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West Highland Line

Also known as 'the Iron Road to the Isles', a journey on the West Highland Line is an epic rail adventure that takes passengers through some of the world's most beautiful and dramatic landscapes. In fact the line has twice been voted the world's best rail journey by readers of Wanderlust magazine.

Running from Glasgow's Queen Street station, the train runs through the city's outskirts and on to Helensburgh. From here the train begins its ascent into the famous Highlands.

Soon the train skirts the beautiful Loch Long, followed by the immense Loch Lomond, as it makes its way up the ever-increasing gradients. The journey continues alongside the Loch - Britain's largest body of inland water - whilst winding through pretty wooden slopes.

Continuing northward through charming isolated villages, the train then climbs more than 500 feet (150 m) in just five miles, before arriving at the tiny hamlet Crianlarich. Here the West Highland Line splits into two branches. One continues to Fort William and Mallaig, the other heads west to Oban.

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A Castle On The Shores Of Loch Fyne

Set in idyllic, undiscovered surroundings overlooking picturesque Loch Fyne, a 19th century Baronial Castle awaits you on this magnificent tour. Cruise the open waters to the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides, explore nearby Oban and Inveraray, and sample the renowned locally-sourced produce.

Departs from April 2017 to October 2017.
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7 days from £875per personView tour details
Winter by Loch Fyne

Enjoy a winter break at majestic Stonefield Castle in Scotland - on a tour that takes you from tranquil locations to the remarkable Cruachan Power Station, and on the world-famous West Highland Line.

Departs from January 2017 to March 2017.
7 days from £695per personView tour details
Edinburgh, the Highlands & Islands

Majestic lochs and glens lie in wait as we cross Edinburgh and the Highlands and visit historic castles and the Isle of Mull. We travel through the West Highlands and Cairngorms on this fabulous round trip climaxing with a 'Scottish Evening' on Edinburgh's stately Royal Mile.

Departs from April 2017 to October 2017.
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9 days from £1,095per personView tour details
Grand Tour of the UK

Imbued with centuries of history and culture, the UK is one of the most rewarding nations to travel around. Explore the length and breadth of Britain on this outstanding tour of the island. Discover ancient attractions, modern cities and wild landscapes from the rugged Rannoch Moor to the inspiring Stonehenge.

Departs from May 2017 to September 2017.
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14 days from £2,195per personView tour details
Western Highlands & Hebrides

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.

Departs from April 2017 to September 2017.
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9 days from £995per personView tour details
Edinburgh Tattoo

Experience the spectacle of marching bands when you visit the Edinburgh Tattoo by train, with pipes and drums resonating from the castle's elevated setting. Complimenting the trip, witness incredible lochs, glens and mountains as we explore the West Highlands.

Departs in August 2017.
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Grand Tour of Scotland

Immerse yourself in the culture and majesty of the Scottish Highlands. You take in the rugged landscapes on two of the UK's most famous train lines; the West Highland Line and the Jacobite. You also visit Loch Ness and castles that transport you through the history of this region. Our hotels are a highlight too, especially the 5-Star Fairmont St Andrews.

Departs from May 2017 to September 2017.
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Scottish Islands & Lochs Cruise

This fantastic five-night cruise through the heart of the Highlands begins and ends with a night in Edinburgh before we board our ship for a journey through the rugged coastline of Scotland's west coast to the unspoilt beauty of the Isle of Mull, up Neptune's Staircase, along the Caledonian Canal and across Loch Ness.

Departs in October 2016 and from April 2017 to October 2017.
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8 days from £1,545per personView tour details
The Outer Hebrides

Enjoy an adventure to Scotland's idyllic Outer Hebrides and The Highlands on a tour that takes in two of the UK's most famous train lines, the West Highland and the Jacobite, as well as time in Stornoway and Isle of Barra.

Departs from April 2017 to September 2017.
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The Highlands & Inner Hebrides Cruise

After travelling on the incredibly scenic Kyle Line railway, we explore the rugged Scottish Highlands from the comfort of our luxury ship. This fantastic voyage takes us up to Neptune's Staircase, through picturesque lochs, along the Caledonian Canal and passes the glorious islands and idyllic scenery of the Inner Hebrides.

Departs from May 2017 to September 2017.
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More about the West Highland Line

To Fort William and Mallaig:
Shortly after leaving Crianlarich, trains reach one of the line's most dramatic points; the spectacular horseshoe curve viaduct, a glorious sweeping structure crossing the valley between the mountains. The route continues over the lofty, lonely Rannoch Moor, a magnificent expanse of land inhabited only by deer. Shortly afterwards the line reaches its peak at Corrour summit, 1,350 ft above sea level. The train then continues to Fort William. Set under the looming bulk of Ben Nevis, Fort William was the original terminus of the line, opening in 1894.

Trains then commence over the Mallaig Extension, which was completed in 1901. Covering the demanding terrain of this 39-mile stretch was a major feat of railway engineering. The journey continues over the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct - known for its appearance in the Harry Potter films - as the line approaches the west coast, offering tantalising glimpses of the Small Isles in the distance. The journey's end is at Mallaig, a fishing town with a busy port and salty sea air, 164 miles from Glasgow.

To Oban:
After leaving Crianlarich, the Oban line passes through the beautiful Glen Lochy and passes the brooding ruins of Kilchurn Castle, which was historically a stronghold of the Glen Campbell. The train then continues through the rugged scenery, and passes through Taynuilt, an idyllic village on the shores of Loch Etive. After reaching the Falls of Laura and Glen Cruitten, the line descends towards the coast, terminating in Oban, a pretty town - and the gateway to the islands of Mull and Islay.

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