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Heart of Scotland Walking Tours

Scottish Railway Adventure Tour
9 days 8 nights
Edinburgh - Glasgow - Crianlarich - The West Highland Line
Mallaig - Skye - Kyle - Inverness - Pitlochry - Central Highlands Edinburgh

Explore by rail the stunning landscapes and turbulent history of Scotland. Traveling by train through Scotland combines the romance of the railways with the enjoyment, in comfort, of overwhelming natural beauty. The special charms of a train journey through Scotland are the distant views of tremendous cliffs and ancient castles, of empty moorland and misty peaks, of lochs and glens, giving way to isolated beaches of white sand and vistas over the Hebridean islands, or the bustling scene of a Highland fishing village.

Day 1:
Sunday - Arrival in Edinburgh
Arrive Edinburgh Airport. Transfer to hotel. Hotel or Bed and Breakfast in Edinburgh.

Day 2: Monday - Edinburgh
Options for the day include a City Tour or a hill walk on Arthur's Seat. In the evening chose between a ghost tour, pub crawl or jazz club. Or take a day trip by bus/rail e.g. to Glasgow, St. Andrews, Berwick upon Tweed. Hotel or B&B in Edinburgh.

Day 3: Tuesday - Glasgow and Crianlarich
Take the rail to Glasgow Queen Street Station. Either continue directly from Queen Street Station to Crianlarich, or spend a few hours in Glasgow and in the late afternoon journey on to Crianlarich. Here you are in "Movie Scotland" - Highlander, Rob Roy, Braveheart - an ideal center for hiking, canoeing, fishing etc. Or you can indulge yourself in the friendly four star hotel's excellent restaurant. Four star hotel or B&B in the Crianlarich area.

Day 4: Wednesday - The West Highland Line
Enjoy one of the world's most beautiful railway journeys: the West Highland Line is the 'Road to the Isles' from Crianlarich over wild, romantic Rannoch Moor to Fort William and along the Atlantic coast to Mallaig (optional stopovers at Fort William and Glenfinnan).
Possibilities:
- Enjoy the scenery from the train with a stop en route to walk and breathe the Highland air
- Climb Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis
- Stop in Fort William, an attractive Highland town on the shores of Loch Linnhe, to visit a museum, go shopping, take a boat trip, or ride a bicycle along the famous Caledonian Canal
- Stop at historic Glenfinnan: admire the famous Glenfinnan Monument and the romantically situated Glenfinnan Church, take a boat trip on picturesque Loch Shiel or visit a small railway museum
- Stop in Morar for a day on the beautiful white sandy beaches washed by the Gulf Stream
- Journey directly to Mallaig and explore this fishing and ferry port and the hills that rise behind it

Day 5 - 6: Thursday and Friday - Mallaig
Mallaig is small coastal town and the ferry port for the Isle of Skye.
Possibilities:
- Aday trip to the famous Isle of Skye, or to the Small Isles of Rum, Eigg or Muck.
- A swimming expedition to the renowned white beaches of Arisaig or Morar (there are even palm trees thanks to the Gulf Stream)
- A walk by Europe's deepest lake, Loch Morar, or several shorter walks in and around Mallaig
- Avisit to the sealife museum
- A round of golf at Arisaig links
- Acycle tour
- A journey to Fort William on the historic steam train used in the Harry Potter film (July and August only)
- A rented car for a day Hotel or B&B in Mallaig.

Day 7: Saturday - Skye, Kyle, Inverness, and Pitlochry
Indulge in a romantic ferry trip over the sea to Skye, followed by a scenic bus journey across the island. Then cross over the famous Skye Bridge back to the mainland at Kyle of Lochalsh. Time to stroll around the attractive harbour town, before a journey through the lonely north-west of Scotland via Inverness and on to Pitlochry in the midst of the Central Highlands. An optional stop may be made in Inverness, the attractive capital of the Highlands, to catch a later train to Pitlochry. Or you may take a train from Mallaig to Fort William and public bus through the Great Glen to Inverness. Stop off, for example, for a boat trip on Loch Ness or to explore Inverness before continuing to Pitlochry. Hotel or B&B in Pitlochry. The hotel may offer a Scottish evening.

Day 8: Sunday - Central Highlands
Here the landscape, with its well-wooded, gentler hills, contrasts with that of the Western Highlands.
Possibilities:
- A visit to Blair Castle, perhaps the most beautiful in Scotland, a brief
train journey away
- Opportunities to walk, cycle or relax Hotel or B&B in Pitlochry (or by midday at the latest take the train to Edinburgh for final overnight stay in Edinburgh).

Day 9: Monday - Departure from Edinburgh
Take the rail journey to Edinburgh Haymarket Station and take the airport bus from the station to catch the return flight. You may also extend your trip in Edinburgh or connect to your next tour program.

Departures:
Self Guided Tours - each Sunday from May 4- Oct 5
Guided Tours - July 13-21; Aug 17-25 (with German and English speaking guides)

Tour includes:
8 nights in room with bath/shower and WC, 8 full Scottish breakfasts, all train, ferry and bus journeys in the itinerary, Edinburgh City Tour, welcome drink, maps, vouchers and comprehensive information package for clients, two airport transfers by airport bus, all transfers between hotel and railway station where the hotel is more than 3 minutes on foot from the station, 24-hour daily telephone contact available.
 

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