Scottish Steam Break
Departing by Coach
Duration 4 Days
Available Until October 2019

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.

Scottish Steam Break Tour Highlights:

  • Taking a spin on the Falkirk Wheel boat lift
  • Stunning views, Champagne and Chocolates on the Jacobite steam train
  • A relaxing paddle steamer journey up the River Clyde
  • A captivating sailing on Loch Katrine aboard the SS Walter Scott

Price Includes

  • Return coach travel available from Inverurie, Aberdeen, Stonehaven, Dundee, Perth, Kinross, Dunfermline  or Edinburgh
  • 3 nights’ accommodation at the Arrochar Hotel on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis
  • A trip to Falkirk as we sail into the Falkirk Wheel
  • A journey on the Jacobite steam train on the Fort William to Mallaig line – a route that takes us over the impressive Glenfinnan Viaduct
  • A trip ‘Doon ra Watter’ on the world’s last seagoing paddle steamer – The Waverley (subject to confirmation on the Waverley’s sailing schedule)
  • An enjoyable cruise on board SS Sir Walter Scott sailing on Loch Katrine
  • Services of a professional tour manager

Single supplements apply. Subject to availability.

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Scottish Steam Break Itinerary

Day 1

Depart from your chosen pick-up point and travel to the Falkirk Wheel, the world’s first rotating boat lift. We shall start the journey on the water at New Port Downie from where you will sail into the Falkirk Wheel. Enjoy the truly spectacular scenery as the wheel commences its graceful ascent to join the Union Canal 35m above. We sail along the Union Canal and under the historic Antonine Wall – the Roman’s most northern frontier – before you enjoy a wander through the Visitor Centre.

Meals include: Dinner

Hotel: Arrochar Hotel, Arrochar

Day 2

Today, following an early start, we will journey back in time on the Jacobite steam train and experience one of the most memorable and spectacular railway journeys in the world – the famous Fort William to Mallaig line following The Road to the Isles. “The Jacobite” combines the romance of the steam era with the opportunity to drink in the stunning views of this wild and historic part of Scotland. From the slopes of Ben Nevis the line runs through rugged mountains, past sea and inland lochs and onto the shores of the Atlantic at Mallaig. The route also takes us over the massive Glenfinnan viaduct overlooking Loch Sheil, where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard in 1745. There is time to enjoy lunch (not included) in Mallaig, whether you choose fish and chips, crab sandwiches or freshly landed lobster, but do leave room for a special treat as we enjoy Champagne and Chocolates on the return journey. On arrival in Fort William we return by coach to our hotel for dinner.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Arrochar Hotel, Arrochar

Day 3

Today following breakfast we will head for Helensburgh where we will commence our sail ‘Doon ra Watter’ on the world’s last seagoing paddle steamer – The Waverley,* the last ocean-going paddle steamer plying its trade on the River Clyde. It was built in 1946 to replace the 1899 Waverley which was sunk at Dunkirk and is an extremely impressive sight with its immense 2100 horsepower steam engine. On board facilities include a self-service restaurant, cafe, bar and souvenir shop. Lunch is included on board. We will leave the ship at Tighnabruaich and our coach will be waiting to take us back to the hotel, travelling over the “Rest and Be Thankful” and through stunning Argyll scenery. Dinner will be served in the evening.

*Subject to confirmation of the Waverley’s sailing schedule

All meals included

Hotel: Arrochar Hotel, Arrochar

Day 4

Following breakfast we check out of the hotel and depart for a cruise on the steam ship SS Sir Walter Scott on Loch Katrine. The Sir Walter Scott is the only surviving screw steamer in regular passenger service in Scotland. The grand old lady has been sailing majestically on Loch Katrine since 1900. She was launched in 1899 and today retains her original engines, which are powered by steam using smokeless solid fuel.

Following our cruise we continue by Aberfoyle, the Duke’s Pass and Loch Venachar to Callander where we will have some free time before continuing on to our original departure points.

Meals include: Breakfast


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