Full steam ahead to Edinburgh in 2022

Thursday 16 – Sunday 19 June 2022

This incredible weekend tour traces the historic route from London Kings Cross along the East Coast Main Line to Edinburgh. On the return journey, passengers are offered a different view as we travel via the world-famous Settle & Carlisle Railway.

Passengers will have three nights in one of Europe’s most vibrant cities, where you can enjoy a 360-degree view of stunning architecture, beautiful gardens and of course, high above the city, Edinburgh Castle itself.

Read on for details of the full itinerary and fill in the form below to receive an email quote for your holiday. Click here to download a brochure.

Fares from £369

Day 1 – London to Edinburgh via the East Coast Main Line

Departing steam-hauled from London King’s Cross we join the East Coast mainline, a historic route which passes not only Stoke Bank, the stretch on which Mallard achieved her world record speed of 126mph on 3rd July 1938, but also Doncaster, the birthplace of Flying Scotsman and Mallard. At York we have a short break before continuing at express speeds as we take in distant views of the Yorkshire Moors and the Pennines, followed by Durham Cathedral and Gormley’s famous sculpture, the Angel of the North.

As we approach Berwick, into view comes the Royal Border Bridge as it curves high above the river. From here the line runs for miles along the cliff tops before descending to the Scottish Lowlands to arrive at Waverley Station.

Day 2 – Optional Tours of Fife

The first of two days to enjoy the many delights that Edinburgh has to offer as well as the chance to make another railway journey of a lifetime by steam, across the spectacular Forth Bridge. You can sit back, relax and enjoy a brunch, cream tea or evening meal whilst taking in the views which on a clear day extend to more than 20 miles.

Day 3 – At leisure in Edinburgh

After a leisurely breakfast in the hotel, passengers can explore Scotland’s Capital City at their leisure. This beautiful city, which holds two UNESCO designations, is home to many interesting attractions from its iconic medieval castle, Scotland’s crown jewels and the spooky St Mary’s Close, a medieval underground street.

Alternatively, passengers can join an organised excursion. Excursions are likely to include coach trips to Stirling Castle, a Forth boat cruise and the Royal Yacht Britannia.

Day 4 – Edinburgh to London

On the return journey, we head through southern Scotland and back across the English Border on our way to Carlisle. From here we join the world-famous Settle & Carlisle Railway which carves through the Cumbrian Mountains. This stunning journey never disappoints, with its dramatic backdrop of beautiful scenery and impressive architecture, including the iconic Ribblehead Viaduct.

We end our holiday travelling down the West Coast Main Line back to London Euston hauled by a diesel or electric locomotive.


Pullman Style Dining passengers will stay at The Balmoral Hotel, an Edinburgh icon. Previously the station hotel, it’s just minutes from Edinburgh Waverley station and combines both modern design and classic architecture in a grand and elegant building. It boats a Michelin-starred restaurant, a pool and gym. Some Pullman Style Dining passengers will stay at The Scotsman Hotel. Named for the ground-breaking national newspaper who took up residence in these beautiful Baroque buildings, The Scotsman of today is a luxury hotel.

Premier Dining passengers will stay at the historic 4 star Hilton Carlton Hotel just a two-minute walk from Edinburgh Waverley station.

Premium Standard passengers will stay at Premier Inn on Princes Street, which boasts wonderful views of Edinburgh Castle.

All passengers who decide to book hotel accommodation with Steam Dreams will enjoy the added extra of a dedicated representative at the hotel, transfers between the train or excursions and the hotel and luggage porterage to the hotel. Hotel accommodation is booked on a bed and breakfast basis for all passengers.

For more information, or to book, please call the Booking Office on 01483 209888 or fill in the form below to receive a holiday quote and more information about the trip.

3 thoughts on “Full steam ahead to Edinburgh in 2022

  1. I use to travel on the flying Scotsman from Scotland to London as a child its always been my dream to travel on it again!
    Before its not possible for me to do the journey
    And to travel around some of my fatherland with beautiful memories


  2. Just about the steam dreams capitals tour 16-19 June how much would 3 nights be in accommodation organised by S.D.? for the tour if the hotel was not booked seperatly by us and under your travel brochure if the fares on the train are say £899 already pre booked.


    1. Thank you for your enquiry. For three nights including the train journey, Steam Dreams Hotels on a bed and breakfast basis (at the Balmoral Hotel) and luggage transfers would be £1,699pp. To book this option please call the booking office on 01483 209888


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