You arrive in Glasgow today to meet your fellow travelers and
Tour Manager. This lovely and industrial city has become one of
Scotland's best tourist highlights, with amazing architecture
delightfully representing the old beauty of the city, and combining
with the more modern pieces that showcase the more modern
wonderland that this revived city has become. You overnight here,
with our first dinner served at the hotel this evening.
Day 2 - West Highland Line
Enjoy a journey on the magnificent West Highland Line from
Glasgow to Fort William today. This spectacular rail journey
travels under the gaze of moody mountains and over stone bridges on
a route which takes in the best of the wild and dramatic landscapes
of the Scottish Highlands.
This rail journey is widely regarded as one of the finest in the
world, and for very good reason. Few things can beat the stunning
and moody drama of the glorious Scottish Highlands, with purple
heather running rampant over the moorlands and breathtaking
We arrive in Fort William, where we transfer to our hotel. This
evening, we enjoy dinner and a welcome drink.
Day 3 - Onwards to Outer Hebrides
We continue on the West Highland Line from Fort William to
Mallaig today. From the beginning, this is an incredible stretch of
one of the most beautiful railroad lines in the world. Beginning
with a journey along the brooding banks of Loch Eil we continue on
to one of the highlights of this journey, the magnificent
Built by Robert McAlpine, whose use of concrete earned him the
nickname 'Concrete Bob', this famous example of Victorian
architecture is truly a wonderful feat of engineering. This viaduct
has also become well-known for its inclusion in Hollywood, being
used in films such as 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets'.
This stunning section also provides astonishing views of the
brooding forests and ancient glens of central Scotland as it passes
by Ben Nevis, the tallest mountain in the UK.
As we draw nearer to Mallaig, we begin to catch sight of the
beautiful coast of Scotland, and on a clear day, it is even
possible to see across to the Isle of Skye, one of the islands of
the Outer Hebrides.
On arrival in Mallaig, we continue by coach through Skye. From
here, we travel by ferry to the Outer Hebrides and Stornoway.
Day 4 - The Isles of Lewis & Harris
We take a full-day coach excursion today visiting many of the
attractions that the Outer Hebrides has to offer. We begin with the
Butt of Lewis, an atmospheric and desolate area that is the most
northerly point of Lewis. We then head to the Port of Ness, a
pretty little fishing village, where we have some time at
Next we adjourn to the Callanish Standing Stones and the
accompanying visitor center. The stones were erected in the late
Neolithic period and were used for rituals during the Bronze Age,
and is surrounded by local legends. We are accompanied by our
specialist local guide, who is full of fascinating insights about
this wonderful island.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 5-6 - South Lewis and Stornoway to Inverness
We take a coach through the South of Lewis today, breaking for
lunch, before later stopping at the Isle of Harris Distillery for a
tour and a tasting of the product.
We enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Stornoway
on Day 6, the largest town in the Outer
Hebrides. Some of the sights that can be seen around this area are
the lovely turn-of-the-century Town Hall, and impressive Lews
Castle, a beautiful crenellated Victorian-style fortress built in
the 19th century for the man who'd bought the entire Isle of Lews,
Sir James Matheson.
After time for lunch, we transfer to Ullapool on the mainland.
We enjoy a coach journey through the awe-inspiring scenery of the
northern Highlands of Scotland on our way to Inverness, an iconic
city on the east coast of the country. We arrive into Inverness
just in time for dinner, and we check into our overnight hotel
Day 5 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - Inverness to Glasgow
Enjoy a morning at leisure in Inverness today, taking in some of
the most delightful sights. You may like to walk by the banks of
the River Ness, which feeds the famous Loch Ness, and enjoy the
sights that line the banks. One of the delightful sights is
Inverness Castle that overlooks the river. Although it is not
possible to enter Inverness Castle, it is still an arrestingly
delightful sight that is perfect for your last full day in
You may also like to visit Inverness Cathedral, and delight in
its beautiful nave. This afternoon, we take the train onwards to
Glasgow, where we enjoy a final farewell meal at our hotel.
Day 8 - Departure day
Following breakfast this morning you are free to depart at your
The Outer Hebrides section of the tour is guided by a local
specialist guide Chris Ryan. Chris came to live on the Isle of
Lewis in 1993, taking up residence in his wife's croft which had
been in her family for many generations. Chris was the first
professional guide on the Isle of Lewis.
We recommend that for this tour you arrange flights to and from
Glasgow Airport (MAN), which is approximately 14 miles from your
base in Glasgow.
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.
Everything was great but one part of the trip entailed too long on a coach and an overnight should have been scheduled.
On the last morning at Cabarfeidh there was no senior person, 3 coach tours and they ran out of gas...no hot food for breakfast and only at end was toast and tea brought and that was because the staff stepped up and were wonderful esp. Jack. Though not Great Rail's fault it should be investigated...the meals were not 4 star either. Perhaps some competition & another hotel used on occasion as the management seem to have become complacent.
Dr W Parry
Submitted Sep 28, 2018
If you had selected betterl hotels, as I mention below, then probably it would have gained an extra star! Accommodation is an important part of a vacation, i'm surprised I have to mention this!
Mr C Harris
Submitted Aug 17, 2018
Could write an essay but haven't time unfortunately
Mrs M Brown
Submitted Aug 17, 2018
Well organised. Good hotels and a lovely group of people.
Mr R Theobald
Submitted Aug 13, 2018
Generally great hotels - loved the character of the one in Bara; a bit disappointed by the standard of the food in Glasgow. The Guide on the Islands was super - we would have liked a day or two to explore on our own, e.g. in Stornaway or simply to have a little more time to look closely at the Standing Stones, even being able to do some walking. We were concerned at the mobility issues of our party - it was rather a worry!
Mr R Dyke
Submitted Jun 06, 2018
The organisation was, as usual, very good, the hotels also were very well chosen. The weather played its part with sun most days which made photography easy with some great results.