Holidays and short breaks are changing as they become more specialised and niche. This year, many readers have been intrigued to try a classic steam break themed holiday in Scotland.
Steam locomotion has an enduring fascination for many of us and combined with the wonderful scenery of Scotland it becomes utterly irresistible.
Due to popular demand, extra 2016 departures have just been added to one of the most popular Press & Journal Travel holidays: A Classic Scottish Steam Break. We take a look at the different aspects which come together for a fantastic short-break…
Travelling on the famous Fort William to Mallaig line, on board the Jacobite steam train is one of the most spectacular railway journeys in the world. “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 takes you over the massive Glenfinnan viaduct overlooking Loch Sheil, where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard in 1745.
The Waverley is 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, cafe, bar and souvenir shop. The sailing ‘Doon ra Watter’ from Helensburgh to Tighnabruaich is a popular route.
Cruising on Loch Katrine, the steam ship SS Sir Walter Scott is the only surviving screw steamer in regular passenger service in Scotland. The grand old lady has been sailing majestically on Loch Katrine since 1900. She was launched in 1899 and today retains her original engines, which are powered by steam using smokeless solid fuel.
The Falkirk Wheel is the world’s first rotating boat lift. Journey on the water at New Port Downie from where you can sail into the Falkirk Wheel. Enjoy the truly spectacular scenery as the wheel commences its graceful ascent to join the Union Canal 35m above.
Due to popular demand – two new departures have been released for 2016 – 23 August & 14 October. Both dates have departures by coach from Aberdeen, Stonehaven or Perth.