WEST HIGHLAND STATESMAN
FRIDAY 27 TO SUNDAY 29 MARCH 2020
Milton Keynes (06.25/23.00) Rugby (07.15/22.15) Nuneaton (07.30/22.00) Tamworth (07.50/21.40) Lichfield (08.00/21.30) Stafford (08.20/21.10) Crewe (08.50/20.40) Warrington Bank Quay (09.20/20.10) Wigan North Western (09.30/19.50) Preston (10.00/19.30)
All timings shown above are approximate and may be subject to change
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. Accommodation for 2 nights will be in quality 3-star hotels in the Fort William area.
Friday: Our train travels north with splendid views of the Lakeland fells before crossing the border, continuing through the Scottish Lowlands and over Beattock Summit 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.
Saturday: ‘The Statesman’ departs 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 and offers stunning vistas down Loch Shiel, 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 returning past 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.
Sunday: Departing Fort William around 09.00 we travel up the Great Glen, passing the falls of Orchy and through Monessie Gorge, then alongside Loch Trieg 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.
Pullman Class (Glenspean Lodge): Accommodation is in the “Glenspean Lodge Hotel” (double & twin rooms only) a former hunting lodge in a beautiful glen near Spean Bridge with Scottish breakfast on Saturday & Sunday, a champagne reception and piper followed by a four-course dinner with wine on Saturday served in the hotel restaurant. There is also a coach tour on Sunday afternoon to the Commando Memorial, Neptune’s staircase and surrounding area – 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 five or seven course luncheon or dinner.
Pullman Class (Alexandra Hotel): Accommodation is in the “Alexandra Hotel” located in the centre of Fort William directly opposite the station and close to the high street, with Scottish breakfast on Saturday & Sunday, and four course dinner with wine on Saturday served in the hotel restaurant – 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 five or seven course luncheon or dinner.
First Class: Accommodation is in the “Ben Nevis Hotel” one mile outside Fort William (transfers included) with three course dinner on Friday and Saturday evening, and a full Scottish breakfast on Saturday & Sunday served in the hotel restaurant. 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 snacks and alcoholic drinks.
On Train Meals: (Pullman only)
Friday: Full English breakfast, light Luncheon and five course Dinner
Saturday: Morning Tea/Coffee & shortbread and light Luncheon
Sunday: Seven course ‘Taste of Scotland’ Luncheon
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: £450
Pullman Dining (Alexandra Hotel): £780
Pullman Dining (Glenspean Lodge): £920
A limited number of single rooms are available in the Alexandra and Ben Nevis Hotels at a supplement of £70 per person
Guaranteed window tables for 2 are available at a supplement of £60 per person in First class & Pullman dining.
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.