Hebridean Islands Discovery Rail Tour Dates Announced for 2017

Sep 19 2016

Island hop from Skye to Uist and from Harris to Lewis on this magical tour of the Hebridean islands. Every day is different as each sublime, rugged and breathtaking landscape unfolds before you. And for 2017 this popular tour is further enhanced with a visit to the Isle of Mill and a lovely journey on the western branch of the West Highland Line.

This Hebridean Islands Discovery Rail Tour is a great UK Rail Tour.

Departure Dates:
Saturday 17 September 2016
Saturday 22 April 2017
Saturday 30 September 2017

Tour Highlights:
Cruise betwixt the Isles amidst dream-like seascapes; look out for whales, dolphins & sea eagles
Both branches of the scenic West Highland Railway
The majestic Isle of Mull and Duart Castle, home of the Clan Mac Lean
The romantic ‘rail route to the Isles’
Stunning beaches ‘as far as the eye can see’
Naturalist’s paradise of birds & wildlife of the BBC TV series “Islands on the Edge”
Discover Hebrides ancient history spanning back 5000 years
Uists’ white shell beaches & freshwater lochs
Sample the traditional island lifestyle & local cuisine
Magnificent Highlands scenery, Ullapool to Inverness

Tour Itinerary:

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Day 1: Saturday
Arriving in Crianlarich, we spend our first two nights in the Highlands at the welcoming Crainlarich Hotel.

Dinner is included

Day 2: Sunday
Lochs, glens and islands await today, as we explore the western branch of the West Highland Line, a contrast of quintessential Highland lochs and glens. Reaching Oban, we leave the mainland by ferry for the Isle of Mull, where we enjoy a visit to Duart Castle, the proud ancestral home of the Clan MacLean. Returning to Oban, we journey past Loch Etive and the appropriately named Loch Awe, before relaxing in our hotel bar with its extensive range of malts.

Breakfast and Dinner is included

Day 3: Monday
One of the world’s great rail adventures – the stunningly picturesque and romantic ‘rail journey to the isles’ takes us over Rannoch Moor to Fort William. Our journey continues across ‘Harry Potter’ famed Glenfinnan Viaduct where the Highlander Monument stands at the head of lovely Loch Shiel, then around Loch Eilt before reaching the Atlantic coastline at Mallaig. Stroll around the small town and harbour, then board the Isle of Skye ferry, touring the heavenly southern peninsula, “the garden of Skye”.

Breakfast and Dinner is included

Day 4: Tuesday
We travel the shores of Loch Snizort to Uig for the ferry cruise to North Uist. A tour of Benbecula and South Uist passing numerous lochans and beautiful beaches arrive at our hotel for a relaxing evening in a tranquil location.

Breakfast and Dinner is included

Day 5: Wednesday
We cruise to the Isle of Harris and Lewis; a rugged landscape of moorland, deep-sea lochs, mountains and a proud history. With an expert local guide we explore Harris before continuing northwards to Lewis and the capital Stornoway.

Breakfast and Dinner is included

Day 6: Thursday
Experience 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.

Breakfast and Dinner is included

Day 7: Friday
Explore Stornoway, its harbour and eclectic architecture before we depart the Hebrides, crossing to Ullapool for the spectacular journey over the Highlands to Inverness.

Breakfast and Dinner is included

Day 8: Saturday
Bidding farewell to Inverness we take the glorious rail journey past the Cairngorms and southwards through Pitlochry to Edinburgh and homeward destinations.

Breakfast is included.

Hotel Information:


Hotel Crianlarich
Situated in Crianlarich at the heart of the West Highland Line, relax and enjoy your first evening in the Highlands.

Dunnollie Hotel, Isle of Skye
Set by the waterside of Broadford Bay on the Isle of Skye and in the foothills that lead to Skye’s mighty Cuillin mountains.

Dark Island, Benbecula
Spectacularly located amidst cornfields, leading to miles of golden sands.

Caberfeidh, Stornoway
Considered the best hotel in Stornoway, the restaurant specialises in locally produced and sourced cuisine.

Royal Highland, Inverness
A classic Scottish ‘station hotel’ offering charm and elegance combined with modern splendour.

Prices start from just £1029 per person to join and leave at the Hotel, please contact us today for quotation from your local railway station.

We offer some excellent rates

Whats Included?
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 and admissions as detailed
Services of experienced Rail Tour Manager


Fare Region First Class Standard Class Railcard Discount
London: Euston £1295 £1175 -£20
Greater London £1335 £1195 -£25
South of England £1345 £1205 -£25
East Anglia £1355 £1215 -£25
South West £1395 £1235 -£30
Heart of England £1285 £1165 -£20
Midlands £1265 £1155 -£20
Yorkshire £1190 £1135 -£15
North East £1180 £1120 -£15
North West £1225 £1130 -£15
South Wales £1320 £1190 -£25
North Wales £1265 £1155 -£20
Scotland £1095 £1075 -£10

To Join and Leave at the Hotel £1029
September Departure Supplement £70
Single Room Supplement £190

This great tour can be book now for a deposit of just £99 per person – however please remember deposits are Non Refundable

To enquire and receive a quotation for this tour please complete the form below or call us on 0191 246 0708

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