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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 the Bo'ness & Kinneil Steam Railway, 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 £585

 

DEPARTS

Thursday 17 October 2019

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Enjoy the Bo’ness & Kinneil Steam Railway

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

  • Sample a tour and tasting at the Bridge of Allan Brewery

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

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

  • Discover quality highland ales at the Cairngorm Brewery

  • Experience a scenic excursion on the re-opened Borders Railway

 

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

 

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

We head first to the Forth Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where we enjoy an amazing waterside photo opportunity, and a pint in the Ferryman Inn. From here we head by train across the bridge into Edinburgh and onwards on the Borders Railway, a scenic line rescued from its slumber in 2015 and now highly popular with commuters and tourists alike. On our way back to Stirling we stop at the Bridge of Allan 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 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 steam ride along the line.

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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

London: King's Cross

£805

£709

Greater London

£815

£715

South of England

£849

£735

East Anglia

£869

£745

South West

£929

£779

Heart of England

£849

£735

Midlands

£825

£709

Yorkshire

£759

£685

North East

£719

£665

North West

£789

£679

South Wales

£865

£739

North Wales

£809

£709

Scotland

£709

£655



 

Join & Leave at Hotel £595

 

£10 Tour Discount for holders of National Railcards

 

Single Room Supplement £160

 

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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