Readers Deal: Join Carol Kirkwood for a tour of Scotland aboard the real-life Hogwarts Express


Exclusive for Mail on Sunday readers: Join Carol Kirkwood for an exploration of the Trossachs by train

For years, the wooded hills and glens and crystalline lochs of Scotland’s Trossachs have inspired visitors from all corners of the globe. Now is your chance to experience the area aboard the world famous Jacobite Train – familiar to anyone who has watched any of the Harry Potter films as the magical Hogwarts Express.

Traveling by steam train is a wonderful experience and there is nowhere more atmospheric to do it than in the beautiful Highlands of Scotland.

During this exclusive four-day break, you’ll be joined by weathercaster 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 crossing the Glenfinnan Viaduct

Mysterious: On the tour you'll cross Loch Morar, Britain's deepest freshwater loch (pictured)

Mysterious: On the tour you’ll cross Loch Morar, Britain’s deepest freshwater loch (pictured)


You will be joined by Carol Kirkwood

You will be joined by Carol Kirkwood

Weathercaster Carol Kirkwood will join you in her native Scotland. She has been making predictions for over 20 years and danced with Pasha Kovalev in the 13th series of Strictly.

Your 41-mile steam journey begins near Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, passes its deepest freshwater loch, Loch Morar, and crosses the 21-arch Glenfinnan Viaduct to arrive on the shores of the Atlantic next to Loch Nevis, the deepest saltwater lake in Europe.

You’ll pass through Morar, where Carol grew up, and she’ll tell you stories about 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, an excursion on scenic Loch Katrine and finally a cruise in the footsteps of Rob Roy on Loch Lomond.

Reasons to book

Ride the Jacobite: Frequently voted the world’s greatest scenic railway, you’ll pass rugged landscapes, rugged coastlines and beautiful lochs on a line opened in 1901.

Stay in the Trossachs: The dramatic scenery here has inspired artists such as Turner and Wordsworth and you’ll get a sense of it by staying at the center of it at the Winnock Hotel, an 18th century inn near Loch Lomond.

Traveling with Carol Kirkwood: Weathercaster Carol will talk about her life, her career, her love for Scotland – and her exciting experience as a Strictly Come Dancing contestant. The area will come alive as Carol talks about what it was like growing up in Morar.

Picturesque lakes: Enjoy a cruise on Loch Lomond and hear the story of famous Scottish outlaw Rob Roy. You will also cruise the waters of Loch Katrine.

The unique Falkirk wheel: This, the world’s only rotating boat lift, will take you from the water in New Port Downie to the Union Canal 115 feet (35 meters) above.

Scottish history: You will visit the mid-18th century neo-Gothic Inveraray Castle, home of the Duke of Argyll, chief of 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 discussion and Q&A with Carol Kirkwood.
  • Cruise on Loch Katrine.
  • Ride the Falkirk Wheel
  • Visit of Inveraray Castle.
  • Travel on The Jacobite from Fort William to Mallaig with Carol Kirkwood.
  • Rob Roy Loch Lomond Discovery Cruise.
  • Travel by comfortable coach.
  • Carrying.
  • Services of a tour manager from Brightwater Holidays.

YesOUR ITINERARY: DAY 1 Arrival in Edinburgh, The Falkirk Wheel and Carol Kirkwood chat DAY 2 Journey on the Jacobite with Carol DAY 3 Rob Roy Cruise on Loch Lomond and Inveraray Castle DAY 4 Journey on the Lady of the Lake


The dates: October 20-23, 2022 The price: £1,395 per person

CALL 01334 441 308 quoting MOS KIRKWOOD JUL22. To find out more visit

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: *Prices correct at time of printing. Based on a twin/double room, a single supplement of £120 applies. Flights from other airports and/or overnight accommodation before/after the tour available on request at an additional cost. Reduction for no flight of £100 per person. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, one or more Experts may be substituted, and any Expert-led event and overall itinerary may be changed. Experts will not join you for the duration of your trip unless otherwise specified. Our travel partner, Brightwater Holidays, is bound by ABTA and this trip is protected by ATOL. For full terms and conditions go to



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