Scottish Steam & Malt Trail

Scottish Steam & Malt 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 on a tour that also features two great distilleries.

5 Days From Only £450

 

DEPARTS

Thursday 11 April 2019

Thursday 9 May 2019

Saturday 29 June 2019

Thursday 26 September 2019

 

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 about the Steam Ship Sir Walter Scott

  • Sample of malts at Edradour Distillery

 

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

Thursday - 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

Friday - Today we head northwards to explore the beautiful Trossach Range by coach, enjoying a Loch Katrine cruise on board the historic Steam Ship 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

Saturday - 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 return southwards, halting at Pitlochry to visit the stunningly located Edradour Distillery, set in the hills above Pitlochry. We sample the hand-crafted single malt before continuing our journey to Perth.

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DAY 4

Sunday - Today our 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 ride along the line.

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DAY 5

Monday - 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.

 

FARES

Fare Region

First

Standard

RC (-)

London: King's Cross

£670

£575

-£20

Greater London

£710

£595

-£25

South of England

£720

£600

-£25

East Anglia

£735

£610

-£30

South West

£820

£655

-£40

Heart of England

£720

£600

-£25

Midlands

£695

£570

-£20

Yorkshire

£635

£555

-£20

North East

£590

£535

-£20

North West

£660

£555

-£20

South Wales

£750

£615

-£30

North Wales

£695

£580

-£20

Scotland

N/A

£505

-£10


 

Join & Leave at Hotel £450

 

Single Room Supplement £85

 

May Departure Supplement £75

 

June/September Departure Supplement £100

 

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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