A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

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A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

4 Days Starting in Lime Rd, Falkirk FK1 4RS, UK and ending in Callander FK17, UK

Visiting: The Falkirk Wheel, Union Canal, Fort William, Mallaig, Glenfinnan Viaduct, Tarbet, Rest and be Thankful Viewpoint, Inveraray Castle, Loch Katrine, Trossachs, Callander

Tour operator:

Brightwater Holidays

Tour code:

BSTH

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

6 - 25

Physical rating:

Low, Gentle

Age range:

1-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Vegans, Meat, Please contact Brightwater with any specific dietary requirements

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Sailing, UK tours by Coach

Interests:

Cultural, History, Rail Tours

Activities:

Sightseeing

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$1053
$1001 (USD) The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$53

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Tour Overview

Our Classic Scottish Steam Break has been a best-seller for years, thanks to the unbeatable combination of steam, scenery and nostalgia. On this new variation we will be based in the 4-star Stirling Highland Hotel, which uniquely is set within a former school, a charming Victorian building with its own rooftop observatory, in the heart of historic Stirling. As well as luxurious rooms with traditional Scottish interiors, the hotel offers an extensive spa and fitness suite, with four treatment rooms, a 17 metre indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym. So, if you may have over-indulged in the restaurant or the bar, there’s no excuse not to have a refreshing pre-breakfast swim or workout!



The tour includes our classic combination of four excursions. The Jacobite Steam Train, from Fort William to Mallaig, is one of the longest steam-hauled rail journeys available in Britain today, an 84-mile round trip through some spectacular scenery, which features an impressive list of superlatives. It starts near Britain’s highest mountain, (Ben Nevis), passes its most westerly mainland railway station, (Arisaig), deepest freshwater loch, (Loch Morar), shortest river, (River Morar) and finally arrives next to the deepest seawater loch in Europe, (Loch Nevis). ‘Concrete Bob’ McAlpine’s 21-arch Glenfinnan viaduct is just one of the engineering marvels we encounter on our journey, which is made all the more enjoyable by the sound and fury of the steam locomotive at the head of our train, forging its way along the Iron Road to the Isles.



A gentler pace is set as we sail ‘Doon ra Watter’ on the world’s last seagoing paddle steamer, the PS Waverley*, still elegantly plying her trade on the Clyde. There can be no better way to enjoy the gentle beauty of the Argyll hills and the Kyles of Bute than from the deck of this grand old lady. We also enjoy a relaxed and informative cruise on the calm waters of Loch Katrine amid the spectacular scenery of the Trossachs.



Our tour begins with a unique boat journey on the Falkirk Wheel, the world’s first rotating boat lift. The Falkirk Wheel is part of the biggest canal restoration project ever undertaken in Britain, as a result of which the Union and the Forth & Clyde canals, both over 180 years old, are once again linked together and fully operational.



Subject to confirmation of the Waverley’s sailing schedule.

Highlights

  • Taking a spin on the Falkirk Wheel boat lift

  • Stunning views on the Jacobite steam train

  • Cruise the Firth of Clyde aboard the PS Waverley

  • A captivating sailing on Loch Katrine

  • Luxurious accommodation in the heart of historic Stirling

Places You'll See

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

A Classic Scottish Steam Break - Stirling Highland Hotel

Itinerary

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Day 1
Location: The Falkirk Wheel, Union Canal
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: 4-star Stirling Highland Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Depart from your chosen pick-up point and travel to the Falkirk Wheel, the world’s first rotating boat lift. We shall start the journey on the water at New Port Downie from where you will sail into the Falkirk Wheel. Enjoy the truly spectacular scenery as the wheel commences its graceful ascent to join the Union Canal 35m above. We sail along the Union Canal and under the historic Antonine Wall – the Roman’s most northern frontier – before you enjoy a wander through the Visitor Centre, where lunch is available (not included).
We continue to the 4-star Stirling Highland Hotel where Champagne will be served on arrival followed by dinner with wine.

Day 2
Location: Fort William, Mallaig, Glenfinnan Viaduct, Fort William
Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel
Accommodation Name: 4-star Stirling Highland Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner, Breakfast, Dinner

Today, following an early start, we will journey back in time on the Jacobite steam train and experience one of the most memorable and spectacular railway journeys in the world - the famous Fort William to Mallaig line following The Road to the Isles.  "The Jacobite" combines the romance of the steam era with the opportunity to drink in the stunning views of this wild and historic part of Scotland. From the slopes of Ben Nevis the line runs through rugged mountains, past sea and inland lochs and onto the shores of the Atlantic at Mallaig. The route also takes us over the massive Glenfinnan viaduct overlooking Loch Sheil, where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard in 1745. There is time to enjoy lunch (not included) in Mallaig, whether you choose fish and chips, crab sandwiches or freshly landed lobster. In the afternoon the train returns us to Fort William from where we continue by coach back to our hotel.

