A Great Highland Rail and Sail Autumn Adventure in Scotland.
October 21st - November 5th, 2021
As a historian this tour speaks to me on so many levels. To walk in the footsteps of some of my favourite characters in history on
both land and se
a fills me with such pride of my ancestors and my ancestral lands. This tour will bring you both the Romance of
the Highlands and the Adventure of the Seas. We can't wa
it to take you all along. Shannon McDonald Tate.
We will spend overnights in Fort William, Oban, Inveraray and 6 nights in a Luxury
Farmhouse at Kenmore on Loch Tay. We will also see Glencoe and the Pass of Glencoe and
the site of the MacDonald Massacre, Dunstaffnage Castle, Kilmartin Glen, Hill Top Ancient
Fort of Dunadd and the Ancient Kingdom of Dalriada, the Cowal Peninsula, Ardkinglas
House, the Rest and be Thankful, the Dochart Falls at Killin, remote and brathtaking Kinloch
Rannoch Train Station, Blair Castle, Gardens and Estate, the House of Bruar Highlands
Shopping Centre, Highland Wildlife Safari, the mystical and enchanting Glen Lion, the
Fortingall Yew, the Falkirk Wheel, Forth and Clyde Canal and the Scottish Kelpies.
Please join us on this great autumn rail and sail journey that will take us on the West Highland
Jacobite Steam Train also known as the Hogwarts Express from Fort William to Mallaig, take a
Rannoch Moor Railway Adventure from Crianlarich through some of the most amazing scenery
you will ever see, and a Highland Rail journey from Pitlochry to Inverness! We will board the
Souters Lass for a Loch Linnhe and Loch Eil Cruise from Fort William, take an Isle of Mull Sea
Eagle Adventure Cruise, a Wildlife Cruise from Mallaig, a Three Night Sea Adventure aboard the
Glen Etive full of amazing food, drink, storytelling and amazing comraderie, a Loch Tay Safari
Cruise and a boat trip through the Falkirk Wheel.
Price includes 15 nights accommodation, 11 dinners, 12 lunches and breakfast each morning,
all activities, sightseeing and entrance fees as listed in itinerary, all taxes, fees and service
charges. Guided minibus travel with airport pick up drop off and luggage handling.
Unfortunately we cannot cater for special diets. As with any tour that includes ferries and boat
cruises we are at the mercy of the weather and things can and quite often do change. You must
be willing to go along with any and all changes on this tour if you decide to travel with us.

$7995 per person. $1195 Single Supplement. One double just opened up!
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Pre - Tour October 20th - Arrive into Glasgow International Airport and make your way across the street from the main
terminal to the
Glasgow Airport Holiday Inn. Spend the rest of the day getting rested up and get adjusted to the time change
if necessary. We will meet in the lobby here the following morning to start the tour.

Day 1 - October 21st - This morning we will meet at the Holiday Inn, but our adventure begins in the Highlands. Our
journey will take us alongside
Loch Lomond and spectacular scenery of the Trossachs and then through the striking
mountains of
Glencoe with its assemblage of peaks, ridges and valleys which rise up above the peat hags and scattered lochans of
Rannoch Moor.
The waters which tumble from these high mountains give rise to a series of spectacular waterfalls that gather
initially at the
'Meeting of the Three Waters' to form the River Coe. We will stop at the Clachan Inn for Lunch before we
visit the site of the
Glencoe Massacre. Against a backdrop of craggy peaks and the tumbling River Coe, the Glen offers some of
Scotland's most spectacular scenery but has also seen one of the most violent acts in Scottish history when in 1692 the
were massacred on this very spot! We then get settled into our accommodation near Fort William before we
gather for a
Welcoming Dinner. Dinner and Overnight near Fort William. (B,L,D)

Day 2 -
This morning you will board the Jacobite Steam Train, also known as the Hogwart's Express, from Fort William
to Mallaig
. Described as the Greatest Railway Journey in the World, this 42 mile trip takes you past a list of impressive
extremes. Starting near the
Highest Mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis, it visits Britain's Most Westerly Mainland
Railway Station, Arisaig
; passes close by the Deepest FreshwaterLoch in Britain, Loch Morar and the Shortest
River in Britain, River Morar
, finally arriving next to the Deepest Seawater Loch in Europe, Loch Nevis!The train
crosses the 21-arched
Glenfinnan Viaduct (a location made famous in the Harry Potter films) which overlooks Loch Shiel
and the
Jacobite Monument. After some time to wander in Mallaig we will have Afternoon Tea before taking a One Hour
Wildlife Cruise
. We leave the harbour with the Isles of Skye, Rhum and Eigg to our right. Crossing the entrance to Loch
Nevis we travel to
Green Island on the Knoydart Peninsular. The waters are frequently visited by a variety of birds, seals,
porpoises, dolphins, whales and basking sharks. We then return to Fort William here you can find some dinner on your own.
Overnight near Fort William. (B,L)

