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 ‘The Gaelic Whiskies’, 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 April to October
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West Highland Line railway holiday in Scotland

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

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. That’s 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.

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Reviewed on 25 Sep 2019 by

Traveling on the Far North Line provided beautiful scenery and the train was comfortable and very clean. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Sep 2019 by

The most exciting part of the holiday was jacobite steam train from Fort William to Mallaig. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Aug 2019 by

The harry potter train was the most memorable part of the trip. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Aug 2019 by

The most memorable part of the holiday was the day long tour on the Isle of Skye. The local tour guide was interesting, funny and very knowledgeable. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Jul 2019 by

The rail journey through the highlands to Mallaig was memorable and the stay at the Old Pines was a delight. It is a charming place with most helpful staff and superb food. Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Jun 2019 by

The most memorable part of the holiday was the tour of Skye Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Jun 2019 by

Our Highland Train experience was fantastic, from beginning to end. We couldn't have had a better guide than Ronnie, who was knowledgeable and blessed with a great sense of humour. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Jun 2019 by

Spean Bridge with the lovely view of Ben Nevis and the Jacobite train from Fort William to Mallaig were the most memorable parts of our holiday. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 May 2019 by

The most memorable parts of our holiday were the beautiful scenery and the very friendly and hospitable people we met. The holiday was well thought out and organised by the tour operator Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Sep 2019 by

The Old Pines Hotel (and the) Jacobite Steam Train were the most memorable parts of the trip. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2018 by

The most memorable part of the holiday was spending two days on The Isle Of Skye, it was so peaceful and tranquil, and everyone was very welcoming too. I would love to have stayed a bit longer, so a return journey will be on my list! Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Jun 2018 by

Skye was the most memorable part of the holiday Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Aug 2017 by

The trip around Skye was the most memorable...Excellent. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Jun 2017 by

The Jacobite Steam Train was the highlight! Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Aug 2017 by

The train journey from Glasgow to Spean Bridge, then the Jacobite steam train from Fort Wiliam to Mallaig. Then the trip round Skye. The views were so beautiful. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 May 2017 by

The most memorable was being able to walk in the inspiring scenery. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Jun 2016 by

Best bit: The trip round the island Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Aug 2016 by

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

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