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Hebridean Islands Discovery

Hebridean Islands Discovery

Island hop from Skye to Uist and from Harris to Lewis on this magical 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 pause on your journey home in beautiful Speyside on a unique tour of the Highlands and Hebrides.

8 Days From £1455

 

DEPARTS

Monday 1 June 2020

Wednesday 2 September 2020

 

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’

  • Naturalist’s paradise of birds & wildlife of the BBC TV series "Islands on the Edge"

  • 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 one of the great railway hotels, the Grand Central, adjoining central station, which boasts as its claim to fame the site of the world's first long-distance television transmission by John Logie Baird in 1927. Spend time admiring Glasgow's Charles Rennie Mackintosh architecture 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 two nights.

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DAY 3

Today we take a scenic tour of the Isle of Skye, the largest island in the inner hebrides. This morning sees us travel to the North West of the Island, with views to the brooding Cullin Hills, for a visit to Dunvegan Castle, the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland. This afternoon sees us journeying back south to the island's capital, Portree for free time in this town with its pretty harbour.

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DAY 4

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 arriving at our hotel, the Isle of Benbecula House Hotel, for a relaxing evening in a tranquil location.

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DAY 5

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 6

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 7

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 in Stirling for one night, close to the magnificent Stirling Castle from which there are great views over to the Wallace Monument.

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DAY 8

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

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B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

HOTELS

Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow

One of the great railway hotels, located in the heart of Glasgow. The rooms all feature flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi.

 

Kings Arms Hotel, Kyleakin (June) & Lochalsh Hotel, Kyle of Lochalsh (September)

Set close to the Skye Bridge, these hotels offer airy rooms with tea and coffee making facilities and TVs.

 

Isle of Benbecula House Hotel, Benbecula

Ideally located for bird and wildlife watching, this hotel has comfortable rooms and a lounge bar and restaurant.

 

Caladh Inn (June) & Caberfeidh Hotel (September), Stornoway

Considered the best hotels in Stornoway, these hotels are located in the centre of Lewis’ capital. The bedrooms are equipped with TV, tea & coffee making facilities and free Wi-Fi.

 

Colessio Hotel (June) & Stirling Highland Hotel (September), Stirling

Both of these 4-star hotels are ideally located close to Stirling’s old-town and castle. The comfortable bedrooms offer tea & coffee making facilities, TV and free Wi-Fi. Both of these hotels have cosy bars for relaxing and reflecting on the past week’s adventures.

 

 

FARES

Fare Region

First

Standard

London: Depart Euston, Return King’s Cross

£1735

£1609

Greater London

£1755

£1619

South of England

£1785

£1639

East Anglia

£1805

£1645

South West

£1805

£1655

Heart of England

£1719

£1599

Midlands

£1685

£1575

Yorkshire

£1629

£1559

North East

£1595

£1539

North West

£1649

£1549

South Wales

£1739

£1609

North Wales

£1685

£1579

Scotland

£1549

£1505


Join & Leave at Hotel £1475

 

Single Room Supplement £385

 

£20 tour discount for holders of National Rail cards

 

7 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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