Best Luxury Rail Tours
Jul 22, 2020 · By Vacations By Rail
Tune in as we discuss the lovingly restored rail cars, their well-appointed private cabins, and some of the unforgettable experiences which highlight a luxury rail tour.Read more
2021 Tour code: RS-GTHR-21
About the tour
There is an undeniable draw to the Scottish Highlands - one that brings in visitors from all over the world to see the dramatic mountainous scenery, the ancient castles and the historic sites. On this 6-day tour, you get to experience it all and travel aboard one of Scotland's most notable luxury trains, the Royal Scotsman. The tour begins in the capital city of Edinburgh, and from here, the train travels to beloved locations, including Boat of Garten, Culloden, Keith, Fort William and Glasgow, amongst others. Savor the beauty of the West Highland Line as you make your way past locks and moors, through emerald valleys and along waterways, and enjoy daily opportunities to disembark the train and to sightsee and immerse yourself in Scottish culture. Try your hand at traditional activities or a tour at Rothiemurchus Highland Estate, feel the weight of history at Culloden Battlefield, sample some traditional Scotch Whisky at Strathisla Distillery, experience the diverse landscape of Isle of Bute, take a private home tour of Mount Stuart and so much more. The West Highland line is full of magic, come and see.
The Royal Scotsman departs from Edinburgh Waverly Station in the early afternoon and travels north to the 'Fair City' of Perth. Enjoy afternoon tea as the train continues on the Highland line through Dunkeld, Pitlochry and Blair Atholl. The rolling hills of Perthshire transition to dramatic peaks and valleys as you travel north towards Aviemore, gateway to the Cairngorms National Park. Your destination this evening is the peaceful Highland village of Boat of Garten on the private Strathspey Railway. An informal dinner is served, followed by entertainment in the Observation Car. Overnight train.
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