Australian Historical Railway Society Inbound Tour

Autumn Wonderland on North Yorkshire Moors Railway
Edinburgh
Edinburgh Castle
Glasgow Riverside
Jacobite Steam Railway Fort William - © Bob Cable
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Keighley and Worth Valley Railway
Kyle of Lochalsh Station, Scotland - © www.shutterstock.com/Nicholas Peter Gavin Davies
Settle and Carlisle Railway - © Northern Rail
Settle and Carlisle Railway - © Northern Rail
York Minster

Holiday Highlights

  • North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Middleton Railway, Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, Jacobite Railway, Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway
  • Stunning scenic rail journeys
  • York Railway Museum
  • Captain Cook Memorial Museum
  • RSS Discovery
  • Falkirk Wheel
  • Time to explore York, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Dundee and Aberdeen
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Ffestiniog Travel are delighted to create a unique group tour for the Australian Historical Railway Society who want to visit the UK and tour the wonderful railways of the North of England and Scotland in May 2020. The large party of up to 20 members will be able to enjoy the wild and scenic part of the North and Scotland courtesy of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, West Highland Line and the Kyle of Lochalsh Line.

ITINERARY

Day 1 – Arrival and York

Members of the Australian Historical Railway Society will arrive at Manchester Airport and travel by rail to York for a 2-night stay at the Hampton by Hilton Hotel, located overlooking the city’s Roman walls and opposite York Railway Museum with the historic centre just a 10 minute walk away. After checking in, the afternoon is free to enjoy the city or visit the famous National Railway Museum, a 5 minute walk from the hotel.

Day 2 – North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Today begins with a short one hour journey by private coach to Pickering for the group to enjoy a steam-hauled return trip on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway to Whitby. Arriving in Whitby late morning there is plenty of time to enjoy this lovely seaside town. Whitby is famous for its ruined Gothic Abbey, inspiration for Bram Stoker’s novel “Dracula”. The nearby Church of St. Mary can be reached by 199 steps and at The Captain Cook Memorial Museum, in the house where Cook once lived, there are lots of paintings and maps on display. West of town is West Cliff Beach, lined with beach huts.

Day 3 – National Railway Museum

A day to spend at the National Railway Museum, home of Britain’s locomotive history with an unrivalled collection of engineering brilliance. Having checked out of the hotel in the morning and stored luggage for the day the group will board a late afternoon train to Leeds, their base for the next 3 nights at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, situated in the waterside Granary Wharf area, a 2 minute walk from Leeds Railway Station and a 7-minute walk from the city centre shops.

Day 4 – The Middleton Railway

A short 30 minute journey by private coach to the Middleton Railway - the world's oldest working railway. The day includes a train ride (steam loco requested) tour of the museum and workshop and a private talk on the history of the railway. Refreshments and buffet lunch included. Return to the hotel after lunch.

Day 5 – Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

A morning train to Keighley to spend the day at the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway which includes a return journey on the train, a tour of the Haworth shed and an expert informative guide for the day. Return to Leeds by train late afternoon.

Day 6 – To Glasgow via Settle & Carlisle Line

Travel by rail to Glasgow, via Carlisle in order to enjoy a scenic journey on the Settle and Carlisle line. Arrive in Glasgow mid-afternoon for a 2-night stay at the Ibis Styles Glasgow Centre in George Square, just a 7-minute walk from Glasgow Central Train Station. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the nearby Buchanan Galleries or explore the city via its subway system - it only takes 24 minutes to do a full circuit of all 15 stations.

Day 7 – Explore Glasgow

A day at leisure to explore Scotland’s second city – ride its subway and visit some of its impressive art galleries and museums.

Day 8 – West Highland Line

After a leisurely morning the group travel along the West Highland Line across Rannoch Moor to Fort William. 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. En route to Mallaig the train crosses the Glenfinnan Viaduct – famous for its appearance in the Harry Potter films.


You see parts of Scotland that can only be seen from the train – this scenic railway journeys north along the west coast, through Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. The line splits at Crianlarich, carrying you either past Loch Awe to Oban, or high up to Rannoch Moor, through remote wilderness and on to Fort William and Mallaig. The group will arrive in Fort William late afternoon for an overnight stay at the Travelodge.

Day 9 – The Jacobite

Return to Fort William railway station this morning where the group leave their luggage before taking the famous Jacobite steam train to Mallaig and back. There is time in Mallaig to enjoy lunch (not included) before returning to Fort William late afternoon. A private coach will transport the group to Inverness for a 3-night stay at the Best Western Palace Hotel, located on the banks of the River Ness and only a 5-minute walk from Inverness city centre.

