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A family firm with an ethos of honesty and integrity. Our passion for delivering quality escorted holidays by rail at great value fares along with consistently excellent customer service has stood us in good stead for over 40 years.

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01538 382323
Monday - Friday, 9am to 5pm

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Scottish Steam, Malt & Ale Trail

Build up a head of steam and uncover Scotland's heritage from a different angle. Steam through the Highlands on the nostalgic Strathspey Railway, experience the scenic Bo'ness & Kinneil Steam Railway, sail through the sky on the remarkable Falkirk Wheel, and enjoy a cruise on Loch Katrine. Visit the magnificent equine sculptures of The Kelpies and the fantastic Stirling Castle plus indulge in a whisky distillery tour and a brewery tasting.

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6 days from £939

 

DEPARTS

Thursday 10 April 2025

Thursday 15 May 2025

Thursday 19 June 2025

Thursday 17 July 2025

Thursday 18 September 2025

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Enjoy a guided tour of the world's largest equine sculptures – The Kelpies

  • Experience the scenic Bo’ness & Kinneil Steam Railway

  • Steam on the nostalgic Strathspey Steam Railway

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

  • Delight in a tour and tasting at Glenturret Whisky Distillery

  • Sail through the sky on a unique engineering masterpiece – The Falkirk Wheel

  • Take a cruise on Loch Katrine aboard the 'Lady of the Lake'

  • Indulge in a tasting at the Bridge of Allan Brewery

  • Enjoy free time in Stirling plus a visit to the fantastic Stirling Castle

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • 5 nights’ bed, breakfast & evening meal

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

DAY 1

On arrival in Perth, we make our way to our hotel for five nights, the Royal George Hotel, where we enjoy our first evening meal together.

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DAY 2

After breakfast today, we head northwards to explore the beautiful Trossachs Range by coach, and we enjoy a cruise on Loch Katrine on board the 'Lady of the Lake', named after the famous poem by Sir Walter Scott. We complete our day with a tour of the Glenturret Distillery where we discover the history, heritage, and traditional art of making single malt whisky at Scotland's oldest working distillery finishing with a dram of their superb whisky.

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DAY 3

One of Scotland's great rail journeys awaits us 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 passing through woods and alongside the meandering River Spey on a nostalgic journey. We enjoy free time in the charming town of Aviemore before returning to Perth by rail.

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DAY 4

This morning, we travel by private coach to Bo'ness & Kinneil Steam Railway for a return ride along the scenic line past waterfalls and travelling over the Avon Viaduct. Whilst here we will visit the Museum of Scottish Railways, Scotland's largest railway museum, which illustrates the history of railways in Scotland through fascinating displays. We journey onwards to the Bridge of Allan Brewery where we are joined by one of their guides for a unique presentation of the brewery learning the secrets of their brewing techniques before sampling their wonderful ales.

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DAY 5

After breakfast this morning, we travel to Stirling by private coach enjoying free time and a visit to the stunning Stirling Castle to discover a world of colour, splendour, and glorious craftsmanship. Following our visit, we travel to The Kelpies where we enjoy a brief tour of these magnificent equine sculptures discovering the intricate details, complexity, and engineering that created these fantastic pieces of art. We reboard our coach for the short transfer to the nearby Falkirk Wheel, an incredible feat of engineering and design, where we experience a ride on the world's only rotating boat lift being lifted 35 metres before sailing seamlessly onto the Union Canal. On our return to Perth, we will enjoy our final evening meal together.

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DAY 6

We bid farewell to Perth as we make our way homeward.

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HOTEL

Royal George Hotel, Perth

The well-appointed Royal George is idyllically located on the banks of the River Tay and has been welcoming guests since 1773. This home-from-home offers relaxation by the log fire in The Helen MacGregor lounge with unspoilt views of the Perth Bridge and the River Tay plus a fitness suite and a games room. The charming bedrooms provide an en-suite bathroom, flat screen TV, and free Wi-Fi.

 

FARES

Fare Region

First*

Standard

London: Kings Cross

£1,185

£1,075

Greater London

£1,195

£1,079

South of England

£1,245

£1,109

East Anglia

£1,249

£1,109

South West

£1,319

£1,149

Heart of England

£1,215

£1,075

Midlands

£1,195

£1,079

Yorkshire

£1,145

£1,055

North East

£1,095

£1,029

North West

£1,165

£1,055

South Wales

£1,275

£1,119

North Wales

£1,209

£1,079

Scotland

£1,045

£989

 

*Please note: Some local and regional train services are Standard Class only, so First Class ticket holders will travel in standard class accommodation for these sections of journeys.

 

£10 tour discount for holders of National Railcards

Join & Leave at Hotel £949

May & June Departure Supplement £50

July & September Departure Supplement £100

Single Room Supplement £65

 

5 nights’ bed, breakfast & 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 & admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

 

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Railtrail Tours Limited
21 The Smithfield Centre, Leek
Staffordshire Moorlands, ST13 5JW
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