The Royal Scotsman - Grand Western Scenic Wonders
With seven nights aboard the luxurious Royal Scotsman , this journey offers an opportunity to savour Scotland to the fullest.
Your travels begin along Scotland's West Highland line, taking you to Spean Bridge, Bridge of Orchy and Edinburgh, where the first part of your journey concludes and the second part begins as you travel up the eastern coast to Keith and across the country to the picturesque west coast village of Plockton, on to Inverness and then south to Perth.
Journey is also available Northbound traveling round-trip from Edinburgh based on your travel preference.
Highlights and Inclusions
- 7 nights aboard the Royal Scotsman luxury train
- All meals aboard the train including alcoholic drinks
- Excursion to Morar Sands
- Visit to Glenfinnan Monument or Walk to Steall Waterfall
- Visit to Mount Stuart on the Isle of Bute
- Guided tour of the Royal Yacht Britannia
- Boat trip to see wild seals or a visit to Eilean Donan Castle
- Trip to Ballindalloch Castle
- Visit to Rothiemurchus Estate
- Guided tour of Glamis Castle
- Traditional entertainment on board
- 24-hour steward service
Day 1 - Edinburgh - Spean Bridge
The train departs from Edinburgh in the early afternoon and heads west through Falkirk, to reach Craigendoran, the starting point for the West Highland Line.
While guests enjoy an indulgent afternoon tea, enjoy the spectacular scenery passing before you. Spot the distinctive peak of Ben Arthur (also called The Cobbler), a favorite with climbers. Soon you also catch a first glimpse of Loch Lomond. After climbing up the waterfall-rich Glen Falloch, the train continues north to the village of Spean Bridge for the night.
Enjoy an informal dinner followed by entertainment in the Observation Car. Overnight train.
Day 2 - Spean Bridge - Bridge of Orchy
As the train travels west, passing through Fort William, don't miss the views of Ben Nevis, at 1344m the UK's highest peak. Traveling by the side of Loch Eil you then pass Glenfinnan, with its impressive curved viaduct, and Lochailort, before turning north along this dramatic coastline to Arisaig. Disembark here for a leisurely walk along the beautiful Morar Sands, with breathtaking views across the Sound of Sleat to the Isle of Skye with its distinctive Cuillin Mountains.
Back on board, lunch is served as the train retraces its route towards Fort William. Disembark here and enjoy a visit to historic Glenfinnan in the company of our Highlander who brings to life the stories of Scottish heroes before afternoon tea. Alternatively, a guided hike is available (weather permitting). A mountain ranger guides you through the scenic Nevis Gorge to The Steall Waterfall, the second highest in the UK.
Return to the train in Fort William and relax on board before an informal dinner is served as you travel south towards the tiny Argyll village of Bridge of Orchy. Enjoy an informal dinner on board. Afterwards, enjoy a nightcap whilst listening to the evening entertainment in the Observation Car. Overnight train
Day 3 - Bridge of Orchy - Isle of Bute
Today's destination is the charming Isle of Bute, reached by ferry. The island is rich in geology, history and wildlife, with a varied landscape to explore. Guests enjoy a fascinating visit to Mount Stuart, a Victorian Gothic house with arguably the finest privately held collection of family portraits in Scotland. Return to the train for a formal dinner. Overnight train.
Day 4 - Gourock - Edinburgh - Keith
After an early departure from Gourock this morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast as you travel east towards Edinburgh where this first part of your Grand North Western draws to an end in Waverley Station. Spend the morning in Edinburgh by joining a guided tour and enjoying a light lunch before returning to the train for the next part of your journey.
The train pulls out of the station in the early afternoon and travels north, crossing the Firth of Forth via the magnificent 1.5-mile long Forth Railway Bridge, which was built by Benjamin Baker in the 1880s and is considered by many to be the eighth wonder of the world. The train proceeds through Fife towards the city of Perth, during which you are served a leisurely afternoon tea, passing Arbroath, Montrose and Aberdeen before arriving in the market town of Keith.
This evening enjoy an informal dinner followed by entertainment in the Observation Car. Overnight train.
Day 5 - Keith - Plockton - Kyle of Lochalsh
Enjoy breakfast as the train leaves Keith and heads west along Moray Firth towards Inverness, capital of the Highlands. Lunch is served as the train heads towards Kyle of Lochalsh on what is arguably the most scenic railway route in the UK
Disembark the train in Plockton, take a boat trip to see wild seals or enjoy a dram and a traditional highland welcome in the Plockton Hotel. Alternatively, visit Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotland's most iconic sights, and learn how the castle was painstakingly restored to its former glory.
Spend the night on board in Kyle of Lochalsh. Enjoy a formal dinner and perhaps a nightcap with your fellow guests in the Observation Car which offers mesmerising views over Loch Alsh to the Isle of Skye. Overnight train.
Day 6 - Inverness
After breakfast the train heads back towards Dingwall, skirting the Beauly Firth and crossing the top of the Caledonian Canal, north of Loch Ness, before reaching Inverness. The train continues south to Carrbridge, where guests disembark to visit the romantic Ballindalloch Castle with its wonderful gardens. Options at Balindallocah include a private castle tour, 9 holes of golf on the castle's own course or an exclusive look at what is Scotland's only single estate distillery.
The night is spent on board at Boat of Garten on the private Strathspey Railway. After dinner, our Highlander regales guests with stories of local heroes and their derring-dos, even demonstrating some authentic weaponry. Overnight train.
Day 7 - Rothiemurchus Estate - Dunkeld
Travel by coach to Rothiemurchus Estate in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, where activities such as fishing, clay pigeon shooting, or a guided walk through the stunning landscape can be enjoyed.
Rejoin the train at Kingussie, where lunch will be served as you journey south through Blair Atholl and Pitlochry to Dunkeld. Here you disembark for your visit to Glamis Castle, childhood home of the late HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother.
Return to the train for a formal dinner and entertainment. Overnight train.
Day 8 - Dunkeld - Edinburgh
Breakfast is served as the train leaves Dundee and crosses the Tay Bridge into the former Kingdom of Fife and on to Edinburgh, where your luxury rail journey comes to a close.
The Royal Scotsman departs Edinburgh at 1.21pm on day one and arrives back in Edinburgh at 9.43am on day four.
Please note: Itineraries are subject to change and all timings shown are for your guidance only. Confirmed itineraries and timings will be supplied with your travel documents.
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Belmond Royal Scotsman
The Sleeping Cars provide sixteen twin and four single State Cabins, beautifully fitted out in rich marquetry, each providing a comfortable and intimate area to relax and enjoy the stunning scenery of Scotland. Each cabin has its own private bathroom with shower, wash-basin and toilet, constant hot water, high quality toiletries and fresh fluffy white towels every day. Each bed is furnished with one feather and one foam pillow, feather duvet and cotton quilted bed covers. Non-feather duvets are also available on request. Other facilities include a lower bed, dressing table, full- length wardrobe, hairdryer, individually controlled heating, cooling ceiling fans, opening windows and cabin service call button.
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: Departs 20th April 2018 ($9,704), 27th April 2018 ($9,704), 4th May 2018 ($10,784), 8th June 2018 ($10,784), 17th August 2018 ($10,784), 24th August 2018 ($10,784), 21st September 2018 ($10,784), 28th September 2018 ($10,784), 5th October 2018 ($9,704)
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