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The Outer Hebrides & The Highlands

3.8 stars(12 reviews)

Enjoy the natural beauty of the Scottish Highlands and the Outer Hebrides

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8 days From £1,149 per person
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2021 Tour code: 21OHS

About the tour

Soak up the spectacular natural beauty of the Scottish Highlands and the Outer Hebrides on a holiday that takes in breathtaking rugged scenery and features a journey aboard the iconic Jacobite Steam Train.


What’s included


Day 1 - Arrive in Glasgow

Arrive in Glasgow and meet your Tour Manager. You are free to explore for the rest of the day. Glasgow is filled with incredible examples of Victorian architecture, having undergone a massive period of growth during the industrial age. The stunning buildings stand alongside some truly incredible examples of modern design, including 'the Armadillo' and the Glasgow Science Centre.

  • Dinner
Day 2 - The West Highland Line

Transfer to the train station for a scenic ride on the West Highland Line to Fort William, travelling through stunning mountain and forest scenery. Easily one of the most scenic routes in Britain, the route is often hailed as one of the best rail journeys of the world. Highlights include the Clyde Estuary, Ben Lomond, and the Falls of Falloch. Discover Fort William at your own leisure, perhaps exploring Old Inverlochy Castle, located about 1 mile from the city centre. You could also visit the West Highland Museum that details the history of the Scottish Highlands and Islands.

  • Breakfast
The West Highland Line
Day 3 - The Jacobite Steam Train

Take the famous Jacobite Steam Train* today, from Fort William to Mallaig. One of the most beautiful train lines in the world, a highlight of the route comes as you cross the 21 dramatic arches of Glenfinnan Viaduct, famously a filming location for Harry Potter. You have free time in Mallaig before moving on to the Glenfinnan Monument by coach. This afternoon, visit the Ben Nevis Distillery, where a whisky tasting is included.

*Steam-hauled when possible. Some departures will make this journey on Scotrail's diesel service.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
The Jacobite
Day 4 - To The Outer Hebrides

Travel by coach from Fort William to Uig today, on a drive through the scenery of Skye. Pause along the way at Eilean Donan Castle, a 13th-century castle that occurs frequently in pictures and television shows because of its stunning location, and Portree, a fishing village on the east side of Skye. You have time to take photographs before boarding the ferry to Tarbert, one of the main harbours of the area. On arrival, your coach will deliver you to your hotel in Stornoway.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Isle of Lewis

Today, enjoy a full-day guided sight-seeing tour. Depart Stornoway by coach and drive north to see the Butt of Lewis and the Port of Ness. You then return south to Barvas, visiting the Gearrannan Blackhouse Village and the Callanish Standing Stones. This circle, comprising 13 stones, was erected in the late Neolithic era and was used for rituals during the Bronze Age. The stones enjoy a prominent position in popular culture, including the television series Outlander. Enjoy lunch at the Doune Braes Hotel before taking a scenic tour of the Uig District of Lewis. Enjoy the stunning views over Uig Bay as you walk along the pier.

Back at the hotel your time is at leisure, and there is authentic Scottish entertainment, including bagpipers and Ceilidh dancers before dinner.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Butt of Lewis
Day 6 - Stornoway

Enjoy a morning exploring the town of Stornoway and Garry Beach on a guided sightseeing tour. Stornoway is home to an arts and cinema centre, and Tasglann nan, a small but interesting museum.

From here, visit the golden sands of Garry Beach, taking a scenic walk along its heritage trail. Take the ferry from Stornoway harbour to Ullapool, a quaint Scottish village. You are free to explore this Highland destination, nestled on the shores of Lochbroom. You can visit the museum, where local historical artefacts from different eras are on display, and the community-run gallery that promotes works by Highland artists. Perhaps stop at one of the waterfront pubs where beautiful views and traditional Scottish music await. To the west of Ullapool is Inverpolly National Nature Reserve, home to some unique Scottish wildlife.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Days 7-8 - Edinburgh & Home

Journey from Ullapool to Inverness by coach, then continue to Edinburgh by rail for the night. On Day 8, you are free to depart at your leisure.

  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 8 - Breakfast

Additional information

Departure times

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.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


Ibis South Bridge, Edinburgh

Ibis South Bridge, Edinburgh

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Ben Nevis Hotel

Ben Nevis Hotel, Fort William

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Holiday Inn Express Glasgow City Centre Riverside, Glasgow

Holiday Inn Express Glasgow City Centre Riverside, Glasgow

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Caladh Inn

Caladh Inn, Stornoway

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Royal Hotel Ullapool

Royal Hotel Ullapool, Ullapool

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3.8 stars3.8 / 5 · 12 reviews

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Mrs Mary Richards

5 stars

Submitted 09 Oct 2020

A great Tour Manager in Rob Clark, excellent transport arrangements especially with our luggage, an adequate amount of free time.

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Mr David Thomas

5 stars

Submitted 09 Oct 2020

A lovely tour well organised especially in the circumstances of the pandemic

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Mr R Ellis

4 stars

Submitted 16 Sep 2020

The tour was well organised with a variety of places visited

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Mrs P King

5 stars

Submitted 15 Sep 2020

Well run. Small party. Great scenery. Superb weather. Couldn’t have done more to make it a better holiday

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Mrs P Perritt

4 stars

Submitted 01 Sep 2018

Hotels were good and so were most of the arrangements with a few hiccups

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Mr D Scott

4 stars

Submitted 17 Sep 2017

one or two of the hotels were definitely economy class in terms of room size and access to rooms.

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