New for 2023 is a Scottish tour with a maritime feel based in the bustling city of Glasgow. The highlight for many will be our day out on P.S. Waverley but there is so much more besides with trips out of the city to the Trossachs and the Isle of Arran. Take a look at this diverse itinerary, it’s among the most diverse we do!
We meet at the hotel/Glasgow Central Station in the early afternoon, check in, and then head for the Clockwork Orange which has been recently modernised. We’ll alight at Kelvinhalll where our coach and blue badge guide will be waiting. There follows an interesting and informative tour of the city to familiarise ourselves including a traditional refreshment stop.
Let’s start off with a cruise, though not on the Clyde. The rail journey to Crianlarich is a great way to start the day as it hugs the north coast of the Clyde and then the banks of Loch Lomond. Here we meet our coach and head into the Trossachs National Park pausing at Callander around lunchtime. In the afternoon we discover Loch Katrine, made famous by Sir Walter Scott and enjoy a serene, scenic, cruise. Then, we drive south through the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park to Balloch, at the foot of Loch Lomond, and catch a train back to Glasgow.
A morning train journey sees us in Coatbridge for the Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life. Here you are let loose among the many exhibits, and street scenes being sure to ride the heritage tram. Then it’s a more modern attraction that tempts us as we visit the incredible Falkirk Wheel linking two canal systems by a revolving lift. Our steam today is courtesy of the Scottish Preservation Society at Bo’Ness with a steam hauled ride passing Grangemouth Refinery and the chance to visit their excellent museum. We return to Glasgow by rail from Falkirk late afternoon.
Off on the high seas today! By train to Ardrossan Harbour where we change for the CalMac Ferry to Brodick on the Isle of Arran. This is said to be one of the most picturesque of the islands and our journey to Lochranza is scenic indeed. Here we are in for a distillery visit before returning to magnificent Brodick Castle, a former seat of the Dukes of Hamilton. Period rooms, artwork, gardens and everything else you would expect to find in a Scottish castle. Our journey back to Glasgow is by ferry to Ardrossan, and then coach to Wemyss Bay. We had to catch a train from here as the station is architecturally amazing.
A full day sailing the Clyde and beyond aboard the legendary P.S. Waverley. The route this famous old lady takes varies from day to day and is not yet published. The equivalent day in 2022 included heading out of the Clyde and cruising Loch Long and Loch Goil. We will make special arrangements on board including lunch and fully expect to enjoy a marvellous and memorable day out.
Our last day and we can’t leave Glasgow without visiting the Riverside Museum. This is essentially Glasgow Transport Museum and you can get there by ferry which is nice. Inside is a large collection of trains, cars, buses and trams as well as period street scenes and, of course, the history of ship building on the Clyde. Moored outside is the Tall Ship Glenlee to climb aboard. We return to Glasgow Central Station for homeward bound trains departing around lunchtime.
A traditional station hotel with high ceilings, comfortable rooms and, very conveniently, accessed directly from Glasgow Central Station platforms. This, of course, lends itself perfectly to our particular brand of touring allowing us to start, or finish, each day by rail. Glasgow itself is vibrant, full of life and stacked full of interesting architecture. It even has a metro system, The Clockwork Orange, which we will of course use.