Day 3 -
This morning before leaving Fort William behind we board the Souters Lass for a loch cruise departing from Fort
William Town Pie
r. The cruise will sail on Loch Linnhe and Loch Eil, surrounded by wonderful wildlife and unique views
Ben Nevis. While onboard we will receive a fascinating commentary throughout from our Skipper learning about its history,
wildlife, geology, industry and more. Often times you will see
Seals, Porpoise, Dolphins, a whole host of birdlife. We will let
you find some lunch in Fort William and do a bit of shopping and exploration before heading out of town to
Oban. Before
reaching Oban we will stop at
Dunstaffnage Castle, one of the oldest stone castles in Scotland. Built around 1275 on a huge
rock overlooking the
Firth of Lorn, Dunstaffnage was the mighty stronghold of the MacDougalls. Built around 1220 by
Duncan MacDougal
l, the son of Earl Somerled, known also as the ‘King of the Isles’, Dunstaffnage Castle was built at the
height of the battle between
Scotland and Norway for control of the Hebrides and was even once besieged by Robert the
during the Wars of Independence. Dinner and Overnight Oban. (B,D)

Day 4 -
This morning we take the Short Ferry Crossing over to the Isle of Mull. Once on Mull we head to the Jetty at Ulva
for an
Isle of Mull Sea Eagle Adventure. These trips are especially designed to get Nature Lovers and Photographers as
close as possible to the
4th Largest Eagle in the World, the magnificent White Tailed Sea Eagle. These spectacular birds
have wingspans in some cases of over 8 feet. On a
Mull Charters Trip, you regularly have eagles taking fish from the surface of
the sea as close as 25 feet away. Sometimes as they swoop down on their final approach they actually fly directly over the boat
and as they take the fish you can hear the wind through their wings and the splash as they touch the water! There are lovely
views on route of
Coastal Cliffs, Rounded Peaks, Flat-topped Lava Hills and the dominating scree peak of Ben More, as
well as the rounded and cliffed slopes of the small island of
Eorsa. We will find some lunch on the island before returning by ferry
to Oban where you will have the rest of the afternoon and evening free to explore and find some dinner on your own.
Oban. (B,L)

Day 5 -
Today will be mostly about spectacular scenery as we make our way south through Kilmartin Glen through
Lochgilphead and then t0 Inveraray and then to Dunoon. Over 5000 Years of Human History can be traced across
Kilmartin Glen with at least
350 Ancient Monuments lying within six miles of the quiet village of Kilmartin. Of particular
interest are the earlier prehistoric monuments: chambered cairns, round cairns, cists, standing stones and rock carvings. Near the
village is a group of stones called
Nether Largie. We will visit Temple Wood and its stone circle with a cairn at the centre. We
will also visit
Nether Largie South Cairn, believed to have been built around 3000BC. We will also stop at Dunadd, an Iron
Age Fort
which overlooks the Moine Mhor. Dunadd has a very special place in Scottish history as this was the capital of the
Ancient Kingdom of Dalriada. Legend has it that the Stone of Destiny was used here in the crowning of the first Kings of
. We will stop in Inveraray at the Loch Fyne Hotel for Afternoon Tea followed by some time to explore this
lovely wee village.
Dinner and Overnight Inveraray. (B,L,D)

Day 6 -
This morning we take in the Delights of Nature on the Cowal Peninsula. Our first stop is at Cairndow to visit
Ardkinglas House
, generally considered to be the architect Sir Robert Lorimer’s masterpiece. The house is still a much love
family home and remains practically unaltered. We will have a tour of the house and continue on our way around the peninsula
taking in
Strachur, Dunans and Clachan of Glendaruel eventually making our way to Sandbank where we stop for lunch.
After lunch we make our way a very short distance to
Holy Loch where we board the Glen Etive for an amazing Three Night
! After boarding the boat we make our way to the Isle of Bute through Loch Striven, Port Bannatyne and
where we will dock for the night. Dinner and Overnight Onboard Glen Etive. (B,L,D)

Day 7 -
This morning following breakfast we go ashore on the Isle of Bute to visit Mount Stewart where we will have a private
tour. Mount Stuart House, the lavish palace of the
Marquises of Bute, is one of Britain’s most spectacular Gothic Revival
.  Completed in 1900 it was the first house in the world to have a heated indoor swimming pool, and the first house in
Scotland to be purpose built with electric lights, central heating, a telephone system and passenger lift. After lunch we will spend
more time exploring
Rothesay, the main town on the island. In Rothesay are Scotland’s finest Victorian Gents’ Toilets.
Opened in 1899, they were designed to impress and cope with the large number of people then visiting the holiday resort.  A work
of art, the interior is immaculately and colourfully designed. You may also want to visit
Rothesay Castle, one of Scotland’s
earliest stone castles, dating from the early 1200’s.  It is the only castle in Scotland to be defended by a circular wall and one of the
few to have a moat.  Despite these defences it was besieged and taken twice by the
Vikings in 1230 and 1263. We then return
to the boat for dinner and to make our way to our overnight anchorage.
Dinner and Overnight Onboard Glen Etive. (B,L,D)

