Scotish Railway Adventure

Highland and Lowland 
Railway Adventure
Sunday 23rd September 2018
8 days

£675 per person sharing
Single supplement £35
Discount for NT members £10

Door to door service.
Half Board Accommodation

Journey on the Borders Railway Tweedbank to Edinburgh.
Journey on the West Highland Railway Crianlarich to Fort William.
Journey on the Ayrshire Coast Railway Stranraer to Troon.
Visit to Culzean Castle.
Visit to the National Railway Museum York
Train in Station
Day 1 (Sunday): Ripon & Newcastle

Travel North to where there will be approximately 21/2 hours free time to wander around this lovely town of Ripon with its Cathedral and Market Square, typical of a small Yorkshire Town. Then on to the Caledonian Hotel in Newcastle upon Tyne for our first night. 
Day 2 (Monday): Borders Railway and Edinburgh

Depart the hotel at 08:30 and drive through the Northumbria National Park to Tweedbank Railway Station the beginning of the newly re-opened Borders Railway Line that follows the old Waverley Route closed in 1969. The train will then take you through the attractive Countryside of the Scottish borders to Edinburgh, a distance of 35 miles,. 

Alight the train at Waverley Station in Edinburgh where there will be approximately 2 hours free time before re-boarding the coach that will take you to Arrochar for the next 2 nights at Loch Long Hotel.
View from Horseshoe Curve
Day 3 (Tuesday): West Highland Railway and Fort William

The second railway journey starts at Crianlarich a relatively short coach journey from the hotel. The West Highland route is arguably the most picturesque railway Line in the United Kingdom as it wends its way to Fort William, a journey of approximately 11/2 hours. 

After passing Tyndram the train navigates the  impressive loop known as “Horseshoe curve” . Then onward through the Bridge of Orchy and across Rannoch Moor. The train will stop at Corrour, the highest and most remote halt in the UK over 9 miles from the nearest road. Leaving Corrour the train passes the picturesque Loch Treig . Then approaching Roy Bridge,there are views of waterfalls and beautiful Monessie Gorge on the left hand side of the train. The end of the journey sees a gradual descent into Fort William. 

Free time in Fort William before re-boarding the coach and returning to Loch Long., via the Pass of Glencoe

Day 4 Wednesday: Scenic route to Stranraer via Luss and Ayr

Leaving Loch Long the drive takes us along the shores of Loch Lomond with a stop at the village of Luss, on the shore of Loch Lomond. The village is said to be one of the most picturesque in Scotland. Journeying on Southwards, skirting Glasgow, to the seaside resort of Ayr where we will take a break before continuing to Stranraer for a 3 night stay at the North West Castle Hotel.
Pass of Glencoe
Stranraer Castle
Day 5 (Thursday): Stranraer

No coach or train journeys today. Today is a free day to do as you please. 

In Stranraer there is the Castle of St John which is a small Tower with an interesting history told by information boards inside. It also offers some great views over Stranraer from the top of the tower (free to enter). Castle Kennedy Gardens are a short taxi ride (about 10 minutes ) from Stranraer , 75 acres of gardens, woodlands and spectacular scenery (admission £5.50* adult, £4.50*senior, * 2017 prices quoted). There is a walking tour available on the Stranraer Dumfries and Galloway Website, or you might just like to while away your time on the sea front where you will find beaches as well as the Terminal serving Ferries to Ireland.
Day 6 Friday Ayr Coast Railway , Scottish Maritime Museum and Culzean Castle

Early start this morning for a short walk from the hotel to catch the 08:58 train from Stranraer to Troon. The journey follows the Ayrshire coast on a journey of approx. 11/2hours passing through Burn’s Country to the North of Stranraer. 

On arrival at Troon re-join the coach that will take you to the Maritime Museum in Irvine, where you can learn about Scotland’s importance to Maritime history.  

Culzean Castle is the afternoon destination which has 40 buildings to explore, including many follies as well as the main Castle. Inside the castle is one of Robert Adams’s best works the “oval staircase” which forms the centre piece to the castle. If Historic buildings are not for you, then there are gardens, woods and beaches to explore with some spectacular views.
Culzean Castle
Gretna Green
Day 7 (Saturday): Scenic tour across to Gretna Green and over the Pennines

Leaving Stranraer behind there is a delightful journey through Dumfries and Galloway, Stopping at Gretna Green around lunch time.

Leaving Gretna there is a short Motorway Journey before turning Left and travelling over the Pennines towards Darlington and our unusual hotel, The St George Hotel, which was a former RAF building.
Day 8 (Sunday): National Rail Museum and Home

Homeward bound today, there is a visit to the National Rail Museum in York to round off our Railway themed holiday. 

Leaving York the aim is to be transferring passengers to their respective taxis around 6:00—6;30p.m.

Please Note: 

  • All rail journeys are by scheduled services noted for their scenery, they are not preservation lines and do not have steam hauled locomotives.  
  • there are a maximum of 4 singles available on this holiday , which will be single rooms, in most hotels (not single occupancy in a twin or double room).
  • The walk from the hotel in Stranraer to the Railway Station is approximately 600 yards.

Caledonian Hotel Newcastle upon Tyne 
 3* Georgian Hotel with a Contemporary interior. 
Access is via steps into the reception.

Rooms have: 
  • en-suite facilities, 
  • Flat screen TV, 
  • hairdryer, 
  • ironing facilities,
  • Hospitality tray.

North West Castle Hotel  Stranraer
3* family owned hotel, steeped in history.
located in the Port Rodie area of Stranraer. 

Rooms are in the main hotel and adjacent annex. 

Rooms have: 
  • en-suite facilities, 
  • Trouser Press, 
  • Tea & Coffee Making facilities, 
  • Complimentary mineral water. 
  • Lift to all floors in the main hotel.
Loch Long Hotel :  Arrochar
 3* Hotel offering magnificent views over the surrounding countryside. 

Rooms have: 
  • en-suite facilities, 
  • tea & coffee making facilities, 
  • Flat screen TV and 
  • free wifi. 
  • Lift to all floors.

St George Hotel: Darlington
 3* Hotel on two floors. 
Situated on Durham Tees Valley Airport. 
The Hotel is in a former RAF building and includes a museum of memorabilia of RAF Middleton. 

Rooms have: 
  • en-suite facilities, 
  • HD TV, 
  • Free wifi, 
  • welcome tray.

What is included in your holiday:

  • Door to Door Service 
  • Half Board Accommodation at hotels specified
  • Three Rail Journeys as specified
  • Entrance to Culzean Castle (National Trust Members need to show membership cards)
  • Services of a tour manager throughout

What is not included: 

  • Drinks other than tea/coffee with breakfast/dinner.
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Entrance fees to attractions not specified
  • Hotel Porterage

To book a £45 deposit per person is required . Final Payment required by the 27th July. Bookings after 27th July will require full payment at time of booking.
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