The Royal Scotsman – Heritage Homes & Gardens
Romantic Castles with outstanding gardens are showcased on this guided tour, which is hosted by an expert horticulturalist, photographer and garden writer.
Gain a wonderful insight into some of Scotland's finest properties. Discover untold stories as you are taken on guided tours, often led by the clan and estate owners themselves.
Highlights and Inclusions
- 4 nights aboard the Royal Scotsman in a private cabin
- All meals aboard the train including alcoholic and other beverages
- On board entertainment
- Visit Brechin Castle Gardens
- Visit Foulis Castle
- Visit Attadale family estate
- Day Trip to Isle of Skye and Clan Donald estate
- Reception at Ballindalloch Castle
- Visit Rothiemurchus Estate
- Visit Ruthven House
- Visit Pitmuies Garden
Day 1 - Montrose
Depart early afternoon. The train heads north, crossing the splendid Forth Railway Bridge. Disembark at Montrose to visit Brechin Castle Gardens, one of the finest private gardens in Scotland.
Day 2 - Inverness
During a leisurely breakfast, the train makes its way to Inverness and north to Invergordon, where guests alight for a visit to the 18th-century Foulis Castle, seat of the Clan Munro. Mrs. Munro of Foulis and her son, Hector, the Clan Chief, welcome you, after which you can explore the grounds and courtyard garden. Alternatively, join Hector in the drawing room for a whisky tasting. Return to the train for lunch as you travel towards Kyle of Lochalsh past the Torridon mountains, Achnashellach forest and Loch Carron. Disembark at Plockton for a visit to Attadale on the west coast, this magnificent estate boasts a Water Garden, Japanese Garden and Sunken Garden among other treasures. The night is spent in Kyle of Lochalsh, where an informal dinner is served followed by coffee and liqueurs in the Observation Car.
Day 3 - Isle of Skye
Disembark after breakfast to drive across to the mystical Isle of Skye and the 2,000- acres Clan Donald Estate. You can also spend time in the award-winning museum and discover the history of the Highlands and Islands. Return to the train in Kyle of Lochalsh and enjoy a leisurely lunch as you retrace part of yesterday's route as far as Dingwall. This evening disembark to visit Ballindalloch Castle, one of Scotland's most romantic castles, with its wonderful walled gardens Rejoin the train at Boat of Garten on the private Strathspey Railway.
Day 4 - Rothiemurchus Estate
A coach takes you to the Rothiemurchus Estate, where you can tour the parkland or enjoy some of the many outdoor activities on at this breathtakingly beautiful site beneath the Cairngorm Mountains. After reboarding the train at Kingussie, you journey south to Dunkeld and alight to visit Ruthven House and Pitmuies Garden, near Forfar. Return to the train in Dundee for dinner and a final night on board.
Day 5 - On Route to Edinburgh
Depart from Dundee in the morning and return to Edinburgh.
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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 1st June 2020 ($7,910), 4th September 2020 ($7,910)
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