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Harris & Lewis Island Discovery

Treat yourself to a new Railtrail tour offering the stunning experience visiting the Outer Hebrides Island of Harris & Lewis. Discover an area of unspoilt natural beauty offering spectacular scenery, impressive mountain ranges, and miles of golden beaches.

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8 days from £1819

 

DEPARTS

Wednesday 1 May 2024

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Travel the glorious West Highland Line

  • Take a relaxing cruise on Loch Linnhe

  • Visit picture perfect Portree, the capital of the Isle of Skye

  • Stroll along unspoilt, white sandy beaches

  • Glimpse whales, dolphins, and sea eagles as you cruise between outstanding island seascapes

  • Discover a birdwatcher's paradise and view amazing island wildlife

  • Learn about the Hebrides unique and fascinating history spanning back 5,000 years

  • Explore the Isle of Lewis and Isle of Harris with expert local guides

  • Journey through the Cairngorms enjoying spectacular Highland scenery

 

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

This morning we travel 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 towards our destination of Fort William. In the afternoon we enjoy a relaxing cruise on Loch Linnhe - a lovely sea loch - looking out for seals and porpoises, diving birds and perhaps a golden eagle. Following our cruise, we return to the Onich Hotel for dinner.

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DAY 3

After an early breakfast we continue our journey by private coach travelling through Stunning highland scenery passing the famous Eilean Donan castle on the way. As we reach the coast at the Kyle of Lochalsh we cross the marvellous Skye bridge, our entrance to the Western Isles. We travel via Broadford and over the famous Cuillin Hills to the capital Portree, where we enjoy free time for lunch. In the afternoon we travel the shores of Loch Snizort to Uig for our early afternoon ferry cruise to Tarbet on the Isle of Harris & Lewis. Our journey takes us past numerous lochans and beautiful beaches before we arrive at our base The Caladh Inn, Stornoway for the next three nights.

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DAY 4

Today we explore the most northerly island of the Hebrides and the largest island of the Outer Hebrides. Lewis has a history that goes back thousands of years and ancient stone circles and standing stones can be found everywhere. We learn about the dramatic landscape 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, one of Scotland's best preserved defensive structures dating back 2,000 years we also visit the port of Ness and the butt of Lewis lighthouse the most northerly point on the island

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DAY 5

This morning we depart our hotel for our guided tour of the Isle of Harris & Lewis, a rugged landscape of moorland, deep-sea lochs, mountains, and a proud history. We meet with an expert local guide to explore Harris, We begin by travelling to the tiny island of Scalpay which is connected to Harris via a single track bridge and is popular for fishing, diving & walking. During the day we pass numerous unspoilt, white sandy beaches and some of the most breathtakingly beautiful scenery in the Western Isles. We arrive back at the capital Stornoway and our hotel in time for our evening meal together.

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DAY 6

We depart the Hebrides this morning by ferry from Stornoway to Ullapool before our 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 Stirling Highland Hotel for the next two nights.

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DAY 7

We spend today relaxing in our hotel and exploring the stunning city of Stirling. Why not visit the impressive Stirling castle with its rich history. Stirling old town jail gives a fascinating insight into life inside the infamous correction facility or for the more energetic why not visit the famous national Wallace monument which offers amazing city views and the story of Scotland's most famous son William Wallace, we reconvene for our final evening meal together.

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DAY 8

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 a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel has a stylish restaurant and bar.

 

The Onich Hotel, Fort William

This independently run hotel enjoys direct access to Loch Linnhe. Located between Glencoe and Ben Nevis, just outside Fort William, the Lochside location is famous for its breathtaking views. The hotel rooms offer facilities including free Wi-Fi, tea/coffee making facilities, complimentary toiletries, direct dial telephone, and TV. The Lochside restaurant & bar offer stunning views of the Loch and a great chance to experience a beautiful sunset while relaxing over a hearty meal and drink.

 

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 a TV, tea/coffee making facilities, and free Wi-Fi. The spacious restaurant serves local produce and seafood and there is a bar with comfortable seating and a relaxing lounge with sofas and armchairs.

 

Stirling Highland Hotel, Stirling

Just a short walk from Stirling Castle is the historic 4-star Highland Hotel. The hotel’s Scholars restaurant offers quality locally sourced food, and the comfortable bar is the perfect place to enjoy a wee dram! The leisure club, including swimming pool, is a great place to relax. Built in the 19th century as the city’s High School, this characterful building still houses a working observatory in its roof.

 

FARES

Fare Region

First

Standard

London: out Euston/ rtn Kings Cross

£2,215

£2,019

Greater London

£2,245

£2,039

South of England

£2,285

£2,075

East Anglia

£2,299

£2,075

South West

£2,255

£2,059

Heart of England

£2,125

£1,969

Midlands

£2,075

£1,955

Yorkshire

£2,025

£1,935

North East

£1,979

£1,915

North West

£2,025

£1,915

South Wales

£2,155

£1,989

North Wales

£2,079

£1,949

Scotland

£1,959

£1,899


 

*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 Hotels £1,829

 

Single Room Supplement £480

 

£10 tour discount for holders of National Railcards

 

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 & admissions as detailed.

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

Hotel Porterage

 

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