Oban, Isle of Skye & The Sound of Mull
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From the proud city of Glasgow, make the exciting journey through the mesmerising scenery of the Scottish Highlands on one of the world's great railways, before visiting the beautiful Isle of Skye and embarking on a scenic cruise on the Sound of Mull.
Your tour begins in Glasgow where you meet your Tour Manager at your hotel. After settling in, you are free to explore. This fantastic city is the largest in Scotland, and has gone through a fantastic renaissance in the last few decades, and is therefore an absolute delight to explore.
Glasgow is utterly filled with incredible examples of Victorian architecture, having undergone a massive time of growth during the Industrial age. This style of architecture now has the name 'Glasgow style', and was initially developed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh Now, the stunning buildings stand along some truly incredible examples of modern architecture, including 'the Armadillo', named due to it's likeness to the eponymous creature, and the wonderful Glasgow Science Centre.
Today, embark on the magnificent West Highland Line, one of the first railway journeys of your trip. One of the sights we see is sparkling Loch Lomond which the line runs alongside for a time. This is one of the most iconic sights in Scotland, and is considered the natural boundary between central Scotland and the stunning Highlands. From here, you can inspect to see some truly spectacular and atmospheric scenery as you begin your journey through the dramatic Highlands.
Your destination is Oban, your base for the next three nights. You have an afternoon at leisure before dinner this evening.
Transfer by coach to Fort William for a journey on the iconic Jacobite Steam Train*. Hailed as one of the great railway journeys of the world, the Jacobite travels from Fort William to Mallaig, passing lochs, rivers, mountains, silvery beaches and beautiful villages along the way. From Mallaig, sail to Armadale on the Isle of Skye, which is known for its striking castle ruins. You have time to explore the romantic castle and historic gardens before sailing back to Mallaig. You return to Oban by coach, passing the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct en route.
*Please note: some early departures may be diesel-hauled on Scotrail's scheduled service
After a leisurely morning, you board the MV Isle of Mull for a highlight of your tour, a scenic cruise along the Sound of Mull, enjoying a light lunch on board. Soak up incredible views as you sail from Oban to Craignure, seeing the island of Lismore with its impressive lighthouse, the Nevis Mountain range, the Garvellach Islands and the imposing Duart Castle. It is also possible to catch a glimpse of the plethora of fascinating sealife and birdlife that populate the area, including porpoises and cormorants. Later, enjoy a tour and whisky tasting at Oban Distillery before a free evening.
Travel by rail back to Glasgow, enjoying views over wild, unspoilt areas of natural beauty. This afternoon is free; perhaps stroll along Buchanan Street, taking in the impeccable Victorian architecture at the heart of Glasgow's centre. Dinner this evening is at a local restaurant.
After breakfast on Day 6, you are free to depart at your leisure.
On many of our UK & Ireland tours, you may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00; your Tour Manager will be available between 16:00 and 18:00. However, if you are arriving later, you can meet your Tour Manager before dinner from 19:00.
Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.
World class rail journeys in a stunningly beautiful region