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Scottish Christmas Markets, Steam and Sail

Scottish Christmas Markets, Steam and Sail

Our new Scottish Christmas markets tour is based in stunning Stirling and packed with festive cheer! We explore Edinburgh and Glasgow's extensive Christmas markets, enjoy a scenic cruise along the Firth of Forth, experience two great rail journeys and sample a wee dram at the Dalwhinnie Distillery!

5 Days From £529

 

DEPARTS

Thursday 28 November 2019*

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore Glasgow and its extensive Christmas Markets

  • Visit Edinburgh’s beautiful Christmas Markets in the heart of the city

  • Cruise along the Firth of Forth underneath the iconic Forth bridges

  • Marvel at the vistas as we travel by train on the Highland line to Aviemore

  • Steam on the former Highland Railway with the Strathspey Steam Railway

  • Enjoy a tour and tasting at the Dalwhinnie Distillery

  • Spend time in historic Stirling and explore the castle and Old Town

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • 4 nights’ bed, breakfast & Table d’Hôte evening meal

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

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

 

* Please note that this departure date has been amended from the previously published date of Thursday 5th December.  This is because despite having confirmation from the Strathspey Railway that they could accommodate our group on 7th December, we have since been advised that this will now not be possible, but that we may visit one week earlier on 30th November. As the Strathspey is such a major part of the tour it was felt better to move the departure date than to rearrange the day’s itinerary.

DAY 1

We arrive in Stirling and check into the Stirling Highland Hotel, an attractive, historic building and formerly the city's school. The hotel will be our base for the next four nights and we have the chance to take a wander around the Old Town before dinner.

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DAY 2

This morning is free for us to explore Stirling, we may wish to visit the nearby Stirling Castle, once a Royal residence and the former home of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. This afternoon, we travel by train to Glasgow for the Christmas Markets at George Square and St Enoch Square where we can sample delicious festive food and drink and buy unique handmade gifts.

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DAY 3

One of Scotland's great rail journeys awaits today as we head north into the Cairngorms, passing dense forests and wild moors, flanked by the Grampians, on our way to the mountain resort of Aviemore. Here we enjoy a return steam excursion from Aviemore to Broomhill on the preserved section of the Highland Line known as the Strathspey Steam Railway. Back in Aviemore, we visit the Dalwhinnie Distillery for a tour and tasting served with specially selected chocolate that combines beautifully with the Whisky.

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DAY 4

Today we head to Edinburgh where we start with a cruise on the Firth of Forth. From the water, we take in the views of the The Forth Bridges above us whilst we enjoy a mulled wine and mince pie. Once we are back on dry land, we head to the heart of Edinburgh to experience the magical festive atmosphere at the Christmas Markets in Princes Street Gardens.

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DAY 5

We bid farewell to beautiful Stirling and make our way home.

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B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

HOTEL

Stirling Highland Hotel

Just a short walk from Stirling Castle, is the historic 4-star Highland Hotel. The hotel’s Scholars restaurant offers quality locally sourced food and the comfortable bar is the perfect place to enjoy a wee dram! The leisure club, including swimming pool is a great place to relax. Built in the 19th century as the city’s High School, this characterful building still houses a working observatory in its roof.

 

FARES

Fare Region

First

Standard

London: Kings Cross

£739

£645

Greater London

£749

£649

South of England

£785

£669

East Anglia

£805

£679

South West

£859

£715

Heart of England

£785

£669

Midlands

£759

£649

Yorkshire

£695

£625

North East

£655

£599

North West

£719

£619

South Wales

£795

£675

North Wales

£739

£645

Scotland

N/A

£559


Join & Leave at hotel £539

 

£10 tour discount for holders of National Railcards

 

Single Room Supplement £135

 

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

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

Rail & coach travel, with transfers as described

All excursions and admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

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

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