The Royal Scotsman - Scotland’s Classic Splendors
This is the quintessential Royal Scotsman experience and certainly one of the most popular rail journeys.
This is the quintessential Royal Scotsman experience and certainly one of the most popular rail journeys. After following the east coast up to Keith, the train heads across Scotland to the picturesque west coast village of Plockton before making its way to Inverness and then south to Perth and Edinburgh.
A visit to Ballindalloch Castle, with its magnificent house and gardens, is just one of the many highlights of this luxury rail journey. Along the way there are opportunities for optional fishing, clay pigeon shooting or guided walks along Caledonian pine forest trails.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Rail travel onboard the Royal Scotsman in a private cabin (4 nights on train)
- All meals onboard the train
- Aperitifs in the cozy lounge car
- Private tour and tasting at the Glen Ord distillery
- Personal visits to two stunning castles, Ballindalloch and historic Glamis
- Visit to Rothiemurchus Estate, activities include fishing, clay pigeon shooting or a stroll
- On-train dramatic and musical events by Highlanders
Day 1: Edinburgh-Keith
Check-in 90 minutes before departure at the fabulous Balmoral Hotel and enjoy meeting the other passengers as your luggage is sent down to the train and put into your compartment. The Royal Scotsman departs Edinburgh in the early afternoon, traveling north across magnificent Forth Railway Bridge—one of the first cantilever bridges, completed in 1890. Afternoon tea served as train passes through Arbroath, Montrose and Aberdeen before arriving in the market town of Keith. Enjoy an informal dinner on board and perhaps a nightcap with your fellow guests in the Observation Car. (L, D)
Day 2: Keith-Kyle of Lochalsh
A leisurely breakfast is served as the train travels west. Disembark for a visit to Glen Ord Distillery for a private tour and tasting. Continue west from Inverness on to Kyle of Lochalsh, one of the most scenic lines in Britain. The line passes Loch Luichart and the summit and Achnashellach forest, descends to Strathcarron and runs along the edge of stunning Loch Carron. At Plockton, head out on a boat trip to view seals and admire Isle of Skye; or choose to take a walk through the woodland to a viewpoint overlooking the loch. Return to Plockton Hotel for a dram or two before rejoining train in Kyle of Lochalsh. A formal dinner is followed by entertainment in observation car. (B, D)
Day 3: Kyle of Lochalsh-Boat of Garten
After breakfast you can choose to visit Eilean Donan castle before the train departs Kyle. It retraces yesterday's route to Inverness, then heads south to Carrbridge for a visit to Ballindalloch, one of Scotland's most romantic castles. Tour the 16th-centry home and gardens of the Macpherson-Grant family. Golfers can play on the estate's course; clubs are available for rent. Return to train at Boat of Garten on private tracks of Strathspey Railway for overnight stabling. After a formal dinner, a Highlander brings Scottish heroes to life as he regales you with stories of local heroes and their derring-dos, even demonstrating some authentic weaponry. (B, D)
Day 4: Boat of Garten-Stirling
The day begins with an excursion to Rothiemurchus Estate, where you may choose from activities such as fishing, clay pigeon shooting or a tour of the estate. Rejoin the train at Kingussie and lunch while traveling south to Dunkeld. Disembark and visit Glamis Castle, Seat of the Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, and childhood home of the late H.M. Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother. Save time in your tour to visit the gorgeous gardens. Rejoin the train in Perth for an informal dinner on board. (L, D)
Day 5: Stirling-Edinburgh
After breakfast depart for Edinburgh, arriving mid-morning. (B)
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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Excellent accommodations and dining,professional and caring staff, excellent coordination of activities. We cannot think of anything that would improve on the experience we had. It was our first time traveling this way and we were very pleased. Definitely do it again.
It was a wonderful experience---WELL DONE!
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