West Highland Line railway holiday in Scotland

“Four days on board the world famous West Highland, with glorious overnight stops en route. From Spean Bridge to Skye. It's Scotland at its most sublime. ”

Highlights

West Highland Line railway | Rannoch Moor | Spean Bridge | Fort William | Ben Nevis | Jacobite steam train journey | Glenfinnan viaduct | Mallaig | Ferry to Isle of Skye | The Gaelic Whiskies

Description of West Highland Line railway holiday in Scotland

The West Highland line is considered by many train aficionados to be one of the finest rail journeys anywhere in the world. It is that wild and wonderful mix of the likes of Rannoch Moor and Glencoe, passing lochs and waterfalls, streams and striking uplands, all changing by the minute depending on that ever varying Scottish light. In addition, our tailor made West Highland railway holidays take you not only from the Glasgow starting point up to Fort William, at the foot of Ben Nevis, but also over the sea to the Isle of Skye.

Spend the first night of this tailor made Scottish trip in a remote highland village called Spean Bridge, where your small, locally run hotel overlooks Ben Nevis, serves organic meals and always has treats like home baked scones on offer. The next day you board the West Highland railway again on the historic Jacobite Steam train which takes you out to the coast, over the architectural splendours of Glenfinnan viaduct, to Mallaig Harbour where you catch the ferry to the Isle of Skye. Spending two nights at a traditional waterfront hotel in a tranquil spot in the south of the island, you have a whole day at leisure. Choose to enjoy the natural and cultural highlights of Skye by taking a small group tour or hire a car and explore the coves and coastal trails, or the rugged uplands and woodlands in the interior. Alternatively, just relax at the harbour, perhaps stroll around and sample a few of the spirits at ĎThe Gaelic Whiskiesí, which produces whiskies in the original Gael style, unchilfiltered.

Your final journey after returning to Mallaig by ferry is by train, again on the West Highland railway all the way back to Glasgow, allowing you lots of time to take in your final views of these unique, dramatic landscapes.

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This trip can be tailor made from late April to the end of September
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Responsible tourism: West Highland Line railway holiday in Scotland

Environment

We are continually increasing our range of public transport holidays for those who actively choose low-carbon transport. This holiday has been carefully-designed to allow you to explore the West of Scotland and even the magical Isle of Skye without a car. It takes you beyond the end of the train line, by ferry and short taxi transfer. We recommend that you explore further on foot or by public transport in the local area. The accommodation chosen takes you a little off the beaten tourist track, so that you will have a more authentic experience. In each place, there are plentiful local walks, and some short trips available by local bus - we will provide suggestions and recommendations in your holiday pack, but do check the most up-to-date information with the staff at your hotel.

We take the utmost care to choose local business partners who share our values and commitment to sustainable travel, preferring to work with locally-owned and managed businesses wherever possible. Your hotel in Spean Bridge is committed to home-cooked organic food, while the shellfish for the hotel restaurant on Skye is landed at the local pier. We build long-term relationships based on mutual trust with our business partners, with a joint commitment to excellent customer satisfaction and care for the environment.

Community

For us, true sustainability means promoting and helping to maintain a way of life, where the economic benefit from tourism can make a genuine difference. Thatís why we work almost exclusively with local, family-run businesses, not with large corporate organisations. We build close and lasting relationships with our business partners, based on mutual trust and an unerring commitment to customer satisfaction. We carefully select these partners to ensure that they share our values of sustainable and responsible travel. For example, the small hotel featured in this holiday on the Isle of Skye is based in the heart of a Gaelic community, and all staff are encouraged to learn the language, whatever their original native tongue.

All of our holiday packs include "Robert's Recommendations", our specific tips on places to visit, places to eat and places to shop locally, all of which have been researched by us, and many of which are off-the-beaten track.

Reviews of West Highland Line railway holiday in Scotland

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 14 Jun 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The trip round the island

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?




3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


No

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Read the operator's response here:

Many thanks indeed Cheryl. We are continually increasing our range of public transport holidays for those who actively choose low-carbon transport.
We take the utmost care to choose local business partners who share our values and commitment to sustainable travel, preferring to work with locally-owned and managed businesses wherever possible.

Thanks,

ZoŽ

Reviewed on 18 Aug 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The scenery is stunning. A pity about the weather, but can't be helped!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Do prepare for the weather. Wind factor can make it feel even colder. And, as you want to be outside as much as possible, take proper walking type waterproofs, whether you are a serious walker or not, and whatever the forecast!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The holiday benefits local economies, of course. But to think it can actually reduce 'environmental impacts' is preposterous. It also did nothing to support conservation - it was a holiday, for goodness sake!

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


I really enjoyed it. The weather tried to spoil it, but failed!

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