This dream trip takes you through the Scottish Highlands with Carol Kirkwood

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From Good Housekeeping

Always wanted to experience Scotland's most awe-inspiring sights while passing over land, sea and loch powered by steam? Listen up...

This June, you can take in the mystery and tranquility of the Scottish Highlands' lochs and mountains on Good Housekeeping's exclusive rail trip with BBC Weather presenter and Strictly contestant Carol Kirkwood.

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The unforgettable train journey will take you through some of Scotland's most beautiful sights as you sit back and enjoy the company of Carol, who grew up here, while experiencing the genteel luxury of travelling by steam train and boat.

What can you expect from the trip?

Sail to the Falkirk Wheel, the world’s first rotating boat lift

Beginning at New Port Downie, you will sail to the Falkirk Wheel, the world’s first rotating boat lift.

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A marvel of modern engineering, which was first opened by the Queen in 2002, it will raise you gracefully from the Forth & Clyde to the Union Canal in just four minutes.

Travel down the Union Canal to a charming hotel

After sailing down the Union Canal, you will arrive at your accommodation for the next three nights, the cosy Winnock Hotel, a coaching inn in the heart of Loch Lomond National Park. This evening Carol will give an after-dinner talk about growing up in the region, her fascinating career and time on Strictly.

With its pretty gardens and stunning location, it’s the perfect base from which to experience the beauty of the Highlands. As well as breakfast, you can also look forward to dinner served with wine each evening in the hotel’s comfortable dining room.

Jacobite steam train from Fort William to Mallaig, via the Glenfinnan Viaduct

On your second day, you’ll take the Jacobite steam train from Fort William, passing by the slopes of Ben Nevis and over the spectacular Glenfinnan Viaduct (as seen in the Harry Potter films).

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Carol Kirkwood’s grandfather helped build the railway line, and she’ll be joining you on-board the Jacobite. You’ll arrive at Mallaig, a quaint harbour town where you can enjoy a seafood lunch at one of its picturesque port-side eateries.

Sail the lochs

The final two days of the trip will be spent on water, first cruising on Loch Lomond hearing tales of legendary outlaw and rebel 'Rob Roy' MacGregor. You’ll then visit the impressive neo-Gothic Inveraray Castle, which has been the seat of the Duke of Argyll, chief of the Clan Campbell, since the 17th century.


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The following day will be whiled away on Loch Katrine, crossing its peaceful waters on the steam ship Sir Walter Scott – which has been in service since 1900 - taking in the serene and unspoiled landscapes from its deck.

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