A Great Romancing the Highlands Rail and Sail
and Highlands House Tour Adventure in Scotland with the Royal
Edinburgh Military Tattoo and with the
Isles of Mull, Staffa and Jura!
A
ugust 3rd - 17th, 2021








Please join us on this great Romancing the Highlands 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
and a Highland Rail journey from Pitlochry to Inverness. We will board the Souters Lass for a Loch Linnhe and Loch Eil Cruise, take
an Isle of Mull Sea Eagle Adventure Cruise, a Wildlife Cruise from Mallaig, a Three Night Sea Adventure aboard the Glen Etive, a Loch
Tay Safari Cruise, a Treshnish Isles Cruise to Staffa and a boat trip through the Falkirk Wheel.
We will spend nights in Fort William, Oban, Tobermory, near Glasgow and 6 nights in a Luxury Farmhouse at Kenmore on Loch Tay.
We will also see the Jura and the Jura Distillery, Crinan and the Crinan Canal, Dunadd Hill Fort and the Kingdom of Dalriada, the Slate
Islands and the Bridge over the Atlantic, the Trossachs National Park, Loch Lomond, St. Conan's Kirk,  Glencoe and the Pass of
Glencoe, Killin and the Falls of Dochart, Kinloch Rannoch Train Station, Blair Castle, the House of Bruar, Highland Wildlife Safari, Glen
Lion, the Fortingall Yew, Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier and the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Scottish Kelpies and End with a
Performance of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on Edinburgh Castle Esplanade!

Price includes 14 nights accommodation, 10 dinners, 11 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 abide by any and all changes on this tour if you
decide to travel with us. As August is considered High Season in Scotland, the price for this is higher than the October Tour.

$8495 per person. $1195 Single Supplement. 6 Spots left including 2 singles.
$500 per person deposit to book your tour. Please read our terms and conditions prior to signing up.
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You will have the day to relax and get adjusted to the time change before the tour starts the following morning. Overnight
Edinburgh International.

Day 1 - August 3rd -
You will meet this morning at our Edinburgh Airport accommodation this morning before we make our
long drive towards the
Western Islands. Our drive will take us through the Trossachs National Park with a few photo op
stops along the way. We will also stop at
St. Conan's Kirk, spectacularly sited over Loch Awe. You will fall in love with this wee
Romanesque Church! After some exploring we make our way to Taynuilt where we Stop for Lunch at a local tearoom. After
lunch we make the short drive to
Oban. Oban is known as the Gateway to the Isles and has a lovely seafront, great shops,
McCaig's Tower and of course, Oban Distillery. Once in Oban we board the Glen Etive for a Majestic Line Private
Charter 3 Night Boat Trip
where we will take over the entire boat! We will glide through Splendid Coastal Scenery, visit
coastal communities, soak in the local history and culture,
Enjoy Delicious Gourmet Food and experience the very best of
Highland Hospitality Afloat. We will first head south toward the Slate Islands for our first evenings anchorage.
Welcoming Dinner and Overnight Onboard Glen Etive. (B,L,D)

Day 2 -
This morning we wake up in the Slate Islands, so called as the slate quarried at one time was to be found on roofs all
round the world. We will explore
Ardencaple Bay just to the north of the Isle of Seil joined to the mainland by the famous
“Bridge over the Atlantic”. This quaint humpbacked bridge spans a narrow channel waterway called the Clachan Sound.
Because both ends of the sound spill into the
Atlantic Ocean, the little one-arched bridge has been dubbed the “Bridge Over the
Atlantic.” We then cruise further south to rugged
Jura, the most northerly of the Southern Hebrides, famous for the deer, the
barren mountains known as the
Paps of Jura, and also for being the place where George Orwell wrote 1984. We will Anchor
at Craighouse
after lunch and go ashore to sample the “uisge beatha”, the water of life from the Jura Distillery. The distillery
originally opened in 1810 and has been the lifeblood of the community to this day. Jura is home to 212 people, 6,000 deer, one road,
one pub, and one whisky distillery! Then an afternoon cruise across to the mainland for overnight anchorage in
Tayvallich.  
Dinner and Overnight Onboard Glen Etive. (B,L,D)

Day 3 -
This morning we make a visit to a Local Artist’s Gallery in Tayvallich, before continuing the journey north to
Crinan, a pretty village, set at one end of the Crinan Canal. Crinan is a tiny harbour village that lies on the west coast of
Scotland in the regional of
Argyll known as Knapdale. The popular Crinan Canal, a true unexpected delight, enters the Sound
of Jura
here and the town looks out across Loch Crinan to Duntrune Castle. Planning for the canal to be built first began in
1773 by
James Watt, the inventor of the turbine engine. The canal was built to provide safe passage for travelling goods and a
short cut saving sailors the long trip round the
Mull of Kintyre.  After lunch we visit Dunadd, a hillfort dating from the Iron
Age
and early medieval period, home to the kings of Dalriada. It is hard to believe that this wee spot saw so much history unfold
between AD500 and AD900 and played such an important part in what has since become Scotland. The original Scots were
migrants from Ireland who from about 500 settled across Argyll in ever greater numbers, founding the
Kingdom of Dalriada.
Dunadd was the capital of the kingdom and was the place where its Kings were anointed. We then continue our cruise for an
evening anchorage off the
Island of Kerrera where we may be lucky enough to spot sea eagles! Dinner and Overnight
Onboard Glen Etive. (B,L,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 mull making our way to Tobermory where we
will get checked into our accommodation before dinner.
Dinner and Overnight Tobermory, Mull. (B,D)

