Experience a trip on the World Famous West Highland Railway Line by steam train, spend a night near the banks of mysterious Loch Ness and spend time in brooding Glen Coe. This tour just couldn't get any better! Runs on Wednesdays from May to October, plus Saturdays in July and August.
Tour Highlights: Dunkeld, Picturesque Perthshire, The Hermitage, Cairngorm National Park, Culloden Moor, Inverness, Loch Ness, Drumnadrochit, The Great Glen, Fort William, Jacobite Steam Train, West Highland Railway Line, Glenfinnan Viaduct and Monument, Mallaig, Glen Coe, Rannoch Moor and Callander
Day One - Edinburgh to Fort William
Departing from Edinburgh we make our way to Bonnie Perthshire, a land of scenic valleys, remote glens, rushing rivers and peaceful lochs. We will make a stop amidst this wonderful scenery when we visit Dunkeld. After time for morning coffee why not visit the attractive cathedral ruins, which sit on the banks of the River Tay?
A short drive will take us to The Hermitage, one of the most picturesque landscapes in Scotland. Here we have a relaxing walk through spectacularly large Douglas Firs to an amazing folly, Ossian's Hall, that overlooks the pretty Black Linn waterfall.
There are fine views of Blair Castle, the seat of the Dukes of Atholl – the only man allowed to have their own private army, The Atholl Highlanders. Wild mountain vistas surround us as we start our ascent of the Drumochter Pass, the main route into the highlands since the earliest of times.
The Cairngorm National Park is an area of stunning natural beauty, as we will discover. As we journey through the Spey Valley the Cairngorm Mountains, which rise to over 4000 feet, provide a striking backdrop.
Desolate Culloden Moor was the site of the last battle ever fought on British soil. The Jacobite troops of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the British Army under the command of the Duke of Cumberland clashed here in 1746. The Jacobites were routed in a bloody battle and the aftermath changed Highland life forever. We'll make a stop so that you can discover more about the battle (optional) and the dramatic consequences that followed.
A short drive will take us to Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands, and then along the banks of mysterious Loch Ness to our overnight accommodation in Fort William.
Overnight: Fort William
Day Two - Fort William to Edinburgh
After a hearty breakfast we board the Jacobite Steam Train for an unforgettable journey on the famed West Highland Line to Mallaig. This is one of the world's great train journeys and will take you past Britain's highest mountain, deepest loch, shortest river and most westerly station. You'll cross the famous Glenfinnan viaduct featured in the Harry Potter films and pass the monument to Bonnie Prince Charlie who raised his standard here at the start of the 1745 Jacobite up-rising.
There’s time for lunch in Mallaig before we return to Fort William. Brooding Glen Coe is next. The outstanding beauty of this place belies the tragic tale that we'll hear next. Gather round as our guide takes us back to 1692 and tells the story of the Massacre of Glen Coe when Campbell soldiers slaughtered 40 MacDonalds who had been their hosts. This infamous deed remains controversial to this very day.
All too soon Glen Coe is left behind and we travel over remote and barren Rannoch Moor. This unspoilt landscape extends over 50 square miles and is one of the most unspoilt areas in Europe. Our descent of the "Black Mount" provides excellent views over Loch Tulla before we make a stop in the little Highland village of Tyndrum.
The final part of our journey together will take us through Rob Roy McGregor country to the bonnie little village of Strathyre. As we negotiate the Pass of Lenny we move from the Highlands back into the Lowlands.
• Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
• Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
• Gratuity to your driver/guide
• 1 nights accommodation in twin rooms with private bath/shower
• Full Scottish breakfast (day 2)
• Return transport by the Jacobite Steam Train
• Excursions as detailed in itinerary
• Live commentary in English
• Transportation by air-conditioned minicoach
• Services of a tour host
• Service charges and taxes
Min Age3 years
Tour Vehicle TypeMini Coach
Departure PointHighland Experience Tours @ Caffé Nero,1 Parliament Square, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 1RE
Departure TimeCheck-in 08:45; departs 09:00 hrs
Expected return Time20:00 hrs (day 2)
Duration of Tour2 days
Months of OperationMay, June, July, August, September, October
Rates & Dates
The tour runs on Saturdays and Wednesdays from 5th July to 30th August, and Wednesdays from 14 May to 22 October, 2014
|Guesthouse Accommodation||Hotel Accommodation|
13 May to 21 October, 2015
Wednesdays and Saturdays
04 July to 29 August, 2015
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- Limited availability : advanced booking required.
- Any booking is subject to our Booking Terms.
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