2017 Burns Country, Arran & the Causeway Coast

2017 Burns Country, Arran & the Causeway Coast

Two countries, an island described as 'Scotland in Miniature', two of the great railway journeys of the British Isles, a heritage line, a distillery, magnificent gardens and the UNESCO World Heritage Giant's Causeway - all on one unique new Railtrail tour!

8 Days From Only £995.00

 

DEPARTS

Thursday 27 April 2017

Thursday 21 September 2017

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience the great scenic rail journey through Burns Country

  • Visit the Birthplace Museum of Robert Burns

  • Tour the Isle of Arran, known as ‘Scotland in Miniature’

  • Enjoy the Baronial-style Brodick Castle

  • Explore Castle Kennedy’s historic gardens

  • Contrast with Logan Botanic Garden’s southern hemisphere plants

  • Marvel at the Giant’s Causeway, a unique natural phenomenon

  • Arrive at the Causeway aboard the Bushmills Railway

  • Taste Bushmills Whiskey at the distillery

  • Experience Northern Ireland’s great scenic rail journey

  • Tour the walls of Derry-Londonderry

  • Visit the Titanic Experience in Belfast

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • Dinner every evening

  • Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

  • Ferries and coach travel, as described

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

  • Hotel Porterage

DAY 1

Customers booking our rail-inclusive package will be met from their trains at Dumfries and transferred by road to our hotel, the North West Castle Hotel in Stranraer.

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DAY 2

Today begins with one of Scotland's great railway journeys on the 'Burns Country Line'. Leaving Stranraer on the foot of Loch Ryan we cross the peaceful valley of Water of Luce, before climbing to the track's highest point at Chirmorie. We reach the coast again at Girvan, with fabulous views of Ailsa Craig, before we continue to Ayr, where a coach awaits for a short visit to the Burns Birthplace Museum in nearby Alloway. Arriving at Ardrossan our ferry crosses to the Isle of Arran. After a panoramic coach tour of 'Scotland in Miniature', we rest for a while at beautiful baronial-style Brodick Castle, before returning by ferry and coach to Stranraer.

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DAY 3

After yesterday's adventure, enjoy a relaxing day visiting the beautifully presented gardens at Castle Kennedy, before contrasting these with Scotland's most exotic garden, Logan Botanic Garden, whose collection of southern hemisphere plants is warmed by the Gulf Stream.

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DAY 4

Our morning ferry crosses from nearby Cairnryan to Larne. A local coach awaits our arrival for the transfer to Bushmills. Here we board the Giant's Causeway & Bushmills Railway, a railway built to the Irish narrow gauge of three feet and running for two miles along the track of the former Giant's Causeway Tram. At the Giant's Causeway we visit the Visitor Centre walk the short distance to the stones. Returning to Bushmills, we visit the Bushmills Distillery for a tasting of their malts, before continuing to the Antrim seaside village of Carnlough and our hotel, the Londonderry Arms.

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DAY 5

Transferring to Ballymoney, we join arguably the most scenic stretch of railway on the island of Ireland. From Coleraine the line runs alongside the River Bann before passing through Castlerock and Downhill tunnels, the longest in Ireland. From the seaside village of Castlerock we pass Binevenagh Mountain, the track running alongside the golden sands of Benone Strand, with views of unspoilt beaches and rolling waves from the Atlantic Ocean. Arriving in Derry-Londonderry, we enjoy a guided walk on the city walls of Ireland's only completely walled city, before retracing our tracks to Ballymoney.

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DAY 6

Enjoy a day at leisure to recharge in Carnlough. Perhaps take the local bus to one of the neighbouring seaside villages or visit nearby Glenarm Castle.

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DAY 7

Travelling southwards by coach to Belfast, we visit the popular Titanic Experience, before transferring to Belfast Port for the crossing back to Cairnryan and a final night at the North West Castle Hotel.

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DAY 8

Bidding farewell to our hotel, customers booking rail with us are transferred to Dumfries for the ease on onward journeys home.






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HOTELS

 

North West Castle Hotel, Stranraer

‘The Castle’ is a convenient 3* hotel, family-run for more than 50 years and former home of Sir John Ross, the famous Arctic explorer who was instrumental in the discovery of the ice-bound trading route known as the ‘North West Passage’. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool, sauna, spa bath and gym, although the hotel also has its own indoor curling rink!

 

Londonderry Arms, Carnlough

Built in 1848 as a coaching inn by Frances Anne Tempest, the Marchioness of Londonderry, the Tempests’ estate, including the Londonderry Arms, was passed to second cousin, Sir Winston Churchill in 1921. For the past 60 years the hotel has been owned by the O’Neills, Ireland’s longest established hotelier family. The hotel boats Georgian architecture and with just 35 rooms it has a cosy, family atmosphere amidst the small seaside village of Carnlough.

 

FARES

Fare Region

First

Standard

RC (-)

London: Euston

£1,270

£1,135

-£15

Greater London

£1,305

£1,155

-£15

South of England

£1,305

£1,160

-£15

East Anglia

£1,330

£1,175

-£20

South West

£1,275

£1,135

-£15

Heart of England

£1,195

£1,095

-£10

Midlands

£1,175

£1,085

-£10

Yorkshire

£1,110

£1,070

-£10

North East

N/A

£1,060

-£10

North West

£1,130

£1,060

-£10

South Wales

£1,215

£1,110

-£15

North Wales

£1,150

£1,075

-£10

Scotland

£1,130

£1,060

-£10



 

Join & Leave at Hotel £995

SEPTEMBER Departure Supplement £30

Single Room Supplement £120

 

7 nights’ bed, breakfast & Table d’Hôte evening meal

Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

Rail, ferry & coach travel, with transfers as described

All excursions & admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

Hotel Porterage

Important – Please select the number of passengers before proceeding to ‘Book Now’

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