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The Belmond Royal Scotsman: Whisky Tour


Tour the whisky distilleries of Scotland by luxury rail. Experience the comfort of Belmond Royal Scotsman as it whisks you through beautiful Scottish scenery, stopping for whisky tastings, castles, and authentic Scottish activities along the way. As you journey on the luxury Belmond Royal Scotsman train, you will find that each part of the journey allows you to delve into unique tastes of whiskies produced in the region and also dine on fine local cuisine. For this unique experience, the Belmond Royal Scotsman has partnered with the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, experts in single-cask, single-malt whiskies. At the end of this particular tour you will come away with a richer and deeper understanding of the many whiskies produced in Scotland and visit some of its most famous distilleries.

Itinerary


Cities Covered : Edinburgh ,  Keith

Today you begin your Scottish whisky journey with a dram at the Balmoral Hotel where you meet your whisky ambassador. Board Belmond Royal Scotsman at Edinburgh Waverly Station in the afternoon, from where your train travels north. It will pass over the Firth of Forth via the Forth Railway Bridge, a Victorian architectural feat. As you travel on board the train, enjoy afternoon tea- a British tradition. Belmond Royal Scotsman travels up the east coast of Scotland, Carnoustie, Arboath, and Aberdeen before reaching Keith, town in the Speyside region. Enjoy an informal dinner on the train, along with traditional entertainment by local Scottish musicians. 

 


Cities Covered : Keith ,  Kyle of Lochalsh ,  Plockton

Early morning you leave Keith and push towards Inverness, the capital of the Highlands. Lunch will then be served on board Belmond Royal Scotsman before you step off at Muir of Ord and enjoy a private visit of Glen Ord Distillery. As you tour this distillery you will understand how it has survived and thrived as one of the oldest in the country. Here you can also experience a tasting and nosing session of whisky that is drawn straight from a cask. Once this section of the tour ends, the Belmond Royal Scotsman will take you to Kyle of Lochalsh and you can enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery in Britain.  On this route you will pass the ancient Loch Luichart and the Torridon Mountains which, according to geologists, formed before life on earth began. Impressive scenery will greet you along the way as the train travels along the rim of Loch Carron and passes through Attadale and Stromeferry until it reaches the beautiful fishing village of Plockton. At the end of this day you will find a formal dinner awaiting you in the dining car and you can then spend time tasting coffee and liqueurs that are served in the Observation Car.


Cities Covered : Carrbridge ,  Boat of Garten

This morning head toward Carrbridge. On board the train indulge in a whisky tasting session guided by the whisky ambassador and participate in a tasting of specialist single cask. Then you can enjoy lunch as the train passes through Carrbridge and takes you to Glenlivet Distillery, which produces an iconic malt whisky associated with the Speyside region. After this tour you will head back to the train at Boat of Garten station which is located on the private Strathspey Railway. Following an informal dinner, a Scottish highlander will regale you with the tales from Scotland’s past and even give you some insight into its colorful heroes.

Cities Covered : Dunkeld ,  Perth ,  Dundee

Travelling by coach you will head to Rothiemurchus Estate which is located deep in the Cairngorms National Park. In this area you can indulge in a number of activities associated with the countryside, including clay pigeon-shooting, fishing, and an estate tour. Returning you will head to Kingussie and rejoin the train where lunch will be served as you pass through Blair Atholl and Pitlochry to Dunkeld. The latter half of the day you will visit Tullibardine Distillery located in Blackford village. Here you get a private VIP tour of the distillery and a session featuring nosing straight from the cask. Following this, visit a bonded warehouse where you will be guided through a tasting session featuring three Tullibardine Highland single malts. You will return to Belmond Royal Scotsman in Perth where you will be able to enjoy a formal dinner as the train heads to Dundee. As you listen to the beat of the music during the after-dinner entertainment, you may be enticed to participate in Scottish country dancing right on the station platform. Your unique and classic trip comes to a lively conclusion this final night.


Cities Covered : Dundee ,  Edinburgh

After breakfast, the train will head over Tay Bridge which will take you through the former Kingdom of Fife. Step off the train at Waverley Station in Edinburgh at which point your whisky ambassador will accompany you to The Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s headquarters. Here you will end your journey of Scottish culture and whisky immersion.


Departure Dates and Rates

INCLUSIONS:

  • 4 Nights accommodation on board the Belmond Royal Scotsman as per the itinerary in a State Cabin with private ensuite toilet and shower
  • Table d'hôte meals daily, including all alcoholic and other beverages
  • All entertainment and sightseeing excursions as specified in the itinerary
  • All applicable taxes
     

EXCLUSIONS:

  • Travel insurance
  • Domestic or international airfare
  • Transfers before or after your train journey
  • Gratuities for crew members
  • Items of a personal nature, souvenirs and any other items not specifically mentioned as included.
Terms and Conditions

PAYMENT TERMS:
(i) 15% of total tour cost due at the time of booking
(ii) 85% or balance no later than 65 days prior to date of the first service sold by TRAVBUZZ / PALACE TOURS

 

CHANGE FEES:
(i) one free, then 10% of total tour value for 56 days or more to date of first service sold by TRAVBUZZ / PALACE TOURS
(ii) 20% of total tour value for 55-21 days prior to date of first service sold by TRAVBUZZ / PALACE TOURS
(iii) 60% of total tour value for 20-3 days prior to date of first service sold by TRAVBUZZ / PALACE TOURS
(iv) 100% of total tour values for 2 days or less of first service sold by TRAVBUZZ / PALACE TOURS

 

CANCELLATION FEES:

(i) 15% of the total tour value if cancelled 56 days or more to date of first service sold by TRAVBUZZ / PALACE TOURS
(ii) 30% of the total tour value if cancelled 55-21 days prior to date of first service sold by TRAVBUZZ / PALACE TOURS
(iii) 70% of the total tour value if cancelled 20-3 days prior to date of first service sold by TRAVBUZZ / PALACE TOURS
(iv) 100% of the total tour value if cancelled 2 or less days prior to the date of first service sold by TRAVBUZZ / PALACE TOURS

 

 

Cancellations should be intimated by FAX to the corporate office in Princeton NJ.

The above times are based on European time. In order to provide enough time for processing cancellation, guests  need to add 3 business days to the above timeframes. An administration fees of 15% on any monies paid by the client will be charged prior to refund.

 

We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance to cover the losses incurred in case of cancellation. For information on available plans or to purchase travel insurance, please visit www.palacetours.com/insurance.






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