Scotland: Scenic Journeys of the Highlands and Islands1st Sep 2024
The Highlands and Islands of Scotland provide such a wealth of scenic journeys that it can be a daunting prospect to work out how best to take them all in. This new tour aims to provide the answer to this Caledonian conundrum with an itinerary that ticks off a whole host of visual gems while at the same time providing a series of relaxing, undemanding journeys by train, coach and boat.
Our tour begins with one of the most visually stunning rail journeys in Scotland, the West Highland Line to Fort William, with views of Loch Lomond and the wild, open expanse of Rannoch Moor. This is followed by an excursion to the Isle of Mull, with three different ferry crossings involved. We then enjoy a cruise on Loch Linnhe, a drive through the haunting glacial valley of Glen Coe and a round trip on the Jacobite steam train, over the final section of the West Highland Line. Heading north to Inverness, we enjoy possibly the most scenic of all the Scottish railway routes to Kyle of Lochalsh and a visit to iconic Eilean Donan Castle. Finally we take the funicular railway to the top of the magnificent Cairngorms and then it’s ‘downhill all the way’ as we ride the Highland Railway from Aviemore to Glasgow.
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What to Expect
• Scenic railway journey from Glasgow to Fort William
• Stunning views on the Jacobite steam train
• An equally scenic run on the railway line from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh
• Cruises on Loch Ness and Loch Linnhe
• Funicular railway in the Cairngorms
|To be advised
|Glasgow Queen Street Station
** Please note that all timings are approximate and subject to change. Final timings and pick-up points will be confirmed with your joining instructions approximately 10 days prior to departure. **
Day by Day Itinerary
Assemble at Glasgow Queen Street Station where our tour begins, as we depart on a rail journey to Fort William. This is a particularly scenic journey on the West Highland Line, though it begins in darkness as our train powers up the steep incline in the tunnel out of the station. Before long we are running along the shores of the Firth of Clyde, followed by views over Gareloch and Loch Long on our left and Loch Lomond on our right. The line continues through Glen Falloch before traversing the ‘Horseshoe Curve’ and crossing the wilderness of Rannoch Moor. On reaching Glen Spean the line turns west and heads down to Fort William on the shores of Loch Linnhe, beneath the towering bulk of Ben Nevis.