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Scottish Steam, Malt & Ale Trail

Scottish Steam, Malt & Ale Trail

Build up a head of steam, uncovering Scotland's heritage from a different angle. Enjoy the Bo'ness & Kinneil Steam Railway, soar above the canals by boat on the remarkable Falkirk Wheel, cruise Loch Katrine by steamship and steam through the Highlands on the Strathspey Railway, this great Railtrail holiday that also features a distillery and a brewery tour.

5 Days From £465

 

DEPARTS

Thursday 16 April 2020

Thursday 14 May 2020

Thursday 25 June 2020

Thursday 24 September 2020

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Enjoy the Bo’ness & Kinneil Steam Railway

  • Soar 35 metres into the air by boat at the engineering masterpiece Falkirk Wheel

  • Experience a tour and tasting at Deanston Distillery

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

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

  • Enjoy a cruise on Loch Katrine aboard the Steamship Sir Walter Scott

  • Tour and tasting at the Cairngorm Brewery

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • Dinner every evening

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

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

  • Hotel Porterage

DAY 1

We arrive in Perth and make your way to our hotel for four nights, the Salutation Hotel. Tonight we enjoy our first evening meal together.

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DAY 2

Today we head northwards to explore the beautiful Trossach Range by coach, enjoying a Loch Katrine cruise on board the historic Steamship Sir Walter Scott. It is extraordinary to consider that the SS Sir Walter Scott completed her maiden voyage as far back as 1900. We complete the day with a visit to the Deanston Distillery, a single malt Scotch whisky distillery located on the banks of the River Teith.

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DAY 3

One of Scotland's great railway 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 rail 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 small, local Cairngorm Brewery, whose tour takes in their fermentation room the Mash Tun in their Brewhouse and conditioning room, before we enjoy a taste of their bottled ales.
*amended itinerary*

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DAY 4

Today our Railtrail tour reaches its peak with a short coach transfer to the Falkirk Wheel. The Forth & Clyde Canal was originally built to link sea to sea across Scotland's central belt, however, not long after its construction it was usurped by the railways. After falling into disrepair, volunteers began restoring the canal to its former glory with similar vigour to the pioneers of railway preservation. The Falkirk Wheel is the final piece in the jigsaw, an incredible feat of engineering and design. Our boat is lifted 35 metres by the world's only rotating boat lift, before sailing seamlessly onto the Union Canal. We continue to the Bo'ness & Kinneil Steam Railway for a return rail ride along the line.

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DAY 5

Our hotel in Perth bids "Haste ye back," as we make our way home.

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B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

HOTEL

Salutation Hotel

Situated in the heart of the historic City of Perth, the Salutation is the oldest established hotel in Scotland, having welcomed guests through its doors since 1699, including Bonnie Prince Charlie who stayed here in 1745. Meals are served in the elegant Adam Restaurant with its original barrel vaulted ceiling and the cosy Reids Bar offers a large selection of malt whiskies.

 

 

FARES

Fare Region

First

Standard

London: King's Cross

£690

£590

Greater London

£710

£600

South of England

£745

£620

East Anglia

£750

£620

South West

£820

£655

Heart of England

£720

£600

Midlands

£705

£600

Yorkshire

£650

£570

North East

£605

£545

North West

£675

£570

South Wales

£770

£630

North Wales

£715

£600

Scotland

N/A

£515

 

Join & Leave at Hotel £475

 

Single Room Supplement £85

 

MAY Departure Supplement £50

 

JUNE & SEPTEMBER Departure Supplement £90

 

£10 tour discount for holders of National Rail cards

 

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

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

Rail & coach travel, with transfers as described

All excursions and admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

Hotel Porterage

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