Holidays 2022

Rail & Sail in the Western Highlands

Departs:
Sunday 12th June 2022 | 6 Days

Rail & Sail in the Western Highlands

Tour Price:
£629.00 per person

Your Holiday Centre

Drymen is an attractive village located in the beautiful Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. The park consists of 40 mountains ranging from 2500ft to over 3000ft, 22 lochs, 50 rivers and two forest parks, The Argyll Forest Park and the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.

The Campsie Fells hills are to the west of Drymen. A range of volcanic hills which hosts a variety of farmland, open moors, steep-flanked glens, attractive woodland and sparkling burns. The lovely village boasts spectacular views of Dumgoyne to the east and is just a short way from Loch Lomond to the west.

It is the perfect base to explore Scotland with Stirling and Glasgow just a short drive away. With all the natural features it is no wonder hundreds of tourists' flood through the park every year.

Tour Inclusions

  • All coach travel
  • 5 nights half board
  • Porterage
  • Entertainment on 2 evenings
  • Included excursions:
  • 2hr cruise on Loch Katrine
  • Ride on Falkirk Wheel
  • Bo'Ness and Kinneil Steam Railway
  • Afternoon tea
  • Cruise on Loch Lomond (2hrs)

Special Notes

  • Insurance.
  • Please inform us of any special dietary needs (diabetic, gluten free, vegetarian, etc).
  • Special requests are put forward to the hotel and they will do their utmost to accommodate your needs.
  • There are tea/coffee facilities in the rooms.
  • Itinerary could be subject to change.

Tour Price

Price Per Person
£629.00

Single Room Supplement: £95.00

Your Accommodation

The Winnock Hotel

The Square, Drymen, Glasgow. G63 0BL
Tel: 01360 660245

The Winnock Hotel is a beautifully, traditional family run hotel overlooking the village green. The cosy log fires will help you to relax after a long day of exploring the beautiful surrounding countryside.

The 74 comfortable en suite rooms are all well equipped with hairdryer, TV and tea and coffee making facilities.

The Merlin restaurant provides a more intimate setting for dinner complementing the hotels historic ambiance. For a more relaxed dinner the Capercaille room serves excellent Scottish cuisine and has a traditional bar area with an extensive selection of ales, spirits and wines and a speciality of over 70 malt whiskies.

A packed lunch will be provided on three days.

There is no lift but ground floor rooms are available.

Rail & Sail in the Western Highlands
Rail & Sail in the Western Highlands

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Depart Local Area

After boarding your luxury coach, we travel north with comfort stops en route. Still heading north, we cross the border into Scotland and head to Drymen and the Winnock Hotel where we will spend the next 4 nights' all inclusive. On arrival we have a welcome drinks reception while our cases are taken up to our rooms. Evening dinner is a three course, three choice menu, plus tea and coffee.

Day 2: Loch Katrine Steam Cruise

After breakfast we head into the Trossachs and the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park to enjoy a 2-hour relaxing cruise on Loch Katrine. As you watch the beautiful country side 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. We then retrace our steps back to the hotel.

Day 3: Falkirk Wheel & Steam Railway

After breakfast we visit the iconic Falkirk Wheel 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. Here you will have a boat trip on wheel and the canal. The 50-minute journey lifts the boat up to join the Union Canal 35m above and sails smoothly from the Falkirk Wheel onto the Union Canal before returning to your starting point at the Visitor Centre. Leaving on the coach from the Falkirk Wheel, we travel to Bo'Ness station for a round trip on the heritage Bo'Ness & Kinneil steam railway with a traditional afternoon cream tea served on board. The Museum of Scottish Railways is also included and there is a short walk over a footbridge or a 500m level walk from the station to the museum buildings. After a great day we return to Drymen and our hotel.

Day 4: Oban and the Western Highlands

After breakfast we head for Glasgow Railway Station. Considered by many to be the most scenic rail journey in the world, the West Highland Line leaves Glasgow behind and delves deep into the wild west coast. You'll travel through a daunting landscape of mountains, steep-sided lochs, and heather moors. Keep an eye out for red deer, silhouetted on a skyline or half-hidden in the heather. You'll pass some of the smallest, remotest stations on the network - a few buildings, and nothing more for miles around. And you'll be glad you've come by train, passing through country where no roads were ever built. There's a lot more to it than that, though. This is a side of Scotland you can only see from the train. 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 leaves the loch and pushes on along the River Awe towards Loch Etive. Look out for the frothing rapids at the Falls of Lora near Connell, before the train makes its way into Oban.

Day 5: Loch Lomond & Cruise

A day exploring Loch Lomond with a stop at Lomond Shores for shopping, followed by a 2 hour cruise on the loch discovering its hidden Islands.

Day 6: Depart for Home

After all the suitcases have been packed and loaded onto the coach we leave our hosts at the Winnock Hotel and head for home. With comfort stops on the way, we arrive back at your local area early evening.

The driver/guide will do their professional best to ensure that you enjoy this tour. It will be at their discretion to rearrange the itinerary to better the tour for your comfort.