4 days

From £545 £595

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Summary

In the days before widespread private car ownership, a day out in Scotland meant getting on a train or boarding a steamer – sometimes both – and for millions of people the highlight of their year was a trip ‘doon ra watter’ on the Firth of Clyde or a leisurely train ride to the Highlands. This new tour is an unashamedly nostalgic recreation of such excursions, along with the opportunity to see some of the locomotives and ships that survive from the golden age of excursion travel in Scotland.

We begin at the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway, home to the largest collection of preserved steam locomotives in Scotland, where a short but authentic steam-hauled train journey recalls the glory days of the Caledonian and North British railways.

After a visit to the excellent Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel in Glasgow, we take a train to Wemyss Bay with its unexpectedly grand station and take a modern day ‘steamer’ across the Firth of Clyde to Rothesay, just as Glaswegians used to do in their thousands on high days and holidays.

A full day excursion takes us on the West Highland railway line, a superbly scenic route that takes in lochs, glens, moors and mountains, to the bustling town of Oban on the west coast. After some free time here in the seafood capital of Scotland we take the train back to Crianlarich before following the route of the long gone but equally scenic Callander and Oban railway line, on our way back to our hotel in The Trossachs.

Finally we have a prowl around the paddle steamer Maid of the Loch at her berth at the southern end of Loch Lomond, another chance to catch a glimpse of those innocent yet exciting day trips of old – in true Caledonian style.

Our tour is led by popular tour manager Alastair Walker, whose extensive knowledge of and passion for the railways of Scotland will add to our enjoyment.

Tour highlights:

  • All the sights, sounds and smells of steam train travel at Bo’ness
  • One of Scotland’s most scenic rail journeys
  • A classic excursion on the Firth of Clyde
  • Scotland’s premier transport museum
  • A Clyde-built ship on the shores of romantic Loch Lomond

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£595

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£545

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Benefit from this limited time offer:

  • Pay a low deposit of £50, was £100.

Single supplement: £90

Keeping you safe on your next tour

  • FREE 'Travel Safe' kits for every traveller
  • COVID-19 insurance
  • Self-drive options
  • Enhanced Health and Safety audits
  • Distanced seating on coaches
  • 'Get me home' service and private airport transfers
  • COVID protocols at our hotels, and aboard our cruise ships
  • Packed lunches and flexible dining options
  • Flexible balance payment date and COVID-friendly refund conditions
  • COVID-testing and medical training for tour staff
  • Constant monitoring and post-tour tracing
Meet your Experts

Alastair Walker

Tour Manager

A native of Inverness with a rural background, Alastair’s knowledge of Scotland is wide ranging, from the Northern Isles and the Hebrides to Perthshire, Galloway and the Borders.

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Loch Lomond

Departure Points

Location Depart Return
Perth
Broxden Park & Ride
0945 1800
Kinross
Moto Services, M90
1000 1815
Dunfermline
Halbeath Park & Ride
1015 1830
Edinburgh
Outside Marriott Hotel, Glasgow Rd
1045 1900
Glasgow
North Hanover St, opposite Queen St station
1200 2015

Please note pick-ups are subject to minimum numbers and 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.

Tour dates & prices

Included in your cost:

  • 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 Supp. Offer Availability
6 June 2021 BCAD210606 6 June 2021 (Sunday) 9 June 2021 (Wednesday) Alastair Walker £595
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£50
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£90 £545
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3 July 2021 BCAD210703 3 July 2021 (Saturday) 6 July 2021 (Tuesday) Alastair Walker £595
(ex. flights)
£50
£100
£90 £545
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11 September 2021 BCAD210911 11 September 2021 (Saturday) 14 September 2021 (Tuesday) Alastair Walker £625
(ex. flights)
£50
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£90 £575
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