Scotland by Rail
Since Victorian times, Scotland's West Highland Line has borne savvy travellers from the vibrant, sophisticated Lowland metropolis of Glasgow into some of Scotland's most dramatic and distinctive vistas. On the journey to Fort William, marvel at lochs, wooded hills, river-formed gorges, plus the untrammelled Zen-like wilderness of Rannoch Moor.
Day 1: Glasgow Join your fellow travellers this evening for a welcome dinner hosted by your tour leader.
Day 2: Glasgow > West Highland Line > Loch Ness Leaving Glasgow, your train will skirt the Firth of Clyde onto wooded slopes above Gare Loch, Loch Long and Loch Goil, before gliding effortlessly around Loch Lomond's famously bonnie banks. Step off at Fort William and glimpse nearby Ben Nevis on your transfer to the southern shores of Loch Ness. Stretch your legs with a walk to a stirring memorial for WW2 commandos.
Day 3: Loch Ness Head to the historic village of Dores on the loch's lesser-visited side. En route you'll stop at the Falls of Foyers, tumbling 60m through sylvan woods. End the afternoon amid 1000 years of history at the ruins of Urquhart Castle. Imagine ancient feasts in the Great Hall, then take in some final loch vistas from atop the Grant Tower before returning to Fort Augustus.
Day 4: Fort Augustus > Isle Of Skye Board the Jacobite steam train to complete your trip on the West Highland Line. Tick off Britain's deepest freshwater loch (Loch Morar), shortest river (River Morar) plus the deepest seawater loch in Europe (Loch Nevis) along the shore where Bonnie Prince Charlie landed in 1745. On a clear day, you can glimpse the islands of Rum, Eigg, Muck and Canna - plus your day's final destination, the Isle of Skye.
Day 5: Isle Of Skye Take in the high points of this largest island in the Inner Hebrides in the company of a guide born and bred on Skye. As you explore the Trotternish peninsula, look out for the attractive crofting township of Staffin and the Museum of Island Life. In the thriving village of Dunvegan, admire a picture-perfect shoreline castle that has been ancestral seat of the MacLeods for eight centuries - longer than any other clan.
Day 6: Isle Of Skye > Kyle Of Lochalsh > Inverness Heading back across the Skye bridge to the mainland, Kyle of Lochalsh marks the start of your 80-mile train ride to Inverness. Before boarding, you'll stop to admire the 13th century Eilean Donan Castle, perched exquisitely on a loch islet. Pretty coastal villages like Plockton jostle for attention with deserted beaches and mountain views, while the sharp-eyed may spot seals, otters or hunting eagles.
Day 7: Inverness > Edinburgh Depart Inverness station, and travel southward past Aviemore and the rugged slopes of the Cairngorm National Park. Beyond the ancient city of Perth - Scotland's capital for five centuries - rolling fields and lush woods usher you towards the Firth of Forth, crossed with the distinctive metal filigree of the iconic Forth Rail Bridge. Grab a glimpse of Edinburgh Castle as you arrive in the heart of Scotland's capital and journey's end.
• Small group tour (max 15 people) • 6 nights' accommodation in small family run hotels • Rail travel as specified • Sightseeing at Loch Ness • Entry to Urquart Castle and tour of Skye • Transfers as shown • 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners
Pricing (per person) $NZD
Booking conditions Accommodation is predominantly small, family-owned hotels. We will do our best to accommodate room preferences subject to availability at individual properties. We have a range of escorted and independent rail journeys throughout Scotland. Please contact us at World Journeys for details. This tour will operate with a minimum of four on each departure date.
Accommodation is predominantly small, family-owned hotels. We will do our best to accommodate room preferences subject to availability at individual properties. We have a range of escorted and independent rail journeys throughout Scotland. Please contact us at World Journeys for details. This tour will operate with a minimum of four on each departure date.