Scottish Highlands 2014
Explore Fort William, an attractive town with mountain views at every turn, and take in the marvellous lochs and glens as we travel by vintage steam train on the superb West Highland Line. Discover the Scottish Highlands by train.
Day 1 - Meet in GlasgowAs you arrive in Glasgow, your Tour Manager greets you at the 3* Express by Holiday Inn Glasgow Riverside. The rest of the day is free for you to explore. Perhaps admire the varied architecture of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, or take in the popular Museum of Transport. Tonight you are free for dinner - with a host of restaurants to choose from.
Day 2 - West Highland Line
Today we take one of the world's most scenic rail journeys as we travel to Crianlarich on the West Highland Line. Leaving the sprawling city behind, we travel along a hillside ledge overlooking Gare Loch before we enter the spectacular Highlands, an idyllic, remote and untouched region. The incredible journey skirts the western bank of Loch Lomond, before arriving in Crianlarich for four nights at the 3* Best Western Crianlarich Hotel. We enjoy dinner together in the hotel.
Day 3 - Loch Lomond cruise
This morning we travel to Tarbet to enjoy a spectacular cruise on the majestic Loch Lomond - Britain's largest inland body of water. We sail past the dramatic Arklet Waterfalls whilst learning about the history of Scotland's most celebrated outlaw, the notorious Rob Roy MacGregor.
Day 4 - At leisure
Today is free for you to explore Crianlarich and the local area. The village is perfectly placed at the meeting point of the two branches of the West Highland Line. You could travel to Fort William at the foot of Ben Nevis, surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery. Here you can admire the views or take advantage of the shopping opportunities. Alternatively you could visit the pretty seaside town of Oban to sample the famed seafood specialities.
Day 5 - Jacobite Steam Train to Mallaig
Today we join the Jacobite Steam Train* for a magnificent journey on the final leg of the West Highland Line. Travelling in restored carriages, we take the train from Fort William, climbing past glens and into the mountains as we make our way to the beautiful west coast. We cross the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct, whose 21 arches span the edge of shimmering Loch Shiel, and descend towards Mallaig - catching sight of the Small Isles standing proudly in the Atlantic. On arrival in Mallaig, why not try the local catch in one of this fishing port's restaurants - with Skye in the near distance - before making our return journey?
Days 6-7 - West Highland Line to Glasgow
We head back along the magnificent West Highland Line to Glasgow, where we enjoy dinner together in a local restaurant close to the Express by Holiday Inn. On Day 7 the tour concludes after breakfast, and you are free to depart at your own pace.
Day 6 - Breakfast, dinner
Day 7 - Breakfast
These meals, where shown, are included in the price of your holiday.
*Please note: 27 April and 4 May departures travel on the standard Scotrail service rather than the Jacobite Steam Train.
Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.
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Explore Scotland's beautiful lochs and Highlands
Sail across the rippling waters of Loch Ness when you visit the Scottish Highlands by train. Admire the striking scenery that surrounds this notable stretch of water which lays claim to many legends about its elusive monster. Lose yourself in the mystery of the Scottish Highlands by train.