May 1, 2022
First Class By Train In Combination With a Luxury Coach
8 days £995 including evening meals
This relaxed holiday features some of the best that Scotland has to offer including its wonderful capital city, its dramatic Highland scenery, its ancient castles and modern engineering triumphs.
First there’s the train journey and then, on the group’s first full day in Scotland you can choose between a free morning in Perth or visiting nerby Scone Palace, before heading into Glenshee via the stunningly scenic A93 to take a ride on the Cairnwell Chair Lift. The views from the top are spectacular, but you can stay in the cafe at the bottom if you prefer.
On Tuesday the coach drives eastwards as the programme combines visits to Glamis Castle, the childhood home of the late Queen Mother, and the new, strikingly designed Victoria & Albert Museum on the waterfront at Dundee.
Wednesday sees the group head northwards into the Highlands again to the picturesque town of Pitlochry, before continuing farther north to the Queen’s View and to Blair Atholl.
On Thursday, by way of contrast, the group travel southwards to take a trip on the remarkable Falkirk Wheel, the world’s only rotating boat lift. After this the group visit the nearby Kelpies, the world’s largest equine sculptures. Please note that anyone who went on last year’s Scotland Holiday can choose to visit Stirling instead.
On Friday there is a third scenic trip into the Highlands featuring Aberfeldy & Loch Tay
Finally, the homeward journey also features some great holiday highlights. First there is an extended comfort stop in Edinburgh and then, after over-nighting at a carefully chosen hotel in Northern England, there will be a yet to be decided stop somewhere interesting to break the southward journey on the last day.
- First Class Train Travel From London to Edinburgh Unencumbered by Luggage (The Luggage Follows On The Coach)
- Glenshee & The Cairngorms
- Glamis Castle
- The New V&A Museum Dundee
- Aberfeldy, Kenmore & Loch Tay
- The Falkirk Whell & Kelpies
- Pitlochry & Blair Atholl
- Scone Palace
- The Cairnwell Chair Lift
- Return journey via Edinburgh
- The 3* Royal George Hotel – Perth
Excellently situated in the centre of Perth, on the banks of the River Tay, and having previously welcomed Queen Victoria, the Royal George makes a brilliant sightseeing base for a Scottish Highlands holiday. All the bedrooms offer a very high level of comfort with private bathrooms, flat-screen TVs and WIFI. The hotel also has a lounge bar and a restaurant focussed on Scottish dishes using, whenever possible, locally sourced ingredients.
The Price Includes 1st Class Train Travel to Scotland – unencumbered by luggage, that follows on the coach.
On the way up to Scotland the group will travel by train while your luxury coach follows on with the luggage. Train travel eats up the miles and allows passengers to move around and admire the scenery. And, as we are in First Class, aside from there being more space and free WIFI, complimentary drinks and snacks are served to you in your seat, although there is nothing stopping you visiting the bar carriage if you wish to. Plus, with fewer passengers per coach, getting on and off is easier.
The luxury coach will drive you to London Kings Cross and before boarding there will be plenty of time to admire the brilliantly designed station, and the adjacent St Pancras, and have a meal. You should even be able to stroll into the station’s hinterland to witness one of the largest and most exciting urban redevelopments in Europe.
As for the journey, the 4 hours will go quickly as you pass sites like York Minster, Durham Cathedral, the beautiful Northumberland Coast, Lindisfarne and go over the 38 arched Royal Border Bridge that spans the Tweed in Berwick.
NB – Dinner is included each night in the hotel and the programme will be planned so that the time of arrival back at the hotel will allow for time to relax before sitting down to eat.
Sunday – The coach will depart Dorking at 08:00 and drive to Kings Cross Station where there will be time to have a late breakfast / early lunch before boarding the train for the 4 hour journey to Edinburgh on the East Coast Mainline, with the coach following with the bags. On arrival a local coach will meet you and drive to the Royal George Hotel in Perth where there will be time to freshen-up before dinner. Meanwhile the original coach will be making its way up to Scotland with the luggage and is scheduled to arrive before dinner.
Monday – After yesterday’s journey, you have the choice of a free morning in Perth, or a visit to Scone Palace which has played a central role in Scottish history and is located just outside Perth. In the afternoon the coach heads into the Cairngorms, and in particular the wild beauty of Glenshee. The trip will include a ride on the Cairnwell Chair Lift, the views from the top of which are quite simply stunning. Please note that anyone who prefers to, will be able to stay in the cafe at the bottom.
