Firth of Forth Steam & Cruise
28th May 2017
Price per person:
£25 per person per night single supplement.
Take in the magnificent views of the Forth Road Bridge and the world-famous Forth Railway Bridge built in the Victorian era. The beautiful panoramas of the Edinburgh skyline to the south and the Kingdom of Fife to the north.
Stirling is dominated by its impressive castle, perched on a 250-foot basalt rock that was formed by the rivers Forth and Clyde and the relatively small parcel of land between them. The ancient town of Stirling, on the main east-west route across Scotland, grew up around the castle. It lies in the heart of an area so turbulent in Scottish history it was called the 'cockpit of Scotland'.
One memorable battle fought here was the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314, when Robert I (the Bruce) defeated the army of Edward II of England and gained Scotland its independence. Another was the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297. Ever since the release of Mel Gibson's Braveheart, world attention has focused on the Scottish national hero William Wallace, a freedom fighter who became known as the 'hammer and scourge'.
Day 1 We start our journey north to our overnight hotel in Durham at the 4 star Redworth Hall.
Day 2 Today we continue our journey north to Stirling on our way we will have a mystery stop.
Day 3 We travel to Ayr, which is a popular seaside resort in south Ayrshire. In the afternoon we travel back to enable you to have some free time in Stirling.
Day 4 Today we step back in time and enjoy a truly memorable journey along the shores of the River Forth on the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway. Take time out to visit the gift shop and the Museum of Scottish Railways. In the afternoon we enjoy a trip on the unique Falkirk Wheel, an amazing feat of engineering and the world's first and only rotating boatlift.
Day 5 After breakfast we travel to Loch Katrine where the famous Scottish poet Sir Walter Scott will magic you back to Arthurian legends while you experience a Victorian steam-powered cruise on the beautiful Loch Katrine. In the afternoon we visit Glenturret Distillery, making whisky today the same way since 1775. Scotland's oldest distillery is the beating heart of The Famous Grouse. Discover how the distillery's Glenturret single malt is carefully blended with other grain and malt whiskies to create the UK's No.1 whisky, The Famous Grouse and sample some tantalising drams after.
Day 6 After breakfast we leave Stirling and head back to Durham to our overnight hotel at Redworth Hall.
Day 7 We depart Redworth Hall and continue our journey back to Essex, we will make suitable comfort stops on route.