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Explore Edinburgh and criss-cross the Highlands on a fantastic rail adventure that uncovers the wonders of Scotland.

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2024 Tour code: SYS24

About the tour

Experience the beauty of Scotland and its amazing culture. Travelling aboard the famous Jacobite train on the scenic West Highland Line, we discover sensational Scottish landscapes, see the mighty Kelpies, and explore vibrant Edinburgh.

Staying in historic Fort William, wander the rainbow streets of delightful Tobermory, stand at the foot of Neptune's Staircase, and drive across the wild Ardnamurchan Peninsula on the beautiful 'road to the isles'. Majestic lochs and glens await us on this Scottish escape.

Unforgettable experiences

Jacobite Steam Train
Jacobite Steam Train
Journey on the Jacobite Steam Train and travel through the breathtaking scenery of the West Highland Line
Road to the Isles
Road to the Isles
Experience the sensational drive across the ‘road to the isles’ through western Highland scenery to Fort William.
Kelpies and the Falkirk Wheel
Kelpies and the Falkirk Wheel
Visit the Kelpies and the Falkirk Wheel, two modern engineering wonders that pay homage to Scotland's industrial past.
Isle of Mull
Isle of Mull
Sail to the Isle of Mull, off the glorious West Coast of Scotland, and visit the picturesque port of Tobermory.
Fantastic Farewell
Fantastic Farewell
Enjoy a fantastic farewell evening filled with traditional Scottish entertainment and food.

What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - Lively Edinburgh

Our holiday begins today as we meet at our hotel in Edinburgh, where we're greeted by our Tour Manager. After checking into our hotel, you're at leisure to start exploring Scotland's capital before dinner this evening.

The heart of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with the Old Town's Royal Mile and the New Town's award-winning Georgian architecture continuing the contrast between traditional and contemporary. As you wander the streets, it's easy to see why Edinburgh came to be regarded as the 'Athens of the North'.

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  • Dinner
Day 2 – The mighty Kelpies, impressive Falkirk Wheel and The West Highland Line to stunning Fort William

Bidding farewell to Edinburgh this morning, we head to the magnificent Kelpies by coach. These huge sculptures pay homage to the hardworking horses of Scotland that once pulled barges along the canals and worked in the fields of the area.

A few miles down the road is the Falkirk Wheel. Opening in 2002, the rotating boat lift connects the Forth & Clyde canal with the Union canal and is the only one of its kind in the world. There's time to admire this masterpiece and take photos.

Returning to our coach, we continue driving to lively Glasgow. From here, we journey along the West Highland Line by rail, passing Loch Lomond and wild Rannoch Moor on our way to Fort William, a town on the shores of Loch Linnhe.

After checking into our hotel here, we're joined by a guest speaker who entertains us with local titbits of history and a selection of 'tales of the road to the isles'. Keeping alive the ancient art of storytelling that's been a way of life for centuries in this part of the world as we're taken on an atmospheric journey through time.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 – The Neptune’s Staircase and relaxing Loch Linnhe cruise

We visit Neptune's Staircase today, the longest staircase lock in Scotland. Situated on the Caledonian Canal, this impressive flight of locks overcome a height of 64 feet over the course of one-and-a-half hours.

After time to admire the staircase and take photos, we continue to Loch Linnhe. Here, we enjoy a peaceful cruise listening to our skipper's live commentary as we see Ben Nevis, The Caledonian Canal, and Black Rock - a protected area also known as 'Seal Island' because it's home to both Common and Atlantic Grey seals. After the cruise, there's time to get some lunch at beautiful Loch Linnhe before returning to our hotel.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 – Sailing to the vibrant Isle of Mull and the ‘road to the Isles’

This morning, we catch the ferry from Oban for the crossing to the Isle of Mull. Drifting through small islands and across Loch Linnhe, the views are awe-inspiring. Rugged coastline, hills rising from the water's edge, and jagged, exposed rock faces create the backdrop as we sail.

On a clear day, stunning views of Duart Castle welcome us before we dock at the port of Craignure. Here, we board our coach for the scenic drive to Tobermory. Spend time at leisure in the island's colourful capital, famous for its fresh fish you could enjoy a seafood lunch. Wander the pretty port and seek out its sheltered bay where, according to legend, one of the Spanish Armada ships sank in 1588 carrying a stash of gold.

After catching the ferry to Kilchoan, we set out on a scenic drive across the wild Ardnamurchan Peninsula to Fort William. The most westerly point in the British Isles, it's known as the 'road to the Isles'. Through rugged landscapes and coastal beauty, the winding road reveals stunning views of the Western Isles and we pass by lush hills and serene lochs. We arrive back at our hotel in the early evening in time for dinner.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 – The enchanting Jacobite Steam Train

We experience the final leg of the West Highland Line today on the magnificent Jacobite Steam Train. Boarding the restored carriages at Fort William, we discover why this journey is renowned as one of the best and most scenic in the world. A highlight of the route comes as we cross the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct, a marvel of engineering with 21 arches, that you may recognise from the 'Harry Potter' films.

