Scottish Victorian Steam

Scottish Victorian Steam

We steam our way ahead on the Bo’ness & Kinneil historic railway, take a relaxing cruise on Loch Katrine aboard the Steamship SS Walter Scott, and experience the world’s first and only rotating boat lift.

Scotland is renowned throughout the world for its magnificent scenery, fascinating history and a wealth of visitor attractions. This superb holiday will take you on some wonderful nostalgic trips on some various modes of Victorian steam transport. We experience the world’s first and only rotating boat lift – the Falkirk Wheel, enjoy a cruise on board the Steamship SS Walter Scott on beautiful Loch Katrine and a train ride on the Bo’ness & Kinneil historic steam railway.



This charming old family run hotel takes centre stage on the green in the conservation village of Drymen near Loch Lomond. Sensitively extended and refurbished it retains its traditional bars and log fires and offers a warm and friendly atmosphere. Facilities include the Merlin restaurant with its exposed brickwork and original beams, plus the cosy Ptarmigan bar and lounge. All bedrooms feature satellite TV, telephone and tea / coffee tray. Please note there is no lift but ground floor rooms are available.



  • We head to Falkirk to experience a boat trip with a difference. The steam powered Falkirk Wheel is a fascinating experience, a unique rotating boat lift built to link the Union Canal with the Forth and Clyde Canal some 35 metres above. We then drive to Bo’ness to take our seats for a nostalgic steam train ride on the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway. Our journey will take us along the southern shore of the Firth of Forth from Bo’ness to Manuel and return with reserved seats in the dining car and traditional afternoon tea served during the journey.


  • We take a drive into the beautiful scenery of the Trossachs, a delightful area of lochs and mountains known as ‘Scotland in Miniature’. We head to Loch Katrine where we have an included lunch at the Brenachoile Restaurant, then board the Steamship SS Walter Scott for a two hour afternoon cruise along the full length of the loch.


  • We make our way to the Loch Lomond Shores Visitor Centre where there will be some time to explore then in the afternoon enjoy a Tea Dance on board the Steamship Maid of the Loch. (Please note this ship is permanently moored and does not sail).



  • Four nights accommodation with dinner and breakfast

  • A ride on the Falkirk Wheel

  • Steam train journey with afternoon tea.

  • Cruise on Loch Katrine and lunch at a lochside restaurant

  • Afternoon tea dance

  • Two nights' entertainment

  • Return travel by luxury coach.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Abergele Abergele, Bowling Green Bus Stop
Bangor, Nelson Pub Bangor, Bus Stop Opposite Nelson Pub
Bangor, Pontio Centre Bangor, Pontio Centre Bus Stop
Bethel Bethel, Primary School Bus Stop
Bontnewydd Bontnewydd, Bus Stop Near Chip Shop
Bryngwran Bryngwran, School Entrance
Caergeiliog Caergeiliog, Outside Sportsmans Pub
Caernarfon, Campbell Road Caernarfon, Bus Stop Bottom of Campbell Road
Caernarfon, Leisure Cent. Caernarfon, Bus Stop opposite Leisure Centre
Caernarfon, Morrisons Caernarfon, Morrisons Bus Stop
Caernarfon, Waterloo Port Caernarfon, Waterloo Port Bus Stop
Caernarfon, Y Glyn Caernarfon, Y Glyn Bethel Road
Chester Chester, Holiday Inn South Hotel Bus Stop
Colwyn Bay Colwyn Bay, Railway Station Bus Stop
Criccieth, Medical Centre Criccieth, Medical Centre Bus Stop
Deganwy Deganwy, Railway Station Bus Stop
Ewloe Ewloe, Outside St David's Park Hotel
Gaerwen Gaerwen, Stermat Car Park
Gwalchmai Gwalchmai, Opposite Clock
Halkyn Halkyn, Outside Billy Jeans
(Springfield Hotel Return Drop Off Point)
Holyhead Holyhead, Bus Stop Outside Ferry Terminal Entrance
Llanberis, Maes Padarn Llanberis, Bus Stop Opposite Maes Padarn
Llanberis, Spar Llanberis, Outside Spar Shop
Llandegai Llandegai, Penrhyn Castle Entrance
Llandudno Llandudno, Mostyn Broadway Coach Park Bus Stop
Llandudno Jct. New Road Llandudno Junction, New Road Bus Stop
Llanfairfechan Llanfairfechan, Castle Bridge Bus Stop
Llanfairpwll Llanfairpwll, Pringles Car Park
Llangefni Llangefni, Church Street Bus Stop
Llanrug Llanrug, Arvonia Garage
Menai Bridge Menai Bridge, Library Bus Stop
Northop Northop, Red Lion Pub Bus Stop
Old Colwyn Old Colwyn, Church Walks Bus Stop
Opposite The Plough Inn
Penmaenmawr Penmaenmawr, Llys Clwyd Bus Stop (Opposite Spar)
Penrhyn Bay Penrhyn Bay, Post Office
Penygroes Penygroes, Crossroads (Outside Victoria Hotel)
Porthmadog Porthmadog, Tesco Bus Stop
Pwllheli Pwllheli, Bus Station
Rhos on Sea, Cayley Arms Rhos on Sea, Bus Stop Opposite Cayley Arms
Rhos on Sea, Hickorys Rhos on Sea, Bus Stop Opposite Hickorys Restaurant
St. Asaph St. Asaph, Bus Stop Outside Petrol Station
Valley Valley, Opposite Valley Hotel
Wrexham, Northbound Wrexham, Taxi Stand King Street
(Taxi Feeder Service)
Y Felinheli, St. Marys Y Felinheli, St Mary's Church Bus Stop
Y Felinheli, Victoria Y Felinheli, Victoria Hotel Bus Stop

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