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Hebridean Odyssey

Treat yourself to a new Railtrail tour offering the ultimate island-hopping experience in the Outer Hebrides and visiting an impressive eight islands. 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 £1729

 

DEPARTS

Wednesday 14 September 2022

Wednesday 21 September 2022

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Travel the glorious West Highland Line - "Railroad to the Isles"

  • Take a relaxing cruise on Loch Linnhe

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

  • Discover the Isle of Barra, considered by many to be the most beautiful little island in Britain

  • Stroll along unspoilt, white sandy beaches

  • See the beautiful Eriskay Ponies on the Isle of Eriskay

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

  • Discover a birdswatchers’ paradise and view amazing island wildlife

  • Learn about the Hebrides unique and fascinating history spanning back 5000 years

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

  • Journey through the Cairngorms enjoying golden autumnal Highland scenery

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • Dinner every evening plus 1 packed lunch

  • 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 our Fort William hotel for dinner.

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DAY 3

After breakfast we continue our journey on the West Highland Line across 'Harry Potter' famed Glenfinnan Viaduct where the Highlander Monument stands before reaching Mallaig on the Atlantic coastline. Here we board our morning ferry to the Isle of Skye, the largest island in the Inner Hebrides. 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 evening the ferry cruise to North Uist with dinner included on board. Our journey to Benbecula takes us past numerous lochans and beautiful beaches before we arrive at the Dark Island Hotel, our base for the next two nights.

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DAY 4

Todays' island hopping begins by taking the causeway across to South Uist, where the west coast is a continuous sandy beach while the east is dominated by mountainous peaks. We continue via a further causeway to the Isle of Eriskay. Eriskay is famous for the Eriskay Ponies and is also the real 'Whisky Galore' island. It was just off Eriskay, between Great Todday and Little Todday, that the S.S. Politician ran aground in 1941 with 50,000 cases of whisky aboard. The locals managed to save several hundred cases before the ship sank, providing them with a good supply of their 'Water of Life'. From here, enjoy the short ferry crossing to the Isle of Barra which is considered by many to be the most beautiful little island in Britain. Its tranquil beaches, distinctive culture, where Gaelic is widely spoken, and an ancient history make any visit to Barra a memorable one. Time allowing, we can venture across the causeway to stunning Vatersay, the most southerly inhabited island in the Outer Hebrides.(

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DAY 5

This morning we depart our hotel for our onward journey to North Uist, via the Benbecula causeway. North Uist is a relatively flat island covered with peat bogs, low hills and lochans. More than half the land is covered by water, making North Uist a birdwatchers' paradise. We take the morning ferry to the Isle of Harris and Lewis, a rugged landscape of moorland, deep-sea lochs, mountains, and a proud history. A packed lunch is included today, and we meet with an expert local guide to explore Harris before continuing northwards. We pass numerous unspoilt, white sandy beaches and some of the most breathtakingly beautiful scenery in the Western Isles to Lewis before we arrive at the capital Stornoway and our hotel for the next two nights.

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DAY 6

Today we explore Lewis is 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 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, one of Scotland's best preserved defensive structures dating back 2,000 years. (B,D)

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DAY 7

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 Golden Lion Hotel for one night, located close to the railway station.

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DAY 8

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

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

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.

 

Ben Nevis Hotel (14/09/22 Dep.) Alexandra Hotel, (21/09/22 Dep.), Fort William

Situated in Fort William, these traditional hotels offer comfortable bedrooms with TV and radio, telephone, and hospitality tray. The hotels have bar and restaurant offering locally sourced dishes. The Ben Nevis Hotel also offers leisure facilities including pool, sauna, spa, gym, and steam room.

 

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.

 

Caberfeidh Hotel, Stornoway

Considered the best hotel in Stornoway, this comfortable hotel is situated in the heart of Lewis’ capital. The bedrooms are equipped with TV, tea & coffee making facilities and free Wi-Fi. The hotel has a bar and restaurant serving local produce and seafood.

 

Golden Lion Hotel, Stirling

This historic coaching inn hotel enjoys a prime location in the heart of Stirling town centre, close to the train station. The hotel has recently undergone refurbishment and offers a spacious lobby, traditional bar, and stylish restaurant. The comfortable bedrooms are equipped with TV, tea & coffee making facilities and free Wi-Fi.

 

FARES

Fare Region

First

Standard

London: Depart Euston, Return King’s Cross

£2,025

£1,895

Greater London

£2,049

£1,899

South of England

£2,079

£1,925

East Anglia

£2,095

£1,929

South West

£2,105

£1,945

Heart of England

£2,009

£1,879

Midlands

£1,969

£1,855

Yorkshire

£1,915

£1,839

North East

£1,875

£1,819

North West

£1,929

£1,829

South Wales

£2,029

£1,895

North Wales

£1,965

£1,855

Scotland

£1,835

£1,809


 

*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 £1749

 

Single Room Supplement £260

 

£20 tour discount for holders of National Rail cards

 

7 nights’ bed, breakfast & Table d’hôte evening meal plus 1 packed lunch

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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