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Enjoy an adventure to Scotland’s idyllic Outer Hebrides

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2021 Tour code: OHS21

About the tour

Soak up the spectacular natural majesty of some of Scotland's most scenic spots. We visit the idyllic Outer Hebrides and the ever-dramatic Highlands, and journey through some of the most spectacular Scottish scenery on the famous West Highland Line.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Glasgow

We meet in Glasgow, a city which has become one of Scotland's best tourist highlights. The striking architecture here delightfully represents the old beauty of the city, which contrasts against contemporary areas that showcase the modern-day revival of the industrial city. We spend the night here

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  • Dinner
Glasgow
Day 2 - The West Highland Line

We journey on the magnificent West Highland Line from Glasgow to Fort William today. This spectacular rail journey travels under the gaze of moody mountains and over stone bridges on a route which takes in the best of the wild and dramatic landscapes of the Scottish Highlands. This rail journey is widely regarded as one of the finest in the world, and for good reason. Few things can beat the stunning drama of the glorious Scottish Highlands, with purple heather running rampant over the moorlands and breathtaking mountain scenery, and we soak it all up on our journey. We arrive in Fort William and transfer to our hotel where we enjoy dinner

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
West Highland Line
Day 3 - The Outer Hebrides

We continue on the West Highland Line to Mallaig. This is an incredible stretch of one of the most beautiful railway lines in the world. Beginning with a journey along the brooding banks of Loch Eil we continue on to one of the highlights of this journey, the magnificent Glenfinnan Viaduct. This famous example of Victorian architecture is truly a wonderful feat of engineering, and well-known for its inclusion in the Harry Potter films. We enjoy astonishing views of the ancient forests and glens of central Scotland before arriving in Mallaig for our first glimpse of the beautiful Scottish coastline. We continue by coach through Skye and travel by ferry* to the Outer Hebrides and Stornoway.

*You will need to take you own bags on the ferry, rather than them travel via our luggage service.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Glenfinnan Viaduct
Day 4 - The Kildonan Museum and Cultural Centre

We take the ferry to Berneray this morning, continuing by coach to the Stepping Stones restaurant for lunch. Later, we discover more about the area with a visit to the Kildonan Museum and Cultural Centre, where we are accompanied by an expert guide. After, you have some free time to explore more of the museum, craft shop, and archaeology room, or maybe to grab a coffee in the on-site cafe. Sights to be seen here include a recreated croft house with an authentic kitchen, and the Clan Ranald Stone, an ancient carved memorial stone with a fascinating history. We continue to the nearby birthplace of Flora McDonald, famous for helping Bonnie Prince Charlie escape Scotland after the Jacobites were defeated in 1746's Battle of Culloden.

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  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 5-6 - The Butt of Lewis and Callanish Standing Stones

We take a coach excursion today, beginning with the Butt of Lewis, an atmospheric area at the most northerly point of Lewis. We continue to the Port of Ness, a pretty fishing village, and Gearrannan Blackhouse Village, a preserved village from the 1800s. Next, we visit the Callanish Standing Stones and visitor centre. The stones were erected in the late Neolithic period and used for rituals during the Bronze Age, and are surrounded by local legend. We're accompanied by a specialist guide, who is full of fascinating insights about the island.

On Day 6, we head to Tarbet for a visit to the Isle of Harris Distillery, where we enjoy a tour and tasting, and visit the tweed shop. After time for lunch, we transfer to Ullapool on the mainland. We enjoy a coach journey through the awe-inspiring scenery of the Highlands on our way to Inverness, where we check into our hotel.

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  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Dinner
Isle of Harris
Days 7-8 - Inverness, Glasgow and home

Enjoy a free morning in Inverness today. You may like to walk by the banks of the River Ness, which feeds the famous Loch Ness. One of the delightful sights that line the banks is Inverness Castle, a beautiful sight. You may also like to visit Inverness Cathedral and see its beautiful nave. This afternoon, we take the train onwards to Glasgow, where we enjoy a final meal at our hotel. Following breakfast on Day 8, you're free to depart.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Loch Ness

Additional information

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Nevis Bank Inn

Nevis Bank Inn, Fort William

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Apex City of Glasgow Hotel

Apex City of Glasgow Hotel, Glasgow

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Macdonald Hotel Drumossie

Macdonald Hotel Drumossie, Inverness

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Cabarfeidh Hotel

Cabarfeidh Hotel, Stornoway

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Train

West Highland Line

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Anonymous

Submitted 27/07/2019

Everything was great but one part of the trip entailed too long on a coach and an overnight should have been scheduled. On the last morning at Cabarfeidh there was no senior person, 3 coach tours and they ran out of gas...no hot food for breakfast and only at end was toast and tea brought and that was because the staff stepped up and were wonderful esp. Jack. Though not Great Rail's fault it should be investigated...the meals were not 4 star either. Perhaps some competition & another hotel used on occasion as the management seem to have become complacent.

Dr W Parry

Submitted 28/09/2018

If you had selected betterl hotels, as I mention below, then probably it would have gained an extra star! Accommodation is an important part of a holiday, i'm surprised I have to mention this!

Mr C Harris

Submitted 17/08/2018

Could write an essay but haven't time unfortunately

Mrs M Brown

Submitted 17/08/2018

Well organised. Good hotels and a lovely group of people.

Mr R Theobald

Submitted 13/08/2018

Generally great hotels - loved the character of the one in Bara; a bit disappointed by the standard of the food in Glasgow. The Guide on the Islands was super - we would have liked a day or two to explore on our own, e.g. in Stornaway or simply to have a little more time to look closely at the Standing Stones, even being able to do some walking. We were concerned at the mobility issues of our party - it was rather a worry!

Mr R Dyke

Submitted 06/06/2018

The organisation was, as usual, very good, the hotels also were very well chosen. The weather played its part with sun most days which made photography easy with some great results.

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