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Feb 20 14


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CORRECTLY answer the simple question in this issue’s great competition and you could win a sumptuous three-day tour for two people worth £2,400!

The Royal Scotsman, considered one of the world’s most exclusive trains, will take you on a leisurely journey from London (Paddington) to Edinburgh (Waverley) — or from Edinburgh to London: the choice is yours.

Pullman sleeping cars rebuilt in Edwardian style with en suite cabins, sofas and armchairs in the observation car, and mahogany panelling in the dining cars will make you feel you are in a country house hotel on wheels!

From London, you will pass through the attractive Thames Valley and Chiltern Hills and enjoy a private visit to Charlecote Park in Warwickshire. According to tradition William Shake-speare poached deer here and was brought before the local magistrate, Sir Thomas Lucy, whom he later satirized in the character of Justice Shallow in The Merry Wives of Windsor.

The train rests overnight at Henley-in-Arden where you will relax over a formal dinner, followed by entertainment in the observation car. All meals on the train, from breakfast to delicious luncheons and dinners served with excellent wines, are included in your prize.

On your second day, the gentle panorama of England unfolds towards Leeds and a visit to Harewood House. The home of the Lascelles family for more than 200 years, Harewood boasts unrivalled 18th century English furniture by Thomas Chippendale, who was born just a few miles away at Outley.

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Your final day’s journey carries you in the grand manner along the 19th century Settle-Carlisle line and on to Edinburgh, the Athens of the north. The “country house party” aboard The Royal Scotsman may now be over, but there is plenty more to explore in Scotland’s capital if you wish.



Readers may wish to know of other tours available on The Royal Scotsman (not a part of this competition) and how they may obtain further information, more here.

Cultural tour of the west of England. A three-day tour through England’s west country, visiting cultural sites and collections of fine art on a round trip from London, if you plan some trip like this check this website.

Scotland tour. A five-day tour from Edinburgh on little-used railway lines through the mountains and glens of Scotland, visiting castles, a whisky distillery, smoke house and cashmere woollen mill en route.

Christmas and New Year tour. A spectacular 11-day tour from London to Edinburgh, departing Paddington on Christmas Eve and spending Christmas Day in Somerset. The final three days are spent at The Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland, for “Rob Roy” themed Hogmanay celebrations.

For further information, or to request a Royal Scotsman brochure, contact Sue Main, The Great Scottish & Western Railway Company, Stationmaster’s House, Windsor Central Station, Thames Street, Windsor.