2017 Scottish Highlands Steam & Malt Trail

2017 Scottish Highlands Steam & Malt Trail

The Western Highlands offer amazing views and this tour promises an action packed few days. Explore both branches of the West Highland Line, visit the Isle of Mull, ride the Jacobite Steam Train to Mallaig, and visit two distilleries for a tour and a 'wee dram'. Not forgetting a cruise on the steamship Sir Walter Scott on idyllic Loch Katrine.

5 Days From Only £525.00

 

DEPARTS

Thursday 18 May 2017

Thursday 8 June 2017

Thursday 20 July 2017

Thursday 28 September 2017

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Enjoy a day in the scenic Trossach hills

  • Cruise aboard the steamship Sir Walter Scott

  • Explore both branches of the West Highland Line in their glory

  • Travel through Glencoe to Fort William, returning over Rannoch Moor

  • Reach Mallaig at the end of the northern branch by Jacobite Steam Train

  • Pass through lochs and glens en route to Oban

  • Hop across to the Isle of Mull to visit Duart Castle

  • Learn about the distilling process and have a ‘wee dram’ at the Oban and Glengoyne distilleries

DAY 1

Thursday - Arrive in Crianlarich and make your way to our hotel for four nights, the Crianlarich Hotel, just a short walk from the station which serves both branches of the West Highland Line. Tonight we enjoy our first evening meal together.

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DAY 2

Friday - After breakfast this morning our coach transfers us to Fort William, in the shadow of Ben Nevis, through some of the country's most dramatic scenery, mighty Glencoe. At Fort William we change onto the Jacobite Steam Train, which hauls the final leg of the West Highland Line northern branch past Loch Linnhe into breathtaking Glenfinnan and onwards towards Mallaig, with the Small Isles looming tantalisingly close offshore. After free time in Mallaig to sample the local catch, we make the return journey by steam to Fort William. Here we rejoin the stunning northern branch of the West Highland Line, with the railway taking a different route to this morning's coach through terrain often inaccessible by road. As you cross Rannoch Moor look out for Corrour Station, the highest mainline station in the UK, before our descent to Crianlarich.

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DAY 3

Saturday - Lochs, glens, islands and malt await today, as we explore the western branch of the West Highland Line. After yesterday's heather-framed wilderness, today is a contrast of quintessential Highland lochs and glens in golden autumn hues. Reaching Oban, we leave the mainland by ferry for the Isle of Mull, where we enjoy a visit to Duart Castle, the proud ancestral home of the Clan MacLean. Returning to Oban, we experience a fascinating tour of the Oban Distillery, culminating in a 'wee dram'. After the return journey past Loch Etive and the appropriately named Loch Awe, relax in our hotel bar with its extensive range of malts.

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DAY 4

Sunday - Today we head west to explore the Trossach Range by coach, stopping for a break in the town of Callander, before enjoying a Loch Katrine cruise on board the Steam Ship Sir Walter Scott. Our return journey to Crianlarich is punctuated with a visit to the Glengoyne Distillery for a tour climaxing with a tasting of their fine malt, before returning to Crianlarich along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.

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DAY 5

Our hotel in Crianlarich bids "Haste ye back," as we make our way home from the majestic autumnal Western Highlands.

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B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

HOTEL

The Crianlarich Hotel

Crianlarich is the junction village where the West Highland Line veers northwards and westwards over moors and through glens to the sea. Our hotel sits a short walk from the station, with 36 bedrooms, an AA rosette restaurant and Scottish snug bar – a great place to relax with a malt after a day’s exploring.

 

FARES

Fare Region

First

Standard

RC (-)

London: Euston

£835

£690

-£25

Greater London

£880

£715

-£30

South of England

£885

£725

-£30

East Anglia

£900

£735

-£30

South West

£860

£720

-£30

Heart of England

£780

£655

-£25

Midlands

£735

£640

-£25

Yorkshire

£685

£620

-£20

North East

£655

£605

-£15

North West

£690

£610

-£20

South Wales

£795

£675

-£30

North Wales

£735

£635

-£25

Scotland

£595

£575

-£10



Join & Leave at Hotel £525

Single Room Supplement £85

June/September Departure Supplement £25

July Departure Supplement £40

 

4 nights’ bed, breakfast & Table d’Hôte evening meal

Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

Rail & coach travel, with transfers as described

All excursions and admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

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