Scotland: A Classic Scottish Steam Break9th May 2024
Steam locomotion has an enduring fascination for many of us and combined with the wonderful scenery of Scotland it becomes utterly irresistible. The Jacobite Steam Train, from Fort William to Mallaig, is one of the longest steam-hauled rail journeys available in Britain today, an 84-mile round trip through some spectacular scenery, which features an impressive list of superlatives. It starts near Britain’s highest mountain, (Ben Nevis), passes its most westerly mainland railway station, (Arisaig), deepest freshwater loch, (Loch Morar), shortest river, (River Morar) and finally arrives next to the deepest seawater loch in Europe, (Loch Nevis). ‘Concrete Bob’ McAlpine’s 21-arch Glenfinnan viaduct is just one of the engineering marvels we encounter on our journey, which is made all the more enjoyable by the sound and fury of the steam locomotive at the head of our train, forging its way along the Iron Road to the Isles.
A gentler pace is set as we sail ‘Doon ra Watter’ on the world’s last seagoing paddle steamer, the PS Waverley*, still elegantly plying her trade on the Clyde. There can be no better way to enjoy the gentle beauty of the Argyll hills and the Kyles of Bute than from the deck of this grand old lady. We also enjoy a relaxed and informative cruise aboard the steam-powered Sir Walter Scott, on the calm waters of Loch Katrine amid the spectacular scenery of the Trossachs.
Our tour also includes a unique boat journey on the Falkirk Wheel, the world’s first rotating boat lift. The Falkirk Wheel is part of the biggest canal restoration project ever undertaken in Britain, as a result of which the Union and the Forth & Clyde canals, both over 180 years old, are once again linked together and fully operational.
*Please note that the itinerary is subject to the Waverley’s sailing schedule. Should the Waverley not be sailing, an alternative excursion will be provided, featuring a boat trip on Loch Lomond and a guided tour of Inveraray Castle and Gardens.
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What to Expect
- Taking a spin on the Falkirk Wheel boat lift
- Stunning views on the Jacobite steam train
- Scenic cruise on the Firth of Clyde aboard the vintage paddle steamer ‘Waverley’
- A captivating sailing on Loch Katrine on the steamship Sir Walter Scott
|To be advised
|Aberdeen, Opposite Denburn Car Park behind library where Spa Street meets Skene Street
|Stonehaven, Market Square
|Forfar, Bus stop off the A90, near McDonalds
|Dundee, Outside Discovery Point, Riverside Drive
|Perth, Broxden Park & Ride, A93
|Kinross, Moto Services on M90
|Dunfermline, Halbeath Park & Ride, Jct 3, M90
|Edinburgh, outside reception of the Delta by Marriott Hotel, Glasgow Road
|Joining at first visit - Falkirk Wheel, Lime Road, Falkirk, FK1 4RS
** 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. **
Day by Day Itinerary
We depart from our designated pick-up points (Aberdeen, Stonehaven, Forfar, Dundee, Perth, Edinburgh) and travel to the Falkirk Wheel, the world’s first rotating boat lift. We enjoy spectacular scenery as the wheel makes its ascent to join the Union Canal 35m above. We sail along the canal and under the Antonine Wall, the Romans’ most northern frontier, and explore the visitor centre. We then continue by coach to our hotel in time for dinner.