Scotland Outer Hebrides

9-Day tour of Scotland
  • Travel by train, bus and boat
  • Remote, rugged and unspoilt
  • White beaches, mountains and Lochs
from
  • € 818 1st class
  • € 769 2nd class
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Tour along the edge of Europe: remote islands, unspoilt nature and few tourists. The tour consists of beautiful routes, short travel days and overnight stays in charming small-scale hotels.
The starting and finishing point of the tour is Scotland's capital Edinburgh.

The train

  • Scenic railways
  • Caledonian MacBrayne ferry
  • Regional busses

Day to day


Day 1 Edinburgh

The rail tour starts in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. Discover the city's fascinating history and take your time to explore the Medieval streets of the old town. Visit the Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile and Calton Hill for impressive panoramic views of the city.

Overnight stay Edinburgh, in a hotel in the city centre.

It is possible to add train tickets to Scotland to your booking. Additional fees applicable.

Day 2 Oban

On today's programme is a beautiful train journey from Edinburgh to Oban on the West Coast. Change trains in Glasgow, Scotland's largest city, and travel along the banks of Loch Lomond to reach the harbour town of Oban.

Overnight stay in Oban. The Royal Hotel is located close to the harbour.

Day 3 Isle of Mull / Oban

Free day in Oban. Spend the day in town or take a day trip to the Isle of Mull. On Mull, the colourful capital Tobermory should not be missed. A visit to the small island of Iona (by ferry from Mull) is also recommended.

Overnight stay in Oban.

Day 4 Lochboisdale (South Uist)

Continue by train across the boggy moorland of Rannoch Moor to Fort William (not on Sundays). Finish the final stretch of the famous West Highland Line, one of Scotland's most scenic railways connecting Glasgow with the ports of Oban and Mallaig. Cross the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct, travel past stunning Glenns and enjoy the impressive scenery of the Scottish Highlands. In Mallaig continue by ferry to Lochboisdale on South Uist.

Overnight stay in the Lochboisdale Hotel.

It is also possible to travel from Fort William to Mallaig by Jacobite steam train. The Jacobite runs Mon-Fri in the period 13.05 - 13.09.2019 and also on Saturday and Sunday in the period 15.06 - 01.09.2019. The Jacobite journey can be added to the rail tour in the next step of the booking process.

Day 5 Tarbert (Isle of Harris)

Travel by regular bus over single-lane roads across rugged and bare South Uist to Berneray on North Uist. Take the ferry to Leverburgh on the Isle of Harris, navigating between countless small islands (not on Sundays). Continue by bus past beautiful white beaches to the 'capital' Tarbert.

Spend the night in the Harris Hotel in Tarbert.

Day 6 Tarbert (Isle of Harris)

Free day in Tarbert. Enjoy the island and its unspoilt nature, walk the coastal track to Rhenigidale (return by bus) or visit Hushinish or Stornoway (also by bus).

Overnight stay in Tarbert.

Day 7 - Portree (Isle of Skye)

Ferry to Uig on the Isle of Skye and by bus across the island to Portree.

Overnight stay in a guest house in Portree.

Day 8 Inverness

Travel by bus to Kyle of Lochalsh, crossing the Skye Bridge which connects the island with the mainland. Continue by train to Inverness, one of Scotland's most scenic railroads.

Overnight stay in Inverness.

Day 9

The last day of the tour, return by train to Edinburgh across the beautiful Scottish Highlands.

It is possible to add train tickets to a domestic or international destination to your booking. Additional fees applicable.

More info


Would you like to receive more information and details of this rail tour? Please send us an email: info@railtravelshop.com.

Included


Included
  • All train and boat journeys in Scotland which are part of the rail tour
  • Return ticket Oban - Isle of Mull by ferry
  • Bus ticket Uig - Portree - Kyle of Lochalsh
  • 8 Nights: 2 person room with shower + toilet, breakfast included. Hotels approx 300m from train station or bus stop.

