WEST HIGHLAND TRAIN AND FERRY EXPLORER PACKAGE

Independent Rail and Ferry Day Tours Adventure


Highlights

A unique independent tour...

Our West Highland Train & Ferry Explorer package gives you the opportunity to customize this fun and independent touring package! Choose from different ferry day tours on three different days to get a complete and custom experience.

Your Tour Includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation in a mixture of 3 star accommodation (hotels, inns and guest houses)
  • Breakfast daily (except for morning of arrival) (Scottish or continental depending on the accommodations booked)
  • 4 Day Freedom of Scotland Travel Pass including handling fee and postage within the UK (train tickets are delivered to first hotel in Edinburgh). Tickets are based on standard class (valid on all trains except for travel before 0915 Mondays to Fridays, (with exception of trains between Glasgow-Oban/). NOT valid on the Jacobite Steam Train service between Mallaig- Fort William.
  • Three ferry day tours - as selected*
  • All service charges and hotel taxes

Clients receive a welcome package and 4-Day Freedom of Scotland Travel Pass to be collected at Edinburgh hotel.

All Ferry excursions mentioned must be pre-booked by the clients at least 65 days prior to travel. If not advised at 65 days prior to departure, options A, C and E will be selected for the traveler.

Disclaimer:
Clients might find that not all hotel accommodation booked is within walking distance from the station, comfortable to them. We recommend that all accommodation location is checked by the client in advance of their travel. Clients are responsible for their own transport to the hotel, where required.

It is the clients responsibility to ensure timely arrival at the stations to not miss trains. In some location there may be no alternative and any program changes and resulting charges from missed trains will be charged in full to the client. 

Note: Edinburgh requires a 2-night stay if it falls on Friday or Saturday night. With that tours that start on Friday, Saturday or Sunday are on request. Rates must be requested from the office in Edinburgh. Please call for details.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Edinburgh

Arrival in Edinburgh. Make your way to your Edinburgh hotel (unless optional transfer was booked at time of booking). Check-in time at hotels is generally between 2pm and 4pm. For those arriving early, the hotel will hold your bags until your room is ready, giving you the opportunity to explore Edinburgh. You are free to explore Edinburgh today. Overnight in Edinburgh.

(Note, your Freedom Train Pass will be waiting for you at your hotel)

Day 02: Edinburgh to Glasgow.

Make your way to the train station (independently). Leave Edinburgh early and travel to Glasgow by Train. Arrive at Glasgow Queen Street Station. On arrival in Glasgow, you can  store your luggage. Make your way (on foot) to the Ferry location, where while you embark on one of the previously selected day options chosen at time of reservation.

Your options for today (pre-booked at time of reservation) are:

Day trip to Bute/ Mount Stuart from Wemyss Bay (Option A) Discover award winning Mount Stuart, one of britain's most spectacular Victorian Gothic mansions and one of the world's great houses.

or Day trip to Arran/ Brodick from Ardrossan (Option B) Sail to Arran, for a great day of history and heritage on a visit to beautiful Brodick Castle, garden & Country Park. This grand red sandstone baronial-style castle becomes Scotland's first island Country Park in 1980. Transport to the properties on the islands is included in the package. Connection time with the bus service may vary.

On return from your "ferry day out" - collect your luggage and make *your way to your pre-booked hotel.

*A taxi may be needed to bring you to your hotel depending on it's location.

Day 03: Glasgow - Oban.

Enjoy some sightseeing and shopping before departing Glasgow today. Make your way to the Glasgow Queen Street Station today and head by West Highland Line to Oban.

Trains depart* Glasgow at 10.37hr or 12.21hr and arrive in Oban at 13.42hr or 15.27hr. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon and evening in the seafood capital of Scotland. You may also want to pay a visit to Oban Distillery which is set right in the centre of Oban. Take a stroll along the pier and visit Dunollie Castle. Overnight Oban.

*Train times are subject to fluctuation. It is recommended that passengers check all train times once at the destination, as we cannot be held responsible for changes in train time.


Day 04: Oban - and touring options.

Today you are embarking on one of these options (which you will choose at time at time of reservation):

Day out on Mull & Iona (option C). This tour takes you on a morning sailing to Craignure where you'll continue your scenic journey through the Isle of Mull to Fionnphort. From here you'll travel on to Iona, one of Scotland's most sacred and historic site.

or

Day out on Staffa & Treshnish Isles (option D) (supplement applies). Visit unique Staffa, best known for its fascinating caves and magnificent basalt columns and walk into Fingal's Cave. Get up close and personal to nature's wonders at harp rock, one of the most accessible seabird colonies off our coast.

Return back to Oban in the afternoon for overnight.

Day 05: Oban - Mallaig.

The West Highland Line will take you away from Oban today and you will travel on one of the world's most scenic train routes, including the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct, to the little harbor village of Mallaig. *Depart Oban at 12.56hr (Sun 12.11hr), to arrive in Mallaig at 17.43hr.

Overnight in the beautiful small fishing port of Mallaig, overlooking the south side of the Isle of Skye.

*Train times are subject to fluctuation. It is recommended that passengers check all train times once at the destination, as we cannot be held responsible for changes in train time.

Day 06: Mallaig and touring options.

Today you are embarking on one of these options (which you will choose at time at time of reservation):

Day out on Skye & Clan Donald (option E) - here you will utilize your freedom of Scotland Rail Pass for this tour. Skye is the largest of the Inner Hebridean Islands, recently voted the 4th best island in the world by National Geographic magazine. Taking the ferry over to the island visit the magnificent Clan Donald Skye estate at Armadale with its 40 acre woodland garden and the imposing ruin of Armadale Castle and museum.

