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Scottish Steam, Malt & 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, cruise Loch Katrine and steam through the Highlands on the Strathspey Railway, this great railway holiday also features The Kelpies, a distillery tour and a brewery visit.

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5 days from £569



Thursday 13 April 2023

Thursday 11 May 2023

Thursday 22 June 2023

Thursday 20 July 2023

Thursday 21 September 2023



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

  • Experience the Bo’ness & Kinneil Steam Railway

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

  • Delight in a Glenturret whisky distillery tour and tasting

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

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

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

  • Indulge in a tasting at the Bridge of Allan Brewery


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

  • Hotel Porterage


Arrive in Perth and make your way to our hotel for four nights, the Salutation Hotel. Tonight, we enjoy our first evening meal together.



Today we head northwards to explore the beautiful Trossach Range by coach, enjoying a cruise on Loch Katrine on board the 'Lady of the Lake'. We complete the day with a tour of the Glenturret Distillery, Scotland's oldest working distillery where we get to sample a superb single malt Scotch whisky.

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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 enjoy free time before we return to Perth by rail.

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This morning we travel by private coach to Bo'ness & Kinneil Steam Railway for a return ride along the line. Following our visit, to travel to The Kelpies, here we enjoy a brief tour of the world's largest equine sculptures and get to go inside to marvel at the complexity and engineering that created these fantastic pieces of art. We reboard our coach for the short transfer to the nearby 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 finish our day at the Bridge of Allan Brewery where we are joined by one of their guides for a presentation of the brewery and brewing process, before we enjoy a taste of their wonderful ales.

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


B=Breakfast, D=Dinner


Salutation Hotel

Situated in the heart of the historic City of Perth, the 3 star Salutation is the oldest established hotel in Scotland, having welcomed guests through its doors since 1699, including Bonnie Prince Charlie who stayed here in 1745. Meals are served in the elegant Adam Restaurant with its original barrel vaulted ceiling and the cosy Reids Bar offers a large selection of malt whiskies.



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*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.


Join & Leave at Hotel £579


Single Room Supplement £85


May & June Departure Supplement £70

July & September Departure Supplement £80


£10 tour discount for holders of National Rail cards


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

Hotel Porterage

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