Day 3
Location: Tarbet, Rest and be Thankful Viewpoint, Inveraray Castle
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: 4-star Stirling Highland Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today following breakfast we will head for Kilcreggan* where we will commence our sail 'Doon ra Watter' on the world's last seagoing paddle steamer - The Waverley,* the last ocean-going paddle steamer plying its trade on the River Clyde. It was built in 1946 to replace the 1899 Waverley which was sunk at Dunkirk and is an extremely impressive sight with its immense 2100 horsepower steam engine. On board facilities include a self-service restaurant, cafe, bar and souvenir shop. We will leave the ship at Tighnabruaich where our coach will be waiting to take us back to the hotel, travelling over the "Rest and Be Thankful" and through stunning Argyll scenery. Dinner will be served at the hotel in the evening.
*Subject to confirmation of the Waverley’s sailing schedule.

Day 4
Location: Loch Katrine, Trossachs, Callander
Meals Included: Breakfast

Following breakfast we check out of the hotel and depart for a cruise on Loch Katrine, the tranquil freshwater loch which serves as Glasgow’s water supply. Sit back and relax on board the motor vessel Lady of the Lake as we glide across the water and savour the famed charms of The Trossachs, a highly scenic area of lochs, hills and woods.
Following our cruise we continue through The Trossachs to Callander, where there will be an opportunity for lunch (not included). Thereafter we return to our original departure points.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

  • Services of a professional tour manager

  • Comfortable coach travel throughout

  • Train travel

  • All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

  • Meals - as per the itinerary

  • Drinks with Meals

  • Entrance Fees

  • Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation

What's Not Included

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  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    Yes

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Will I receive more details of the holiday before I travel?

    You will receive detailed joining instructions around 10 days prior to you departure, but you are of course welcome to contact us at any time should you have any queries.

  • What facilities do your coaches have?

    Generally, our coaches have reclining seats, air-conditioning and toilets, however this cannot always be guaranteed as sometimes we have to use smaller vehicles. Toilets are recommended for emergency use only and regular comfort stops will be made throughout your holiday while travelling around.

  • Do I have to go on the included excursions?

    Absolutely not. You are more than welcome to spend the day at your hotel or exploring independently should you wish. All we ask is that you inform your Tour Manager, so they are not left waiting for you to join the group.

  • Is there time to relax?

    Although our itineraries may seem jam-packed, boasting access to some of the most exclusive sites across the UK and beyond, a Brightwater Holiday is just that: a holiday. Each trip will counter in more than enough free-time for you to explore places at your own leisure. And with most nights and the majority of meals being included in our tour prices, you can relax in hand-picked accommodation.

  • Do I need to be an expert?

    Absolutely not! Although some of our tours are specifically focused on one thing, all you need to enjoy a Brightwater holiday is interest and bags of enthusiasm! Even on our most specialist tours, we take travellers from all skill levels, from experts to beginners.

  • How fit or active do I need to be for one of your holidays?

    You need to be able to get on and off the coach unassisted, and most – but not all – coaches have a kneel facility that lowers the front step for ease of boarding

  • Do you have self-drive holidays?

    Yes, we do – tailored to your exact requirements!

  • What’s the luggage allowance on your coaches?

    There’s no fixed limit, but we generally say one large suitcase to go in the luggage compartment and a smaller bag that you can take onto the coach with you. For flight-inclusive holidays, we include a luggage allowance of at least 20kg.

  • Where are your departure points?

    UK garden holidays generally depart from London, with additional pick-ups depending on the route of the coach, while holidays to Scotland depart from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Perth, with Dundee, Inverness and Aberdeen sometimes included. All Eurostar holidays depart from London St. Pancras and flight-inclusive holidays depart from one or more of the main London airports, with regional flights .

  • What about the company that will be kept?

    For single travellers, those with a companion or even those travelling in a larger group, you'll find that the signature of any Brightwater Holiday is the company. You won't ever be travelling with a group of strangers, instead, you'll find yourself surrounded by like-minded people with a strong shared interest who will soon become your firm friends.

  • What is a Brightwater Holiday?

    Bursting with enthralling, educational and enlightening itineraries, a Brightwater Holiday, by its very nature, is packed with bucket-list-worthy destinations, behind the scenes passes and expert-led experiences. From creating bespoke quality garden and special interest tours for groups and individuals alike, we have made it our business to make our guests' travel dreams come true.

