GRAND WEST HIGHLAND (5 nights) > Edinburgh – Spean Bridge - Taynuilt – Wemyss Bay - Boat of Garten – Dundee - Edinburgh



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It"s always hard to say farewell to the Scottish Highlands. That"s why we"ve made it possible for you to join us for a much longer journey. Enjoy the magnificent scenery of the West Highland Line and an exclusive view of Mount Stuart, a spectacular Victorian Gothic house. Then experience the wild beauty of the Scottish Highlands as you head north, stopping along the way for a private visit to magnificent Ballindalloch and to try your hand at some outdoor activities on the Rothiemurchus Highland Estate.

Day 1:Edinburgh - Spean Bridge
The Royal Scotsman departs from Edinburgh at 14:20 and heads west through Falkirk, Clydebank and Dumbarton to skirt Glasgow and so reach the northern bank of the Clyde. Near the mouth of the Clyde estuary lies Craigendoran, the starting point for the majestic West Highland Line.

Enjoy afternoon tea as you travel along the edge of Gare Loch. Loch Long comes into sight to your left, and after vanishing for a while, returns with a view of Ben Arthur (The Cobbler) with its distinctive peak. Passing Arrochar you get your first view of Loch Lomond. The train descends almost to the water"s edge at Ardlui, and then has a hard climb up Glen Falloch, whose many waterfalls provide an impressive display.

As you continue north you pass through Crianlarich and Bridge of Orchy. There are spectacular views of Rannoch Moor before arrival in Spean Bridge where the train stables overnight. After a formal dinner you meet Ray Owens, a Highlander who brings to life the stories of Scottish heroes. Listening to Ray, you gain a true sense of the past and learn how life in the Highlands has changed over the centuries.

 

Day 2: Spean Bridge - Taynuilt
Your breakfast is served as your journey continues west, passing through Fort William with views of Ben Nevis (Britain"s highest mountain) to your left. Travelling by the side of Loch Eil you then pass Glenfinnan and Lochailort, before turning north along this stunning coastline until reaching Arisaig. Here you can disembark for a romantic walk along the beautiful Morar Sands, a magnificent expanse of gleaming white sand, where you can enjoy excellent views across the Sound of Sleat to the beautiful Isle of Skye with its awe-inspiring Cuillin Mountains.

Rejoin the train whereupon your lunch is served as the train retraces the route towards Fort William then Spean Bridge before turning south. You arrive at Bridge of Orchy and disembark for a cruise on Loch Awe.
In the comfort of your cruise boat, enjoy an hour"s sailing on the loch taking in the beautiful scenery, as you pass Kilchurn Castle which was built in the early 15th century by Sir Colin Campbell, 1st Laird of Glenorchy. The substantial ruins are some of the most picturesque in Scotland.

Return to the train at Taynuilt for overnight stabling. After an informal dinner you enjoy entertainment in the Observation Car.

 

Day 3: Taynuilt - Stirling
Leaving Taynuilt you follow the previous day"s route as far as Glasgow before heading south to Gourock. At Wemyss Bay, board the ferry across to the Isle of Bute. The island embraces a variety of landscapes; seashore, moorland, farmland and forest. The natural history, geography, geology and ancient history of the island are revealed at every turn. From St Blane"s Chapel at the south of the island to the abandoned townships in Glen More at the north, it seems that every stone has its tale to tell.

Mount Stuart is Britain"s most spectacular Victorian Gothic house. This was the architectural fantasy of the 3rd Marquess of Bute and his architect Sir Robert Rowand Anderson. Stunning, mysterious interiors reflect the romantic and scholarly Marquess" passion for art, heraldry, astrology, mythology and religion. At Mount Stuart, there is arguably the finest privately held collection of family portraits in Scotland.

Following your afternoon tea, you have time to explore this magnificent house, its tranquil Rock Garden, the Wee Garden containing rare plants from the southern hemisphere, the Kitchen Garden and the Victorian Pinetum. The Limetree Avenue leads you to a secluded stretch of coastline and one of the most beautiful beaches in Scotland.

Return to the mainland and rejoin the train at Wemyss Bay where a formal dinner is served and the train stables for the night.

 

Day 4: Stirling - Edinburgh - Boat of Garten
During breakfast you leave Wemyss Bay to arrive in Edinburgh at in the morning where the first part of your journey ends.

Now there is an opportunity to explore the beautiful city of Edinburgh, known as the "Athens of the North". Explore the historic Royal Mile, visit the Castle, take in an art gallery or simply relax with a coffee. Should you so wish, a light lunch will be served for you in a local hotel before you re-join the train. Your Train Manager will be pleased to confirm details on the day.

Rejoin the train at Edinburgh Waverley for departure at 13.38. The Royal Scotsman departs Edinburgh and heads west through Linlithgow to Stirling, and then past Gleneagles on your way to Perth, the "Fair City". You then travel on to Dunkeld, Pitlochry and Blair Atholl. Once past the station you can catch a glimpse of Blair Castle.

Druimuachdar, the summit of this line, lies six miles south of Dalwhinnie, which is dominated by the pagodas of the nineteenth century distillery. You pass through Dalwhinnie to reach Kingussie where you disembark to visit The Highland Folk Museum.

Return to the train at Boat of Garten on the private Strathspey Railway for overnight stabling. A formal dinner is served and afterwards you meet Ray Owens, who brings to life the stories of Scottish heroes. His storytelling gives you a true sense of the past and you learn how life in the Highlands has changed over the centuries.

 

Day 5: Boat of Garten - Dundee
Leaving Boat of Garten after breakfast you travel by motor coach to Rothiemurchus. The history of this estate is as varied as most of the Highlands of Scotland. Its diverse landscape comprises low-lying fields on the river flood plain, open heather moorland, forestry plantations and majestic Caledonian pine forest. Here you can enjoy clay pigeon shooting or a Highland Safari, where you learn about the local flora and wildlife from the Estate"s Park Ranger.

Rejoin the train in Aviemore and head north to Inverness. Enjoy lunch as you pass Culloden, site of the last battle on mainland British soil in 1746. You then continue east following the Moray coast through Nairn and Elgin before arriving in Keith where you disembark for an exclusive visit to Strathisla distillery “The home and Heart of Chivas Regal”.

Return to the train in Keith. Dinner this evening is informal as you journey to Dundee for overnight stabling.

 

Day 6: Dundee - Edinburgh
After breakfast, the train leaves Dundee and travels over the Tay Bridge then through the former Kingdom of Fife. You cross the Firth of Forth by means of the Forth Railway Bridge to arrive in Edinburgh Waverley station where your journey ends.

 

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Departure Dates 2017

May 11
June 1, 22
July 13
August 15
September 5, 26

 

 

Prices – 2017

 

1 Person in compartment - € 8.688,00

2 People in compartment - € 5.430,00 per person

 

Rates are fully inclusive of accommodation, meals, wine, alcoholic and other beverages, day tours and entertainment. Priced in EURO currency.

 

 

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