Day 8 -
Following breakfast this morning we make our way to Hill House at Helensburgh. Celebrated architect Charles
Rennie Mackintosh
and his wife, artist Margaret Macdonald, created almost everything you see here, from the building
itself to the furniture and textiles, working to a commission from a Glasgow businessman.  Mackintosh’s geometric lines, classic
“Rose” emblem and elegant purity are icons of the early 20th century
Glasgow Arts & Crafts movement. The architecture and
designs of Charles Rennie Mackintosh are loved throughout the world, and the Hill House is celebrated as his
. We then return to the boat for lunch before making our way up Loch Long to Carrick Castle. The 14th
Century tower ruins of Carrick sit on a rock jutting into
Loch Goil near the village of Lochgoilhead.  It was originally a
Lamont Stronghold, and King Robert the Bruce recovered the castle from the English in 1307, but passed to the Campbell
Earls of Argyll
in 1368. Mary, Queen of Scots stayed here in 1563. We then make our way to our to our anchorage stop for
dinner and our final night aboard the Glen Etive.  
Dinner and Overnight Onboard Glen Etive. (B,L,D)

Day 9 -
This morning we start our long trek north to Kenmore on Loch Tay. We will continue through more spectacular
scenery as this is where the
Lowlands meet the Highlands, where the lochs, mountains, rivers and villages hold secrets of
history, legend and tradition. Our first stop will be the
Rest and Be Thankful, so named as the climb out of Glen Croe is so
long and steep at the end that it was traditional for travellers to rest at the top, and be thankful for having reached the highest
point. We will drive along the top of
Loch Lomond past Crianlarich and to Killin where we find Falls of Dochart. A bridge
crosses over the
Dochart River just as you enter the village of Killin giving a fabulous view of the falls as they cascade down over
the rocks and around the
Island of Inchbuie, which is the traditional burial place of the MacNab Clan. If not the most
impressive falls in Scotland there are easily the most accessible. You will be able to find some lunch at Killin before we continue
our journey driving along the spectacularly beautiful
Loch Tay all the way to Kenmore and our home for the next 6 nights.
Dinner and Overnight Kenmore on Loch Tay. (B,D)

Day 10 -
This morning we travel to Crianlarich to Board a Train to the World Famous Rannoch Station on the edge of
Rannoch Moor. This remote station stands in the wilderness of Rannoch Moor and is the most Remote Train Station in
It was built to be ready for the first train ever to run from Glasgow to Fort William on 7th August 1894
as part of the West Highland Line, a romantic and beautiful railway that travels from Glasgow to Mallaig through majestic
country of heather moors, hills and viaducts. Rannoch Station is magical and unbelievable place and while here we will have
Afternoon Tea at the Rannoch Station Tearoom, the most Remote Tearoom in Scotland! After some time to explore
and take in all the majestic beauty of this area we then take the train back to Crianlarich and start our journey back to Kenmore.
On the return journey, we will travel up the other side of Loch Tay going through
Ardeonaig and Ardtalnaig and Acharn and
eventually winding up in Kenmore.
Pub Dinner out this evening. Overnight Kenmore on Loch Tay. (B,L,D)

Day 11 -
Today we travel to Blair Atholl at Blair Castle, ancestral home of the Dukes of Atholl. Blair Castle is set in
extensive parklands, including the recently restored
Hercules Garden and Diana's Grove, and with 725 ears of history and
over 30 rooms open to the public, an absolute delight to explore! We will have a guided tour of the castle and then you will have
some time on your own in the castle and on the grounds before we gather for a
Traditional Highland Afternoon Tea at a
lovely old manse. Just a few minutes away from the castle we find the
House of Bruar, the home of Scottish Country
Clothing. Traditional Heritage Tweeds
and Fine Cashmere coats stand alongside the latest cutting-edge offerings from
Barbour, Musto and Aigle in the clothing halls and their Knitwear Hall, which is home to the widest selection of pure
cashmere in the UK. Nowhere else will you find such a rich selection of premium materials in both traditional Scottish and
excitingly contemporary styles. You can also find the
Finest Country Fayre of Traditional Scottish Food and Drink in
the Food Halls and Delicatessen.
We then make our way to Pitlochry on the train where you will be able to find some dinner
before we journey into
Faskally Wood for the magically entertaining Enchanted Forest Light and Sound Show!
Overnight Kenmore on Loch Tay. (B,L)

