Scottish Steam Rail & Ale Trail

Scottish Steam Rail & Ale Trail

Build up a head of steam, uncovering Scotland's heritage from a different angle. Enjoy a day at the Bo'ness & Kinneil Steam Gala, soar above the canals by boat on the remarkable Falkirk Wheel and steam through the Highlands on the Strathspey Railway on a tour that also features the best of Scottish brewing.

5 Days From Only £545.00

 

DEPARTS

Thursday 19 October 2017 (5 days)

 

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Enjoy a day at the Bo’ness & Kinneil Steam Gala

  • Taste the local craft ales of Kinneil Brew

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

  • Experience a tour and tasting at Harviestoun Brewery

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

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

  • Enjoy Highland ales at the Cairngorm Brewery

  • 4* hotel in historic Stirling with leisure facilities

DAY 1

Arrive in Stirling and make your way to our hotel for four nights, the Stirling Highland Hotel, just a short uphill walk from the station and close to the castle. Tonight we enjoy our first evening meal together.

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DAY 2

After a leisurely breakfast and some free time to explore Stirling a little, we head south by coach the short distance 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. On our way back to Stirling we stop at the Harviestoun Brewery for a talk and tasting with one of their brewers.

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DAY 3

One of Scotland's great rail journeys awaits today as we head north, via Perth, and 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 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.

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DAY 4

Today our tour reaches its peak with a short coach transfer through majestic scenery to the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway Steam Gala. Details of the specific steam trains are yet to be confirmed, but our day rover ticket allows you to hop on and off at your leisure. Our day ends with a tasting session of the local ale at the Corbie Inn with craft brewer Kinneil Brew. Cheers!

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DAY 5

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

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B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

HOTEL

Stirling Highland Hotel

Just a short walk from Stirling Castle, the Highland Hotel is 4* and its restaurant boasts an AA Rosette. Its free car park allows you to drive to your holiday and join at tour base, should you wish, whereas the leisure club, including swimming pool, is a great place to relax. Built in the 19th century as the city’s High School, this historic building still houses a working observatory in its roof.

 

FARES

Fare Region

First

Standard

RC (-)

London: King's Cross

£745

£660

-£20

Greater London

£780

£680

-£20

South of England

£785

£685

-£25

East Anglia

£805

£695

-£30

South West

£875

£735

-£40

Heart of England

£785

£685

-£25

Midlands

£765

£665

-£20

Yorkshire

£700

£635

-£20

North East

£665

£615

-£20

North West

£730

£630

-£20

South Wales

£805

£695

-£30

North Wales

£750

£660

-£20

Scotland

£580

£575

-£10




Join & Leave at Hotel £545

Single Room Supplement £130

 

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

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