Day out with Small Isles Cruise (non-landing - option F) Enjoy this great non-landing day tour to the sublime beautiful Small Isles. Each day offers different island options, all with magnificent scenery and the chance to see some of the region's wonderfully rich and varied wildlife from the ferry, including porpoises, dolphins, seals and basking sharks. Relax and enjoy the views on this beautiful cruise. Overnight again in Mallaig.

Day 07: Mallaig - Edinburgh.

It is time to leave the Highland and head back south. Depart Mallaig at 10.10h and after a wonderfully relaxing and scenic journey you will arrive in Edinburgh at 16.36h. Enjoy your late afternoon and evening in Edinburgh, take a stroll through the streets and closes in the Old Town and reminisce over the experiences you have made over the past few days on the west coast of Scotland. Overnight in Edinburgh

Day 08:

Optional transfer to Edinburgh Airport today for your return flight home.

 

Disclaimer:
This tour is for the independent traveler. You may need to taxi to/from accommodations as needed. It is not guaranteed accommodations will be in walking distances to tour start areas or trains.

Optionals

  Day trip to Bute/ Mount Stuart from Wemyss Bay (Option A)Day #2
Discover award winning Mount Stuart, one of britain’s most spectacular Victorian Gothic mansions and one of the world’s great houses.

  Day trip to Arran/ Brodick from Ardrossan (Option B)Day #2
Sail to Arran, for a great day of history and heritage on a visit to beautiful Brodick Caslte, garden & Country Park. This grand red sandstone baronial-style castle becomes Scotland’s first island Country Park in 1980.

Transport to the properties on the islands is included in the package. Connection time with the bus service may vary.


  Day out on Mull & Iona (option C)Day #4
This tour takes you on a morning sailing to Craignure where you’ll continue your scenic journey through the Isle of Mull to Fionnphort. From here you’ll travel on to Iona, one of Scotland’s most sacred and historic site.

  Day out on Staffa & Treshnish Isles (option D) (small supplement applies for this option)Day #4
Visit unique Staffa, best known for its fascinating caves and magnificent basalt columns and walk into Fingal’s Cave. Get up close and personal to nature’s wonders at harp rock, one of the most accessible seabird colonies off our coast.

  Day out on Skye & Clan Donald (Option E) Note: utilise your freedom of Scotland Rail Pass for this tourDay #6
Skye is the largest of the Inner Hebridean Islands, recently voted the 4th best island in the world by National Geographic magazine. Taking the ferry over to the island visit the magnificent Clan Donald Skye estate at Armadale with its 40 acre woodland garden and the imposing ruin of Armadale Castle and museum.

  Day out with Small Isles Cruise (non-landing – option F)Day #6
Enjoy this great non-landing day tour to the sublime beautiful Small Isles. Each day offers different island options, all with magnificent scenery and the chance to see some of the region’s wonderfully rich and varied wildlife from the ferry, including porpoises, dolphins, seals and basking sharks. Relax and enjoy the views on this beautiful cruise.

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2017Land Only
Apr 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12; 13   1429
Apr 14; 15; 16; 17 (Sold Out)   1429
Apr 18; 19; 20; 21; 22; 23; 24; 25; 26; 27; 28; 29; 30; May 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12; 13; 14; 15; 16; 17; 18; 19; 20; 21; 22; 23; 24; 25; 26; 27; 28; 29; 30; 31   1429
Jun 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12; 13; 14; 15; 16; 17; 18; 19; 20; 21; 22; 23; 24; 25; 26; 27; 28; 29; 30   1459
Jul 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12; 13; 14; 15; 16; 17; 18; 19; 20; 21; 22; 23; 24; 25; 26; 27; 28; 29; 30; 31   1499
Aug 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12; 13; 14; 15; 16; 17; 18; 19; 20; 21; 22; 23; 24; 25; 26; 27; 28; 29; 30; 31   1639
Sep 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12; 13; 14; 15; 16; 17; 18; 19; 20; 21; 22; 23; 24; 25; 26; 27; 28; 29; 30   1429

Enjoy new lower pricing. Prices reduced from our 2017 brochure!

Note: Edinburgh requires a 2-night stay if it falls on Friday or Saturday night. With that tours that start on Friday, Saturday or Sunday are on request. Rates must be requested from the office in Edinburgh. Please call for details.

Note on dates: Date selected would be the start date in Edinburgh. Please book your air accordingly, as most flights are overnight flight to Edinburgh from the US.

West Highland Train and Ferry Explorer package is designed for the Independent Traveler! Hotel accommodations will be advised on our suppliers confirmation. Freedom Train pass will be waiting at your first hotel in Edinburgh.

Disclaimer:
Clients might find that not all hotel accommodation booked is within walking distance from the station, comfortable to them. We recommend that all accommodation location is checked by the client in advance of their travel. Clients are responsible for their own transport to the hotel, where required.

It is the clients responsibility to ensure timely arrival at the stations to not miss trains. In some location there may be no alternative and any program changes and resulting charges from missed trains will be charged in full to the client. 

During the booking process, please select which option you wish to book. Options A or B on day 02, Options C or D on day 04 and Optional E and F on day 06. All Ferry excursions mentioned must be pre-booked by the clients at least 65 days prior to travel. If not advised at 65 days prior to departure, options A, C and E will be selected for the traveler.

Note: Edinburgh requires a 2-night stay if it falls on Friday or Saturday night. With that tours that start on Friday, Saturday or Sunday are on request. Rates must be requested from the office in Edinburgh. Please call for details.

This tour does not include: 

  • Lunches or dinners
  • Transfers to/from hotels and train stations and ferry ports
  • Entrance Fees
  • Airfare
  • Luggage storage in Glasgow

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