7-night Highland Railway Tour

Glenfinnan Viaduct
Duration: 7 nights
Interests: Heritage Tours
from £1,289pp

Enjoy the scenic beauty of Scotland by rail. The Strathspey Railway – Scotland’s longest stretch of heritage rail - travels across central Scotland on a round trip from Aviemore to Broomhill passing through beautifully restored stations. On the West Highland Line, a modern train takes you on a journey across the wild Rannoch Moor via Crianlarich to Oban. The grand finale is a ride on the Jacobite steam train across the mighty Glenfinnan Viaduct.

Holiday Highlights

  • Ride on the Strathspey Railway from Aviemore to Broomhill, the longest heritage line in Scotland
  • Enjoy views from Britain’s most scenic railway, the West Highland Railway
  • Journey on the steam-hauled Jacobite service to Mallaig

What’s included

  • High-quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our country house
  • The guidance and services of our knowledgeable HF Holidays Leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
  • All transport on touring days on a comfortable, good-quality mini-coach
  • All admissions to venues/attractions that form part of your holiday itinerary

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.


One of the week’s highlights: a ride on the steam-hauled ‘Jacobite’ train from Fort William on the 1901 West Highland extension to Mallaig. The journey is incredibly scenic and takes in the spectacular viaduct at Glenfinnan and outstanding coastal scenery around Arisaig. We’ve time to explore Mallaig, a bustling fishing port.


Passing spectacular Eilean Donan Castle on our way to Kyle of Lochalsh, we’ll then take the train to Inverness on a railway that was built to carry not only fish but the fishing boats too! On our return, we’ll travel through the rift valley of the Great Glen, parallel to the Caledonian Canal and beside Loch Ness, with plenty of opportunities to look for Nessie, the monster that lurks deep beneath the dark waters.


The day has been left free for you to relax or explore the local area.


Today we'll see ‘The Jacobite’ crossing the swing bridge over the canal. We shall then take a train over the remote and wild Rannoch Moor to Crianlarich, where we change for the picturesque route to Oban. After some free time to explore Oban, we’ll return to the country house via the former railway bridge at Connel Ferry.


We start the day with a cruise along the long, narrow and deep Loch Shiel before dipping into Scottish history at the nearby Glenfinnan Monument, commemorating the 1745 Jacobite rising. The Nevis Range Gondola will take us up the lower slopes of one of Britain’s highest mountains with splendid panoramic views of Fort William, Loch Eil and, on a clear day, maybe even as far as the Inner Hebrides.


Today, we head across the beautiful central Highlands to the Strathspey railway, for a round-trip from Aviemore to Broomhill. This was once part of the Highland main line to Inverness but was bypassed and closed. At 10 miles it’s the longest heritage railway in Scotland and has some beautifully restored stations and beautiful views of the Cairngorms. Monarch of the Glen anyone?


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.


Alltshellach

Situated in a stunning location on the shores of Loch Leven, Alltshellach is a stately Scottish house set amid a rugged landscape. The house is a picture of Highland solidity, with spectacular views of craggy mountains and grassy slopes beyond the loch. This pocket of domesticity lets you admire nature at your leisure though, sipping tea or G&T as you watch clouds scud across the sky. In fact, this one-time home of the Bishop of Argyll & the Isles has been recast as a hiker’s hotel, with an air of old-world splendour, excellent accommodation, three lounges and a supremely cosy Highland Bar that’s well-stocked with local beer and whisky, all of which is (almost) enough to distract you from the vast vistas over the waters. But it’s the great outdoors you’re here for and the house is ideally situated for accessing the Mamores, the mountains of Glen Coe and tackling Ben Nevis as well as bagging munros and spotting local wildlife.

 

Rooms

Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

There are 38 comfortable bedrooms, all in the main house, with a range of Classic, Premium and Superior room options to choose from. Rooms radiate cosiness thanks to little touches – a remedy for even the dreichest day. Those with a view are worth the extra spend, as you’ll be overlooking the gardens and loch. The Superior rooms include Room 21, a spacious corner room with lovely views of Loch Leven, while Room 23 is a stately showstopper that was once the official Bishop’s bedroom, complete with original features and cracking views.

All ‘Classic’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Premium’ and ‘Superior' Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress and larger televisions – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-25 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply

Facilities

Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive gardens, heated indoor swimming pool, multi-purpose ballroom, library and board games to borrow

After a day exploring, return to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Stroll the gardens that dip down to the loch. The small peninsula at the bottom of the lawns is called An Dunan and often becomes an island at high tide – look for prehistoric rock art cut into the slabs on its side. Make time too to plunge into the heated indoor swimming pool (currently closed) and do a couple of lengths under the watchful eye of the mountains through the panoramic windows. Inside the house, head for one of the communal areas: you’ll have three to choose from and can kick back, relax and catch up with other guests. Later, stop in the Highland Bar for a nip of whisky or a nightcap – the comfy seats make a fine spot for a dram and there’s a range of good single malts to choose from that’ll have you believing you’re living a laird’s life.

Food & Drink

As at all of our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Food at Alltshellach is varied with a strong emphasis on the use of seasonal British produce. Our experienced chefs create each dish using only the freshest ingredients and, when in season, use home grown herbs and vegetables taken from our own gardens to give a true taste of the local area.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865 or view the accessibility information online for Alltshellach

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Getting to Alltshellach

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Essential Information

To enjoy your holiday comfortably and safely, it’s essential that your clothing and footwear are suitable for the conditions likely to be encountered. Changeable weather is possible throughout the year, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities – hot, cold, wet, or dry.

All of our Heritage Tours involve active sightseeing and you should, therefore, be prepared for walking between the sights and wear flat, comfortable shoes. You will be spending most of the day on your feet. In the evening most guests wear casual clothing. You will probably find a small rucksack or cross-body bag useful for carrying spare clothing, a camera, sun protection, and drinks during the day.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £30 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2022
25 Jun - 02 Jul 2022
7 Heritage Tour £1,289 Trip Notes Book Now
13 Aug - 20 Aug 2022
7 Heritage Tour £1,289 Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
7 nights
Interests:
Heritage Tours

7 nights from £1,289pp

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