  • Why is there a single supplement?

    Unfortunately, single room supplements are charges that are often imposed on us as a company when we book rooms for group holidays. However, most hotels do charge less for single occupancy, and we always pass this saving on to our solo travellers in the form of a modest single supplement.

  • How much are your optional excursions?

    Prices start from as little as £20, but please contact our friendly team for questions about specific itineraries or excursions.

  • Can I pre-book my coach seats?

    Yes, you can. In the case of front seats, guests with limited mobility are given priority. Please get in touch with our friendly team to discuss any requirements you may have.

  • How to get there? Easy!

    With a Brightwater Holiday, the journey is just as important as the destination and we make getting you to your tour start point easy. From organising group flights and individual travel plans, to offering accessible local departure and pick-up points, we go out of our way to ensure that your journey is as convenient and hassle-free as it can be.

  • Do I need to have travel insurance?

    Travel insurance is required for all overseas holidays and is also strongly recommended for UK holidays – primarily to protect yourself against cancellation charges should you be unable to travel.

Reviews of this Operator

Trusted Customer  

Brightwater Holidays offers great value

28-Nov-2019

I would highly recommend Brightwater Holidays. It offers excellent service and value for money. This was my first tour as I normally arrange holidays myself, but this tour - which was to the gardens of Kent and Sussex - was a very pleasant change of pace.

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Brightwater Holidays Customer  

My experience with Brightwater Holidays

08-Aug-2019

The tour was well managed, the sites visited were all interesting and linked to the theme of the Picts and their place in history, the hotel was comfortable and the coach journeys were well paced. I have been with Brightwater before and will certainly travel with them again

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Alan Hawkes (Google Reviewer)  

We were on the Tour...

28-Aug-2022

We were on the Tour of the Outer Hebrides. We had a great experience, in no small part due to the excellence of the tour manager and driver.

Brightwater Holidays Custome  

Wonderful experience with brilliant information

31-Jul-2019

The most important factor was an amazing guide in Alastair Walker whose knowledge and care for clients was fantastic. The whole trips are superbly organised

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David MacLennan (Google Reviewer)  

Noted a comment on taking...

23-Aug-2023

Noted a comment on taking coaches on A814 by a local person who didn't know the facts: When the A82 was blocked and the POLICE divert you onto that road you do as instructed not what a you know are tight roads but they only way to your destination as intructed by officials. We know this route is not suitable for large vehicles but the driver does as instructed by someone in authority.

Eric Webb (Google Reviewer)  

Recent (September 2023) Scottish holiday...

07-Oct-2023

Recent (September 2023) Scottish holiday not so good. Various 'issues' to do with scheduling and organisation. I'm happy to report however that - after an interval - a letter expressing disappointment brought a full response - including a generous refund. So - with fingers slightly crossed - we'll be booking with Brightwater again in due course.

Kevin Barrett (Google Reviewer)  

The recent tour in Northumberland...

30-Sep-2023

The recent tour in Northumberland turned out to be a shambles. Our South London driver took us to Newcastle, but no guide to meet us. Next day still no guide and the bus driver attempted to salvage the tour the best he could despite having no knowledge of the attractions. Fortunately one of the passengers Googled the tides for Holy Island. No holiday guide ever showed up. Coach and hotel were fine. Do these people only offer self guided tours? Take Shearings next time.

ALEXANDRA MCQUEEN (Google Reviewer)  

Been trying to get a...

17-Oct-2023

Been trying to get a reply from them for over a week. Booked Xmas tour, confirmation said pick up subject to numbers, they never said anything when booking and theyve been paid in full. Would not recommend!

Dp Green (Google Reviewer)  

I had heard this company...

20-Feb-2024

I had heard this company was a nightmare to deal with, but thought I'd give it a go. Signed up for a tour, then emailed them about how to pay off the balance. No response to 3 emails. I've never encountered a tour company that ignored questions on how to pay off a balance. Looked into other reviews and found many complaints about cancelled tours and refusals to refund deposits.

Kieran Thompson (Google Reviewer)  

Two of your tour busses...

26-Jul-2021

Two of your tour busses used the A814 from Garelochhead to Arrochar on 24th July 2021. This route is not suitable for large vehicles and your drivers should not have taken the huge coaches that way. There are clear signs at both ends of the road indicating it is not suitable for HGV's. Our car had to go off into the soft verge to allow your coaches to pass. Please amend your routes to avoid this road in future.

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