Highland Adventure & the Jacobite Steam Train
Take on the ever-changing landscape of Scotland by land, water and air on this exciting adventure through the Highlands.
Short in length, yet high in experience, the Highland Steam Train Adventure offers scenic views and once-in-a-lifetime touring opportunities throughout some of the most notable locations in Scotland. You have the option to make this a roundtrip tour beginning in Glasgow adding the West Highland rail route, passing by the lochs and moors the area is famous for and runs deep into the heart of the region before looping back. Travel is kept interesting by combining train excursions with boating and gondola trips, and the planned stops along the way are as varied as the landscape itself. So, sit back, enjoy a glass of Scotch whisky and soak up the magic that encompasses Scotland on this 4-day expedition.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Optional extra - the West Highland Line - "Railroad to the Isles"
- Take the famous ‘Harry Potter’ steam train journey aboard The Jacobite
- Dinner every evening in your hotel
- Cruise Loch Linnhe, in search of seals and porpoises
- Experience stunning views of the Ben Nevis range by cable car
- Enjoy a ‘wee dram’ at Ben Nevis Distillery: ‘Slàinte Mhath’ – good health!
- Services of experienced Tour Manager
- Hotel Porterage
Day 1 - Fort William
Join us at our hotel in Fort William, the Alexandra Hotel. If you have arrived by train, you will have enjoyed the spectacular West Highland Line of lochs, mountains, moors and forests. (D)
Day 2 - Loche Linnhe & Ben Nevis
We cruise Loch Linnhe - a lovely sea loch - looking out for seals and porpoises, diving birds and perhaps a golden eagle. Upon our return to Fort William we have time for lunch and to wander the shops, before we take our tour of the fascinating Ben Nevis Whisky Distillery, concluding with a wee dram. We then soar skyward in a Nevis Range Gondola on our adventure to experience stunning panoramic views of the Highlands and Ben Nevis itself. (B, D)
Day 3 - The Jacobite
Today our adventure continues aboard the Jacobite steam train* to Mallaig, journeying over the impressive Glenfinnan Viaduct, capturing the views of Bonnie Prince Charlie's monument, Loch Shiel and Loch Eilt before the line turns north with astonishing vistas to the Atlantic coastline of golden white sands. There is time to explore the harbour town of Mallaig, with its majestic views across to the Isle of Skye, before we return to Fort William on our great railway journey of dramatic and captivating scenes. (B, D)
Day 4 - Return Home
Your tour concludes this morning unless you have booked the rail option. The beautiful rail journey from Fort William back to Glasgow, passing across remote moors and through the glens to Loch Lomond and finally along the shores of the Clyde as we approach Glasgow for homeward trains. (B)
*In the unlikely event of the steam train being unavailable we reserve the right to substitute a diesel train or undertake the journey by road coach.
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Fort William to Mallaig on the Jacobite Steam Train
The wonderful journey on the Jacobite Steam Train takes us along a section of the West Highland Line, which stretches from Glasgow to Mallaig, and takes passengers through some of the most breathtaking mountain scenery in the UK. We begin in the town of Fort William, spectacularly situated with Ben Nevis as its backdrop. As we leave Fort William, we travel along the shores of Loch Linnhe before tackling the increasingly demanding Highland terrain. At Glenfinnan we reach the most scenic and dramatic section of the line, as the train crosses the 21 arches of the Glenfinnan Viaduct: a magnificent feat of railway engineering. Leaving Glenfinnan, the landscape opens up and we catch our first glimpse of the sea and the small islands close to the shore. During this section of the journey, we travel across two more viaducts: Gleann Mama and the Borrowdale Viaduct before reaching the small towns of Morar and Arisaig. On a clear, sunny day, the white sandy beaches along this stretch of coastline provide a beautiful contrast with the blue waters of the sea. From here, it is only a short distance to our final destination, the busy fishing town of Mallaig.
West Highland Line
Also known as 'the Iron Road to the Isles', a journey on the West Highland Line is an epic rail adventure that takes passengers through some of the world's most beautiful and dramatic landscapes. In fact, the line has twice been voted the world's best rail journey by readers of Wanderlust magazine. Running from Glasgow's Queen Street station, the train runs through the city's outskirts and on to Helensburgh. From here the train begins its ascent into the famous Highlands. Soon the train skirts the beautiful Loch Long, followed by the immense Loch Lomond, as it makes its way up the ever-increasing gradients. The journey continues alongside the Loch - Britain's largest body of inland water - whilst winding through pretty wooden slopes. Continuing northward through charming isolated villages, the train then climbs more than 500 feet (150 m) in just five miles, before arriving at the tiny hamlet Crianlarich. Here the West Highland Line splits into two branches. One continues to Fort William and Mallaig, the other heads west to Oban.
Alexandra Hotel, Fort William
Situated close to the railway station this comfortable Victorian villa hotel offers all rooms en suite with TV and radio, telephone and hospitality tray. The dining room is proud of its locally sourced Table d’Hôte menu.
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