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Hebridean Islands Discovery

Escape from it all as you island hop from Skye to Uist and from Harris to Lewis on this magical Railtrail tour of the Hebridean islands. Every day is different as each sublime, rugged and breathtaking landscape unfolds before you. Arrive in style on the stunning West Highland line and finish the tour by passing through the magnificent Cairngorms.

View Dates & Book

7 days from £1229

 

DEPARTS

Tuesday 21 June 2022

Thursday 13 October 2022

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cruise betwixt the Isles amidst dream-like seascapes; look out for whales, dolphins & sea eagles

  • Both branches of the West Highland Railway journey – one of the best in the world

  • The romantic ‘rail route to the Isles’

  • Visit the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland

  • Naturalist’s paradise of birds & wildlife

  • Discover Hebrides ancient history spanning back 5000 years

  • Uists’ white shell beaches & freshwater lochs

  • Sample the traditional island lifestyle

  • Magnificent Highlands scenery, Ullapool to Inverness and through the Cairngorms to Stirling

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • Dinner every evening

  • Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

 

 

DAY 1

We spend our first night in Glasgow at the contemporary Radisson Blu Hotel ideally located close to the central railway station. Spend time admiring Glasgow's Charles Rennie Mackintosh architecture or explore the city using the 'Clockwork Orange' Glasgow's underground system before our first dinner together this evening.

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DAY 2

We journey north on the stunning West Highland Line, admiring the watery landscapes of the Firth of Clyde and Gareloch. With scenery becoming ever more dramatic, we trundle beside Loch Long and skirt the 'bonnie banks' of Loch Lomond before climbing into the western Highlands. At Crianlarich, we continue northwards, over Rannoch Moor and across 'Harry Potter' famed Glenfinnan Viaduct where the Highlander Monument stands before reaching Mallaig on the Atlantic coastline. Stroll around this small town and harbour before boarding our ferry to the Isle of Skye and then transferring onwards to our hotel for the night.

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DAY 3

This morning we journey to the north of the Isle of Skye, the largest island in the Inner Hebrides. Travelling over the famous Cuillin Hills to Dunvegan via the capital Portree. We enjoy a visit to Dunvegan Castle, the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland. In the afternoon we travel the shores of Loch Snizort to Uig for the ferry cruise to North Uist. Our journey to Benbecula takes us past numerous lochans and beautiful beaches before we arrive at our hotel for the evening, the Dark Island.

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DAY 4

We cruise to the Isle of Harris and Lewis, a rugged landscape of moorland, deep-sea lochs, mountains and a proud history. With an expert local guide we explore Harris before continuing northwards to Lewis and the capital Stornoway to our hotel for two nights.

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DAY 5

Experience the dramatic landscape of Lewis on a full day tour in the company of our island guide, including the impressive standing stones of Callanish, a traditional thatched blackhouse settlement, and the ancient broch at Carloway.

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DAY 6

We depart the Hebrides, crossing to Ullapool for the spectacular journey through to Inverness. We have a little free time in Inverness before boarding our train to Stirling, journeying through the glorious Cairngorms. We stay at the chic Colessio Hotel for one night, close to train station and the magnificent Stirling Castle from which there are great views over to the Wallace Monument.

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DAY 7

We bid farewell to Stirling as we make our way homeward.

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HOTELS

Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow

A contemporary hotel ideally located just opposite from the Central Railway Station. The modern bedrooms feature flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi and tea & coffee making facilities. The hotel has a stylish restaurant and bar.

 

Balmacara Hotel, Kyle (June) & Dunollie Hotel, Broadford (October) -  Isle of Skye

Both hotels are set in stunning locations by the serene waterside with restaurants offering lovely views across the bay and comfortable bar area. The bedrooms have TV, free Wi-Fi and tea & coffee making facilities.

 

Dark Island Hotel, Benbecula

Located on the south island of Benbecula in a pleasant countryside location and just a short stroll from a tranquil beach where rare birds and wildlife can be seen. The bedrooms have TV and tea & coffee making facilities. There is a traditional restaurant and bar.

 

Caladh Inn, Stornoway

This friendly family-run hotel enjoys a central location in Stornoway and is just a 15 minute walk from the town centre. The bedrooms are equipped with TV, tea & coffee making facilities and free Wi-Fi. The spacious restaurant serves local produce and seafood, there is a bar with comfortable seating and relaxing lounge with sofas and armchairs.

 

Colessio Hotel, Stirling

A magnificently transformed Victorian landmark, the Hotel Colessio&#0;is ideally located close to the train station and just a few minutes’ walk from Stirling Castle. The luxurious and spacious bedrooms are well equipped with all modern comforts. The hotel has a stylish restaurant and chic cocktail bar.

 

FARES

Fare Region

First*

Standard

London: Depart Euston, Return King’s Cross

£1,525

£1,395

Greater London

£1,549

£1,399

South of England

£1,579

£1,425

East Anglia

£1,595

£1,429

South West

£1,605

£1,445

Heart of England

£1,509

£1,379

Midlands

£1,469

£1,355

Yorkshire

£1,415

£1,339

North East

£1,379

£1,319

North West

£1,435

£1,329

South Wales

£1,529

£1,395

North Wales

£1,465

£1,355

Scotland

£1,335

£1,309


*Please note: Some local and regional train services are Standard Class only, so First Class ticket holders will travel in standard class accommodation for these sections of journeys.

 

Join & Leave at Hotel £1249

 

JUNE DEPARTURE SUPPLEMENT £140

 

£20 tour discount for holders of National Rail cards

 

Single Room Supplement £300

 

6 nights’ bed, breakfast & Table d’Hôte evening meal

Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

Rail & coach travel, with transfers as described

All excursions and admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

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Staffordshire Moorlands, ST13 5JW
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