Edinburgh the Highlands & Islands
Edinburgh the Highlands & Islands

Edinburgh, the Highlands & Islands

Majestic lochs and glens lie in wait as we cross Edinburgh and the Highlands and visit historic castles and the Isle of Mull. We travel through the West Highlands and Cairngorms on this fabulous round trip climaxing with a 'Scottish Evening' on Edinburgh's stately Royal Mile.

Highlights
  • Enjoy two journeys on the West Highland Line, including one aboard the iconic Jacobite Steam Train
  • Travel on the scenic Kyle Line to tour Eilean Donan Castle, journeying cross-country for fantastic views of the wild Scottish countryside
  • Sail to the Isle of Mull and visit 13th-century Duart Castle
  • Cruise Loch Ness and visit Urquhurt Castle
  • Enjoy local flavours with a whisky tasting and two Scottish themed dinners
Itinerary

DAY 1 & 2 - EDINBURGH & FORT WILLIAM

We meet at our hotel in Edinburgh. After checking in, you are free to start exploring the city. On Day 2, we board the train to Glasgow. Changing trains, we travel along the famous West Highland Line, passing Loch Lomond and wild Rannoch Moor. Mighty mountains provide an imposing backdrop to our journey as we approach Fort William. On arrival we transfer to our hotel in either Fort William or Ballachulish.

DAY 3 & 4 - THE ISLE OF MULL & GLENCOE

We catch the ferry from Oban this morning. Leaving the mainland, we make the 40-minute crossing to the Isle of Mull. As we head through the small islands and across Loch Linnhe, the views are awe-inspiring; rugged coastline, hills rising from the water's edge, an endless tapestry of green, purple and brown moorland, and jagged, exposed rock faces. We arrive in Craignure and make our way to Duart Castle, the 13th-century home of the Maclean Clan. Sitting exposed on the island's west coast, we explore the different rooms, which tell the story of the Macleans through the ages, before making the scenic drive to Tobermory. Spend some free time in the island's colourful capital, famous for its fish, before returning to our hotel for a traditional whisky tasting ahead of dinner.

We visit Neptune's Staircase on Day 4, an impressive flight of locks operated by a team of at least three lock keepers. Situated on the Caledonian Canal, they overcome a height of 64 feet over the course of one-and-a-half hours. We continue to Loch Linnhe, enjoying a scenic cruise across the water ahead of our visit to Glencoe. One of Scotland's most iconic glens, it's full of dramatic scenery, including waterfalls, mountains and fjordlike lochs. Tonight, we celebrate in true Scottish style with an authentic meal at our hotel, followed by dancing and a piper.

DAY 5 - THE JACOBITE STEAM TRAIN

This morning we join the Jacobite Steam Train* for a journey to Mallaig along the final leg of the wonderful West Highland Line. During our journey, the train climbs into the mountains surrounding Glenfinnan, a small town famous as the rallying point for Bonnie Prince Charlie's assault on the British throne. Next, we cross the 21-arched Glenfinnan Viaduct, seen in the 'Harry Potter' films and an iconic piece of British engineering. As we descend towards Mallaig, we drop down to the sea's edge and the landscape offers up our first view of the rugged 'Small Isles' - Rum, Eigg and Muck - which hang tantalisingly close offshore. After some free time, we make the return journey by coach, stopping at the Glenfinnan Monument along the way. On arrival in Inverness, we check into our hotel for three nights.

*On early departures the Jacobite Steam Train does not operate and we make this excursion using Scotrail's scheduled service.

DAY 6 & 7 - LOCH NESS & THE KYLE LINE

We take a cruise on Loch Ness today, famous for its mythical monster. It's also blessed with some of Scotland's most breathtaking scenery. Surrounded by mountains, we glide by fairytale forests before visiting Urquhart Castle, a 13th-century castle perched on the banks of the loch. These atmospheric ruins are a delight to explore, and you have some free time before we return to Inverness.

Day 7 takes us on a magical journey along the Kyle Line. Travelling east to west, we cross the Caledonian Canal, and skirt crystal-clear lakes before winding through wooded hillsides, over sparse moors, and past seaside towns. We arrive at Kyle of Lochalsh, the end of the line, located across a short stretch of water from the Isle of Skye. We continue to Eilean Donan Castle for a tour. Situated on a tiny island in Loch Duich and joined to the mainland by a small, elegant bridge, the island was designed to defend the region from invading Vikings.

DAY 8 & 9 - INVERNESS & EDINBURGH

We leave Inverness, travelling south by rail through the Cairngorms to Edinburgh via Aviemore, Pitlochry and Kingussie. Tonight, we enjoy a Scottish evening that includes a traditional piper, fascinating Scottish folk stories and snippets of local history. We also sample a menu of traditional dishes. After breakfast on Day 9, your holiday comes to an end and you're free to head home.

PLEASE NOTE: Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

Departure Dates & Prices

1st April 2021 - £1395 Per Person

4th April 2021 - £1395 Per Person

18th April 2021 - £1495 Per Person

22nd April 2021 - £1495 Per Person

25th April 2021 - £1495 Per Person

4th May 2021 - £1645 Per Person

6th May 2021 - £1645 Per Person

11th May 2021 - £1695 Per Person

13th May 2021 - £1695 Per Person

16th May 2021 - £1695 Per Person

20th May 2021 - £1695 Per Person

23rd May 2021 - £1695 Per Person

27th May 2021 - £1695 Per Person

30th May 2021 - £1695 Per Person

3rd June 2021 - £1695 Per Person

6th June 2021 - £1745 Per Person

10th June 2021 - £1745 Per Person

13th June 2021 - £1745 Per Person

14th June 2021 - £1745 Per Person

20th June 2021 - £1745 Per Person

24th June 2021 - £1745 Per Person

27th June 2021 - £1745 Per Person

1st July 2021 - £1745 Per Person

4th July 2021 - £1745 Per Person

5th July 2021 - £1745 Per Person

8th July 2021 - £1745 Per Person

12th July 2021 - £1745 Per Person

18th July 2021 - £1745 Per Person

18th August 2021 - £1895 Per Person

22nd August 2021 - £1895 Per Person

26th August 2021 - £1895 Per Person

30th August 2021 - £1895 Per Person

31st August 2021 - £1895 Per Person

1st September 2021 - £1795 Per Person

3rd September 2021 - £1795 Per Person

5th Septmeber 2021 - £1795 Per Person

7th September 2021 - £1795 Per Person

12th September 2021 - £1745 Per Person

16th September 2021 - £1745 Per Person

19th September 2021 - £1695 Per Person

23rd September 2021 - £1695 Per Person

26th September 2021 - £1695 Per Person

30th September 2021 - £1695 Per Person

3rd October 2021 - £1595 Per Person

7th October 2021 - £1595 Per Person

14th October 2021 - £1545 Per Person

21st October 2021 - £1495 Per Person

24th October 2021 - £1495 Per Person

All prices are per person and assume full occupancy of the room.
Please always call us for up-to-date prices and availability.

What's Included & Further Information
  • TRANSPORTATION
    • Standard Class Rail
    • Heritage Rail Excursions
    • All rail and coach travel throughout your tour
  • ACCOMMODATION
    • 8 nights' 3 and 4-Star hotel accommodation
  • LUGGAGE
    • Inclusive luggage transfers from Edinburgh
  • EXCURSIONS & ENTERTAINMENT
    • UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • FOOD & DRINKS
    • 15 meals including 8 breakfasts and 7 dinners
  • WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
    • Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged
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