The world’s most famous steam engine Flying Scotsman returns in May!

The historic steam engine will be making three trips to Fife when it returns to Scotland this May.
The historic steam engine will be making three trips to Fife when it returns to Scotland this May.

After a triumphant return to Scotland two years ago, Flying Scotsman is once again heading north of the border this May.

Steam lovers will be delighted to know that three special Cathedrals Express trips will be running on Sunday, May 20, using Flying Scotsman, and can be booked by passengers when tickets go on sale tomorrow morning (Wednesday) at 9am.

On Sunday, May 20, at approximately 9am, the world’s most famous steam locomotive heads out from Edinburgh Waverley, over the Forth Bridge, one of the world’s most famous steel structures, on the Fife Circle route.

Once over the bridge, Flying Scotsman will head into the Kingdom and make her way along the coast towards Kirkcaldy, before turning back inland, via Dunfermline.

The train will then head back over the Forth Bridge and arrive in Edinburgh at approximately 11.45am.

During the trip passengers in Pullman Style Dining and Premier Dining will enjoy a champagne brunch, and First Class will enjoy complimentary champagne, orange juice and biscuits, while Premium Standard passengers will be served tea and coffee.

At approximately 1.45pm, Scotsman leaves Edinburgh Waverley once again travelling over the Forth Bridge and taking passengers on the stunning Fife Circle route.

The train will then head back over the Forth Bridge and arrive in Edinburgh at approximately 4.30pm. This time, passengers in Pullman Style Dining and Premier Dining will enjoy a champagne cream tea, while First Class and Premium Standard receive the same as on the morning trip.

And in the evening, Flying Scotsman will depart from Edinburgh Waverley at approximately 7pm and will once more head out across the Forth Bridge, offering passengers sunset views of Fife, before arriving back in the capital at approximately 9.45pm. 

Pullman Style Dining and Premier Dining will enjoy a two course dinner, while First Class and Premium Standard receive the same as on the morning trip.

Announcing these trips, Marcus Robertson, founder of Steam Dreams, said: “We are delighted to be working with Flying Scotsman North of the Border once again.

“Although she was built in England, it feels very much that the loco is a Scottish icon, and last year’s trips were fantastically popular and earned Scotland publicity all over the world.”

He added: “We hope that by offering three trips over the Forth Bridge this year, rather than two, it will allow as many people as possible to experience the magic of this special ‘celebrity’ engine.”

Tickets for the trips on board The Cathedrals Express from Edinburgh Waverley with Flying Scotsman will be available from 9am tomorrow by calling the booking office on 01483 209888 or by visiting the website. Fares range from £79 per person in Premium Standard to £225 per person in Pullman Style Dining.