Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 – Friday, May 17th, 2019
Join the Friends of the 261 on a once in a lifetime holiday in Scotland. This 10-day Holiday in some truly spectacular Scottish Highland Scenery will be a magical tour. We will travel by steam train in private luxury rail cars and stay in four & five-star hotels. The tour allows for plenty of private time to sight see and will offer extra guided tours of some of Scotland most famous attractions.
Our steam power will be the world famous Flying Scotsman and Class B1 Mayflower. This is the first time Flying Scotsman has been to Northern Scotland since its overhaul. In Fort William, passengers will enjoy the Jacobite Railway and travel by steam locomotive over the Glenfinnan Viaduct made famous in the movie Harry Potter to the sea side village of Mallaig.
Flying Scotsman on the Border Bridge
The journey to Dunrobin hugs the coastline
The Jacobite train on the Glenfinnan ‘Harry Potter’ Viaduct
Ullswater, Lake District
5 Star Pullman Class $4,995 per person Double occupancy
$5,995 Single Occupancy 4 Star Premier Class $3,995 per person Double Occupancy
$4,695 Single Occupancy
For Booking and Info contact
Steve Sandberg at 651-688-7320 or [email protected]
Day 1: Wednesday May 8th Arrive London.
Flights arrive from the United States, most fights arrive from the US traveling overnight to London. Upon arrival we will check into the Marriott St. Pancras or the Luxurious Great North Hotel. Both Hotels are located next to London’s King Cross station, in the heart of London. This afternoon you are free to explore the sights and sounds of London.
Day 2: Thursday May 9th, London to Edinburgh with Flying Scotsman.
Leaving from Kings Cross station we join the Flying Scotsman in York to travel on a beautiful stretch of railway along the East Coast Mainline. Enjoy beautiful vistas including Durham Cathedral, the Angel of the North, Holy Island and over the Royal Border Bridge into Edinburgh.
Day 3: Friday May 10th Edinburgh to Inverness with the Flying Scotsman.
After breakfast in our hotel, we set out mid-morning over the World Heritage site, the Forth Bridge with the Flying Scotsman. Our route will then take us via Perth or if permitted, over the Tay Bridge to stop at Aberdeen. We travel that evening across the north east of Scotland to the capital of the highlands.
Day 4: Saturday May 11th Inverness to Dunrobin castle or day of leisure.
Locomotive B Class Mayflower will take us north across the beautiful scenery to the famous castle of Dunrobin. Where we will have time to explore the magnificent castle and grounds, home to the Earls of Caithness.
Passenger who wish to remain in Inverness will be offered a choice of excursion such as Cawdor Castle, Culloden Battlefield, Urquhart castle or a boat trip on Loch Ness.
Day 5: Sunday May 12th Optional Day trip to Kyle of Lochalsh.
After breakfast in your hotel, the Mayflower will haul the train on one of the great railway journeys of the world across the highlands with breathtaking sceneries from the West Coast to the Kyle of Lochalsh. Passengers have the option to visit the iconic Eilean Donan Castle before the return to Inverness.
Day 6: Monday May 13th Inverness to Fort William.
After breakfast in the hotel, we depart for a full day of steam to Fort William. Leaving Inverness, we will be double headed by the Flying Scotsman and Mayflower as we head up across the mainline with its steep switchback gradients. After passing through this beautiful Highland scenery with snow still on the tops of the mountains, we descend into the lowlands where the Flying Scotsman leaves us and are joined by Stanier Black 5. Mayflower and Stanier Black 5 will be double headed across the West Highland Line and Rannoch Moor to Fort William.
Passenger who wish to, can transfer by coach between Inverness and Fort William, which takes less than 2 hours.
Day 7: Tuesday May 14th Day of leisure in Fort William.
Explore on your own or choose to join an optional excursion.
The Jacobite – Travel on the Jacobite steam engine across the world-famous Glenfinnan Viaduct to the far north west terminus of Mallaig.
There will also be optional excursions likely to include a cruise on Loch Linnhe, a trip to Glencoe, Neptune’s staircase and the Glenfinnan Viaduct or a day trip to Iona or Mull.
Day 8: Wednesday May 15th Fort William to the Lakes District.
We leave Fort William double headed with Mayflower and Stanier Black 5 across the West Highland Line to the Firth of Clyde. Here the Mayflower will take the train unassisted past Glasgow over the Fells past Beattock and Carlisle into Penrith, where we disembark for two nights in the Northern Lakes.
Day 9: Thursday May 16th Optional Excursion in the Lake District.
Day of leisure, or you may choose to join one of the optional excursions likely to include Dalemain House. A cruise by paddle steamer on Ullswater as well as the Ravenglass and Eskdale railway or Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway.
Day 10: Friday May 17th Penrith to London.
We will travel from Penrith to London with Mayflower. Our route will take us over Shap and down the West Coast Mainline with a stop at Crewe for coal and water. We arrive at London Euston for mid evening.