Win a trip to the Scottish Highlands
A highland fling
The Hebrides are wildly beautiful – and, thanks to excellent rail and ferry links, they’re not as remote as you might think. With over 130 islands to choose from, you just need to decide where to go.
Best for families
The Isle of Skye
Skye is known as Scotland’s Jurassic Park thanks to the discovery of dinosaur tracks on the island’s shores at Trotternish. For a fun history lesson, visit Dunvegan Castle. Parents will appreciate the island’s two distilleries (Talisker and Torabhaig) and the fantastic Three Chimneys restaurant.
Train to Stansted • Flight to Glasgow • West Highland Line to Mallaig • Ferry to Skye
Best for beach bunnies
The Isle of Mull
Mull is the gourmet jewel in the Hebridean crown thanks to its wealth of local produce. Award-winning restaurants include Ninth Wave near Fionnphort and Café Fish in Tobermory. Finish off at Isle of Mull Ice Cream.
Train to Stansted • Flight to Glasgow • West Highland Line to Oban • Ferry to Mull
Best for nature lovers
The Small Isles aka Eigg, Muck, Canna and Rum
The Small Isles are a haven for wildlife. From golden eagles in the high cliffs of Eigg to the red deer populating Rum, the diversity is astonishing. Take a Wildlife Cruise around the islands and keep your camera poised for minke whales, basking sharks, bottlenose dolphins, killer whales, porpoises, otters and seals.
Train to Stansted • Flight to Glasgow • West Highland Line to Mallaig • Ferry to the Small Isles
Best for adventurers
The Isle of Barra
Barra is one of the remotest areas in Europe, and ripe for exploring. Walkers and cyclists will want to head for the craggy hills and the white beaches, while seafarers will love Barra Surf Adventures, which offers kayaking and snorkelling with seals.
Train to Stansted • Flight to Glasgow • West Highland Line to Oban • Ferry to Barra
Planning your journey
Take the Stansted Express (stanstedexpress.com) to Stansted airport, where 40 flights a week depart for Glasgow. You can also fly from Southend Airport, London City Airport and Norwich Airport.
From Glasgow, buy a ScotRail train ticket to your destination, or the Spirit of Scotland ticket for unlimited travel. Go to scotrail.co.uk for more.
Reach your final destination aboard a CalMac ferry. Running 475 sailings per day in the summer, these ferries operate throughout the Hebridean and Clyde islands. Purchase a Rail & Sail ticket for a steamlined journey with ScotRail and CalMac. Visit calmac.co.uk for more details.
Greater Anglia has teamed up with ScotRail to offer you a chance to win a scenic trip for two to Scotland in our #GAvisitscotland competition. This amazing prize includes train travel to Stansted airport and across the West Highlands, flights and a two-night stay at the luxurious Taynuilt Etive in Argyll, a historical coaching inn with unique charm and character that has been providing travellers with accommodation for over 400 years.
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