Visit the Granite City of Aberdeen on this day trip from Edinburgh, steam hauled by Princess Coronation Class steam locomotive No.46233 Duchess of Sutherland.
The highlights of the day will be the passage over the world famous Forth Bridge and the attractive coastal line through Fife.
Our special train leaves Edinburgh Waverley steam hauled by No.46233 Duchess of Sutherland as we head for the world famous Forth Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You follow the scenic Fife coastline through Burntisland and Kirkcaldy, with outstanding views across the Forth estuary. Cutting inland via Thornton and Markinch, you pass through Ladybank and head across the Howe of Fife towards the Fair City of Perth.
Running along the north bank of the Tay through the Carse of Gowrie, we reach Dundee where Captain Scott’s Antarctic expedition ship ‘RRS Discovery’ is housed on the quayside. There are also views of the Tay road and rail bridges.
Leaving the Tay estuary, you follow the coast towards Arbroath, famous for its culinary ‘Smokies’. There are steep gradients to negotiate as we head away from Arbroath through Lunan Bay to Montrose. The Aberdeen line was one of the last stamping grounds of the Gresley A4 Pacifics that worked the crack expresses from Glasgow in 3 hours. Reaching Montrose, which sits on a land-locked lagoon, you move inland through the Howe of Mearns via the former Caledonian Railway’s line to reach the North Sea again at Stonehaven. This section of line includes more severe gradients that will require some hard work from our steam locomotive and its crew to keep to the schedule.
Your route follows the coastline before entering the ‘Granite City’ of Aberdeen, where you’ll have around two hours to sightsee and shop, before your steam locomotive departs Aberdeen around 15:40. We shall now retrace our outward route back to Edinburgh, arriving there around 21:00.
Premier Dining includes a full English breakfast and four course dinner silver served at your seat.
First Class includes morning tea or coffee with a bacon/breakfast roll, a Danish pastry and an afternoon service of tea or coffee with a savoury of the day followed by a scone with butter and jam.
Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four.
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