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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 railroad journeys as part of a truly memorable exploration of the Highlands.

  • Edinburgh
  • West Highland Line railroad 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
  • Selected Departures Guaranteed

Western Highlands & Hebrides 2020Tour Details

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Day 1 Edinburgh

Joining the tour in Edinburgh

Meet your group and Tour Manager at the either the Mercure Haymarket Edinburgh Hotel, Radisson Blu Edinburgh Hotel or the Novotel Edinburgh Center Hotel (departure dependent) in Edinburgh.

  • Dinner
Days 2-3 West Highland Line
West Highland Line

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 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 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
  • Excursion
Days 7-8 Glasgow

Glasgow and home

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 make you way to the aiport for your flight home.

  • 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.

Recommended Airport

We recommend that for this tour you arrange flights to Edinburgh Airport (EDI), which is approximately 8 miles from your start point in Edinburgh. We recommend that for this tour you arrange your flight back home from Glasgow Airpor (GLA), which is approximateky 12 miles from your end point.

Visa Requirements

It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.

Departure Times

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.

What’s included

An escorted experience

  • The services of a professional Tour Manager
  • Standard Class rail and coach travel throughout your tour

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

Not Included

  • Flights and airport transfers 


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Discover the picturesque Western Highlands


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