West Highland & Jacobite Weekend
Three Day Railtour to the West Highlands
Friday 6th to Sunday 8th October 2017
From Kettering, Market Harborough, Leicester, Loughborough, East Midlands Parkway, Langley Mill, Alfreton, Chesterfield, Chinley, Romiley, Manchester Victoria, Wigan North Western and Preston.
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 – The trip will be hauled by a vintage diesel train over the world famous award winning West Highland Line, featuring some of the most dramatic and spectacular scenery Scotland has to offer with magnificent waterfalls, rippling burns and peaceful lochs – A memorable return journey to Mallaig on the steam hauled 'Jacobite' train is included and accommodation for two nights will be at quality three star hotels in the Fort William and Glencoe area.
Friday: Our train travels north with views of the Lakeland Fells before continuing through the Scottish lowlands and 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 20:45.
Saturday: At Fort William station step back in time as we board the vintage standard class carriages of the steam hauled 'Jacobite' train (with seating at shared tables) for a magnificent 84 mile round trip to Mallaig. 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 featured in the Harry Potter movies offering magnificent views down Loch Shiel. Passing the white sands of Morar with the mystical Isle of Skye in the distance we arrive into Mallaig - numerous eateries are available offering the famous local fish 'n' chips and 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 is at the 'Alexandra Hotel' situated in Fort William town centre. A Scottish Breakfast (Sat & Sun) and champagne reception followed by a four course dinner, with wine (Sat only) are included, with other meals taken on the train and included in the meal service on board is Buck's Fizz with breakfast, champagne and quarter bottle of house wine served with 3 or 4 course lunches or dinners. Seating on 'The Jacobite' is in Standard Class.
Pullman Class: Accommodation is at the 'Glenspean Lodge Hotel' situated near Spean Bridge in twin or double rooms only with transfers included. A Scottish Breakfast (Sat & Sun) and champagne reception followed by a four course dinner, with wine (Sat only) are included, with other meals taken on the train and included in the meal service on board is Buck's Fizz with breakfast, champagne and quarter bottle of house wine served with 3 or 4 course lunches or dinners. Seating on 'The Jacobite' is in First Class.
Premier Class: Accommodation is at the 'Alexandra Hotel' in Fort William. Scottish Breakfast (Sat & Sun) and a champagne reception followed by a four course dinner, with wine (Sat only) is included, with other meals taken on the train.
First Class: Accommodation is at the 'Ben Nevis Hotel' just outside Fort William with transfers included. Breakfast (Sat & Sun) and three course dinner (Fri & Sat) is served in the hotel restaurant. A Buffet Bar is available on the train for the sale of drinks, sandwiches and light snacks.
All road coach transfers, where required, are included.
On Train Meals: (Premier and Pullman only)
Friday: Full English breakfast, Luncheon and four course Dinner.
Sunday: Four course 'Taste of Scotland' Luncheon and Afternoon Tea.
Luggage: Guests 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 have travel insurance when booking any UK holiday, for your own protection and peace of mind, in case you have to unexpectedly cancel your booking within the 40 day prior to departure non refundable period. We are regrettably unable to arrange this for you.
Mobility: This tour is not suitable for guests with severe mobility issues or requiring the use of a wheelchair as some platforms are much shorter than our train which may necessitate walking through a number of carriages when boarding or alighting, in addition some remote stations on the West Highland line are rather low or accessible only by a footbridge or steps. These points should be borne in mind for guests who may have limited mobility.
First Class and Dining passengers can book a private table for a supplement of £40.00 per person.
The following Pick-Up and Set-Down stations are available on this excursion
|East Midlands Parkway||06:50||21.50|
|Wigan North Western||09:25||19.00|