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(Tour code: HHS20)

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
  • West Highland Line railway journey
  • Ballachulish
  • Jacobite Steam Train
  • Isle of Mull
  • Duart Castle
  • Wildlife cruise
  • Tour and whisky tasting at Tobermory distillery
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
    Heritage Rail Excursions
  • 3-4* Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals
  • NEW Inclusive Luggage Transfer
    From Edinburgh 1x bag up to 25kg per hotel room

Western Highlands & Hebrides 2020Tour Details

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Days 1-3 West Highland Line
West Highland Line

West Highland Line to Ballachulish

After meeting in Edinburgh, on Day 2, 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 along the final leg of the iconic West Highland Line, perhaps the most scenic stretch of track in the UK. We disembark the train in Mallaig, and, following free time here, transfer by coach to Glencoe. Back at our hotel, there's an evening of Scottish dancing and music.

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

  • Day 1 - Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 4-5 Duart Castle
Duart Castle

The Isle of Mull, Duart Castle and Wildlife spotting cruise

This morning, we travel by coach to Oban, where we have some free time. Later, we visit Duart Castle. After time to explore the castle's stately rooms and dungeons, we head to the Isle of Mull Hotel for 2 nights.

On Day 5 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, making a visit to Fingal's Caves on Staffa island.

  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 Tobermory

Mull and whisky

We discover the fascinating wildlife of the Isle of Mull today, with an informative wildlife walk that takes us along a beautiful coastal route from Garmony to Fishnish. We also visit Tobermory again, where we enjoy entrance into the Tobermory Distillery for a tour and a dram of iconic Scotch whisky.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Days 7-8 Glasgow

Glasgow and homeward bound

We transfer to the port this morning for our ferry back to the mainland. Arriving in Oban, we continue on the scenic West Highland Line to the vibrant city of Glasgow spending the night in a local hotel.

Our tour finishes after breakfast on Day 8, and you are free to depart at leisure.

  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 8 - 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.

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.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Standard Class rail travel as described
  • All rail and coach transfers
  • Inclusive luggage transfers from Edinburgh

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 7 nights' hotel accommodation including 1 night in Edinburgh, 2 nights at a hotel in Ballachulish, 3 nights at the 3-Star Isle of Mull Hotel and Spa on the Isle of Mull, and 1 night in Glasgow

Delicious meals included

  • 14 meals including 7 breakfasts and 7 dinners, including 1 farewell dinner


Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Scenic rail journeys
  • Visit to Duart Castle
  • Wildlife spotting cruise at the Sound of Mull
  • Tour and whisky tasting at Tobermory distillery
  • Free time in Tobermory

NEW FOR 2020: Inclusive Luggage Transfers

  • Inclusive luggage transfers from Edinburgh 1x bag up to 25kg per hotel room 

Not Included

  • Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged.

Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

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Discover the picturesque Western Highlands


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