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Western Highlands & Hebrides

(Tour code: HHS17)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.

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Tour Highlights
  • Edinburgh
  • West Highland Line railway journey
  • Ballachulish
  • Jacobite Steam Train
  • Isle of Mull
  • Duart Castle Wildlife cruise
  • Fingal’s Cave, Staffa
  • Oban
  • Tour and whisky tasting at Oban Distillery in Oban
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Standard Class Rail
    Heritage Rail Excursions
  • 3-4* Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals
  • All Transfers Included
    Optional Bag Concierge

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

On many of our UK & Ireland tours, you may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00; your Tour Manager will be available between 16:00 and 18:00. However, if you are arriving later, you can meet your Tour Manager before dinner from 19:00.

Edinburgh
Day 1

Joining the tour in Edinburgh

Meet the rest of the group at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Edinburgh.

Includes:
  • Dinner
West Highland Line
Days 2-3

West Highland Line to Ballachulish

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 on the final leg of the iconic West Highland Line, perhaps the most scenic stretch of track in the UK, en route to Mallaig.

*Please note - on departures 18 April and 2 May the Jacobite does not operate and we make this journey using Scotrail's scheduled service. Please call for details

Includes:
  • Days 2-3 - Breakfast, Dinner
Duart Castle
Day 4

The Isle of Mull and Duart Castle

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

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Iona
Day 5

Wildlife spotting cruise to Staffa and Iona

Today we enjoy a spectacular cruising tour around some of the tiny islands west of Mull. Here minke whales and dolphins can be seen. Later we cruise to Iona.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Customers
Day 6

Whisky Tasting and onwards to Pitlochry

Leaving Mull, today we return to the mainland by ferry to Oban. Here we visit the Oban Distillery for a "Sensory & Flavours" tour including whisky tasting. After lunch in Oban we continue by coach to Pitlochry, an attractive town in the heart of the Highlands, at the foot of Ben Vrackie, and spend three nights here at Atholl Palace Hotel.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Excursion
Loch Dunmore, Pitlochry
Day 7

At Leisure

Enjoy a free day to relax in Pitlochry with its pretty Victorian centre, or perhaps take advantage of the local railway station to explore a little further afield. If you fancy a serene stroll then Pitlochry has excellent woodland nearby. Faskally Wood is set within Tay Forest Park on the banks of Loch Dunmore. and is only one mile north of Pitlochry. The wood is home to a wide array of tree species, some more than 200 years old. The wood has many well signposted paths which make it an easy area to explore amidst the fantastic views of the area. Loch Dunmore is wonderfully picturesque, it has a boat house and a timber footbridge. The manmade wood was originally used to train new foresters, made in the 19th century in the grounds of Faskally House the wood was home to the Forestry Commission School.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
  • Free Day
Cairngorm Mountain Railway
Day 8

Cairngorm Mountain Railway

On today's excursion we travel north to Aviemore, a charming town in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. Later we transfer to the Cairngorm Mountain Railway, Scotland's only funicular line.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Cairngorm Mountain Railway
Edinburgh Castle
Day 9

To Edinburgh and home

After breakfast, we travel by rail down to Edinburgh. Here the tour concludes, and you are free to make your homeward journey in your own time.

Includes:
  • 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.

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