The drive to Arisaig House is magical, following the iconic ‘Road to the Isles’, and having a car certainly gives you the freedom to stop off and explore along the route.
3.5 hours from Glasgow; 4 hours from Edinburgh; 2.5 hours from Inverness
After Fort William head north-west on the ‘Road to the Isles’ (A830) towards the fishing port of Mallaig. You may wish to stop at Glenfinnan to take in the beautiful views of Loch Shiel and soak up the history of the Glenfinnan monument and the Victorian viaduct (made famous in Harry Potter). The journey continues through Lochailort, and then you will pass through Beasdale and begin to look out for a sign on the left-hand side for ‘Arisaig House Hotel’ – which will be less than a mile beyond Beasdale. Turning left off the A830, you then take the first left as the driveway sweeps around and welcomes you to Arisaig House.
Driving in parts of the Highlands does include some single track roads, which you may not be used to. Please take your time and where necessary allow other drivers to overtake. Be aware that animals such as sheep, cows and deer are often to be found grazing at the side of the road, especially in the cooler months so please take care.
The nearest petrol station to Arisaig House is in Morar which is 8 miles away (or Fort William, 33 miles away) – but it's always best to travel north with a full tank of fuel.
Destination: Beasdale Train Station, Arriving 17.18 on the Saturday
Whilst driving to the retreat is a bit quicker and gives you more freedom, if you travel by train, you will also be rewarded with some of the best views in Scotland, along the wonderful West Highland Line. The train departs from Glasgow Queen Street Station around lunchtime and arrives at Beasdale Train Station at 17.18 (sometimes with a change halfway at Crianlarich). The trains that service this route tend to be a bit 'tired', however, it is definitely one of the most scenic train routes in the UK, with the final stage of the journey from Fort William to Beasdale having enjoyed newfound fame since the Harry Potter movies, although sadly you won’t be on the Hogwarts Express.
There is also the Caledonian Sleeper service, which leaves London Euston at 9.15pm and arrives in Fort William at 9.45am the next morning. This does make for quite a long journey and perhaps not that conducive to a good night's rest, so you might prefer to fly to Glasgow and then take the train to the Highlands the next day.
Equally if you would like to travel by train from anywhere else in the country, your destination station would be Fort William first of all, and then Beasdale. All of our retreats include a complimentary pickup from Beasdale Station which is 1.5 miles from Arisaig House. For train tickets and information (www.thetrainline.com).
*Please note that Beasdale Train Station is a request only stop – which means that you must tell the conductor after Fort William that you will be alighting at Beasdale!
Glasgow Airport has the most flight options and from there you can hire a car or take the train. The drive from Glasgow to Arisaig House is certainly one to savour and enjoy. Technically the closest airport to Arisaig House is Inverness; however, there are fewer flight options available.
Glasgow Airport (131 miles)
Inverness Airport (104 miles)
Edinburgh Airport (158 miles)