The Royal Scotsman- Grand Taste of the Highlands
Discover the mysterious lochs, wooded glens and quaint towns of the Scottish Highlands aboard the luxurious Royal Scotsman. Your travels take you through spectacular scenery en route to Gothic estates, historic monuments, and quintessential Scottish sites.
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.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Five nights aboard the Royal Scotsman luxury train
- All meals aboard the train and all beverages including alcoholic drinks
- Excursion to Morar Sands
- Visit to Glenfinnan Monument, with tea at Inverlochy Castle or Walk to Steall Waterfall
- Visit to Mount Stuart
- Guided tour of The Royal Yacht Britannia
- Visit to Rothiemurchus Estate
- Tour of Culloden Battlefield
- Trip to the Strathisla Distillery
- Traditional entertainment on board
- 24-hour steward service
Day One - Edinburgh
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.
Day Two - Keith
Travel the short distance by coach to Rothiemurchus Estate, in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. Choose from a number of activities including clay pigeon-shooting, fishing or a guided tour of the estate with a Park Ranger. Afterwards, enjoy a warm welcome from your hosts as refreshments are served in the hunting lodge. It's the perfect opportunity to learn more about this family-run estate. Return to the train for lunch. Later disembark in Inverness to visit Culloden Battlefield, site of the last major battle fought on British soil. Listen to our Highlander as he paints a vivid picture of how this battle forever changed the way of life in the Highlands.
Travel east towards Keith. Enjoy an early evening visit to Strathisla Distillery, the oldest working distillery in the area. It is home to the malt used in one of Scotland's most famous blends, Chivas Regal. Savour some spectacular panoramas on the way south through Aberdeenshire and Angus. Sit down to a formal dinner before enjoying traditional Scottish music in the Observation Car. Overnight train.
Day Three - Spean Bridge
Breakfast is served as the train leaves Dundee. Travel south through the former Kingdom of Fife, crossing the Firth of Forth across the magnificent Forth Railway Bridge. Disembark in Edinburgh to visit the Royal Yacht Britannia for a guided tour followed by a light lunch. Alternatively, enjoy some free time to explore Scotland's vibrant capital city. Rejoin the train in the early afternoon and travel west through Falkirk. Near the mouth of the Clyde estuary lies Craigendoran, the starting point for the majestic West Highland Line.
Enjoy afternoon tea as you travel along the edge of Gare Loch. Take in views of Loch Long and Loch Lomond. The train descends almost to the water's edge at Ardlui, and then climbs Glen Falloch with its many waterfalls. An informal dinner is served on the way to Spean Bridge followed by lively musical entertainment. Overnight train.
Day Four - Fort William
Today the train travels west, passing through Fort William with views of Ben Nevis, the UK's highest peak. Disembark at Arisaig for a romantic walk along the beautiful Morar Sands, with breathtaking views across to the Isle of Skye. Lunch is served back on board as the train retraces its route towards Fort William. Here you’ll visit historic Glenfinnan in the company of our Highlander who brings to life the stories of Scottish heroes. Enjoy afternoon tea at Inverlochy Castle Hotel before returning to Fort William.
Alternatively, a guided hike through the scenic Nevis Gorge is available, weather permitting. Return to the train in Fort William and relax on board before an informal dinner. Overnight train.
Day Five - Isle of Bute
Savour the dramatic Highland scenery en-route south to Glasgow and the west coast. Board a ferry in Wemyss Bay and cross to the Isle of Bute. The island embraces a variety of landscapes: seashore, moorland, farmland and forest. From St Blane's Chapel at the south of the island to the abandoned townships in Glen More at the north, every stone has its tale to tell.
Visit Mount Stuart, Britain's most spectacular Victorian Gothic house. Mystifying interiors and arguably Scotland’s finest privately-held collection of family portraits provide fascinating talking points. Enjoy afternoon tea in the Drawing Room before you explore the house and garden. Return to the train in Gourock where a formal dinner is served on the move to Kilmarnock. Retire to the Observation Car for coffee and local entertainment. Overnight train.
Day Six - Edinburgh
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast as you travel east before arriving in Edinburgh for your onward travel arrangements.
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.
Passport & Visa Requirements
It is your responsibility to check and fulfill the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.
Dates & Prices
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: Departs 17th June 2020 ($9,800), 17th July 2020 ($9,800), 12th August 2020 ($9,800)
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Itineraries are subject to change and full details will be confirmed with your tickets. *July 2020 departure operates in the reverse direction. Please speak with a rail specialist for additional details.