LORD OF THE ISLES STATESMAN
SATURDAY 19 TO MONDAY 21 OCTOBER 2019
Stevenage (06.00/21.40) Hitchin (06.10/21.30) St Neots (06.40/21.00) Huntingdon (06.50/20.50) Peterborough (07.00/20.40) Grantham (07.35/20.10) Newark Northgate (08.00/19.45) Retford (08.30/19.15) Doncaster (09.00/18.45) York (09.30/18.15)
All timings shown above are approximate and may be subject to change
Enjoy a superb three-day weekend break to the Highlands of Scotland at this most beautiful time of year with purple heather carpeting the mountains and autumn leaves turning to a burnished gold – Travel is over the scenic Highland line to Inverness as we cross impressive bridges with views of cascading waterfalls and tranquil lochs plus a return journey over the spectacular and remote route to Kyle of Lochalsh with an off train excursion included to the magnificent Eilean Donan Castle. Overnight accommodation will be in quality 4-star hotels in Inverness.
Following departure from your local station ‘The Statesman’ travels north taking the beautiful coastal route passing Lindisfarne and through Edinburgh before crossing the iconic Forth Bridge and joining the Highland line which takes us toward Perth and Pitlochry – then over the highest railway summit in Britain at Druimuachdar and the Cairngorm National Park to Inverness with an arrival at approx 20.50.
Our train departs Inverness at approx 09.30 for one of the ‘Great Railway Journeys of the World’ – the spectacular and scenic route to Kyle of Lochalsh. After travelling over the high plateau at Achnasheen, where great herds of wild deer roam, we descend to sea level and around the shore of beautiful Loch Carron to the pretty village of Plockton where you may choose to spend the afternoon – tucked away off the Loch the village consists of a line of houses and eateries along the shore, their bright gardens filled with flowers and palm trees – Alternatively, remain on board our train as we continue to Kyle of Lochalsh, with views across to the Isle of Skye, for a break where road coaches will take us on the short journey to one of the most iconic images of Scotland – the fairytale ‘Eilean Donan Castle’ situated where three great sea lochs meet and surrounded by majestic scenery; time will be available for a stroll around the ramparts and photographs. Our train returns in the late afternoon retracing our scenic outward journey to Inverness.
Departing from Inverness around 09.00 returning over the Highland line and Slochd Summit with magnificent views of the Cairngorm Mountains we pass through the ski centre of Aviemore and onward to the impressive Pass of Killiecrankie, Perth and Stirling.
Accommodation is in ‘luxury’ rooms at the fabulous four-star Kingsmills Hotel situated just outside Inverness (twin or double rooms only). Scottish Breakfast (Sun & Mon) and four course dinner (Sun 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 half bottle of house wine served with 3 or 5 course lunches or dinners.
Accommodation is in ‘classic’ rooms at the four-star Kingsmills Hotel situated just outside Inverness (twin or double rooms only). Scottish Breakfast (Sun & Mon) and four course dinner (Sun only) is included, with other meals taken on the train.
Accommodation is in ‘standard’ rooms at the newly refurbished four-star Mercure Hotel in Inverness town centre. Breakfast (Sun & Mon) and dinner (Sat & Sun) is included. A Buffet Bar is available on the train for the sale of drinks and light snacks.
The Mercure Hotel is within walking distance of the station, but road coach transfers are included for the Kingsmills Hotel.
On Train Meals: (Premier and Pullman only)
Saturday: Full English breakfast, light Luncheon and three course Dinner
Sunday: Light Luncheon and Afternoon Tea
Monday: Five course ‘Taste of Scotland’ Luncheon
This tour is not suitable for wheelchair users or those with impaired mobility as platforms at some remote stations in Scotland are shorter than our train, low or accessible only by a footbridge. There is no disabled or wheelchair access into Eilean Donan Castle or the transfer coaches.
First Class: £540
Premier Dining: £760
Pullman Dining: £860
A limited number of single rooms are available for First Class customers only in the Mercure Hotel – supplement £80 per person. (There is no single room availability in Pullman or Premier at the Kingsmills Hotel)
Guaranteed window tables for 2 are available at a supplement of £50 per person in 1st class, Premier Dining & Pullman Dining
Bookings for this train are accepted without a requirement for a deposit payment. A written confirmation will be sent to you at time of booking. We will then write to you 60 days in advance of the date of travel concerning your balance payment, which will be due in full no later than 40 days prior to the date of travel.