The Western Isles of Scotland

Jacobite Steam Railway Fort William - © Bob Cable
Eilean Donan Castle - © Kate Berry
The Quiraing - © Kate Berry
Cuillin Hills - © Kate Berry
Dunvegan Castle - © MacLeod Estate
The Jacobite
Jacobite Steam Train
Callanish Standing Stones on the Isle of Lewis
Isle of Skye

Holiday Highlights

  • Explore many castles - Eilean Donan, Dunvegan and Kisimul
  • Stays on Isle of Harris and the magical Isle of Skye
  • Visits to Abbotsford House, Melrose Abbey and Rosslyn Chapel
  • Rail journeys on the Kyle line, the West Highland and the Highland Main
  • Return journey on the Jacobite Steam train
  • Coach journeys not easily reached by public transport
  • 13 days from £2,355
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Tour Dates:
Thursday 7 September to Tuesday 19 September 2017

Travel the length of the Outer Hebrides before exploring the Isle of Skye and its silken moors, jagged mountains, sparkling lochs and soaring sea cliffs. On the mainland, we combine iconic rail journeys with some of Scotland's cultural jewels.

ITINERARY

Day 1 – Welcome to Glasgow

We meet in Glasgow for a welcome dinner and a 1-night stay.

Day 2 – West Highland Line

After a morning at leisure we travel by train along the shores of Loch Lomond, round the horseshoe curve and over Rannoch Moor to Fort William for a 2-night stay.

Day 3 – Jacobite Steam

A return journey on the famous Jacobite Steam train today. This 84 mile round trip sees us cross the 21-arched Glenfinnan Viaduct which overlooks Loch Shiel and the Jacobite monument. There is time for lunch in Mallaig before we return to Fort William.

Day 4 – Mallaig to South Uist

After a leisurely morning we travel by road to Mallaig to catch the afternoon ferry crossing to Lochboisdale. We have a 2-night stay here and our hotel overlooks the bay.

Day 5 – Isle of Barra

A full day's sightseeing via the Sound of Barra ferry. We take the short but memorable journey to Kisimul Castle - the 'Castle in the Sea' - and unearth times past at the Dualchas Heritage Centre.

Day 6 – North to Harris

We take a scenic drive across both Uist islands this morning to Berneray to catch the Sound of Harris ferry over to Leverburgh. Once on Harris, we journey around the west coast of the Isle - famed for its spectacular beaches and wildflower 'machair' habitats - to Tarbert where we have a 2-night stay.

Day 7 – Historic Lewis

Our day tour of Lewis embraces the island's ancient roots, taking in the mystical Callanish Standing Stones, the well preserved Broch at Carloway and several traditional Blackhouse sites.

Day 8 – Over to Skye

After a morning visit to the petite fishing island of Scalpay, we take a lunchtime ferry over to Uig on the Isle of Skye. We have free time in the colourful harbour town of Portree before making our way to our hotel for a 2-night stay.

Day 9 – Best of Skye

We start the day exploring the Jurassic Trotternish peninsula with visits to The Storr, Kilt Rock and The Quirang. From here, we continue to Dunvegan Castle and Gardens before heading to Neist Point lighthouse which affords magnificent views on a clear day.

Day 10 – Kyle of Lochalsh

Travelling by road, we cross the Skye Bridge on our way to Dornie. Here, where 3 great sea lochs meet, we discover the iconic Eilean Donan Castle. Later, we are transferred back to Kyle of Lochalsh for the impressive rail journey to Inverness for a 1-night stay.

Day 11 – Highland Main to Edinburgh

Travel by train to Edinburgh, passing through the central Highlands and crossing the famous Forth Rail Bridge en route. Lunchtime arrival and afternoon at leisure.

Day 12 – Abbotsford, Melrose & Rosslyn

We travel along the newly re-opened Borders Railway to Tweedbank and transfer to Abbotsford House, Sir Walter Scott's 'romance of stone and mortar'. Following a guided tour and lunch (included), we continue to the elegant ruin of Melrose Abbey and the lavishly decorated Rosslyn Chapel.

Day 13 – Farewell

Travel home from Edinburgh independently.

Tour Route

Tour route map

Selected Hotels

Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow

The Alexandra Hotel, Fort William

Lochboisdale Hotel, Lochboisdale

The Hebrides Hotel, Tarbert

Cuillin Hills Hotel, Portree

BW Palace Hotel & Spa, Inverness

Radisson Blu, Edinburgh

Please note - hotels can be subject to change

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in good quality hotels on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis (except for Inverness and the first night in Edinburgh)
  • Rail journeys as specified
  • Excursions as listed
  • All road journeys by private coach
  • Services of a tour leader throughout

Price per person

Escorted holiday: £2,355
Single room supplement: £508
Deposit for this holiday: £100

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