Scenic Scottish Tours

A Classic Scottish Steam Break (Country Living/Good Housekeeping)

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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.

The SS Sir Walter Scott, one of the last surviving screw steamers, has graced the calm waters of Loch Katrine since 1900. One of the delights of a cruise on this little vessel is peering down into the engine room and watching the triple-expansion steam engine at work. We also take a boat trip in the majestic surroundings of Loch Lomond, during which we learn of the life and times of the outlaw Rob Roy, and visit impressive Inveraray Castle, the Duke of Argyll’s family seat 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.

What's included?

  •  Flights
  •  Accommodation
  •  Services of a professional tour manager
  •  Comfortable coach travel throughout
  •  Meals - as per the itinerary

Today's Price
£1,125

Deposit: £200 Single supplement: £90

Tour highlights:

  • Taking a spin on the Falkirk Wheel boat lift
  • Stunning views, Champagne and Chocolates on the Jacobite steam train
  • Scenic cruise on Loch Lomond and visit to Inveraray Castle
  • A captivating sailing on Loch Katrine aboard the SS Walter Scott

Tour details

Dates 16 August 2019 - 19 August 2019
Duration 4 days
Cost
Today's Price
£1,125
Deposit: £200 Single supplement: £90 Balance due by 24 May 2019
Tour code BWHSH19B

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16 August 2019: Itinerary

Depart this morning from London Stansted Airport on a morning flight to Edinburgh (regional flights from other airports and/or overnight accommodation before or after the tour are available on request. There is a discount of £100pp if you make your own way to the pick-up point at Edinburgh Airport or to the Falkirk Wheel).

On arrival at Edinburgh Airport we are met by our coach and guide and travel to the Falkirk Wheel, the world’s first rotating boat lift. We shall start the journey on the water at New Port Downie from where you will sail into the Falkirk Wheel. Enjoy the truly spectacular scenery as the wheel commences its graceful ascent to join the Union Canal 35m above. We sail along the Union Canal and under the historic Antonine Wall – the Roman’s most northern frontier – before you enjoy a wander through the Visitor Centre, where lunch is available (not included).

We continue to the 4-star MacDonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa in Aberfoyle, where dinner with wine will be served in the evening.

Meals include: Dinner

Hotel: Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa, Aberfoyle

Today, following an early start, we will journey back in time on the Jacobite steam train and experience one of the most memorable and spectacular railway journeys in the world - the famous Fort William to Mallaig line following The Road to the Isles. "The Jacobite" combines the romance of the steam era with the opportunity to drink in the stunning views of this wild and historic part of Scotland. From the slopes of Ben Nevis the line runs through rugged mountains, past sea and inland lochs and onto the shores of the Atlantic at Mallaig. The route also takes us over the massive Glenfinnan viaduct overlooking Loch Sheil, where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard in 1745. There is time to enjoy lunch (not included) in Mallaig, whether you choose fish and chips, crab sandwiches or freshly landed lobster, but do leave room for a special treat as we enjoy Champagne and Chocolates on the return journey. On arrival in Fort William we return by coach to our hotel for dinner.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa, Aberfoyle

Today following breakfast we will head for Tarbet on the banks of Loch Lomond, Britain’s largest inland body of water, and depart on a 90-minute cruise with full commentary. As we cross to the far side of the loch we hear the story of ‘Rob Roy’ MacGregor was born by Loch Katrine in the 17th century and lived at Inversnaid here on the banks of Loch Lomond. After fighting in the Jacobite Rising he became a respected cattleman but defaulted on a loan and was branded an outlaw - legends abound of his secret prison and hiding place in local caves.

We then cross the mountain pass known as the ‘Rest and Be Thankful’ and descend to the shores of Loch Fyne, a long fjord-like sea loch. After lunch in Inveraray (included) we visit Inveraray Castle, which has been the seat of the Duke of Argyll, chief of the Clan Campbell, since the 17th century. The house is a mostly mid-18th century neo-Gothic design. Designers who worked on the house include Sir Matthew Digby Wyatt and Robert Adam; the interior includes a number of neoclassical rooms created for the 5th Duke by Robert Mylne.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa, Aberfoyle

Following breakfast we check out of the hotel and depart for a cruise on the steam ship SS Sir Walter Scott on Loch Katrine. The Sir Walter Scott is the only surviving screw steamer in regular passenger service in Scotland. The grand old lady has been sailing majestically on Loch Katrine since 1900. She was launched in 1899 and today retains her original engines, which are powered by steam using smokeless solid fuel.

Following our cruise we continue through The Trossachs to Callander, where there will be an opportunity for lunch (not included). Thereafter we return to the airport or make onward connections.

Meals include: Breakfast

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