Experience breathtaking Scottish scenery by steamship and travel on the iconic Jacobite steam train on this four-day escorted tour

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For hundreds of years, the wooded hills and glens and the crystal-clear lochs of the Trossachs have inspired visitors from all over the world. On this exclusive four-day holiday, you will travel over land, sea and loch - all powered by steam. Travelling on the famous Jacobite steam train and the SS Sir Walter Scott, you will take in the impressive sight of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, enjoy a unique experience on the world's first rotating boat lift, and pass over the spectacular 21-arch Glenfinnan viaduct, as seen in the Harry Potter films.

The PS Waverley, which was out of service throughout 2019, will be back in action, in time for you to enjoy a spectacular ride on board. You'll also take a voyage on Loch Katrine on the Lady of the Water. The scenery around the loch is breathtaking - at its northern end is Glengyle, the birthplace of Scottish outlaw and folk hero Rob Roy.

In the 1930s, the Forth & Clyde and the Union Canals were linked by 11 locks that took almost a day for a boat to pass through. Nowadays, the Falkirk Wheel, opened by the Queen in 2002, does the job in four minutes. As part of your boat journey, you will experience the world's first rotating boat lift for yourself before sailing along the Union Canal below the historic Antonine Wall to its visitor centre. This UNESCO World Heritage site marked the northernmost frontier of the Roman Empire, some 99 miles north of the better-known Hadrian's Wall.

The Fort William to Mallaig railway line is frequently voted the world's greatest railway journey. Your steam train round-trip begins at the southern end of the Great Glen, in the shadow of Ben Nevis at Fort William. Hopping aboard The Jacobite, you will puff past rugged scenery, craggy coastlines and inland lochs, including Loch Shiel, where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard in 1745. After a stop for local seafood or fish and chips in the port of Mallaig, you will return to Fort William with Champagne and chocolates.

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Price includes

  • Three nights' dinner (with wine each evening), and B&B at the four-star Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa, Aberfoyle
  • One lunch
  • Return flights from London Stansted to Edinburgh
  • A ride on the Falkirk Wheel boat lift
  • A trip on the Fort William/Mallaig line on The Jacobite steam train (with Champagne and chocolates on the return)
  • Cruise on Loch Katrine
  • Voyage on the historic PS Waverley
  • The services of a Brightwater Holidays tour manager
  • Deposit of £100pp

Availability

From
Fri, Fri, Jun 25, 2021
To
Mon, Mon, Jun 28, 2021
Duration
4 Days
Price per person
£1,195*
* Based on two sharing a room and flying from London Stansted. Single rooms, regional flights and overnight accommodation before/after tour available on request, at a supplement. **If the PS Waverley is out of service you'll enjoy a journey on Lochs Lomond and Fyne - plus lunch and tour of Inveraray Castle. Savings are based on a first-come first-served basis. Deposits are non-refundable. Low deposits are available on all Brightwater tours up to 10 weeks (70 days) prior to departure when the full balance becomes payable. Offer ends 30 September 2020. Brightwater Holidays reserves the right to amend offers at any time.
From
Fri, Fri, Jul 30, 2021
To
Mon, Mon, Aug 2, 2021
Duration
4 Days
Price per person
£1,225*
* Based on two sharing a room and flying from London Stansted. Single rooms, regional flights and overnight accommodation before/after tour available at a supplement. July supplement £30. **If the PS Waverley is out of service you'll enjoy a journey on Lochs Lomond and Fyne - plus lunch and tour of Inveraray Castle. Savings are based on a first-come first-served basis. Deposits are non-refundable. Low deposits are available on all Brightwater tours up to 10 weeks (70 days) prior to departure when the full balance becomes payable. Offer ends 30 September 2020. Brightwater Holidays reserves the right to amend offers at any time.
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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Falkirk Wheel
    Falkirk Wheel, United Kingdom

    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, where lunch is available (not included).

    We continue to the four-star MacDonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa where Champagne will be served on arrival followed by dinner with wine.

    Accommodation - Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel and Spa, Aberfoyle
    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    Fort William to Mallaig on the Jacobite
    Fort William, United Kingdom

    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 - Breakfast, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    The River Clyde on PS Waverley
    Kilcreggan, United Kingdom

    Today following breakfast we'll head for Kilcreggan where we 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, café, bar and souvenir shop. 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 this evening.

    *Subject to confirmation of the Waverley's sailing schedule.

    Meals - Lunch
  4. Day
    4
    Loch Katrine cruise
    Loch Katrine, United Kingdom

    Following breakfast we check out of the hotel and depart for a cruise on Loch Katrine, the tranquil loch which serves as Glasgow's water supply. Sit back and relax as we glide across the water and savour the famed charms of The Trossachs, a highly scenic area of lochs, hills and woods.

    Following our cruise we continue through The Trossachs to Callander, where there will be an opportunity for lunch (not included). Thereafter we return to the airport or make onward connections.

    Meals - Breakfast

Accommodation

Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel and Spa

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Loch Ard, United Kingdom

Luxury four-star Scottish retreat

Inspired by one of the finest views in the country, looking across Loch Ard to Ben Lomond in the distance, Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel and Spa underwent a full redesign in 2017. Rooms are designed in continuity with the fantastic landscapes they look out onto. At the spa you can unwind by the pool or enjoy a soothing spa treatment and there are plenty of countryside walks just a few steps away from the property.

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Availability

From
Fri, Fri, Jun 25, 2021
To
Mon, Mon, Jun 28, 2021
Duration
4 Days
Price per person
£1,195*
* Based on two sharing a room and flying from London Stansted. Single rooms, regional flights and overnight accommodation before/after tour available on request, at a supplement. **If the PS Waverley is out of service you'll enjoy a journey on Lochs Lomond and Fyne - plus lunch and tour of Inveraray Castle. Savings are based on a first-come first-served basis. Deposits are non-refundable. Low deposits are available on all Brightwater tours up to 10 weeks (70 days) prior to departure when the full balance becomes payable. Offer ends 30 September 2020. Brightwater Holidays reserves the right to amend offers at any time.
From
Fri, Fri, Jul 30, 2021
To
Mon, Mon, Aug 2, 2021
Duration
4 Days
Price per person
£1,225*
* Based on two sharing a room and flying from London Stansted. Single rooms, regional flights and overnight accommodation before/after tour available at a supplement. July supplement £30. **If the PS Waverley is out of service you'll enjoy a journey on Lochs Lomond and Fyne - plus lunch and tour of Inveraray Castle. Savings are based on a first-come first-served basis. Deposits are non-refundable. Low deposits are available on all Brightwater tours up to 10 weeks (70 days) prior to departure when the full balance becomes payable. Offer ends 30 September 2020. Brightwater Holidays reserves the right to amend offers at any time.
Call now to book 01334441849
Quote ref: SCOTTISH STEAM