 2021

All in all a very good holiday experience. This type of holiday is not without it's hiccups and our tour guide Mark reacted very positively.We really enjoyed our stay at Stonefield Castle.

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jennie phillips

4 stars

Submitted 23 Oct 2021

Stonefield Castle is beautifully situated on Loch Fyne. The excursions were very enjoyable and we had enough free time to enjoy each location. The tour manager was very good. The restaurant service at Stonefield improved. The other staff were very good. I would recommend this holiday.

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Valbee

4 stars

Submitted 22 Oct 2021

Your host Helene went above and beyond her remit, and is to be commended. Stonefield Castle hotel is lovely, if suffering staff shortages. A couple of younger servers somewhat surly, but mainly excellent - even turning out the jolly cleaner to serve dinner one night! The very knowledgable barman also had to serve at table, and did so graciously. It is in a beautiful location, rooms are good and public areas stylish and well appointed. Rather more coach travel instead of train than we had hoped for, and the hotel’s location a bit far from any of our objectives, but we certainly got around and both driver and coach high-grade. The main let-down was the school dinners style food at Hotel Indigo in Glasgow, where I feel we were victims of a long ago pegged price. We stayed an extra night, and felt the breakfast fare improved immediately our tour group moved on. But its location and the rooms were really good, so it’s a tricky call to remedy : they had only reopened four weeks previously, and some of the serving staff seemed poorly suited to their role, though most were trying hard and pleasant. The service improved at our second breakfast, when a restaurant manager appeared. The range of visits was good, Mount Stuart excellent - aided by the sublime Jim’s infectious enthusiasm and depth of knowledge.

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Customer

4 stars

Submitted 21 Oct 2021

Overall the holiday was enjoyable, although the outgoing train from Glasgow to Oban was substituted by a coach which was a little disappointing bearing in mind we booked a rail holiday. The hotel Indigo in Glasgow was comfortable with friendly staff. There was a shortage of dining room staff at the Stonefield Castle Hotel on Loch Fyne which made breakfast in particular a little stressful as there was often a rush to be ready in time for the coach departure and a couple of times we had to miss out on a cooked breakfast. Our room was spacious albeit a little noisy at night with an intermittent hum emanating from the service area which disturbed our sleep. Made a polite observation to the tour manager but nothing was done. On balance I wouldn't recommend upgrading to a loch view room as the extra cost is difficult to justify as the scenery on all sides of the hotel was very nice. The trips were very enjoyable particularly to Mount Stuart and Inveraray Castle where the guides were very knowledgeable. Overall the holiday was reasonable value but did not quite match the standards enjoyed previously with GRJ.

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A Thompson

2 stars

Submitted 21 Oct 2021

Have already given feedback at length. Poor organisation, disappointing tour manager, two groups on same tour at same time chaotic and extremely badly handled. As the only solo single traveller amongst almost 50 people I would have appreciated support to help me feel included. Not received . One nightmare train journey, coach journey over one stretch 6 times out of eight. And there's much more.

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vanessa kingsley

5 stars

Submitted 21 Oct 2021

Lovely Hotel and brilliant food faultless. Too many coach journeys and needed time off.

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