Private Group Tours to Scotland
- Explore some of Scotland's most iconic and interesting castles - Eilean Donan, Dunvegan and Kisimul
- Stays on the rugged Isle of Harris and the magical Isle of Skye
- Visit inspirational Abbotsford House, Melrose Abbey and Rosslyn Chapel
- Ride Scotland's most famous mainlines - the Kyle line, the West Highland and the Highland Main
- Return journey on the Jacobite Steam train
- Our private coach enables visits to places not easily reached by public transport
- All evening meals are included
Travelling around Scotland by train is one of the most rewarding ways to see the very best of this wild and beautiful country. You can sit back and enjoy some incredible views and experience some unforgettable journeys, including a ride on the West Highland Line, made famous by the Harry Potter films, and named best rail journey in Britain in 2019 for the second year running by top travel magazine Wanderlust.
From June 2019 onwards you will be able to reach Scotland by train in the most civilised and comfortable way yet! The Caledonian Sleeper service begins operating its new fleet of trains at the end of May 2019, in time for the summer season. The Lowland service between London, Glasgow and Edinburgh will begin immediately with the Highland service to Fort William, Inverness and Aberdeen to follow. Arrive refreshed at your destination of choice following an overnight journey geared to providing the best train guest experience - from double beds and en-suite rooms to Highland-sourced food menus.
Ffestiniog Travel has been running group tours to and around Scotland for many years and as rail tour experts we believe riding the country’s railways is an essential part of any visit. The West Highland Line is an absolute ‘must’ – running from Glasgow to Mallaig, its 164 mile route runs by Loch Long, Loch Lomond, Loch Etive and Loch Eil. It crosses the world’s first concrete rail viaduct at Glenfinnan, famously featured in the Harry Potter films, and passes the silver sands of Morar. Wanderlust picked out the 85 minute section between Fort William and Mallaig as the best scenic rail journey in the UK, hauled by the wonderful Jacobite steam train.
“The Jacobite encounters some of the UK’s most dramatic scenery. As the steam locomotive chugs along the 67km track, mountainous hillsides pierce the skyline and lakes glimmer in the distance.”
The West Highland Line provides a fantastic scenic route to the enchanting Western Isles of Scotland. A great group tour is to combine a trip on the railway with island hopping through the Outer Hebrides towards the Isle of Skye. The sample tour below combines the wonderful Western Isles with some great rail journeys, including the Kyle of Lochalsh Railway which travels past pleasant rural villages with the spectacular Highland scenery as a backdrop. Our suggested tour also includes the scenic Highland Main route from Inverness to Edinburgh which passes through the mountains central Highlands.
If your organisation or group would like to explore Scotland we can arrange all rail travel, road and ferry travel, accommodation and sightseeing excursions. If you have a route in mind or are interested in a section of the tour outlined below please contact us via the Request a Quote button or call direct on 01766 512400.
Day 1 – Welcome to Glasgow
Meet in Glasgow for a welcome dinner and a 1-night stay. Our historic hotel has hosted stars including Frank Sinatra and Charlie Chaplin and even features in the James Bond book Licence Renewed. It is also conveniently located next to Glasgow Central station.
Day 2 – West Highland Line
A morning at leisure before our lunchtime train. The hotel is centrally located, near many of Glasgow's best museums and art galleries. Later, we board the ScotRail service which runs 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 at leisure in Mallaig to explore and have lunch before we return to Fort William.
Day 4 – Mallaig to South Uist
After a leisurely start, we travel by road to Mallaig for the afternoon ferry crossing to Lochboisdale on South Uist. The island is one of the last surviving strongholds of the Gaelic language in Scotland and the crofting industries of peat cutting and seaweed gathering are still an important part of everyday life. We have a 2-night stay here and our hotel overlooks the bay.
Day 5 – Isle of Barra
Full day’s sightseeing via the Sound of Barra ferry. The Isles of Barra and Vatersay are the most southerly inhabited islands in the Outer Hebrides and the most westerly in the UK. 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
A scenic drive across both Uist islands this morning to Berneray before catching the Sound of Harris ferry over to Leverburgh. Once on Harris, we journey around the west coast of the Isle to Tarbert where we have a 2-night stay. Harris and Lewis offer an ever-changing mix of terrains; mountains, hills, lunar-like rocky plateaus, moorlands, meadows, rugged coastlines and white sandy beaches all feature.
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. We also travel out to the Eye Peninsula, have free time in the port town of Stornoway and visit Lews Castle and Museum.
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 Quiraing. 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 three 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 mountainous central Highlands. We arrive at lunchtime for an afternoon at leisure. Why not visit Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Yacht Britannia or take a stroll up the Royal Mile?
Day 12 – Abbotsford, Melrose & Rosslyn
We travel along the 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
After breakfast, travel home from Edinburgh independently.
Please note - this tour involves a lot of walking on uneven ground.
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
- All rail travel as stated in standard class
- Accommodation in good quality hotels on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis
- Excursions and admissions as listed
- All road journeys by private coach
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