Day 12 -  
This morning we will join Highland Safaris as we head into the hills to experience this sub Arctic Wilderness and
search for elusive
White Hare, Ptarmigan and Red Deer on their Alpine Safari! Our safari includes Hot Chocolate,
Coffee and Tea, a Dram of Dewars Whisky with Shortbread
in their Mountain Bothy. Even on those occasion when we
don't see an abundance of wildlife this is a very special outing! When we return from our safari we will have
Lunch in the Café
and look through the shop before we experience a Red Deer and Barn Owl Encounter where we come face to face with
Britain’s largest native land mammal – the majestic
Red Deer and meet and encounter their tame Barn Owl in a hands on
demonstration as well as discovering the natural wonders of
Highland Perthshire on a fun and inspiring short walk. We will
Iain Burnett, the Highland Chocolatier where we have a Gourmet Chocolate Tasting Flight of five chocolates,
you will learn about the difference between gourmet chocolate and compound chocolate, what makes
São Tomé Cocoa so
special, how Iain chooses his ingredients, and how to identify the amazing flavour profiles in each chocolate. Then back home for
Dinner and Overnight Kenmore on Loch Tay. (B,L,D)

Day 13 -
This morning we journey just a short ways join a Loch Tay Safari. We will have fun on Loch Tay as we skim over the
surface of the waters of
Perthshire's Largest and one of Scotland’s Deepest Lochs! Surrounded by stunning and dramatic
landscape, in an area steeped in history, myths and folklore you will be mesmerised by mystical and spell binding stories of the
people who have shaped the very fabric of this amazing area throughout the ages. We will see
Queen Sybilla's Island, the
Loch Tay Fault Line
, Deep Point and Kelpie Lair, the Abandoned Village of Lawers and the Crannog. We will
Lunch at Scotland's Oldest Inn before a visit to my favorite Glen in all of Scotland, Glen Lyon. On the way, we will stop
Fortingall to see the Fortingall Yew standing next to the wee church there. The yew tree which grows there has been
estimated to be
5,000 years old and is the Oldest Living Organism in Britain and possibly the world. The churchyard also
has grave slabs and incised crosses that are hundreds of years old. The drive through Glen Lyon is mystical and magical with wee
villages and breathtaking scenery around every turn. The
Bridge of Balgie is a popular place to stop for a cuppa and catch up on
the day with the locals. We then return home for dinner.
Dinner and Overnight Kenmore on Loch Tay. (B,L,D)

Day 14 -
This morning we join the Highland Line Railway at Pitlochry for a journey to Inverness. Climbing  through the
heart of the
Grampian Mountains, through Blair Atholl , through the Pass of Drumochter to Newtonmore, Kingussie
and Aviemore
– gateway to the Cairngorm mountains , before climbing again over Slochd Summit before descending finally
to Inverness – Britain’s fastest growing city. Once in Inverness we will stop for
Afternoon Tea by the River. Inverness is
known as the
Capitol of the Highlands with the River Ness flowing through the city. We will spend some time exploring the
city with its
Old Town featuring the 19th-century Inverness Cathedral, the mostly 18th-century Old High Church and
an indoor
Victorian Market selling food, clothing and crafts. The contemporary Inverness Museum and Art Gallery traces
local and Highland history. You will then have some free time in Inverness to take in the sights, do some shopping and find some
dinner to take away and enjoy on the train ride back to Pitlochry.
Overnight Kenmore on Loch Tay. (B,L)

Day 15 - This morning we leave Kenmore and the Highlands behind as we make our way back toward Glasgow. On our way
south we will stop in
Crieff before making our way through Glendevon and then to Falkirk. Crieff is a Traditional Scots
Market Town
set amidst Perthshire’s stunning scenery. The attractive and bustling town centre supports a wide range of
family-run businesses offering the best of food and drink, clothing, gifts, crafts and arts. Once in Falkirk, we visit the
a rotating boat lift in central Scotland, connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. During our one
hour journey we sail through the sky to join the Union Canal over 100 feet above. After smoothly moving along the aqueduct and
through the
Roughcastle Tunnel to the beginning of the Union Canal, we then descend to the start point. While here we will
Helix Park to see the Scottish Kelpies, the world's largest equine sculptures. We will have a Guided Walking Tour
that takes you through the vision of artist
Andy Scott and how history and industry impacted on his designing of these breath-
taking sculptures. The pinnacle of the tour is that you get to experience a Kelpie from the inside, and see for yourself the
breathtaking engineering and design of the Kelpies. We then make it to our accommodation just outside of Glasgow where we
find dinner waiting.  
Farewell Dinner and Overnight just outside Glasgow. (B,D)

Day 16 - November 5th -
Return to Glasgow International Airport for the journey home.