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 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 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 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” situated on the shores of Loch Leven at the foot of dramatic Glencoe, or the “Glenspean Lodge Hotel” a former private hunting lodge set in a tranquil glen overlooking the spectacular Nevis Range. Scottish Breakfast (Sat & Sun) and four course dinner (Sat 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 course lunches or dinners. We will allocate the hotel but you are welcome to express your preferred choice at the time of booking which is subject to availability. For further hotel information visit www.ballachulishhotel.com and www.glenspeanlodge.com
Premier Class: Accommodation will be in the “Isles of Glencoe Hotel” situated on a loch side peninsula at the foot of Glencoe, fourteen miles from Fort William. Breakfast (Sat & Sun) and dinner (Sat only) is included, with other meals taken on the train. For further hotel information visit www.islesofglencoe.com
First Class: Accommodation will be in the “Alexandra Hotel” directly opposite Fort William station. Breakfast (Sat & Sun) and dinner (Sat only) is included. A Buffet Bar will be available on the train for the sale of drinks, sandwiches and light snacks. For further hotel information visit www.strathmorehotels.com/Alexandra+Hotel/Home
Standard Class: Accommodation will be in the “Ben Nevis Hotel” just outside Fort William. Breakfast (Sat & Sun) and dinner (Sat only) is included. A Buffet Bar will be available on the train for the sale of drinks, sandwiches and light snacks. For further hotel information visit www.strathmorehotels.com/Ben+Nevis+Hotel/Home/
Transfers: The road coach transfer between the train and hotels, where required, is included.
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 27 to Sunday 29 September 2013
London Euston (06.10/23.55)
Watford Jct (06.30/23.40)
Milton Keynes (07.30/22.40)
Birmingham International (08.40/21.30)
Tame Bridge Parkway (09.10/21.00)
Friday 11 to Sunday 13 October 2013
Newark Northgate (07.45/21.00)
The costs are the same for both trips:
Standard Class £310
First Class £385
Premier Dining £595
Pullman Dining £700
A 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.
Call West Coast:
01524 732 100
West Coast Booking Office Opening Hours:Mon–Thur — 8:30am to 4:30pm
0845 310 2458/89
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