Self-guided rail tour, 13 days from and to Edinburgh, with three choices of accommodation.
Also as a variation, a self-guided walking tour away from roads. You get from us a superb choice of idyllic short walks and rewarding longer walks described in detail, which you can enjoy on this tour. Travelling by train through Scotland combines the romance of the railways with the enjoyment, in comfort, of overwhelming natural beauty. Queen Victoria and countless writers, composers and poets have known how to treasure this means of travel. Allow yourself to be enchanted too by lingering mists in wild, romantic glens. Discover landscapes from the wild-flower meadows of the island glens to the world of mountain ranges and waterfalls of the Northern Highlands. Travel in style – in Scotland the romance of the railways lives on. Views of tremendous cliffs surmounted by ancient fortresses, bizarre rock formations and caves, deserted beaches of white sand, with dream-like vistas over the Hebridean islands, and picturesque fishing villages constitute the charm of rail journeys in Scotland.
Be astonished by the bold viaducts and daring achievements of pioneering engineers, such as the world-famous Forth Railway Bridge. Encounter the impressive monuments of Scotland’s turbulent history as you follow winding railways through deep glens. The capital city, Edinburgh, with its abundant choice of cultural activities, and a flexible and varied sightseeing programme which includes castles, distilleries, woollen mills, cosy little Highland towns and many other attractions complement a successful discovery tour of Scotland.
The trains have open plan carriages with large windows and comfortable seating in double rows facing both forward and rearward. There are numerous tables for four. All trains have a drinks and snacks service from a trolley which is pushed along the aisles.
Day 1: Arrive Edinburgh
Transfer to the type of accommodation booked.
Day 2: Edinburgh
Use the time for:
– city tour (included in the price), departing every 30 minutes
– sightseeing: castle, museums, Calton Hill, galleries
– short hike on Edinburgh’s mountain, Arthur’s Seat
– in the evening, perhaps a historic ghost tour, pub crawl, jazz club or Scottish evening
– alternatively, day trips may be made from Edinburgh, for example, to Glasgow, St Andrews (Mecca of golf) or Berwick upon Tweed.
– overnight in Edinburgh
Day 3: Another day in Edinburgh, or in the beautiful Scottish Borders
Round trip first south-westerly through the delightful Border Region, over the border into England and a stopover in the former frontier town of Carlisle. A visit to the imposing castle or the impressive cathedral is well worth while. For those interested in art and history Tullie House Museum has much to offer. Finally, travel on via Glasgow (anyone who wishes has time to visit the city) and back to Edinburgh.
Day 4: By rail to Oban
The option of making a stop in Glasgow or travelling directly on to the attractive harbour town of Oban on Scotland’s west coast.
Day 5: Oban/ Islands
Oban or an islands trip (extra cost) to Mull, continuing to the cradle of Christianity, the island of Iona. In Oban also possibilities of a stroll round the town and harbour, visit to Oban Distillery or Oban Fisheries (fishery, salmon farm), walk to MacCaig’s Tower, visit Dunstaffnage Castle, cafés, fine pubs.
Day 6: Oban to Mallaig
The West Highland Line is the “Road to the Isles”
Over wild Rannoch moor to the Atlantic coast at Mallaig. Here you are in the historic and scenic “movie Scotland” (Highlander, Rob Roy, Braveheart) of the Western Highlands.
Days 7 and 8: Mallaig
Wander through the small seaside town with its ferry port. How about a day trip to the seat of clan Donald? You will be enchanted by Armadale Castle’s superb gardens on the Isle of Skye. Or take a picnic on a visit to the Small Isles, Rum, Eigg and Muck. Experience idyllic shorter walks or impressive longer ones, for example beside Loch Morar, Europe’s deepest lake, or further afield to wild Knoydart, a walker’s paradise. The warm Gulf Stream invites you to bathe. Rent a bike or a car for the day, or play golf on Arisaig links. You can even climb Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. Stop over in Fort William and Glenfinnan for shopping, museums, boat trips and much more. A historic steam train leaves daily for Fort William.
