LOCHS AND GLENS STATESMAN
SATURDAY 3 TO MONDAY 5 OCTOBER 2020
Milton Keynes (06.10/23.00) Northampton (06.30/22.40) Rugby (06.55/22.20) Coventry (07.45/21.55) Birmingham International (08.00/21.40) Wolverhampton (08.40/21.00) Stafford (09.00/20.40) Crewe (09.30/20.10) Warrington Bank Quay (10.00/19.35) Preston (10.40/18.55)
All timings shown above are approximate and may be subject to change
Welcome aboard the celebrated ‘Statesman’ train for a fabulous autumnal weekend tour to the Scottish Highlands with off train excursions through the beautiful Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, offering some of the most stunning scenery in the world. From breathtaking mountains and glens, to the vast tranquil beauty of Loch Katrine with an awe-inspiring private cruise on the restored steamship ‘Sir Walter Scott’, or visit the Famous Grouse distillery and historic Scone Palace – Accommodation for two nights is at the magnificent 4-star Crieff Hydro Resort, built in 1868 and set in 900 acres of beautiful Perthshire countryside.
Our train travels north over the Cumbrian Fells with views of the Lakeland mountains to Carlisle where there will be a sightseeing stop in this historic border city, then continuing through the beautiful Scottish Lowlands and over Beattock Summit we join the Highland line and travel through Stirling to arrive into Gleneagles around 17.30 where we alight for the short road coach transfer to Crieff and dinner in the hotel.
Following a relaxing Scottish breakfast there is a choice of two tours which should be pre-booked:
Option 1: Road coaches will depart mid-morning for a journey through Callandar and into the stunning scenery of the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, before boarding the 117-year-old restored steamship “Sir Walter Scott” for an hour’s cruise to relax and soak up the scenery on beautiful Loch Katrine. We return through Queen Elizabeth Forest and over the Dukes Pass to historic Stirling where there will be a couple of hours to discover the old town or perhaps visit the castle set high above the valley on a rocky crag, offering superb views across the River Forth.
Option 2: Road coaches will depart mid-morning for a visit to the Famous Grouse Whisky experience with a guided tour of the distillery following which we continue through the scenic countryside to historic Scone Palace, the former crowning place of the Kings of Scotland and now one of the country’s most important stately homes with a tour of the Palace interior and gardens followed by Afternoon Tea in the former kitchens. Please note: this trip is restricted to 45 guests so early booking is advised.
A full Scottish breakfast will be served in the hotel restaurant and road coaches will transport us to Perth station where ‘The Statesman’ will be waiting to leave for the journey around the Kingdom of Fife coastal route and over the iconic Forth Bridge to the beautiful and enchanting capital of Edinburgh for an afternoon break. There is something for everyone in this city with numerous attractions all within easy walking distance – from the famous shops on Princes Street or a stroll down the Royal Mile to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, or the impressive fortress of Edinburgh Castle. We return homeward in the late afternoon retracing our outward journey.
Accommodation is in ‘executive’ or ‘standard’ rooms at the fabulous four-star Crieff Hydro Resort. Scottish Breakfast (Sun & Mon) and dinner (Sat & Sun) 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, a glass of chilled champagne and half bottle of wine served with luncheon.
Accommodation is in ‘standard’ rooms at the Crieff Hydro Resort. Breakfast (Sun & Mon) and three course dinner (Sat & Sun) is included. Complimentary tea/coffee, biscuits and light refreshments will be served during the journey and a Buffet Bar is available for the sale of hot & cold beverages, light refreshments and alcoholic drinks.
On Train Meals: (Pullman only)
Saturday: Full English breakfast & five course Luncheon
Monday: Seven course ‘Taste of Scotland’ Luncheon
First Class (standard rooms): £499
Pullman Dining (standard rooms): £910
Pullman Dining (executive rooms): £960
We regret single rooms are not available on this tour
Guaranteed window tables for 2 are available at a supplement of £60 per person
Bookings for this train are accepted with a non-refundable deposit of £100 per person and a written confirmation will be sent. We will then write to you 60 days prior to the date of travel concerning the balance payment, which is due in full no later than 40 days prior to the tour.
We are unable to cater for special dietary requirements other than a vegetarian or gluten free option.
Please see our full terms & conditions here for further details https://www.statesmanrail.com/terms-conditions/