Day 10 – Kyle of Lochalsh

A return journey on the famous Kyle of Lochalsh line today. The group will be issued with open rail tickets to enable members to return independently at their leisure. The rail journey takes you coast to coast across the Highlands, in the shadows of mountains and forests, beside bright lochs and wide open moors.

The Kyle line draws a wide arc from Inverness to the shores of Loch Alsh, taking in spectacular Highland scenery – and finishing with magnificent views of Skye. Just outside Inverness lies Dingwall, a pretty market town that’s perfect for a stop off or a connection to the Far North Line. From there, the train takes you past lochs and moors as you travel through the Highlands. Keep an eye out for one of the most distinctive mountain ranges in Scotland, the Torridon Peaks, looming out of the north. On the final stretch of the journey, the train picks its way along the coast south to Loch Alsh. The group arrive back in inverness late afternoon.

Day 11 – The Far North Line to Thurso & Wick

This return journey ventures north from Inverness, tracing the North Sea coast past distilleries, salmon rivers and golf courses to Thurso and the once-mighty fishing port of Wick. The journey shows how wild and remote Scotland can be. The peat bog stretches for miles and the train stops at the most unlikely stations on its way to the country’s northernmost train station, Thurso. You’ll see the vast expanse of the Flow Country, one of the RSPB’s prize peat habitats – and cross the finest salmon fishing rivers in Scotland. Arrive back into Inverness late afternoon.

Day 12 – Via Aberdeen & Dundee to Edinburgh

Morning departure by train to Aberdeen, arriving early lunchtime and, after storing luggage at the station, spend a few hours exploring the town. The Aberdeen Maritime Museum is only a 5-minute walk from the railway station and free to enter. It tells the story of the city's long relationship with the sea and houses a unique collection covering shipbuilding, fast sailing ships, fishing and port history. It is also the only place in the UK where you can see displays on the North Sea oil and gas industry. The award winning museum offers visitors a spectacular viewpoint over the busy harbour. Alternatively, walk down the mile long Union Street (also steps away from the station), which is lined with classic granite buildings. Depart Aberdeen mid-afternoon for Dundee.

There will be time in Dundee to see The Royal Research Ship (RRS) Discovery which is moored at Discovery Point, just steps away from the railway station. Built in the city in 1900, RRS Discovery carried Captain Scott on his first expedition across the Antarctic. She was constructed in Dundee and returned home in 1986. Audiovisual shows, computer-based interactive experiences and displays transport you to Antarctica. Follow in the footsteps of Captain Scott and his crew on one of the most heroic voyages ever undertaken. Depart Dundee late afternoon and arrive in Edinburgh early evening and transfer to the Jurys Inn Hotel in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town, right beside the Royal Mile and less than a 5-minute walk from Waverly Train Station.

Day 13 – Explore Edinburgh

A day at leisure to travel on Edinburgh’s trams, visit the castle, its various museums or take a look around the Royal Yacht Britannia.

Day 14 – Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway

A day’s excursion beginning with a morning pick-up by private coach to transfer the group to The Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway for a return journey with additional time to visit the Museum and have lunch at the cafe (not included). After lunch the group travel to the Falkirk Wheel Visitor Centre to enjoy a 50 minute boat trip which includes a lift up to and part travel on the Union Canal. The Falkirk Wheel is a rotating boat lift in central Scotland, connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. It reconnects the two canals for the first time since the 1930s. It opened in 2002 as part of the Millennium Link project.

Day 15 – Return Home

Morning check out to travel home by rail to Manchester airport.

Selected Hotels

Hampton by Hilton, York

DoubleTree by Hilton, Leeds

Ibis Styles Glasgow Centre, Glasgow

Travelodge, Fort William

Best Western Palace Hotel, Inverness

Jurys Inn Hotel, Edinburgh

Please note - hotels can be subject to change

Price Includes

  • 14 nights' accommodation in good quality hotels on a B&B basis (NB. V basic at Travelodge)
  • All mainline rail journeys as outlined above
  • Excursions as listed (North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Middleton Railway, Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, Jacobite Railway, Kyle of Lochalsh Line, Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway plus Museum)
  • Coach transfers as specified (to Pickering, to Middleton and to Inverness) and day trip by coach from Edinburgh

Price per person

Based on 10 pax + 2 FOC* £2,366 per person (based on sharing a twin/double room)

Based on 15 pax + 2 FOC* £2,167 per person (based on sharing a twin/double room)

Based on 20 pax + 2 FOC* £2,058 per person (based on sharing a twin/double room)

Supplement for Single-Occupancy - £995 per person

*1 x single occupancy room, 1 x ½ double occupancy room

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