Tuesday – Heading eastwards today the first stop is Glamis Castle, the childhood home of the late Queen Mother. From here the group continue to Dundee to visit the new, strikingly designed Victoria & Albert Museum, the key element in the city’s waterfront redevelopment, along with the adjacent RRS Discovery. The coach will leave the hotel after breakfast and return by late afternoon.
Wednesday – Heading northwards into the Highlands the programme combines the popular tourist town of Pitlochry, the Queen’s View, and Blair Atholl, the ancestral home of the Duke of Atholl, the only person in Europe to have his own private army, the celebrated Atholl Highlanders. The coach will leave the hotel after breakfast and return by late afternoon.
Thursday – By way of contrast, the group visit the remarkable Falkirk Wheel that connects the Forth & Clyde Canal to the Union Canal by way of the world’s only rotating boat lift. Visitors are offered the chance to experience the wheel for themselves aboard one of the site’s own boats. From here the group drive 5 miles to The Kelpies, the world’s largest equine sculptures and now one of the most visited tourist attractions in Scotland, before returning to the hotel by mid-afternoon, giving the group the opportunity to see more of Perth.
Friday – Stunning Highland scenery is again the order of the day and, having set-off northwards, eastwards and southwards, the coach today heads westwards with a circular trip following a route via Crieff, Loch Earn, Loch Tay, Kenmore and Aberfeldy. The coach will leave the hotel after breakfast and return by mid-afternoon.
Saturday – Leaving the hotel after breakfast the coach will drive into Edinburgh to arrive by mid-morning. On the way we will pick-up a local guide for a carefully crafted tour of the Scottish capital (although anyone who wants to do their own thing will be free to do so). The coach will depart Edinburgh at 16:00 and drive to the hotel in the Newcastle area via the beautiful Northumbrian National Park.
Sunday – Alas it is time to head for home. The coach will depart the hotel after breakfast and start the drive south. En route the group will have a carefully selected sightseeing stop that is yet to be decided. The expected time of arrival back at the departure point is 20:30.
Exactly What’s Included
Luxury coach travel throughout
First class rail ticket from London to Edinburgh
Six nights at the Royal George Hotel in Perth
Hotel stop-over in Northern England on the way home
Full Scottish/English breakfasts in the hotel each morning
3 course evening meals in the hotels each evening
Half day trip to Glenshee with a ride on the Cairnwell Chair Lift
Visit to the new, multi-award winning V&A Museum in Dundee
Ticket for Glamis Castle
Visit to Pitlochry
Entrance to Blair Atholl
Scenic outing taking in Aberfeldy, Kenmore & Loch Tay
Ride on the Falkirk Wheel
Visit to Scone Palace
Porterage at the hotels
Coach drivers’ gratuity
Single Room £180 / Travel Insurance £50
On the final day the group will probably stop at an English National Trust property, Members enjoy free entry. Non-members will have the cost of entrance added to their final balance invoice.
Well Worth Visiting
The Cairngorms Mountains – The scenic coach trip into this beautiful area, even by Scottish standards, will take a route through Glenshee and include a ride on the Cairnwell Chair Lift (but if you prefer you can just have a coffee in the cafe at the bottom).
Glamis Castle – The picture-book childhood home of the late Queen Mother has been the home of the Lyon family since the 14th century, with the present building, the residence of the Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, dating largely from the 17th century.
The New Victoria & Albert Museum in Dundee – The first V&A outside of London opened in 2018 and has already won several major awards. If art and design are not your thing, you can visit the adjacent RRS Discovery, the first ship specially built to explore the polar regions. It returned to the city where it was built in 1986 having previously been moored on the Thames Embankment.
The Falkirk Wheel – The world’s only rotating boat lift ingeniously connects the Forth & Clyde Canal and the Union Canal.
The Kelpies – The world’s largest equine sculptures are deservedly one of the most visited attractions in Scotland.
Scone Palace – Built in local red sandstone, Scone has played a central role in Scottish history and was where Scottish Monarchs were crowned, including Robert the Bruce. The last coronation was of Charles II when he accepted the Scottish Crown in 1652.
Pitlochry – Styles itself as the heart of Scotland offering hospitality, clear sparkling air, beautiful scenery, rich clan history, fine food, plenty of space and lots to see and do, and the opportunity to see and admire the famous Queen’s View.
Blair Atholl – The ancestral home of the Dukes of Atholl is undoubtedly one of Scotland’s top tourist attractions.
Edinburgh – The guided tour of the Scottish capital will be one of the holiday highlights, but if you prefer to make your own arrangements that’s no problem.
The Interesting Stop in Northern England on the way home – The UK offers a wonderful choice of interesting stops that can provide both a welcome comfort break while simultaneously enhancing the itinerary.
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