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LOCHS AND GLENS STATESMAN

Saturday 2 to Monday 4 June 2018

Departing from: Swindon (06.00/23.20) Kemble (06.20/23.00) Stroud (06.40/22.50) Stonehouse (06.50/22.40) Cheltenham Spa (07.15/22.20) Worcester Shrub Hill (07.45/21.50) Droitwich Spa (08.00/21.40) Kidderminster (08.15/21.25) Stourbridge Jct (08.30/21.10) Tame Bridge Parkway (09.00/20.35) Stafford (09.30/20.00) Crewe (10.00/19.30) Warrington Bank Quay (10.30/19.00) Preston (11.00/18.30)

All timings shown above are approximate and should be treated as a guide only – Tickets and confirmed final timings will be forwarded by post and you should receive these no later than 7 days prior to departure

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Welcome aboard the celebrated ‘Statesman’ train for a fabulous early summer weekend tour to the Scottish Highlands with off train excursions through the beautiful Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park offering some of the most stunning scenery in the world. From breathtaking mountains and glens, to the vast tranquil beauty of Loch Katrine with an awe inspiring private cruise on the restored steamship ‘Sir Walter Scott’, or visit the Famous Grouse distillery and historic Scone Palace - Accommodation for two nights is at the magnificent 4 star Crieff Hydro Resort, built in 1868 and set in 900 acres of beautiful Perthshire countryside.

Saturday:
Our train travels north with views of the Lakeland Fells to Carlisle where there will be a sightseeing stop in the historic border city, then continuing through the beautiful Scottish lowlands and over Beattock Summit toward Stirling where we join the Highland line with an arrival into Gleneagles around 17.30 for the short road coach transfer to Crieff and dinner in the hotel.

Sunday:
Following a relaxing Scottish breakfast there is a choice of two tours which must be pre booked:
Option 1: Road coaches will depart mid morning for a journey through Callandar and into the stunning scenery of the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, before boarding the 115 year old restored steamship “Sir Walter Scott” for an hour’s cruise to relax and soak up the scenery on beautiful Loch Katrine. We return through Queen Elizabeth Forest and over the Dukes Pass to historic Stirling where there should be a couple of hours to discover the old town or perhaps visit the castle set high above the valley on a rocky crag, offering superb views across the River Forth.
Option 2: A visit to the Famous Grouse Whisky experience with a tour of the distillery and then a tour through the scenic countryside to historic Scone Palace the former crowning place of the Kings of Scotland and now one of the country’s most important stately homes. Please note this trip is restricted to 45 guests so early booking is advised.

Monday:
A full Scottish breakfast will be served in the hotel restaurant and road coaches will transport us to Perth station where ‘The Statesman’ will be waiting to leave for the journey around the coastal route and over the iconic Forth Bridge to the beautiful and enchanting capital of Edinburgh for an afternoon break. There is something for everyone in this city with numerous attractions all within easy walking distance – from the famous shops on Princes Street or a stroll down the Royal Mile to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, or the impressive fortress of Edinburgh Castle. We return homeward in the late afternoon retracing our outward journey.

Pullman Class:
Accommodation is in ‘executive’ rooms at the fabulous four star Crieff Hydro Resort (twin or double rooms only). Scottish Breakfast (Sun & Mon) and three course dinner (Sat & Sun) is included, with other meals taken on the train. Seating is in Pullman style carriages and included in the meal service on board the train is bucks fizz with breakfast, champagne and quarter bottle of house wine served with luncheon.

Premier Class:
Accommodation is in ‘standard’ rooms at the four star Crieff Hydro Resort. Scottish Breakfast (Sun & Mon) and three course dinner (Sat & Sun) is included, with other meals taken on the train.

First Class:
Accommodation is in ‘standard’ rooms at the Crieff Hydro Resort. Breakfast (Sun & Mon) and three course dinner (Sat & Sun) is included. A Buffet Bar is available on the train for the sale of drinks, sandwiches and light snacks.

On Train Meals: (Premier and Pullman only)
Saturday: Full English breakfast & three course Luncheon
Monday: Four course ‘Taste of Scotland’ Luncheon

Luggage:
Guests are responsible for the conveyance of their own luggage between the train and hotels and as such it is advisable not to ‘overload’ one and to ensure cases are easily manageable. These should be stored between the seats or on luggage racks.

Insurance:
We strongly advise that you have travel insurance when booking any UK holiday, for your own protection and peace of mind, in case you have to unexpectedly cancel your booking within the 40 day prior to departure non refundable period. We are regrettably unable to arrange this for you.

First Class: £540

Premier Dining: £760

Pullman Dining: £860

A limited number of single rooms are available for Premier and First Class only at a supplement of £70 per person.

Guaranteed window tables for 2 are available at a supplement of £50 per person in 1st class, Premier Dining & Pullman Dining.

A deposit of £50 per person will secure your booking with the balance of payment due 40 days prior to the tour.

Premier and Pullman Dining is not suitable for children under the age of 12 years.

Please call our reservations office on 0345 310 2458 or 0345 310 2489 to book tickets for this train.