A Classic Scottish Steam Break With Carol Kirkwood

4 days

From £1,295

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Summary

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.

We also enjoy two relaxed and informative cruises amid spectacular scenery, one on the calm waters of Loch Katrine in the Trossachs and the other on nearby Loch Lomond, on the trail of the infamous outlaw ‘Rob Roy’, who frequented these bonnie, bonnie banks in the early 18th century. We also visit historic Inveraray Castle on the shores of Loch Fyne.

Our tour 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.

Exclusive Event

We will be joined on this tour by Carol Kirkwood who was born in Morar and whose grandfather helped build the Fort William to Mallaig railway line, which opened in 1901. Carol will give us a talk on her grandfather’s experiences of the railway and will then join us on our excursion on the Jacobite.

Tour highlights:

  • Take a spin on the Falkirk Wheel boat lift
  • Enjoy a talk from Carol Kirkwood on her family’s personal experiences of the Fort William to Mallaig railway
  • Take a boat trip on Loch Lomond including a visit to Inveraray Castle
  • A captivating sailing on Loch Katrine

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Today's Price
£1,295

Deposit: £200 Single supplement: £120

Includes flights

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  • Accommodation
  • Services of a professional tour manager
  • Comfortable coach travel throughout
  • Meals - as per the itinerary
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single supplement Availability
22 October 2021 BSTC211022 22 October 2021 (Friday) 25 October 2021 (Monday) £1,295
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