A Classic Scottish Steam Break

4 Days

From £395pp

“The tour was a great success and all the arrangements turned out very well. Christopher Bailes looked after us extremely well and took us on the most wonderful visits.”
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  • Sail ‘Doon ra Watter’ on the world’s last seagoing paddle steamer, the PS Waverley
  • Combine the romance of the steam era with breathtaking views of the wild Scottish landscape on the 'Jacobite'
  • See the most northerly frontier of the Roman Empire as we sail serenely under the Antonine Wall
  • Enjoy Scottish innovation at its finest, including a trip on the Falkirk Wheel, the world's first rotating boat lift

Chart a course and set the propeller going — it’s full steam ahead on our Classic Scottish Steam break! Discover firsts, lasts, exclusives and superlatives on this unique tour which will take us back to the heady days of the era of steam, and join us in travelling by track and tide through some of Scotland’s most picturesque landscapes.

Ever wanted to see Britain’s highest mountain? Its shortest river? How about the deepest freshwater loch in Europe? On our Classic Scottish Steam Break, you can — and then some. The experiences to be had on this tour run from Britain-wide superlatives to global exclusives, including a ride on the world’s last seagoing paddle steamer.

With this in mind, you’ll forgive us if we find it difficult to pin down just one highlight! First, we take the Jacobite Steam Train from Fort William to Mallaig on one of the longest — and most spectacularly scenic — steam-hauled rail journeys available in Britain today. Another unforgettable experience is sure to be our journey over the iconic Glenfinnan viaduct, immortalised in numerous films, but perhaps most recognisable as part of the route of the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter films. We also take an enchanting trip on the world’s last seagoing paddle steamer, and on the world’s first rotating boat lift.

From the gently sloping beauty of the Argyll hills to the lucid Kyles of Bute, via famous feats of Scottish engineering there’s simply no better way to explore the many scenic gifts that the country has to offer.  

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Day 1

Depart from usual Scottish pick-up points. Head to the Falkirk Wheel, the world's first rotating boat lift. 

Hotel: Arrochar Hotel or similar

Day 2

Early morning travel to Fort William to meet the Jacobite Steam journey to Mallaig. This is a particularly scenic journey, the highlight of which is surely passing over the iconic Glenfinnan viaduct. After independent lunches in Mallaig, we take the return journey to Fort William on the Jacobite.

Hotel: Arrochar Hotel or similar

Day 3


Depart for Helensburgh on the Firth of Clyde for a trip on the world's last seagoing paddle steamer, PS Waverley. We sail from Helensburgh to Tighnabruaich aboard the venerable vesse. Upon arrival in Tighnabruaich we will have a scenic coach journey through the Argyllshire countryside before making our way back to the hotel.

Hotel: Arrochar Hotel or similar

Day 4

Scenic tour through the Trossachs before arriving at Loch Katrine for a cruise on the SS Sir Walter Scott. We return to our drop-off points after lunch.

What's included

  • 3 nights at the Arrochar Hotel, Arrochar – dinner, bed & breakfast

  • Comfortable coaching and rail travel

  • Journeys on PS Waverley, SS Sir Walter Scott, and the Fort William to Mallaig line on the Jacobite; visit to the Falkirk Wheel

  • Services of a professional tour manager

Supplements Per Person

  • Single room supplement £60.00


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Please note that all timings are approximate and subject to change. Final timings and pick-up points will be confirmed with your joining instructions approximately 10 days prior to departure.

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Departure points and times

Depart Return
(Skene Street)
0800 2000
(Market Square)
0830 1930
(Outside Discovery Point)
0930 1830
(Bus stop on Canal Street, Tay Street end)
1000 1800
(Moto Services, M9)
1045 1715
(Edinburgh Marriott Hotel)
1100 1700

Please note all timings are approximate and may be changed. They will be confirmed when the joining instructions are sent out, approximately ten days prior to departure