We are delighted to present a three day tour to the Highlands of Scotland at this most beautiful time of year with the Autumnal colours on full display – Travel will be on board the celebrated ‘Statesman’ train over the world famous West Highland line, featuring some of the most dramatic and spectacular scenery Scotland has to offer with magnificent waterfalls, rippling burns & peaceful lochs - A memorable return journey to Mallaig on the steam hauled ‘Jacobite’ train is included and accommodation for two nights will be in en-suite rooms at quality 3 star hotels in the Fort William area.
Friday: Our train travels north with views of either the Lakeland mountains or Northumberland coast before we continue over the border towards Glasgow taking the route around the north of the city and along the banks of the Clyde. At Craigendoran we join the West Highland line and climb high into the mountains passing Loch Long and Loch Lomond followed by an exhilarating journey over the unspoilt expanse of Rannoch Moor with arrival in Fort William around 20.30.
Saturday: At Fort William station step back in time with the vintage standard class carriages of the steam hauled ‘Jacobite’ train waiting to take us on the magnificent 84 mile round trip on the ‘Rails to the Isles’. Passing the foot of Ben Nevis and along the shoreline of Loch Eil we climb into the high mountains and at Glenfinnan cross the viaduct which offers magnificent views down Loch Shiel. Passing the white sands of Morar with the mystical Isle of Skye in the distance we arrive into Mallaig - with numerous eateries offering the famous local fish n’ chips there is plenty to see and do in the couple of hours before the return journey.
Sunday: We depart from Fort William around 09.00 for the journey up the Great Glen and Monessie Gorge. Time permitting a stop will be made at Rannoch where the views are truly spectacular and herds of wild deer roam - then homeward with one magnificent sight following another including Loch Tulla, the Horseshoe Curve and Loch Long.
Pullman Class: Accommodation will be in either the baronial “Ballachulish Hotel” in a breathtaking setting on the shores of Loch Leven at the foot of dramatic Glencoe twelve miles from Fort William, or the “Glenspean Lodge Country Hotel” a former private hunting lodge, with award winning AA Rosette restaurant, set in a tranquil glen overlooking the spectacular Nevis Range. Scottish Breakfast (Sat & Sun) and four course dinner on Saturday is included, with other meals taken on the train. Seating is in air conditioned ‘Pullman’ style carriages. Included in the meal service on board the train is bucks fizz with breakfast, champagne and quarter bottle of house wine served with 3 course lunches or dinners.
Premier Class: Accommodation will be in the “Isles of Glencoe Hotel” situated on a loch side peninsula at the foot of Glencoe around fourteen miles from Fort William. Breakfast (Sat & Sun) and three course Dinner on Saturday is included, with other meals taken on the train. A full wine & drinks list is available.
First & Standard Class: Accommodation will be in the “Alexandra Hotel” directly opposite Fort William station. Breakfast (Sat & Sun) and three course Dinner (Sat only) is included.
Transfers: The road coach transfers between the train and ‘Ballachulish’, ‘Isles of Glencoe’ & ‘Glenspean Lodge’ hotels are included along with exclusive visits on Saturday afternoon to either the National Trust Glencoe Visitors Centre or Commando Monument for Pullman and Premier Guests only.
Buffet Bar: A Buffet will be available on the train for the sale of hot & cold beverages, sandwiches, light snacks & alcoholic drinks.
On Train Meals: (Premier and Pullman only)
Friday: Full English Breakfast, light Luncheon and three course Dinner.
Sunday: Three course ‘Taste of Scotland’ Luncheon and Afternoon Tea.
*Note: Guests joining the train at stations marked * should note they will be served tea/coffee and Pastries on the outward journey instead of Breakfast due to timing constraints.
Luggage: Please be aware that passengers are responsible for the conveyance of their own luggage between the train, transfer coaches 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.
Insurance: 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.
Mobility: Due to the age and construction of our train it is not possible to board in a wheelchair and some of the platforms on this tour 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 rather low or accessible only by a footbridge. These points should be borne in mind for guests who may have mobility issues.
Below are details of the two trips available.
Friday 28 to Sunday 30 September 2012
Newark Northgate (09.10/21.10)
Friday 5 to Sunday 7 October 2012
Bath Spa (06.40/23.50)
Bristol Parkway (07.00/23.30)
Cheltenham Spa (07.50/22.40)
Worcester Shrub Hill (08.20/22.10)
Stourbridge Jct (08.40/21.30)
Tame Bridge Parkway (09.20/20.45)
Warrington Bank Quay* (10.50/19.20)
Wigan North Western* (11.10/19.00)
The costs are the same for both trips:
Standard Class £299.00
First Class £369.00
Premier Dining £569.00
Pullman Dining £669.00
A very limited number of single rooms are available at a supplement of £45 per person
Guaranteed window tables for 2 are available at a supplement of £30 per person in Pullman, Premier & 1st class.
A deposit of £50 per person will secure your booking with the balance of payment due 40 days prior to the tour - payment being in the form of a credit/debit card by calling our reservations line or online www.statesmanrail.com
01524 732 100