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Discover the picturesque Western Highlands

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2019 Tour code: HHS19

About the tour

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.

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What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - Joining the tour in Edinburgh

Meet your group and Tour Manager at the Apex Waterloo Hotel in Edinburgh.

Includes
  • Dinner
Edinburgh
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 some early departures may take this journey on the Scotrail scheduled service.

Includes
  • Days 2-3 - Breakfast, Dinner
West Highland Line
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 visit Tobermory and then return to check in to Isle of Mull Hotel for 2 nights.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Duart Castle
Day 5 - Wildlife spotting cruise to Staffa and Iona

Today 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.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Iona
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 the Fisher's Hotel.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Excursion
Pitlochry
Day 7 - At Leisure

Enjoy a free day to relax in Pitlochry with its pretty Victorian center, or perhaps take advantage of the local railroad 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
Loch Dunmore, Pitlochry
Day 8 - Highland Wildlife Park

On today's excursion we travel to the Royal Zoological Society of Scotlands' Highland Wildlife Park for a guided tour by coach. You will then enjoy free time at the Newtonmore Folk Museum. This evening, we gather for a final farewell meal at our hotel.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Highland Wildlife Park
Highland Wildlife Park
Day 9 - To Edinburgh and home

After breakfast, we travel by rail down through the mighty Cairngorms to Edinburgh. Here the tour concludes, and you are free to make your own way home.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Edinburgh Castle

Additional information

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 and from Edinburgh Airport (EDI), which is approximately 8 miles from your base in Edinburgh.

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.

Hotels

Ballachulish Hotel, Ballachulish

Ballachulish Hotel, Ballachulish

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Apex Waterloo Place Hotel, Edinburgh

Apex Waterloo Place Hotel, Edinburgh

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Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa, Isle of Mull

Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa, Isle of Mull

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Fisher’s Hotel

Fisher’s Hotel, Pitlochry

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Trains

East Coast (UK)
Jacobite Steam Train
Scotrail
West Highland Line

Reviews

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Mr P Johnson

Submitted Aug 03, 2019

Thoroughly enjoyed the round of experiences in this vacation. A bit spoilt by the weather.

Anonymous

Submitted Jul 26, 2019

Some of the hotels and food could have been bhetter

Mr P Coleman

Submitted Oct 25, 2018

It was good, but disappointing not to get on the Mountain railroad (not the fault of GRJ. We didn't go to Staffa, apparently no Puffins at this time of year, but we enjoyed the day on Iona instead.

Mr J Steward

Submitted Sep 21, 2018

Very enjoyable but some of the hotels were difficult for disabled persons

Mr M Tormey

Submitted Jul 08, 2018

Had a great time liked have several nights in each location

Anonymous

Submitted Sep 30, 2017

Disappointment with second hotel. Spoilt vacation. Also a little too much time spent waiting on stations for trains.

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