Day 5 -
This morning we depart the dock at Tobermory to take a Treshnish Isles Cruise. The journey around Mull's West
Coast
affords an abundance of wildlife and stunning views on a comfortable journey to enjoy the dramatic surroundings. While on
the cruise watch for
Dolphins, Eagles, Whales and Basking Sharks, the perfect mix of wildlife and scenery. We land on the
Isle of Staffa, the most dramatic of all the Scottish islands with the geological splendour of its Hexagonal Pillars and Fingal's
Cave
. While on our way to Staffa we will have our Packed Picnic Lunch and keep an eye out for Dolphins, Porpoises and
Minke Whales
which are often seen during the warmer months. Once back in Tobermory you will be able to find some dinner on
your own. Tobermory was built as a
Fishing Port in the late 18th century and is now the main town on Mull. It is a picture-
postcard of a place with the brightly painted buildings along the main street to the pier and the high woodland-fringed hills
surrounding the bay. The town has a good variety of shops, hotels, and other accommodation as well as being the administrative
centre for the island. The harbour is always busy with fishing boats, yachts and the ferry to and from Kilchoan.  
Overnight
Tobermory, Mull. (B,L)

Day 6 -
We will spend some time investigating Oban this morning after departing the boat. Oban derives its name from the
Gaelic Language and means 'little bay. Nestled on the west coast and surrounded by miles of dramatic shores and beautiful
countryside, the seaside town is a great place for a wee wander. We will then make our way north to
Fort William with a side trip
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
Clan McDonald were massacred on this very spot! We then travel further north and alongside the spectacular shore of
Loch Linnhe and then get settled into our accommodation near Fort William before we gather for dinner. Dinner and
Overnight near Fort William. (B,L,D)

Day 7 -
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 Freshwater Loch 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 the lovely town of 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 8 -
This morning before leaving Fort William behind we board the Souters Lass for a loch cruise departing from Fort
William Town Pier
. The cruise will sail on Loch Linnhe and Loch Eil, surrounded by wonderful wildlife and unique views of
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
Kenmore, our home
for the next 5 nights. We then make our way to
Fort Augustus on Loch Ness where you can find some lunch on your own. After
exploring Fort Augustus we make our way up the road to
Drumnadrochit where we will board a Loch Ness Cruise for a
possible
Nessie Sighting! The village is know to the locals only as Drum and it is a delightful place for a wee wander. After our
cruise on Loch Ness, we make our way to our accommodation to get checked into before dinner.
Dinner and Overnight near
Inverness. (B,D)

Day 9 -
 Today we make our through Inverness to Kenmore on the shores of Loch Tay where we will spend the next 5 Nights
in a Luxury Farmhouse.
Before we leave the area we will stop at Culloden Battlefield, a desolate stretch of moorland that
looks much as it did on
16th April 1746, the date of the last battle to be fought on British soil. Here Bonnie Prince Charlie
made his last stand for the
Stewart Cause. We will find out why this battle that lasted only one hour changed the way of life of the
Highlands forever. We will have
Lunch in a nearby Village Tavern before visiting the 4000 year old Clava Cairns, one of
Scotland’s most evocative sacred prehistoric sites. The cairns are dominated by a line of three exceptionally well-preserved burial
cairns, each enclosed by stone circles. We know little about who the cairn builders were, for they left no written record. The actual
remains of those buried within the cairns no longer survive because of overzealous archaeological digging in the early 20th century.
The sight is one of the most evocative sights we visit and we know you will love it! We then make our way south to our
accommodation with a few stops along the way.
Dinner and Overnight Kenmore on Loch Tay. (B,L,D)

Day 10 -
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.
While here, we will find some lovely things to take back home for our dinner. Dinner and
Overnight Kenmore on Loch Tay. (B,L,D)

Day 11 -  
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 visit
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. Dinner on your own in
Kenmore.
Overnight Kenmore on Loch Tay. (B,L)

Day 12 -
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 in
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. You will have the rest of the afternoon  free to explore Kenmore
before dinner.
Dinner and Overnight Kenmore on Loch Tay. (B,L,D)

Day 13 -
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
Scotland! 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 then returning back to our lovely home for our last night at Kenmore. You will be able to find some dinner on your own this
evening in Kenmare.
Overnight Kenmore on Loch Tay. (B,L)

Day 14 -
This morning we leave Kenmore and the Highlands behind as we make our way back toward Edinburgh. 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
Falkirk Wheel, 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 visit 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 Edinburgh for dinner and then we are out to a
Performance of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo! Farewell Dinner and Overnight just near Edinburgh. (B,D)

Day 15 -August 17th -
Return to Edinburgh International Airport for the journey home.