Highland Railway Tour
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Journey through the Highlands by train soaking up the outstanding mountain scenery. We’ll visit the Strathspey steam railway and ride the West Highland line from Fort William to Oban, including the crossing of Rannoch Moor. A highlight is undoubtedly the steam-hauled Jacobite service to Mallaig with breathtaking views throughout.
- 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
- Steam-hauled Jacobite service to Mallaig
- 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 with PA system, as well as all other transport required as part of your holiday itinerary
- All admissions to places of interest that form part of your holiday itinerary
Alltshellach is a fine highland residence, situated on the dramatic shores of Loch Leven. With magnificent mountain views, excellent accommodation and a superp indoor pool, it's extremely popular with all outdoor enthusiasts.
Alltshellach has 37 bedrooms, all located in the main building. Many of the rooms enjoy excellent views of the loch and the surrounding mountains.
Choose your room
• Check in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• 23 inch TV
• Tea and coffee-making facilities
• Double or two single beds
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
• Same facilities as our classic rooms plus...
• Check in from 1pm
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Larger beds
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Ultradown pillows
• Smalls drying rack
• Small welcome gift
• Luxury tea tray
• Enhanced toiletries
• Available from an extra £15 per person per night
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children
|• Excellent boot and drying rooms
• Three lounges
• Multi-purpose ballroom
• Highland bar
|• Free WiFi is available in some public rooms
• Range of board games and books
• Heated indoor swimming pool
• Extensive gardens with views and access to Loch Leven
|All holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
√ Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.
- Fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance at an evacuation are identified at this time and door hanger cards are issued on request
- A small fridge is available for storing medication Good signage for fire escape routes
- One bedroom key issued per room (second key available on request)
- Assistance dogs accompanying visually or hearing impaired guests are welcome; dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times
- Information can be provided in large print
- Staff has had disability awareness training
Whenever there’s choice we’ll always book steam-hauled trains but sometimes these are replaced by diesel locomotives or use main line services.
You can check-in to your room from 2.30pm onwards. Tea and coffee are available throughout the afternoon. We invite everyone to dinner at 7.30pm. This is the first occasion when everyone meets together. After dinner we’ll introduce your leader and tell you more about your holiday.
We head across beautiful central Scotland 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. Monarch of the Glen anyone?
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, including a talk at the Heritage Centre.
Our Discovery Points help you make the most out of your free day. There’s plenty of maps and a selection of the best local walking routes, as well as weather forecasts and public transport options – plus details about other places to visit.
Boats, lochs and views
A more leisurely day today. We take a cruise on Loch Sheil to see ‘The Jacobite’ crossing Glenfinnan Viaduct. You’ll certainly continue to be surrounded by more magnificent Highland scenery and hopefully spot some of the wildlife for which the area is known. Weather-permitting, we'll also travel on Britain's only ski-slope mountain gondola at Aonach Mor, the 8th highest mountain in Britain.
The West Highland lines
First, let’s see ‘The Jacobite’ one final time crossing the swing bridge over the canal. Then we’ll 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.
The Kyle line
Our coach takes us through more spectacular Highland scenery to Kyle of Lochalsh, gateway to the Isle of Skye. We’ll then take the train along the whole 82 miles of the gorgeous Kyle line to Inverness. On our return coach journey we’ll travel alongside Loch Ness and see more of the Caledonian Canal.
Depart after a leisurely breakfast
Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.
This holiday is also subject to the railways amending their timetables, so slight tweaks to the running order of the programme could occur.
Discover the Highlands
Alltshellach is situated beside the shores of Loch Leven. This is a spectacular location with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains.
About 2 miles away, across the loch is the village of Ballachulish. Here you’ll find a post office, food store and bank. A much wider range of facilities can be found in Fort William, about 14 miles to the north.
