Let the ‘The Clyde Aberdonian’ whisk you away as we take in some of the best that Scotland has to offer, both on train and off. Heading out from Glasgow and Stirling, the train runs along the East coast for much of its route making it an unrivalled way to experience Scotland. In Aberdeen there is a chance to explore this historic city, or take one of our off train excursions that include a castle or distillery visit. On board the train you can sit back in comfortable seats and large windows through which to admire the scenery. Our friendly team will look after you, and if you choose to dine with us you will be treated to fine Scottish fare. Come and travel with us as Tornado runs regularly over this historic route.

Monday 5th April 2021

Prices start from £99.00

 

Book online below, or call our booking office on 01325 488215

Tornado at Montrose on ‘The Aberdonian’ – Peter Backhouse
Join us for our first departure from Glasgow as ‘The Clyde Aberdonian’ takes you on a beautiful steam hauled journey to Aberdeen.
We depart the magnificent Glasgow Central station and immediately cross the mighty river Clyde. Running through the suburbs we soon diverge east to pick up the former Caledonian Railway route made famous in the ‘Races to the North’ of 1888 and 1895. Whilst we will make good time, we will not be racing, but soon we will be heading out from the urban sprawl as we travel north to our pick up at Stirling. The railway offers great views of the city perched above with its Castle and the famous Wallace Monument.
We travel on passing Gleneagles with its golf course, through Perth and are now alongside another mighty river; the silvery Tay. It stays with us for many miles now before reaching its estuary with the north sea as we continue to climb.
We run alongside the Tay and on through Dundee where the houses are so close on either side it is almost like running through the street. With wonderful clifftop views out to sea on one side, and rolling hills leading to mountains on the other, the route on to Aberdeen via Stonehaven is one of the greatest Scotland has to offer.
Once in Aberdeen we will have around four hours to explore the historic city, or take one of our excursions, before Tornado will whisk us back to Stirling and Glasgow following our outward route.
The train weaves through lush countryside and along the cliff tops – Drew Adams

 

• OFF TRAIN EXCURSIONS •

To get a real taste of Aberdeenshire, take the opportunity to book one of our off train excursions, exploring some of the best that the region has to offer. These options are sure to fill up quickly and so must be booked at the time of purchasing your train ticket.

 

Glen Garioch Distillery – £30 – 

Glen Garioch Distillery. Pic: Visit Aberdeen

It’s true what they say – you can never fully enjoy a dram of Glen Garioch until you have seen how and where it’s made. One of the oldest operating distilleries in Scotland – and its most easterly – Glen Garioch (pronounced Geery in the ancient Doric dialect still spoken in these parts) has been making its mighty malt in the quaint and historic market town of Oldmeldrum, ever since 1797. Book this tour to discover the personality and character, both of the whisky and those who create it. The in-depth experience explores the secrets passed on by generations in the pursuit of quality. The tour would not be complete without tasting some of their small-batch whiskies and includes three drams.

 

National Trust for Scotland Castle – £25 

Crathes Castle – NTS

About Crathes Castle: Explore this magnificent 16th-century castle, with its intricate maze of turrets, towers, oak panels and painted ceilings. Standing against a backdrop of rolling hills and set within its own glorious gardens, Crathes Castle is every inch the classic Scottish tower house. Outside, the walled garden is a wonderful jungle of history, split into eight sections that encompass every green delight imaginable a sculpted topiary, soft herbaceous colours and modern exotic blooms. A guided tour is included on each visit. Subject to availability in due to COVID-19 restrictions.

 

EXPLORING ABERDEEN

There is plenty to see and do in the centre of the bustling city of Aberdeen, and a lot of attractions are within easy walking distance of the station. For those attractions a little further out, there are local taxis and regular bus services: a hopper ticket to explore the city by bus costs less than £5.

Looking over Aberdeen, known as the Granite City due to the local stone used for many of the buildings. Pic: Paul Tomkins/VisitScotland

 

EASY WALKING DISTANCE

Nuart self guided walking tour – Nuart Aberdeen is the only street art festival in Scotland and one of the UK’s leading festivals of its kind. Artists from around the globe transform the walls and buildings of Aberdeen with works of art that are free for all to enjoy 365 days a year. Take the Nuart tour for yourself and explore Aberdeen City Centre.

