Departing From

  • Stevenage,
  • Hitchin,
  • St Neots,
  • Huntingdon,
  • Peterborough,
  • Grantham,
  • Newark Northgate,
  • Retford,
  • Doncaster,
  • York

We are delighted to present a three day weekend break to the Highlands of Scotland at this most dramatic and beautiful time of year – The journey will be over the entire length of the world famous West Highland line, featuring some of the most spectacular scenery in Scotland crossing magnificent bridges and viaducts with our train climbing high into the mountains offering views of tumbling waterfalls, peaceful lochs and the prospect of snow covered mountains as they glisten in winter sunlight.

Hotels – No overnight accommodation is included on this tour allowing you the freedom and flexibility to arrange your own hotels in the Fort William area. For further advise and a list of recommended hotels please contact our reservation team.

TRAVEL TIMINGS*

STATION DEPARTS RETURNS
Stevenage 05.40 00.30
Hitchin 05.50 00.15
St Neots 06.15 23.50
Huntingdon 06.25 23.40
Peterborough 06.40 23.20
Grantham 07.10 22.50
Newark Northgate 07.35 22.25
Retford 08.05 21.55
Doncaster 08.35 21.25
York 09.05 20.50

PLEASE NOTE *
All timings shown above are approximate and may be subject to change.

Journey Itinerary

Saturday - 10/04/2021

Our train travels north with splendid views of the Northumberland coast before crossing the border, continuing through the Scottish Lowlands and Edinburgh, thence to Glasgow and along the banks of the River Clyde, where we join the scenic and spectacular West Highland line. Passing Loch Long and Loch Lomond we climb high into the mountains for a memorable journey over the wild expanse of Rannoch Moor with an arrival into Fort William around 20.00.

Sunday - 11/04/2021

‘The Statesman’ departs from Fort William at 09.00 for the magnificent 84-mile round trip through the mountains – Passing Ben Nevis we travel along the shoreline of Loch Eil and at Glenfinnan cross the viaduct featured in the ‘Harry Potter’ movies offering stunning vistas down Loch Shiel and regarded by many as the most spectacular view in Britain. Our train terminates in the pretty fishing port of Mallaig for a short late morning break. We return from Mallaig around 12.00 passing the white sands of Morar and over our outward route with an arrival back in Fort William about 14.00 with the remainder of the afternoon at leisure for sightseeing.

Monday - 12/04/2021

Departing Fort William around 09.00 we travel up the Great Glen, passing the falls of Orchy and through Monessie Gorge, then alongside Loch Treig with stunning views of the Nevis Range and Mamore Mountains. A stop (weather permitting) will be made at the isolated station at Rannoch for a short photographic break with views of the snow-covered mountains – continuing homeward around the Horseshoe Curve and County March summit.

Classes of Travel

Mobility: This tour is not suitable for guests requiring the use of a wheelchair or with severe mobility issues as the platforms at some remote stations in the highlands are much shorter than our train, low, or accessible only by a footbridge or steps and may be snow or ice covered.

First Class (Non-Dining) - £340

Reserved seating is arranged at tables of 4 or 2 with additional legroom, wide seats, and panoramic windows. Complimentary tea/coffee, and light snacks are included, and a buffet bar is available for the purchase of hot & cold beverages, light refreshments, and alcoholic drinks.

Covid-19 Social Distancing Seating – Bookings of two passengers will be seated together at a ‘guaranteed window table for two’ with a mandatory supplement of £70 per person charged. Bookings of three or four passengers are seated at a shared table and charged the normal per seat price, with the adjacent table remaining out of use. (Minimum Booking 2 persons)

Pullman Dining - £650

This is the ultimate travel experience – seating is in our refurbished Pullman style umber & cream wood panelled carriages offering additional legroom, wide seats and panoramic windows with seating at tables of 4 or 2 laid with crisp linen and fully dressed with fine crockery, fresh flowers and glassware. The meal service is detailed below and includes bucks’ fizz with breakfast and a glass of chilled champagne, and half bottle of house wine served with dinner and seven course luncheon.