The train continues towards the coast, unveiling wild and wonderful views across the vast Scottish countryside. After passing through Arisaig, the line descends towards Mallaig, a quaint fishing port that looks over the Isle of Skye. Along the picturesque harbour, there's a choice of local Scottish pubs that serve delicious seafood dishes as well as other traditional meals. With some time at leisure, you could enjoy lunch with a view before our return journey on the amazing Jacobite.

On early/late season departures the Jacobite Steam Train excursion is replaced by the scheduled Scotrail service.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 – A Scottish farewell in Edinburgh

After breakfast, we say goodbye to Fort William and head back to Edinburgh. Travelling by rail, endless hills, tranquil lochs, and cascading waterfalls fly by our windows occasionally interrupted by historic towns and villages.

Once we've settled back into lively Edinburgh, we enjoy our last evening in style. Sitting down in the Great Scots Hall at the Raddison Blu, we're served a wonderful Scottish banquet among the traditional furnishings, latticed sandstone ceiling, painted panels, and open flame fire.

Dinner is accompanied by time-honoured Scottish entertainment, creating the perfect farewell evening to our amazing holiday.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 – Homeward bound

After breakfast this morning, it's time to say goodbye to new friends and fellow travellers. Our time in Scotland comes to an end and you can make your way home, taking new, fantastic memories with you.

Includes
  • 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.

Please note on some dates we use different hotels in various locations - please call for details.

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

Ballachulish Hotel, Ballachulish

Ballachulish Hotel, Ballachulish

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The Isles of Glencoe Hotel, Ballachulish

The Isles of Glencoe Hotel, Ballachulish

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Intercontinental Edinburgh The George, Edinburgh

Intercontinental Edinburgh The George, Edinburgh

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Radisson Blu Edinburgh, Edinburgh

Radisson Blu Edinburgh, Edinburgh

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Glenspean Lodge Hotel

Glenspean Lodge Hotel, Roybridge

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Trains

Jacobite Steam Train
Scotrail
West Highland Line

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Extending your holiday in Edinburgh

Reviews

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Mr Coker

5 stars

Submitted 20/Jun

Excellent tour with a great tour guide - the only problem was that the Hotel in the highlands did not have a lift. My wife has difficulty with stairs and we nor the Tour Manager knew in advance that this was a problem. If we had known we would have asked for one of the few ground floor rooms. The DDA has been in force for a long time.

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Aileen O'Dowd

3 stars

Submitted 19/Jun

This tour was ok. Definitely not worth the expense though. The hotel, while in a stunning location was not suitable for the age profile of the group, very inaccessible with dangerous stairs and no lift. We were made to feel very much like a tour group, had very uncomfortable seats at the back of the dining area, no flexibility on meal times and while the food was fairly good, we were served cabbage for veg every evening. We only went on two trains and while the coaches we travelled on were comfortable and the jacobite steam train was excellent, this was disappointing for a so-called great rail journey. The tour manager was excellent at her job considering all the hardship she faced on this trip. The nights we had in Edinburgh were very enjoyable I must say Unfortunately I won't be booking with great rail again, too expensive for what you actually get.

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Joan E

3 stars

Submitted 15/Jun

This holiday was advertised & priced as 4* but the Ballaculish Hotel was 3* with no lift & some guests with mobility issues experienced difficulties. Evening meals at the hotel were good, but why cabbage every night?? The first night meal at the Raddisson was disorganised. Are GRJ cutting corners? The size of groups is getting bigger, & having different coach drivers every day did not help. The scenery was magnificent, as always, & the company of my fellow travellers enjoyable, but overall this holiday did not come up to the standard I have experienced on previous GRJ holidays.

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Mrs Anne Broadbent

2 stars

Submitted 14/Jun

Advertised as a holiday with 4* accommodation when in fact the hotel near Fort William, the Ballachulish, was 3*. The holiday is still being advertised as 4* accommodation so contravening the Trade Descriptions Act. The evening meals at the hotel were poor as was the meal on the first night at the Radisson Hotel in Edinburgh. As a single person I had paid a supplement of £725 and I certainly felt that this was excessive. The trips to the Kelpies and the Falkirk Wheel were very short and we should have had more time at each place. There was a lot of train and coach travel and the holiday was ambitious. Our Tour Manager coped with the two emergencies exceptionally well, but these did impact on our holiday. This holiday needs to be reassessed, and the Ballachulish Hotel inspected. For instance, in my bedroom (and others have told me their's was similar), the shower was over the bath but there was no grab rail to hold when getting in and out of the bath - Health and Safety issue. The group was great and we all mingled and enjoyed each other's company. The scenery was amazing despite the rain, wind and low cloud, but you don't go to Scotland for the weather!

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Customer

5 stars

Submitted 10/May

The Tour was very well organised from start to finish, with an EXCELLENT Tour Manager Steve. The Hotel in Edinburgh was situated near the Royal Mile, ideal location. Food and rooms very good, no complaints. The Hotel near Glencoe was surrounded by amazing scenery. Again food and rooms ,no issues. A view from our room. The steam train journey from Fort William to Mallaig via the Glenfinnan Viaduct, on The Jacobite, the highlight of our holiday. The Glenfinnan Viaduct The ferry crossing to Mull, and Tobermory an added bonus.

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C Higgins

5 stars

Submitted 5/May

Wonderful weather played its part in allowing us to see the scenery and mountains at their best on this well organised trip, which we would recommend.

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