Alexandra Summer 6 Days
- Arrival Day
- Jacobite Steam Train (tickets included)
- Isles of Mull & Iona (tickets included)
- Day at Leisure in Oban
- Inveraray & Loch Fyne
- Departure Day
Jacobite Steam Train (tickets included)
We depart the hotel, after breakfast, for a leisurely drive along the shores of Loch Linnhe to Fort William. We board the famous 'Jacobite' Steam Train (regarded as one of the world's greatest rail journeys) and follow in the footsteps of Harry Potter and the Hogwarts Express. This memorable journey takes us through Glenfinnan and over the famous 21-arch 'Horseshoe' viaduct to Mallaig. Mallaig is a small fishing port overlooking the Sound of Sleat, which separates the mainland from the Isle of Skye. There will be time for lunch and perhaps a visit to the Mallaig Heritage Centre which explains the building of the West Highland line, including a multimedia display, film show, lifeboat exhibition, model railway and gift shop. Note: Depending on date, the train journey may be Fort William to Mallaig, or Mallaig to Fort William.
Isles of Mull & Iona (tickets included)
Today your coach boards the ferry to Mull, a crossing that affords views of both mainland and islands across the Firth of Lorne and Sound of Mull. As the ferry approaches the port of Craignure on Mull, you will see Lismore Lighthouse before slipping past Duart Castle, hanging precariously on the cliff tops. The coach will take you off the ferry and across Mull, with its rugged Hebridean scenery, to catch a second ferry to the sacred Isle of Iona, reputed to be the burial place of 48 kings of Scotland, including Macbeth. Here you will have time to explore, and you may wish to wander up to the famous medieval Abbey. For many centuries, Iona has been an island of special significance for all Christians. In AD 563, Columba and his followers arrived here from Ireland to spread the gospel in Scotland and the north of England.
Day at Leisure in Oban
Scotland's seafood capital offers up a wealth of attractions such as the War and Peace Museum, the Chocolate Factory and Oban Distillery as well as local craft and gift boutiques and other well-known retail outlets which you will have time to enjoy to the full on your free day. Or you could catch the small ferry to the Isle of Kerrera, which is directly opposite your hotel, or if you are feeling fit, a walk up to McCaigs Tower or Pulpit Hill for outstanding views of the town and its harbour setting.
Inveraray & Loch Fyne
After breakfast, a short journey to the shores of Loch Fyne brings us to the traditional county town of Inveraray. The castle is the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, who founded the town in 1745 and is a very rewarding attraction to visit. Or you can visit Inveraray Jail in the centre of town, which was in use as a prison from 1820 to 1889 but is now a fascinating living museum. There is plenty of time to browse the many shops and cafes and enjoy the waterfront setting. After lunch we return to the hotel with time to relax or take a stroll along Oban seafront before dinner.
Your tour includes Dinner, Bed and Breakfast and excursions and entry fees as stated.
Excursions may take place in a different order