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
Tour and whisky tasting at Oban Distillery in Oban
Meet your group and Tour Manager at the Apex Waterloo Hotel in
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
*Please note some early departures may take this journey on
the Scotrail scheduled service.
Days 2-3 - Breakfast, Dinner
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature
the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown
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.
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.
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.