2022 Rail & Sail In The Western Highlands
A wonderful mix of rail and loch, this great Scottish holiday explores some fine scenic railway journeys and a lovely loch cruise. Based at the popular Winnock Hotel in the centre of the hillside village of Drymen, near the shores of beautiful Loch Lomond, enjoy a steamship cruise on Loch Katrine, a trip on the mechanical marvel of the Falkirk Wheel, a nostalgic journey on the Bo’ness & Kinneil steam railway and one of the most breath-taking Scottish train journeys from Dumbarton to Oban
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1 - After joining your holiday coach, drive northwards with suitable stops for lunch and refreshments. Arrive at your hotel in Drymen early evening, ready for your first evening meal together. DBB
Day 2 - 4 At leisure in Winnock Hotel, Drymen with three Included excursions. Two evenings’ live entertainment in the hotel
Loch Katrine Steam Cruise on SS Sir Walter Scott
Travel into the Trossachs National Park via Aberfoyle to lovely Loch Katrine where you will enjoy a 2-hour relaxing cruise as you watch the natural wonder of the beautiful countryside gently slip by from aboard the steamship SS Sir Walter Scott. Named after Scotland’s much loved poet and author, this famous steamship captivates visitors with its intriguing 100 year history. Afterwards visit Callander, a pretty town on the River Teith, often described as the gateway to the Highlands
Falkirk Wheel & Bo’Ness & Kinneil Steam Railway
The iconic Falkirk Wheel is the world’s only rotating boatlift which connects the Forth & Clyde and Union canals. It was constructed to replace a series of 19th century lock gates and is the showpiece of the Millennium Link project which re-established coast-to-coast navigation of the canals. You will make the ascent and descent through the wheel with the entire boat trip lasting approx. one hour. Continue to Bo’Ness station for a trip on the heritage Bo’Ness & Kinneil steam railway with a traditional afternoon tea served on board. Relax and enjoy the scenic 10-mile return train journey to Manuel along the Forth Estuary, through woodlands, past waterfalls and over the Avon Viaduct. Bo’Ness station is also the site of the Museum of Scottish Railways (Note: there is a 500m level walk from the station to the museum buildings (or shorter route over a footbridge). Wheelchair users may find parts of the path challenging)
West Highland Line from Dumbarton to Oban
Head to Dumbarton this morning to board the ScotRail train to Oban to enjoy one of Scotland’s most scenic rail routes. This spectacular train journey (just over 2 1/2 hours) travels along Gare Loch through the Trossachs National Park. The train sweeps along the north edge of Loch Awe, in the shadow of Ben Cruachan. Look out for Kilchurn Castle, a 15th century ruin at the head of Loch Awe. The train then leaves the loch and pushes on along the River Awe towards Loch Etive. An unmissable adventure! There will be leisure time in Oban, a captivating harbour town full of Victorian charm and affording wonderful views of the hills of Mull
Day 5 - After breakfast, return homewards, arriving back at your local joining points early to mid-eveningBack to top
Winnock Hotel, Drymen
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Situated on the pretty village green in the conservation village of Drymen, the family-run 3* Winnock Hotel is situated just 4 miles from Loch Lomond. It offers excellent customer service,
cosy log fires and hearty Scottish cuisine.
There is a traditional bar area with an extensive range of speciality malt whiskies.
All 74 en-suite bedrooms come with TV, hairdryer and drinks facilities.
There is no lift but ground floor rooms are available (NB Dinner is served in the Capercaille Room on tables of 8)