Featured in the Harry Potter films, the Jacobite Steam Railway which travels from Fort William to Mallaig is described as the “Greatest Railway Journey in the World”. This 84 mile round trip takes you past a list of impressive extremes. Starting near the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis, it visits Britain’s most westerly mainland railway station, Arisaig; passes close by the deepest freshwater loch in Britain, Loch Morar and the shortest river in Britain, River Morar, finally arriving next to the deepest seawater loch in Europe, Loch Nevis!
On another full day for our Wildlife Cruise, we leave Mallaig and travel out to Green Island on the Knoydart Peninsula where you will see seals relaxing on the rocks. The waters are frequently visited by a variety of birds, porpoises, dolphins, whales and basking sharks. Relax with a drink from the bar and enjoy some of the best scenery you will see anywhere.
We also offer a scenic tour of the area which includes a visit to the Glenfinnan Memoria. Visit the iconic monument honouring the fallen Jacobite clansmen, framed by spectacular Highland scenery. Raise your bonnet to the lone, kilted highlander who stands on top of the monument. Enjoy the panoramic views of Loch Shiel, the dramatic mountains and, especially for 'Harry Potter' fans, the Glenfinnan viaduct.
We will be overnighting in Dumfries at the Cairndale Hotel on our journeys up and back and our hotel for our stay in Fort William is the Alexandra.
Wednesday 25th September We depart the Travel Centre at Hugglescote and make our way to our overnight hotel in Dumfries THE CAIRNDALE. We will have a lunch stop at Penrith and other comfort stops en route
Thursday 26th September. We leave Dumfries and make our way north to Fort William. Our lunch stop will be in Ayr where there will be an hour or two at leisure. After lunch we make the journey to our hotel for the next 4 nights the Alexandra in Fort William.
Friday 27th September After breakfast we walk to the railway station to board the Jacobite Steam Railway for our return journey to Mallaig, a busy fishing port and ferry terminal with services to Skye and the Small Isles. Arriving in Mallaig we have over an hour and a half to enjoy a walk round and take in the atmosphere: there are shops, bars, restaurants and plenty of fish and chips to be enjoyed during the lunchtime stopover. This is your drivers rest day.. We then make the return journey to Fort William where you can enjoy the town at your leisure
Saturday 28th September. After our breakfast we travel to Mallaig, this time by coach, and board the MV Western Isles for a special wildlife excursion to see one of the remotest and most beautiful lochs in Scotland Loch Nevis. Inverie is a charming village situated 6 miles from Loch Nevis with 120 residents. We will be enthralled by the variety of sea birds and by the beauty of the area. We will land at Ijnverie on Knoydart where there will be plenty of time for a browse around. The cost of lunch is included which will be a special individual hamper prepared for our excursion. We hope to return to Fort William by coach from Mallaig in the late afternoon.
Sunday 29th September. This is our “history” day where we will visit the Glenfinnan memorial which was erected as a tribute to the brave Highlanders who joined the Jacobite Uprising in 1745. This was an attempt by Charles Edward Stewart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) to take back the English throne as he believed he was the rightful heir. Most of us know, or at least have heard of, the old song “Over the sea To Skye.” We will be treading the same ground that the Prince covered all those years ago. Having spent some time at the memorial and seen the Viaduct, used in the Harry Potter Films, we will drive on to Moidart and see where the 7 Men of Moidart joined the prince in his daring adventure. A beautiful rugged terrain, this landscape has lots of stunning views, photo opportunities and the ability to transport you back almost 300 years. You will be spellbound. Lunch will be included today at a restaurant offering fresh local produce. We expect to arrive back at Fort William mid to late afternoon. A tour not to be missed.
Monday 30th September Sadly, we must leave this fascinating area and make our journey south to our overnight hotel The Cairndale in Dumfries with a lunch stop in Callander a pretty town in the Trossachs crammed with tea shops and souvenir shops. After lunch, we head south again towards Dumfries.
Tuesday 1st October We must bid farewell to Scotland and make our return journey back to the Travel Centre stopping at Skipton for a lunch break a boat trip and time at leisure and then onward to Hugglescote.
INCLUDED IN YOUR HOLIDAY
Roberts Platinum Service
2 nights hotel accommodation and cooked breakfast at The Cairndale Hotel, Dumfries
4 nights hotel accommodation and cooked breakfast at The Alexandra Hotel, Fort William
Stop in Penrith
Visit to Ayr
Journey on the Jacobite Steam Railway
Time in Mallaig
Visit to Glenfinnan Memorial
Drive to Moidart wit lunch
Visit to Callander
Stop in Skipton
Cairndale Hotel & Leisure Club***
English Street, Dumfries
This Victorian hotel has plenty of charm & character and has been family owned since 1983. It is situated in the heart of Dumfries.
All bedrooms are en suite with tea/coffee making facilities, a television, trouser press, hair dryer and complimentary WIFI.
Single supplement: £72
Room upgrade from Classic to Superior, Deluxe rooms & Deluxe suites
The Alexandra Hotel***
The Parade, Fort William
Part of the very fabric of Fort William since 1876, this hotel provides traditional Scottish Hospitality at its best and is ideally located in the town centre.
All 93 bedrooms are en suite with tea/coffee making facilities, television and direct dial telephone.
Single supplement: £30 per night