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Scottish Festive, Steam and Sail

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

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5 days from £549

 

DEPARTS

Thursday 25 November 2021

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore Glasgow’s Christmas market* and admire the Charles Rennie Mackintosh architecture

  • Visit Edinburgh’s beautiful Christmas market* 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 plus 1 cream tea

  • 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

 

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 where we enjoy free time to sample delicious festive food and buy unique handmade gifts at the wonderful Christmas market*, we can take a stroll and admire the Charles Rennie Mackintosh architecture or explore the city using the 'Clockwork Orange' Glasgow's underground system.

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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.

B, D

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 Blackness Castle and the Three Forth Bridges above us whilst we enjoy a cream tea. Once we are back on dry land, we head to the heart of Edinburgh to experience the magical festive atmosphere of the Christmas markets* on Princes Street Gardens and to take in the glorious architecture of the Royal Mile.

B, LR, D

DAY 5

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

*Important Note: Christmas markets are subject to change and cancellation and have not been confirmed for 2021 at the time of tour compilation. We do reserve the right to make substitutions and changes to the itinerary should it be deemed necessary for whatever reason.

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B=Breakfast, LR=Light Refreshments, 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

£775

£675

Greater London

£785

£679

South of England

£825

£699

East Anglia

£845

£709

South West

£905

£749

Heart of England

£825

£699

Midlands

£799

£679

Yorkshire

£725

£649

North East

£685

£625

North West

£755

£645

South Wales

£835

£705

North Wales

£779

£675

Scotland

N/A

£579


Join & Leave at Hotel £559

 

£10 tour discount for holders of National Railcards

 

Single Room Supplement £135

 

4 nights’ bed, breakfast & Table d’hôte evening meal plus 1 cream tea

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

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