Excluded
  • Bus tickets on Isle of Mull (day trip from Oban), Lochboisdale - Berneray (South and North Uist) and Leverburgh - Tarbert (Isle of Harris)
  • Tickets available with the bus driver

Extensions


  • Additional nights in all towns of the rail tour can be added to the booking
  • 1 Night add-on Glasgow
  • Jacobite steam train Fort William - Mallaig 2nd class €37 p.p.
  • Overnight stays in other cities (also outside Scotland) before or after rail tour can be added as well

Surcharges


  • First class: €49. Please note that only the Inverness to Edinburgh journey can be travelled in 1st class.
  • Single room €390 in April and October
  • Single room €450 in high season
  • Possible surcharge of €75 p.p in case of a departure within 1 month

Departure


Travel period: 01.04 - 15.10.2019

Due to a limited number of ferry services, travelling outside the period mentioned above is more complicated. The described itinerary (standard rail tour) is possible when starting the tour on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays.

In case the tour is extended, other departure days are also possible.

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Additional nights and add-ons
Book additional nights and add-ons in the next step of the booking process.

First or second class train travel
Indicate your preference in this step of the booking process. Please note that
only the Inverness to Edinburgh journey can be travelled in 1st class.

Extras

Extras

Overnight stay Glasgow

Glasgow is Scotland's largest city with a vibrant centre packed with sights and shops. Visit the Glasgow Cathedral or the modern Riverside Museum and go for a walk along the River Clyde. Stay in a centrally located hotel, breakfast included.

From €70 p.p.

Three Isles Tour

Visit the three most beautiful island on the Scottish West Coast: Mull, Staffa and Iona.
In the morning (around 09:50) take the ferry from Oban to Craignure on the Isle of Mull. Continue by bus to Fionnphort for the connecting ferry to the unhabited island of Staffa. Visit the impressive sea cave 'Fingal's Cave' on the island. By ferry to Iona, where the St Oran's Chapel and the Iona Abbey are worth a visit. There is time for lunch on Iona. Arrive back in Oban around 20:00 in the evening.

The Three Isles Tour is offered on a daily basis in the period 29.03 - 13.10.2019.

€85 p.p.

Jacobite Steam Train 2nd class

Travel the scenic journey (West Highland Line) from Fort William to Mallaig by Jacobite steam train, rather than the usual Scotrail train. A single can only be booked in 2nd class.

The afternoon Jacobite steam train runs Mon-Fri in the period 13.05 - 13.09.2019 and also on Saturday and Sunday in the period 15.06 - 01.09.2019.

€37 p.p.

Skye Bus Tour

The best tour of the Isle of Skye! Departure from the central square in Portree in the morning. For the tour, a 16-person van is used so that the narrow back roads on the island can be taken. 

The tour includes a visit to:
- Fairy Pools
- Fairy Glen
- Kilt Rock
- Old Man of Storr
- Cuillin Mountains
- Quiraing
- Nest Point Lighthouse (or Dunvegan Castle as an alternative - admission GBP12 p.p.)
Some of the sights on the tour are visited by foot. It is recommended to wear sturdy shoes and 'windbreaker' clothes. It is possible to take shorter walks or wait alternatively (and enjoy the stunning scenery).

In the afternoon, a lunch stop is scheduled close to a cafe. Return to Portree between 18:00 and 19:00. 


The Skye Bus tour is offered on a daily basis from 29.03 untill 19.10.2019.

Please note
- The tour is rather popular, we recommend to book well in advance.
- An additional night in Portree is required for this add-on.

€62 p.p.

Loch Ness Excursion (following day from 10:00 to 14:00)

From Inverness travel by bus to the world famous Loch Ness. Enjoy a 30-min boat ride across the lake (keep an eye out for Nessie) and visit beautiful Urquhart Castle and the Loch Ness Exhibition Center. Return to Inverness by bus.
The tour takes 4 hours in total, from 10:00 to 14:00.

An additional night in Inverness is required for this add-on.

€44 p.p.