Whisky Tasting –  CASC are avatars of hedonism, demanding excellence and rejecting anything less. CASC (Cigars, Ale, Scotch & Coffee) – are relentless in the pursuit of great products and overwhelming choice. Doing things their way and never compromising. Focusing on quality cigars, craft beer, scotch whisky and artisan coffee, they aim to compound the senses and deliver a truly unique bar experience. Just three minutes’ walk from the station.

Maritime Museum – Aberdeen Maritime Museum tells the story of the city’s long relationship with the Sea. This award-winning museum is located on the historic Shiprow, just five minutes from the station, and parts of the building date back to 1593. The Maritime Museum houses a unique collection and is the only place in the UK where you can see displays on the North Sea oil and gas industry. Aberdeen Maritime Museum offers visitors a spectacular viewpoint over the busy working harbour.

Aberdeen Maritime Museum. Pic:VisitAberdeen

 

EXPLORE FURTHER

Old Aberdeen – 2.5m from the station, number 20 bus route. Monks and scholars, traders and travellers settled round Old Aberdeen in the area where 14th century St Machars Cathedral still stands and where Kings College, the forerunner to Aberdeen University, was founded by Bishop Elphinstone in 1495. Step back in time as you tour the late-medieval cobbled streets and make some time to appreciate the old perfectly blended with the new as you admire the architecturally distinctive Sir Duncan Rice Library.

The Gordon Highlanders Museum – 2.5m from the station, number 11 bus route. The Gordon Highlanders Museum is a ‘5-star Visit Scotland’ Tourist Attraction based in the west end of Aberdeen. It is committed to preserving and sharing the legacy of the world-famous Gordon Highlanders Regiment for future generations to enjoy, providing a wide range of unique experiences for all visitors, young and old.

RSPB Dolphin Watch – Intelligence, acrobatic ability and good looks, bottle-nose dolphins have it all. Jump in a taxi and travel 2 miles to Torry Battery, where from the high vantage point you can watch the dolphins and discover panoramic views of the harbour mouth and North Sea. The mouth of Aberdeen Harbour is one of the best places in Europe to spot bottle-nose dolphins and Scotland is home to the largest in the world! The team of volunteers are on site April – August and provide telescopes and binoculars. The 2018 dolphin spotting season saw 100% success rate!

Dolphins near Aberdeen Pic:Visit Scotland

 

 

Book online below, or call our booking office on 01325 488215

The Clyde Aberdonian
Glasgow
Outward: 9:15am
Return: 10:15pm
Stirling
Outward: 10:15am
Return: 9:15pm

Premier Dining  £245 per person

Seats a table for two or four in a First Class carriage. Ticket includes the Great British Breakfast with complementary glass of fizz and a four course dinner on the return journey. Silver service for all meals.

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First Class  £169 per person

Seats a table for two or four in a First Class carriage. Ticket includes complementary tea and coffee throughout the journey, with pastries in the morning, and biscuits in the afternoon. The on board buffet car is available for additional food and drink.

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Standard Class  £99 per person

Seats a table for four in a Standard Class carriage. You may wish to pack a picnic, but the on board buffet car is available for additional food and drink.

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Table for Two  £50 per table

Supplement.
(Only available in Premier Dining and First Class - limited availability)
Not available in First Class on Scottish trips.

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Crathes Castle  £25 per person

Explore this magnificent 16th-century castle, with its intricate maze of turrets, towers, oak panels and painted ceilings. Standing against a backdrop of rolling hills and set within its own glorious gardens, Crathes Castle is every inch the classic Scottish tower house. Outside, the walled garden is a wonderful jungle of history, split into eight sections that encompass every green delight imaginable a sculpted topiary, soft herbaceous colours and modern exotic blooms.

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Glen Garioch Distillery  £30 per person

It’s true what they say – you can never fully enjoy a dram of Glen Garioch until you have seen how and where it’s made. One of the oldest operating distilleries in Scotland – and its most easterly – Glen Garioch (pronounced Geery in the ancient Doric dialect still spoken in these parts) has been making its mighty malt in the quaint and historic market town of Oldmeldrum, ever since 1797. Book this tour to discover the personality and character, both of the whisky and those who create it. The in-depth experience explores the secrets passed on by generations in the pursuit of quality. The tour would not be complete without tasting some of their small-batch whiskies and includes three drams.

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