Day 9: The Wild, Wild West
You have a choice: – either a romantic ferry trip to the Isle of Skye followed by a scenic bus journey across the island and back to the mainland over the famous Skye Bridge. Some free time in the harbour town of Kyle of Lochalsh. Finally, a wonderful railway journey through the lonely north-west of Scotland to Inverness.
– or train to Fort William, continuing by bus through The Great Glen, along the banks of Loch Ness to Inverness. You can discover the attractive “capital” of the Highlands on foot in the evening.
Day 10: Highlands
Celts, kilts and monsters in Inverness and Loch Ness, or to the North coast at Thurso, or the granite city of Aberdeen.
Probably today you will wish to make the acquaintance of the Loch Ness Monster which can be done by taking a service bus or an organised trip (additional cost). Anyone who has visited Loch Ness the day before on the way to Inverness, or who leaves Inverness in the early evening of day 11, will perhaps appreciate a pleasant day’s outing by rail to the North coast at Thurso or to the East coast at Aberdeen.
Day 11: Central Highlands
Today you have the option of either spending the whole day in Inverness or of continuing your journey in the morning by train to Pitlochry in the heart of the Central Highlands.
Day 12: Central Highlands
Enjoy the beauty of a world of mountains, waterfalls and lochs. Experience a scenic walk on Ben Vrackie mountain, or along the picturesque River Tummel to Killiecrankie, or the outlook from Queen’s View. Visit the imposing ducal seat, Blair Castle and its grounds, and the famous salmon ladder. A special recommendation is a visit to Scotland’s smallest distillery.
Day 13: By rail to Edinburgh
airport transfer, departure or next tour programme.
2019 DEPARTURES for SELF-GUIDED railway tours:
weekly from Sunday 3rd of March to Sunday 24th of November 2019, further departures on request, including throughout the winter.
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
All three packages include the following: 12 nights in room with bath/shower and WC, 12 full Scottish breakfasts, all train, ferry and bus journeys in the programme, Edinburgh City Tour, welcome drink, maps, vouchers and comprehensive information package for clients, airport transfers by bus, transfers from station to hotel whenever the hotel is more than 3 minutes on foot from the station, 24 hour telephone service.
HOW AND WHERE YOU CAN MAKE A BOOKING:
You can make a booking directly with Rob Roy Tours Ltd. Arrive by plane, train or your own car.
Here you can find further information on booking and a straightforward booking form.
per person in double/twin room
Overnight with breakfast in quality three star hotels, 8 good multiple course dinners (not on Days 4, 5, 9 and 10 – to make a change and because there is a good choice of restaurants in Oban and Inverness; – supplement for four further inclusive dinners, EUR 135/ USD 199):
Single room supplement: EUR 499/ USD 749
Overnight with breakfast in quality three star hotels:
Single room supplement: EUR 499/ USD 749
Overnight with breakfast in very good Bed and Breakfast establishments:
Single room supplement: EUR 565/ USD 849
– Reduction for children up to 12 years sharing parents’ room: 50%
– Group discount for small groups of 6 plus on request
– Prices do not include flights
Booking direct with Rob Roy Tours. Special reductions for small groups.
If you have any questions, simply call us on 0044-1620-890 908.
We will return your call immediately! Or send us an e-mail or fax.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO TOUR FOR MORE THAN 13 DAYS?
You can readily combine this self-guided railway tour with our other tours:
• “Western Highlands – in the Footsteps of Rob Roy” – our classic tour
• “Islands and Highlands” (Mull, Iona, Skye, and Western Highlands)
• “Northern Highlights” (Orkney and Shetland Islands and Sutherland)
• “In the Heart of Scotland” – (walking, culture and sport based on one centre, great value)
• “Lake District” (English Lake District and Yorkshire Dales)
• “Western Isles” (Lewis, Harris, Uists, Barra, Skye und North-West Scotland)
• “Rob Roy Munro Tour” (Based on a single location, Trossachs for the energetic)
• “Gardens and walking in the Hebrides”– Scottish sightseeing tours:
• “Scotland, the Whisky Trail and More” (exclusive bus tour for connoisseurs)