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|Price range||From £375|
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A Classic Scottish Steam Break
- 3 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the comfortable Erskine Bridge Hotel, Erskine (or similar)
- 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
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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. We continue to our accommodation where dinner will be served on arrival. .
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 Waverley is 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. We will leave the ship at Tighnabruaich where our coach will be waiting to take us back to the hotel, over the "Rest and Be Thankful" and through stunning Argyllshire scenery. Dinner will be served in the evening.
Today 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 takes you over the massive Glenfinnan viaduct overlooking Loch Sheil, where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard in 1745. We return to our hotel for dinner.
Sadly today we must check out of the hotel and head for home. We still have time to tour through The Trossachs and then have a cruise on the steam ship SS 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. Thereafter we continue to our original departure point. The order of the excursions may occasionally be varied for operational reasons.
A 4-day package by air from London (other airports available on request) is also available from £475.00 per person – please ask for separate brochure.
A 5-day package by rail from London, staying at the Loch Fyne Hotel, Inveraray, from £695.00 per person – please ask for our separate brochure.
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