As the adventure capital of Britain, the Lochaber region is a popular destination for all outdoor enthusiasts. During your stay in Glen Coe you may enjoy visiting the following activities and places of interest:
Jacobite Steam Train
Ride the Jacobite steam train from Fort William to Mallaig. This stunningly scenic line includes the famous Glenfinnan viaduct, featured in the Harry Potter films. Steam trains run every day and early booking is reccomended. www.westcoastrailways.co.uk/jacobite
Isle of Mull
Reached by car ferry from Oban, or Lochaline, Mull is one of the most popular Scottish islands. You could visit the colourful harbour at Tobermory or the abbey on Iona. www.calmac.co.uk/mull
Isle of Lismore
The peaceful island of Lismore is ideal for a relaxed exploration. You can hire bikes at Port Appin, about 30 minutes' drive south of Alltshellach, then take the short ferry crossing to the island.
The bustling harbour town of Oban, about 45 minutes' drive south of Alltshellach, is a popular destination. There's always plenty of activity around the harbour and its well worth the walk up to McCaig's Tower, a remarkable folly built in the style of a Roman ampitheatre, with commanding views over the town.
Eilean Donan Castle
Nearly 80 miles drive north from Alltshellach is this romantic and much photographed Scottish lochside castle. Located on a small island just offshore, the castle is isolated by the sea at high tide, only accessible via a stone bridge. www.eileandonancastle.com
Try your hand at ice climbing on the indoor wall at nearby Kinlochleven. www.ice-factor.co.uk
Travel to Glen Coe
Our address is: Alltshellach, Onich, Fort William, Invernesshire PH33 6SA
The nearest station is Fort William, however most guests travel to Glasgow then catch our transfer coach. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).
Glasgow to Glen Coe transfer
We offer a coach transfer between Glasgow Buchannan bus station**, Glasgow airport and Alltshellach every Saturday. The transfer is £30 return and £20 for a single trip, but a place must be reserved at least 7 days in advance by calling our Reservations team on 0345 470 7558.
On arrival days our coach leaves Glasgow Buchanan Street bus station at 4.15pm, or Glasgow airport at 4.45pm. We will arrive at Alltshellach at 7pm which is in time for dinner on your first evening.
On departure day the transfer will get you back to Glasgow Airport by 11.30am and to Buchanan Street bus station by 12.00 noon.
** Buchanan Street bus station is about 15 mins walk from Glasgow central station (frequent buses are available) or 5 minutes walk from Glasgow Queen Street station.
If you are not travelling on a Saturday, the journey from either Glasgow Buchanan Street or the airport can be made using the Scottish Citylink bus, numbers 914 or 915. See www.citylink.co.uk for the timetable. Ask the driver to stop at the north side of Ballachulish Bridge - from here it is a 400 metre walk to Alltshellach.
From Glasgow take the A82 towards Crianlarich. Continue on the A82 towards Fort William. Head for Ballachulish keeping the village on your left. Go straight on at the roundabout over the steel bridge and take the second right B863 to Kinlochleven and the seafood restaurant. Alltshellach is 400 yards further on, on your right.
Travelling from overseas
Ideally book a flight to Glasgow Airport. From here you can join our coach transfer to Alltshellach (see above).
The next best option to fly to Manchester Airport, which has a better range of long-haul flights. There are trains from the airport to Glasgow (some direct, other need 1 change). Allow 4 hours to get to Glasgow, then join our coach transfer to Alltshellach. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
Sandy Smith is a university academic, specialising in geology and environmental sciences, and has written books on these topics. She is particularly interested in the origins of landscape, both natural and human-made. She leads HF Holidays’ Walking and Leisure Activities holidays in the UK, Europe and worldwide.
Brilliant - made everything so interesting and her local knowledge was really appreciated.
Dates & Prices
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Prices are per person
- Premium single room: £15 per night
- Premium twin/double room: £15 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person
Our policy is to reward early bookers with our best rooms, therefore depending on how early you book will depend on the room allocation. Please note that cannot take any room number requests as we are unable to guarantee them.