WEST HIGHLAND STATESMAN
SATURDAY 23 TO MONDAY 25 MARCH 2019
Milton Keynes (06.00/23.00) Northampton (06.20/22.35) Rugby (06.40/22.10) Coventry (06.55/21.55) Birmingham International (07.10/21.40) Wolverhampton (07.55/20.55) Stafford (08.15/20.35) Crewe (08.45/20.05) Warrington Bank Quay (09.15/19.35) Preston (09.50/19.00)
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.
Saturday: Our train travels north with views of either the Lakeland fells or Yorkshire coast before crossing the border and continues through the Scottish Lowlands 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 in Fort William at approx 20.30.
Sunday: ‘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 which was 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 break. The arrival back at Fort William is around 14.30 with the remainder of the afternoon at leisure for sightseeing.
Monday: Departing Fort William around 08.45 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 break with views of the snow-covered mountains – continuing homeward around the Horseshoe Curve and County March summit.
Pullman Class: Accommodation will be in either the “Alexandra Hotel” in the centre of Fort William, or “Glenspean Lodge Hotel” (double & twin rooms only) near Spean Bridge with Scottish breakfast on Sunday & Monday, and three course dinner on Sunday served in the hotel restaurant – Included in the meal service on board the train is bucks fizz with breakfast, a glass of chilled champagne, canapés and half bottle of wine served with the three course luncheon or dinner.
Premier Class: Accommodation will be in the “Alexandra Hotel” in the centre of Fort William with Scottish breakfast on Sunday & Monday, and three course dinner on Sunday served in the hotel restaurant. The meal service on board the train is specified below.
First Class: Accommodation will be in the “Ben Nevis Hotel” one mile outside Fort William (transfer included) with dinner on Saturday and Sunday evening, and a full Scottish breakfast on Sunday & Monday served in the hotel restaurant. Complimentary tea/coffee 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: (Premier and Pullman only)
Saturday: Full English breakfast, light Luncheon & three course Dinner
Sunday: Morning Tea/Coffee & shortbread and light Luncheon
Monday: Five 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: £399
Premier Dining: £580
Pullman Dining (Alexandra Hotel): £660
Pullman Dining (Glenspean Lodge): £760
A limited number of single rooms are available in the Alexandra and Ben Nevis Hotels at a supplement of £60 per person
Guaranteed window tables for 2 are available at a supplement of £50 per person in First 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.