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Edinburgh, the Highlands and Islands

Edinburgh Return

Trip Code: RJTSHS9P
9 Days
16 Meals
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Trip Inclusions

  • Eight nights in premium accommodation
  • Services of a Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort and expert local guides
  • 16 meals - 8 breakfasts and 8 dinners
  • Airport transfers, tipping and porterage

Travel & Accommodation

The Jacobite Steam Train cutting through the Scottish countryside

West Highland Line

Journey on one of the world's most incredible railway lines, the West Highland Line.

Train journeying through the Scottish Highlands

Kyle Line

Embark on a breathtaking rail journey on the Kyle Line from the east to the west of Scotland.

Scottish man in a kilt playing bagpipes

Traditional Scottish Fare

Taste traditional Scottish fare and listen to a chorus of bagpipes and drums during a Scottish-themed evening.

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itineraries and hotels may be subject to change
  • Accommodation in Ballachulish is the best available
  • Itinerary operated by Travelmarvel’s partner Great Rail Journeys
  • Itinerary includes porterage, however some handling of luggage may occasionally be required getting on and off trains
  • Prices are for land/rail only. Flights not included
Europe Map RJTSHS9P 2019
Edinburgh Return

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Insider Experience

Enjoy an included special or unique excursion or event

Today you will arrive in Scotland’s much-loved capital, Edinburgh. Discover its fascinating history, unsurpassed beauty and warm, friendly locals. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your centrally located hotel, situated close to the station.

Stay: Edinburgh, Apex Hotel Waterloo Place

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  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

All aboard for Glasgow this morning, before changing trains for a journey on one of the world’s most incredible railway lines, the West Highland Line.


Travel along a hillside ledge overlooking Gare Loch before entering the spectacular Highlands, an idyllic, remote and untouched landscape. The incredible route skirts the western banks of Loch Lomond and climbs quickly from Crianlarich to Upper Tyndrum and wild Rannoch Moor, a dramatic region of peat bogs, streams and ancient forests that are only visible from the comfort of your train. Mighty mountains provide an imposing backdrop to the journey on the approach to Fort William. On arrival, transfer to the nearby village of Ballachulish.

Stay: Three Nights, Ballachulish, Isles of Glencoe Hotel or Ballachulish Hotel

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  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Venture to the town of Oban where you’ll board a ferry and cruise to Craignure on the Isle of Mull.


Heading through the small islands and across to Mull, the incredible picture-postcard views are truly awe-inspiring. Think rugged coastline; hills rising sharply from the water’s edge, endless greens, purples and browns of the moorland; and jagged, exposed rock faces. On approach to the island, you’ll notice a lonely castle above the sea cliffs. This is Duart Castle, ancestral home of the Maclean Clan. Visit the castle, taking in its eclectic rooms and stunning views. Later, return to Ballachulish.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a cruise on the picturesque waters of Loch Linnhe.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Explore Neptune’s Staircase, an impressive flight of eight locks operated by a team of at least three lock keepers.


Today you’ll travel by coach to Neptune’s Staircase. Situated on the Caledonian Canal, the 22-ton lock gates were originally hand-powered, but are now operated by hydraulics. It takes approximately one-and-a-half hours to pass from one end of the staircase to the other, where water overcomes gravity and nature to climb the hillside. Pass the stunning mountain landscapes of Glencoe before returning to your hotel. Tonight enjoy a traditional Scottish dinner.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Join the Jacobite Steam Train for a journey to Mallaig on the final leg of the West Highland Line.


Departing from Fort William, journeying past Ben Nevis on your steam train before climbing into the mountains around Glenfinnan, a town famous as the rallying point for Bonnie Prince Charlie’s assault on the British throne. At Glenfinnan, reach the line’s most picturesque section and one of Britain’s most iconic engineering works – the 21-arched Glenfinnan Viaduct. A magical experience, it’s no wonder this train was featured as the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter films. As you head towards Mallaig, we drop down to the sea’s edge and the landscape opens up with the first views of the rugged ‘Small Isles’ – Rum, Eigg and Muck – which hang close offshore and tease in and out of view near the journey’s end. After a lunch stop, it’s time to return to Fort William by coach. From there, you’ll then continue by road along the banks of Loch Ness to the city of Inverness, capital of the Highlands.

Stay: Three Nights, Inverness Palace Hotel and Spa

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  • Breakfast
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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a cruise on Loch Ness and soak up the myth and mystery before disembarking at the picturesque 13th-century ruins of Urquhart Castle.


This morning enjoy some time at leisure to familiarise yourself with Inverness. This afternoon, you’ll travel to the tranquil waters of Loch Ness, as famous for its ‘monster’ as much as for its beauty. Enjoy an Insider Experience then return by coach to Inverness.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy one of the most breathtaking railway journeys in Europe, the Kyle Line.


Enjoy countless photo opportunities as your train winds through wooded hillsides and over sparse moors, climbing over the highlands and past charming loch-side and seaside towns. The tracks rise and fall over hills and valleys, travelling at low speed throughout most of the journey, giving you time to soak up the terrific views. The train sweeps one way and the next, following a route dictated by politicians and powerful landowners as much as by civil engineers. During the final part of the journey, pass the picturesque white-washed houses in the village of Plockton. Arrive at Kyle of Lochalsh, the end of the line, located across a short stretch of water from the Isle of Skye. Afterwards, make a visit to Eilean Donan Castle, situated on a tiny island in Loch Duich, it is joined to the mainland by a small bridge. The island was part of the Macrae Clan’s territory and in the 13th century they built Eilean Donan Castle, which was initially designed to defend the clan’s land from invading Vikings but which actually saw more battles between the warring Scottish clans.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy the opportunity to try some traditional Scottish fare for dinner (haggis, anyone?). You’ll also listen to a chorus of bagpipes and drums during a Scottish-themed evening to mark the end of your journey.


Leaving Inverness behind this morning, you’ll travel south by rail through the Cairngorms and via the towns of Aviemore and Kingussie, as well as the burgh of Pitlochry, before arriving back in Edinburgh. Transfer from the railway station to your hotel then enjoy an Insider Experience for dinner this evening.

Stay: Edinburgh, Radisson Blu Hotel

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Your journey ends with a transfer to the airport today.

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In all we had a fantastic holiday. We would recommend Travelmarvel to all who'll ask.