Grand UK have added an extra date to this fantastic Journey ‘The Road to the Isles’ – Mull, Iona and Skye on the West Highland Line from Glasgow to Oban and it was voted as the best rail journey in the world by the readers of the ‘Wanderlust’ travel magazine ! Grand UK would like you to join them on this fantastic tour, whatever the weather, Fort William and Mallaig along with stunning lochs, breathtaking snow capped mountains and the fabulous islands of Mull, Iona and Skye will really leave you with experiences and great memories that will last a life time!
Day 1: Lunchtime departure from London’s Euston station on a Virgin West Coast service to Glasgow Central. The route passes Crewe, Preston, Lancaster, over the Cumbrian Fells to Carlisle and into Scotland and Glasgow. Transfer to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Morning at leisure in Glasgow before joining the ScotRail service to Oban. Firstly along the Firth of Clyde, then wonderful views of Loch Long and Loch Lomond follow. Onwards to Crainlarich and Glen Lochty to reach Oban – ‘Gateway to the Isles’ – for a two night stay.
Day 3: Board the 09.30 Caledonian MacBrayne sailing for the forty five minute crossing to Craignure on the Isle of Mull. Here join our road transport for the short journey to Torosay Castle (admission included). Torosay is a spectacular 150 year old Scottish baronial style castle surrounded by magnificent prize winning gardens. Then a road transfer to Fionnphort and a short ferry ride to Iona, a special place for Christians, as it was the place to where St Columba came when forced out of Ireland some 1,500 years ago. After time here we return to Mull and then back to the mainland.
Day 4: Morning at leisure until joining the midday train departure and alight at the junction station of Crainlarich. Here board the service to Mallaig and enjoy possibly the most scenic part of your holiday. Through Tyndrum and past County March Summit (1024ft) the line enters the vast wilderness of Rannoch Moor before reaching Corrour Summit (1350ft) and then descending under the shadow of Ben Nevis to Fort William. Here the train reverses and heads through Glenfinnan, past Loch Treig, Arisaig with views of Rum, Muck and Eigg islands, to Morar for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Board the 08.00 Caledonain MacBrayne sailing across the Sound of Sleat to Armadale on the Isle of Skye. Here we transfer by road to Portree, Skye’s small scale capital. Return to Armadale for the mid-afternoon sailing back to Mallaig, before joining the 16.12 train to Glasgow. At Glasgow we board the ScotRail overnight sleeper train to London.
All rail travel in standard class
One overnight ‘sleeper’ journey in standard class
Four nights hotel accommodation with dinner bed & breakfast
Itinerary, admissions and local transfers as stated
The services of the Grand UK Tour Manager
This tour is selling out quickly and is one not to be missed, to find out more click here or call our friendly reservations team on 0845 330 3747 to book your fantastic ‘The Road to the Isles’ tour today!