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West Scotland Steam Railway Holiday

PS Waverley

Clyde Cruiser

Steam afloat on P.S. Waverley

Holiday date: Friday, 16th June 2023
UK
Scotland
6 days for  £1099 per person
£2198 for two people sharing
Single supplement £200
Tour reference: CC6/1

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!

Holiday Highlights

Day out cruising aboard P.S. Waverley
A visit to the Isle of Arran for a distillery and a castle
Trams at Summerlee and steam at Bo’Ness
Touring the Trossachs with a cruise on Loch Katrine
Going underground with The Clockwork Orange
Marvel at the engineering genius of The Falkirk Wheel

Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 - Friday

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.

Meals: Dinner
By Stephan Steinbach - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=71141101
Day 2 - Saturday

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.

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner
By John Gibson, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=13200296
Day 3 - Sunday

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.

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner
Day 4 - Monday

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.

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner
By Chris McLean, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=450282
Day 5 - Tuesday

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.

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
By william craig, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=510624
Day 6 - Wednesday

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.

Meals: Breakfast
By Cutkiller2018 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=72446860

Railways

Coming soon!

Our Hotel(s)

4 Star

The Central Hotel, Glasgow

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.

Features and Facilities

Free WiFi
Non-smoking rooms
Bar
Restaurant
Concierge service
Free toiletries
Hairdryer
Flat-screen TV
Telephone
Wake-up service
Lift

What's included

Transport

All heritage railway rides
All public transport journeys, in standard class accommodation
Private coach transfers throughout the holiday

Entertainment

All entrances
Detailed itinerary/information pack
Services of courier throughout

Accommodation

Hotel accommodation on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis

What's not included

Travel to/from the holiday start point
Personal holiday insurance
Porterage
Lunches
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