Glenfinnan Sleeping Car, Glenfinnan Station, Glenfinnan, nr Fort William, PH37 4LT

Quirky self-catering accommodation in Glenfinnan

Glenfinnan Sleeping Car provides unique, quirky comfortable compartments in a vintage railway carriage at Glenfinnan Station. Right next to the start of the Viaduct Trail to the viewpoint for the Glenfinnan Viaduct (as seen in the Harry Potter films).

An ideal location for the mountains of Lochaber, Rough Bounds, Moidart and Ardgour. Glenfinnan makes a great starting point for bothy expeditions and is a useful stopping-off point for the Cape Wrath Trail and on the way to Skye, Knoydart and the Small Isles.

Exploring the Munros around Glenfinnan? We are the perfect base. Use bus or rail to explore the rest of the 'Road to the Isles' and nearby Fort William.

The sleeping car has a fully equipped kitchen, a railway-style lounge, a shower, washroom and separate WC, a drying room and electric heating. Each room in the sleeping car is an original compartment with a sliding door. There are 3 x 2 person compartments with twin bunks and a family compartment sleeping 4 (1 x double and twin bunks). Your overnight stay includes free admission to the Glenfinnan Station Museum, housed in the Edwardian station buildings.

Breakfast and lunch available at the adjacent Dining Car carriage cafe, plus home-made frozen meals to cook in the Sleeping Car. Evening meals are available (walking distance) at the 2 hotels in Glenfinnan. BYO bedding and towels or you can hire bedding/towels for £9 per person.

The Sleeping Car can also be booked as a Whole Carriage (for exclusive use) for up to 10 guests - please email for details.

NB: Family compartment and Whole Carriage bookings are a two-night minimum. Dogs are only allowed in Whole Carriage bookings.

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  • Beds & Rooms:

    10: 1x4, 3x2
  • Open:

    15 Mar-15 Nov (sole use winter stays possible, please email).
  • Price per night:

    Twin compartment £60 (£45 single). Family compartment £80. Sole use - please enquire. Bedding/towel hire £9pp (Pillow only £2pp, Duvet only £4pp, Towel only £3pp).
  • Booking:

    Booking is advisable to avoid disappointment.
  • Directions:

    On the A830, 15 miles from Fort William and 30 miles from Mallaig with ferry connections to the Isle of Skye and the Small Isles
  • Public Transport :

    Bunkhouse is adjacent to Glenfinnan Railway Station on the West Highland Line (Glasgow-Fort William-Mallaig) and is 100m from a bus stop.
  • Walks :

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks Cape Wrath Trail
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This accommodation is available at the following peak times

Available Easter 2024 Available October Half Term 2024


cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
fSleeping bags required
gFully heated
oMeals available locally
kSelf catering facilities
iDrying room
pClothes washing facilities
ZDogs by arrangement


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Going eco in the Highlands

May 27th 2023

The Glenfinnan Sleeping Car has always been run with an eye on sustainability – many of its guests arriving by train as we are at Glenfinnan Station. As well as offering a public transport/active travel discount for guests, we looked at other ways to be more sustainable, including replacing heaters, fitting LED lights, using eco cleaning products, eco toilet rolls, and introducing a recycling system.

Sleeping Car guests often travel to us on public transport – well, we are at Glenfinnan Station, plus a few minutes’ walk from a bus stop – or by active travel (many of our guests are walkers or cyclists). Recently we introduced a discount code which gives guests coming by public transport or active travel a 10% discount off their accommodation, as a wee thank you for having a lower carbon footprint.
Inside the vintage train carriage that is the Glenfinnan Sleeping Car, changes are being made. Flourescent strip lighting is gradually being replaced throughout with LED lighting for much better energy efficiency.
Most of our old storage heaters have been replaced by modern panel heaters with eco programmes and an ‘open window’ sensor to cut down on wasted energy.
Our Vektra eco kettle boils water to the exact temperature needed, and because it acts like a Thermos, it can keep water hoot for up to 4 hours. No need to re-boil for a second cup! It senses the temperature of the water and can then re-boil up to the required temperature, rather than go through a full boil.
We supply recycled paper filters for our filter coffee machine, and leave a stock of organic, FairTrade ground coffee for use in this machine and the cafetieres. We also leave a stock of Clipper organic, FairTrade hot chocolate, which always goes down well, especially with younger guests.
All our cleaning products and washing-up liquid are eco-friendly and are delivered through the post as wee sachets, topped up with water, or are refilled from 5-litre containers. We simply re-use the same spray bottles.
Our washing-up brushes, cloths and pan scrubbers are zero plastic, and the cloths and sponges are compostable. We even provide dishwashing soap for guests to try this method if they have never used it before!
We have switched to toilet roll from Serious Tissues (recycled paper, UK made) and Naked Sprout (made from sustainable, unbleached bamboo). Both are buttery soft and not at all scratchy, as some guests imagine!
Around half of our mattresses are made in the UK using sustainable methods (eg. recycled foam) and our bedding is GOTS or OEKO-TEX certified where possible. Our tea towels are made from recycled cotton.
Guests can recycle paper, metal and glass into different bins, and we also have a food waste caddy which helps feed our chickens. In return, we put boxes of eggs for the guests who eat eggs to use, FOC.
We hope that our guests will enjoy staying somewhere that is trying to be as sustainable as possible, and feel good that they are doing a wee bit to lessen the impact on the environment of their visit to the Glenfinnan Sleeping Car.

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Glenfinnan Sleeping Car offers a 10% discount to guests arriving on public transport or by active travel (walking or cycling).

March 28th 2023

Those doing the Cape Wrath Trail or on National Cycle Route 78 will probably pass through Glenfinnan. Why not stop for a night and claim your discount? It’s not far to walk from the train station, so there is no excuse not to use public transport.

For those cycling, although we are right on the NCR 78 we would suggest you take the train instead of the stretch along the A830 as it is a very fast, dangerous road to cycle.


In Scottish Gaelic the line is called Rathad Iarainn nan Eilean (Iron Road to the Isles). Guests can travel from London Euston Station overnight on the Caledonian Sleeper to Fort William, and then travel on by train to Glenfinnan, and to  Mallaig if they wish.

For train times and fares, click here

For Caledonian Sleeper times and fares, click here


There are also bus connections via CityLink from the north and south of Scotland to Fort William. The Fort William Bus Station is next to the Train Station. Click here for CityLink times and fares.

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