Our Classic Scottish Steam Break tour has just got even better: with more lunches, wine at dinner, hotel porterage, and service charges all included for 2018, as well as the great hotels and expert guides you’ve already come to love, there’s never been a better time to travel with us.
Another added extra – new for 2018 – we’ll give an extra touch of luxury by laying on complimentary Champagne and chocolates on the return journey on The Jacobite. Cheers!
Four classic journeys and some stunning scenery combine to provide an unforgettable Scottish travel experience.
Steam locomotion has an enduring fascination for many of us and combined with the wonderful scenery of Scotland it becomes utterly irresistible. The Jacobite Steam Train, from Fort William to Mallaig, is one of the longest steam-hauled rail journeys available in Britain today, an 84-mile round trip through some spectacular scenery, which features an impressive list of superlatives. It starts near Britain’s highest mountain, (Ben Nevis), passes its most westerly mainland railway station, (Arisaig), deepest freshwater loch, (Loch Morar), shortest river, (River Morar) and finally arrives next to the deepest seawater loch in Europe, (Loch Nevis). ‘Concrete Bob’ McAlpine’s 21-arch Glenfinnan viaduct is just one of the engineering marvels we encounter on our journey, which is made all the more enjoyable by the sound and fury of the steam locomotive at the head of our train, forging its way along the Iron Road to the Isles.
A gentler pace is set as we sail ‘Doon ra Watter’ on the world’s last seagoing paddle steamer, the PS Waverley, still elegantly plying her trade on the Clyde. There can be no better way to enjoy the gentle beauty of the Argyll hills and the Kyles of Bute than from the deck of this grand old lady. There is a similar majesty to the SS Sir Walter Scott, one of the last surviving screw steamers, which has graced the calm waters of Loch Katrine since 1900.
Our tour includes a unique boat journey on the Falkirk Wheel, the world’s first rotating boat lift. The Falkirk Wheel is part of the biggest canal restoration project ever undertaken in Britain, as a result of which the Union and the Forth & Clyde canals, both over 180 years old, are once again linked together and fully operational.
- A journey on the P.S Waverley
- A journey on SS Sir Walter Scott on Loch Katrine
- A journey on the Jacobite from Fort William to Mallaig with the route taking you over the impressive Glenfinnan viaduct overlooking Loch Sheil – and for an extra touch of luxury, we will lay on complimentary Champagne and chocolates on our return leg. Cheers!
- A visit to the Falkirk Wheel
- We’re covering more than ever in the price of your 2018 tour, including:
- All tips
- More lunches and wine served with dinner
- On-board water bottles on coach journeys
- Return coach travel with regional pick-ups available from Aberdeen, Stonehaven, Dundee, Perth, Stirling or Edinburgh
- 3 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast at the Pond Hotel, Glasgow
- Comfortable coaching throughout
- Journeys on P.S. Waverley, SS Walter Scott, the Fort William/Mallaig line on the Jacobite and a visit to the Falkirk Wheel
- Services of a Holidays representative
Single supplements apply. Subject to availability. Some pick-up points are subject to minimum numbers being achieved.
We depart from our pick-up points and head to the Falkirk Wheel, the world’s first rotating boat lift, which connects the Forth and Clyde to the Union Canal. This revolutionary structure was opened in 2002, reuniting these historic waterways for the first time since the 1930s. A truly modern marvel. From here we continue on to our hotel, where we unwind over a welcome dinner and drinks as a group.
An early start brings us to Fort William, where board the legendary Jacobite, a steam train which wends through the Highlands to Mallaig on Scotland’s west coast. The journey is often heralded as the most scenic in the world, with the crossing of the stupendous Glenfinnan Viaduct sitting prominently among its many highlights. Don’t miss sight of Ben Nevis or the River Morar, the world’s shortest river. After independent lunches in Mallaig, we make the return steam journey back to Fort William, treating ourselves to champagne and chocolates as we go. We arrive back at our hotel in time for dinner.
Following breakfast we depart for Helensburgh on the Firth of Clyde for a trip on the world’s last sea-going paddle steamer, PS Waverley. From here the venerable vessel takes us across the beautiful Kyles of Bute to the village of Tighnabruaich, where we pause to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. This afternoon a scenic coach journey leads us through the Argyllshire countryside, over the ferry to Gourock, across the elegant Erskine Bridge, and up to Loch Lomond Shores, for a chance to indulge in some luxury retail therapy. We return to our hotel, where we raise our glasses at this evening’s farewell dinner.
Our final morning sees us embarking on a scenic tour through the glorious glen of the Trossachs. Arriving at Loch Katrine, we take to the waters for a cruise on the SS Sir Walter Scott, a vessel which has traversed this loch for well over 100 years; a splendid step back in time. This afternoon we make our way back to our original pick-up points, as our wonderful group disperses.