Cambridge (07.00/23.10) Waterbeach (07.10/23.00) Ely (07.20/22.50) March (07.45/22.30) Whittlesea (08.00/22.15) Peterborough (08.15/22.00) Grantham (08.45/21.30) Newark (09.00/21.15) Retford (09.40/20.45) Doncaster (10.10/20.15) York*(10.40/19.30) Northallerton* (11.00/19.10)
Newport (06.15/23.05) Cwmbran (06.30/22.50) Abergavenny (06.50/22.30) Hereford (07.10/22.10) Ledbury (07.30/21.50) Great Malvern (07.45/21.35) Worcester Foregate Street (08.00/21.20) Kidderminster (08.30/20.50) Stourbridge Jct (08.50/20.30) Rowley Regis (09.00/20.15) Wolverhampton (10.00/19.30) Stafford (10.20/19.10) Crewe* (10.50/18.40) Warrington* (11.20/18.10) Wigan* (11.40/17.50) Preston* (12.00/17.30)
Enjoy a superb three day weekend break to the Highlands of Scotland at this most beautiful time of year with purple heather carpeting the mountains and autumn leaves turning to a burnished gold – Travel is on board the celebrated ‘Statesman’ train over the Highland line to Inverness plus a return journey over the spectacular and remote route to Kyle of Lochalsh with an off train excursion to magnificent Eilean Donan Castle, we cross impressive bridges and viaducts with views of cascading waterfalls and tranquil lochs on this memorable tour. Overnight accommodation will be in quality 3 star hotels in Inverness with all rooms en-suite.
Following departure from your local station our train travels north with views of either the Lakeland mountains or Northumbrian coast before joining the Highland line which takes us through Stirling and Perth – then over the highest railway summit in Britain at Druimuachdar and the Cairngorm National Park to Inverness with an arrival at approx 20.30.
Our train will depart Inverness at approx 09.30 for one of the ‘Great Railway Journeys of the World’ - the spectacular and scenic route to Kyle of Lochalsh. After travelling over the high plateau at Achnasheen, where great herds of wild deer roam, we begin the descent down to sea level and around the shores of beautiful Loch Carron to our first stop at the pretty village of Plockton where you may choose to spend the afternoon - tucked away in an inlet off the Loch and surrounded by jewels of islets and promontories the village consists of a line of houses and eateries along the shore, their bright gardens filled with flowers – and with palm trees, too, for Plockton falls under the benign influence of the North Atlantic Drift. All summer long, yachts and dinghies flurry the waters of the bay among the colony of wild seals. There is also a woodland walk, which leads to a viewpoint overlooking the loch. Alternatively, remain on board our train as we continue to Kyle of Lochalsh, with its views across to the Isle of Skye, for a two hour break where road coaches will take us on the short journey to one of the most iconic images of Scotland – the fairytale ‘Eilean Donan Castle’ situated on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet and surrounded by majestic scenery; time will be available for a stroll around the ramparts and photographs. Our train returns in the late afternoon retracing our scenic outward journey to Inverness.
We depart from Inverness around 09.00 for the homeward journey over the Highland line and Slochd Summit with magnificent views of the Cairngorm Mountains as we pass through the ski centre of Aviemore before travelling through the impressive Pass of Killiecrankie and brief stops en-route for an off train break.
Accommodation will be in quality three star hotels in Inverness town centre. Scottish Breakfast (Sun & Mon) and dinner (Sun only) is included, with other meals taken on the train. Seating is in Pullman style carriages and included in the meal service on board the train is bucks fizz with breakfast, champagne and quarter bottle of house wine served with 3 or 4 course lunches or dinners.
Accommodation will be in quality three star hotels in Inverness town centre. Scottish Breakfast (Sun & Mon) and dinner (Sun only) is included, with other meals taken on the train.
Accommodation will be in quality three star hotels in Inverness town centre. Breakfast (Sun & Mon) and dinner (Sun only) is included. As no meals are included on the train a Buffet Bar will be available for the sale of drinks, sandwiches and light snacks.
Most hotels are within walking distance of the station but road coach transfers, where required, are included.
Saturday: Full English breakfast, Luncheon and three course Dinner Sunday: Elevenses and High Tea Monday: Four course ‘Taste of Scotland’ Luncheon and Cream Tea
Guests joining the train at stations marked * should note they will be served tea/coffee and continental breakfast on the outward journey due to timing constraints.
Guests are responsible for the conveyance of their own luggage between the train and hotels and as such it is advisable not to ‘overload’ one and to ensure cases are easily manageable. These should be stored between the seats or on luggage racks.
We strongly advise that you purchase travel insurance when booking any UK holiday for your own protection and peace of mind. We are regrettably unable to arrange this for you.
This tour is not suitable for wheelchair users as some of the platforms are much shorter than our train which may necessitate walking through a number of carriages when boarding or alighting, in addition the platforms at some remote stations in Scotland are low or accessible only by a footbridge. There is also no disabled or wheelchair access into Eilean Donan Castle. These points should be borne in mind for guests who may have mobility issues.
Saturday 27 to Monday 29 September 2014
Saturday 11 to Monday 13 October 2014
A deposit of £50 per person will secure your booking with the balance of payment due 40 days prior to the tour.
A limited number of single rooms are available at a supplement of £60 per person
Guaranteed window tables for 2 are available at a supplement of £40 per person in 1st class, Premier Dining & Pullman Dining
0845 310 2458/2489