Reader offer: Join Carol Kirkwood on a tour of Scotland on the real-life Hogwarts Express
Exclusive for Mail on Sunday readers: Join Carol Kirkwood on an exploration of the Trossachs by rail
For years, the wooded hills and glens and the crystal-clear lochs of The Trossachs in Scotland have inspired visitors from all corners of the globe. Now here’s your chance to experience the area on the world-famous Jacobite train – familiar to anyone who’s watched any of the Harry Potter films as the magical Hogwarts Express.
Travelling by steam train is a wonderful experience and there’s nowhere more atmospheric to do it than in the stunning highlands of Scotland.
On this exclusive four-day break, you’ll be joined by the weather presenter Carol Kirkwood, who grew up in the West Highlands.
Spectacular: On The Mail on Sunday’s exclusive four-day break you’ll experience the Trossachs on the famous Jacobite train – aka the Hogwarts Express – pictured here steaming across the Glenfinnan Viaduct
Mysterious: On the tour you’ll pass through Loch Morar, Britain’s deepest freshwater loch (pictured)
ABOUT OUR SPECIAL GUEST
You will be joined by Carol Kirkwood
Joining you in her native Scotland will be Carol Kirkwood the weather presenter. She has been forecasting for more than 20 years and danced with Pasha Kovalev in the 13th series of Strictly.
Your 41-mile steam-hauled journey starts near Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, passes its deepest freshwater loch, Loch Morar, and travels over the 21-arch Glenfinnan Viaduct to arrive on the shores of the Atlantic next to Loch Nevis, the deepest seawater loch in Europe.
You’ll pass through Morar, where Carol grew up, and she’ll tell stories of the Loch Morar monster, as well as her twice weekly train journey to school in Fort William.
Your packed itinerary also includes three unique boat rides: one on The Falkirk Wheel, a trip on picturesque Loch Katrine, and finally a cruise following the trail of Rob Roy on Loch Lomond.
Reasons to book
Ride the Jacobite: Frequently voted the world’s greatest scenic railway, you’ll puff past rugged scenery, craggy coastlines and beautiful lochs on a line which opened in 1901.
Stay in the Trossachs: The dramatic scenery here inspired artists such as Turner and Wordsworth and you’ll get a flavour of it as you’ll be staying in the centre of it at The Winnock Hotel, an 18th Century inn near Loch Lomond.
Travel with Carol Kirkwood: Weather presenter Carol will give a talk about her life, career, love of Scotland – and her thrilling experience as a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing. The region will be brought alive as Carol talks about what it was like growing up in Morar.
Scenic Lochs: Enjoy a cruise on Loch Lomond and hear the story of Scotland’s celebrated outlaw Rob Roy. You’ll also sail the waters of Loch Katrine.
The unique Falkirk Wheel: This, the world’s only rotating boat lift, will take you from the water at New Port Downie to the Union Canal 115ft (35 metres) above.
Scottish history: You’ll visit the mid-18th Century neo-Gothic Inveraray Castle, home of the Duke of Argyll, chief of the Clan Campbell.
- Return flights from London Stansted to Edinburgh, other airports available on request.
- Three nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast at The Winnock Hotel, Loch Lomond.
- Exclusive talk and Q&A session with Carol Kirkwood.
- Cruise on Loch Katrine.
- Ride on the Falkirk Wheel
- Visit to Inveraray Castle.
- Journey on The Jacobite from Fort William to Mallaig with Carol Kirkwood.
- Rob Roy Loch Lomond Discovery Cruise.
- Comfortable coach travel.
- Services of a Brightwater Holidays tour manager.
YOUR ITINERARY: DAY 1 Arrive in Edinburgh, The Falkirk Wheel and Carol Kirkwood talk DAY 2 Journey on The Jacobite with Carol DAY 3 Rob Roy cruise on Loch Lomond and Inveraray Castle DAY 4 Voyage on Lady of the Lake
HOW TO BOOK
The dates: October 20-23, 2022 The price: £1,395pp
CALL 01334 441 308 quoting MOS KIRKWOOD JUL22. To find out more, visit mailtravel.co.uk/scotlandwithcarol
TERMS AND CONDITIONS: *Prices correct at time of going to press. Based on twin/double share, single supplement of £120 applies. Flights from other airports and/or overnight accommodation before/after the tour available on request, at a supplement. Discount for no flights £100pp. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events and the overall itinerary may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Our travel partner, Brightwater Holidays, is ABTA-bonded and this trip is ATOL-protected. For full terms and conditions, go to mailtravel.co.uk/scotlandwithcarol.