All aboard the Caledonian Sleeper Train to the Highlands!

Fall asleep in London and wake up in the 'Outdoor Capital of the UK'

All hail the Caledonian Sleeper Train

Forget about manic drivers, mushy sandwiches and motorway traffic jams because there’s a far more relaxing way to get from London to Woodlands Glencoe!  Part luxury train, part time-machine, the Caledonian Sleeper is a truly wonderful way to travel to the Highlands.  What’s more, the train is dog-friendly meaning you can take up to two of your pampered pooches with you.

We know how much our guests love embracing their Glencoe adventures with their dogs, so we thought we would highlight Charlotte and her labradoodle, Evie’s, trip to Woodlands Luxury Lodges on the Caledonian Sleeper train last month (February 2024).

Can I really travel directly from London Euston to Fort William?

If you live in the south of England and fancy embarking on a dog-friendly trip to Woodlands Glencoe in the wild and wondrous Scottish Highlands, then we reckon you should consider making like Charlotte & Evie and booking a ticket to board the Caledonian Sleeper Train.

The relaxing nature of the journey begins before you even board the train as passengers (and their dog/s) are welcome to use the pre-boarding lounge where you will receive complimentary drinks and can use the WC/shower room or just simply relax before boarding.

At 8pm you are invited to board the train where you can settle into your cabin before setting off at approximately 9pm. 

Charlotte and Evie booked the Club Room with bunk beds and en-suite shower room.  These cabins are bijoux, but spacious enough for Evie’s dog bed to fit on the floor.  Dogs aren’t allowed in the restaurant / bar coach; however, passengers can order complimentary room service where they can enjoy the excellent onboard gourmet meals and snacks.

What time will I arrive in Fort William?

You’ve had a blissful night’s sleep and not only do you wake up to a tasty breakfast, but a vista of mountains, lochs and glens!  The train rolls into Fort William station at approximately 10am where you can make your way to the bus station next door or hire a car to get you to the next stage of your Highland adventure.

Evie the Labradoodle about to get onto the Caledonian Sleeper Train.
Charlotte and Evie on the Caledonian Sleeper Train to Fort William.

What’s included in my trip aboard the Caledonian Sleeper Train?

Charlotte and Evie’s Club Room was kitted out with twin bunk beds with Glencraft luxury mattresses and linen/towels, an en-suite shower room with complimentary Arran toiletries, WiFi, charging points, room service, temperature control and dimmable lighting. 

Passengers are also treated to complimentary breakfast and Mackie’s of Scotland chocolates.  

As mentioned previously, passengers can also access the pre-boarding lounge at Euston and Fort William.

 

What if nature calls and my dog needs out?!

It’s likely that your dog will need to leave the comfort of his cabin to do some ‘business’ at some point along the 13-hour trip.  Thankfully for you and your dog, the train stops on several occasions to either split carriages or change drivers where the guard will give your door a knock to alert you ahead of a stop.  Furthermore, due to the slow-moving nature of the train, if you let the guard know that your dog needs out in an emergency situation, they will stop the train at the next convenient and safe location to allow you the opportunity to hop out.

 

How to get to Woodlands Glencoe from Fort William Train Station?

Charlotte and Evie chose to hire a car from Easy Drive, which is dog friendly AND will be there waiting for you in the train station carpark.  From Fort William, you can take the 20-minute drive along the banks of Loch Linnhe to RiverBeds or SeaBeds Luxury Lodges at Woodlands Glencoe.  When it comes to dropping off your hire car at the end of your adventure, you can simply lock the door and hand the keys into one of the members of staff at Fort William train station.

If you would rather be completely car-free, you can take one of the buses to Ballachulish from the bus stop outside the train station.  These buses leave approximately every hour. Simply let the driver know that you’d like to stop at the Ballachulish Bridge where you can hop off the bus and take the short ten-minute walk to your lodge.  

The nitty gritty

We’ve shone the spotlight on Charlotte and Evie’s Club Room; however, budget options are available on reclining seats and more luxurious double en-suites are also available on the Sleeper Train.  Check out their website for all options for passengers.

Club Room rates for humans – from £390 return 

Club Room rates for hounds – £60 return

Hire car price from £66 per day

Evie the Labradoodle making herself at home on the Caledonian Sleeper Train.
A lady hot tubs in the snow at Woodlands Glencoe
Romantic RiverBeds Luxury Wee Lodges at Woodlands Glencoe. A couple share a cuddle in the hot tub on the terrace of the cabin.
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