Covid-19 Social Distancing Seating – Bookings of two passengers will be seated together at a ‘guaranteed window table for two’ with a mandatory supplement of £70 per person charged. Bookings of three or four passengers are seated at a shared table and charged the normal per seat price, with the adjacent table remaining out of use. (Minimum Booking 2 persons)

On Train Meals: (Pullman only)

Saturday:       Full English breakfast, light Luncheon and five course Dinner

Sunday:          Morning Tea/Coffee & Shortbread and Light Luncheon

Monday:         Seven course ‘taste of Scotland’ Luncheon and Supper

Statesman Rail Crest

English Riviera Statesman

I felt I wanted to write and tell you what a wonderful day my wife plus two friends had on your train trip to Torquay yesterday (18th July).  We travelled “Pullman Class” with all meals. The train looked so good, especially the inside of the coach – it was immaculate.   The toilets were particularly impressive and inviting.  The meals served were probably the best we have ever had on a train (we regularly go on Great Rail Journey holidays, the Railway Touring Company outings and Great Central Railways excursions).However the greatest praise is due to the staff, they made us feel so welcome and special.  Every one of them was willing to chat and continually smiled (beneath their masks).  Nothing was too much trouble for them, even at the end of a very long day the service was still outstanding. You should feel very proud of your company. I am quick to criticise when things go wrong but am very happy to compliment when I think something is above expectation, and the trip to Torquay was definitely that. The icing on cake was the wonderful sunshine in Torquay during our visit – organised by you, I am sure!

Chris Blake – St Neots

July 18, 2020

English Riviera Statesman

Pullman Class travel started the moment the train stopped at Kidderminster for us to board with a red carpet greeting from the staff. We were guided to our seats and from then on we wanted for nothing. The comprehensive menu was only surpassed by the unbelievable quality of service from the staff, no request was too much for them. We travelled in luxury and were fed beyond belief all the way to Torquay arriving half an hour early. After approximately five hours of sampling the delights of the resort we were met at the station for the return journey with a punctuality rivalling Japanese Railways, oh and the red carpet both off and back on in Torquay.
The return journey was luxury and food for every mile. Dinner started in the West Country and finish in the West Midlands, a magnificent banquet with wonderful service throughout. A journey that you wished would never end, but it had to and yes with a red carpet.
An experience that will never be forgotten and also won't be the last for us with Statesman.

What a truly wonderful day – Dave (Halesowen)

July 27, 2019

Lord of the Isles Statesman

It is the best way to see thecountry. The Pullman carriages are superb, the staff are amazing, nothing is too much trouble and the food is super. We were lucky with the weather so were able to enjoy the whole experience, we had a marvellous time.

A Wonderful Experience – A Houghton

October 21, 2019

Lord of the Isles Statesman

I do like travelling by train anyway, whether it be in the UK, in Europe or in North America, but this Pullman Class 3-day trip to northern Scotland was simply delightful. My wife and I shared a table for 4 with two others, people who were strangers to us as we were to them, and it was certainly a huge piece of luck that we all got on very well indeed together. But even if we had not had such good conversation, that would not have affected the quality of the rest of the experience provided. The total presentation was lovely, starting from the welcome on board, with a beautifully laid table and Buck's Fizz (I was not the only one to say that simple champagne would be fine -- which was immediately provided). Service was immaculate and friendly throughout the 3-day trip. Food was really excellent, and the 7-course lunch on the return trip on Sunday was wonderful. That might sound like a lot, but when spread out gently over 3 hours, it was just a delicious series. The Inverness hotel was one I would be happy to return to, and our 2 nights' stay there was flawless. The intermediate day trip to Eilean Donan castle was the fulfilment of a long-standing wish, and I'm looking forward to a reprise to the Lake District and a 4* hotel.

Such a Charming Experience – Stephen H

October 21, 2019
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