Edinburgh and the Borders Steam Railway Holiday
Completely sold out for the last two years our sensational holiday in Scotland “borders” on the sublime. Based in the heart of the Scottish capital – Edinburgh – join us for the most innovative itinerary in our 2019 UK programme.
Arrive in Edinburgh early afternoon, check in to our hotel, then we are off to explore the city by tram, coach and a little (only a little!) on foot. This evening your evening meal is included at “The Inn”.
Here comes the “borders” bit. We’ll ride the new Scotrail “Borders Line” south to Tweedbank and Galashiels. Across the border we go to the inimitable Heatherslaw Light Railway. Steam, and maybe a pint or whatever in Etal before we head further east to Holy Island, hoping the tide won’t trap us over there! A few hours here before we head up the coast via Berwick on Tweed and Dunbar to North Berwick. A branch line train back into Edinburgh completes a day out bordering on the sublime.
Today we explore the Forth! By tram to the airport and onto the excellent Bo’ness & Kinniel Steam Railway. Home of the Scottish Railway Preservation Society there is an excellent an extensive museum to visit before our ride. Later, we feature the Forth Bridges and sail on the Maid of the Forth below them. Rail, coach, steam and boats combine to present a fascinating and varied itinerary.
We will whiz up into the hills this morning to Dunblane then via Callander to the Trossachs Pier on Loch Katrine. Steam here, on the water aboard S.S. Walter Scott – a magical trip amid the beautiful Lomond National Park Mountains. We will take a lunch break here then continue with a wonderful drive through the Fintry Hills to Falkirk. Here is the unique Falkirk Wheel, another highlight during a wonderful day out, which we finish with a lovely scenic circular train journey from Dunfermline back to Edinburgh via Glenrothes With Thornton! Let’s enjoy a traditional Scottish end of tour meal together.
Homeward bound today but not before our holiday finale – a visit to the Royal Yacht Britannia, steeped in history and opulent nostalgia. Then in’s simply collect luggage and away about lunchtime unless you fancy an extra night – which we can arrange for you – enabling you to spend the rest of the day exploring Edinburgh at leisure.
Jury’s Inn, Edinburgh
This city centre hotel offers good standard rooms with all modern amenities and is close to Waverley Station and the Royal Mile. Our stay here is on a Bed & Breakfast basis enabling guests to enjoy the vast number of Edinburgh’s varied and attractive restaurants (there are 1784 of them!). However, two evening meals are included in Edinburgh.