Theo Steel, National Rail Heritage Judge, commentary on rail trips June 2021

Image: Stirling station roof. Theo Steel

Our trip was based around seeing the family in Knaresborough and unveiling National Rail Heritage Award plaques in Aberdeen, Ballater, Montrose and Stirling. We stayed in Aberdeen and at the Station hotel in Perth, said to be the process of changing into a Radisson. We had planned to travel back on Avanti but there were no direct reservations available south from Glasgow on 30 June so it was LNER both ways.