Rove through the countryside of Scotland and visit its cities and castles on this exceptional tour of the country’s highlands and scenery. Here, history is everywhere and adds to the romance and adventure that you will experience on board the luxury Belmond Royal Scotsman train. Stepping aboard this iconic train, you will start your journey in the city of Edinburgh and pass over the Forth Railway Bridge. Then after traveling through Arbroath, Montrose and Aberdeen, you will find yourself in the city of Keith. The scenic portion of the trip will take you through Inverness and the Kyle of Lochalsh. Visiting the wild seals near Plockton will give you a good feel for the nature in the region, or alternatively, you can delve into the history of Eilean Donan Castle. You can also experience what it is like to live in Ballindalloch Castle, indulge in an optional golf outing, or visit the Single Estate Distillery in the area. You will tour estates in the region and visit the Cairngorms National Park, finishing this spectacular trip with a visit to Glamis Castle before returning to Edinburgh. As your tour on the luxury Belmond Royal Scotsman train draws to an end you will have experienced one of the best ways to see Scotland, walked through its lush forests, and tasted the finest cuisine and whiskey to be had.
Today the Belmond Royal Scotsman embarks from Edinburgh, traveling north and crossing the Firth of Forth via the renowned Forth Railway Bridge. Enjoy afternoon tea as your train travels through Arbroath, Montrose, and Aberdeen. Arrive in Keith, where the train will stay overnight. Enjoy an informal dinner and entertainment in the Observation Car.
Leave Keith this morning as the train travels west along the Moray Fifth towards Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands.
Enjoy lunch as you journey towards Kyle of Lochalsh along a beautiful scenic route, arguably the most scenic railway route in the UK. Disembark at Plockton, a picturesque town where you can take a boat trip on the bay to see wild seals or enjoy a dram of whiskey and a traditional Highland welcome at the Plockton Hotel. Another option is to visit Eilean Bonan Castle and learn about the rich history (including its restoration) behind this iconic site.
Night is spent on the train in Kyle of Lochalsh, with a formal dinner. Afterwards, coffee and liqueurs will be available in the Observation Car.
* Please note that some dates there will be an alternative itinerary for the afternoon. Full itinerary will be available upon booking.
Depart Kyle as breakfast is served and retrace part of yesterday's route as far as Dingwall. Have your cameras ready for the views of Plockton across the bay to the left, where you can see white-washed cottages with fishing boats and yachts riding at anchor.
Disembark in Garve to visit Glen Ord Distillery, which is one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland, founded in 1838. Situated on the edge of the Black Isle, west of Inverness, Glen Ord continues to malt its own barley and to use the long fermentation and slow distillation methods followed there for generations. During your visit, enjoy a tour of the distillery as well as a private tasting and nosing session.
Travel south to Carrbridge where you disembark to explore romantic Ballindalloch Castle on beautiful Speyside.
Options at Ballindalloch 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 an
*Please note: Some departure dates may have an alternative itinerary. Early-risers will have opportunity to join a short, scenic trip to photograph the famous Eilean Donan Castle before the train heads south to Carrbridge for a tour of Glenlivet Distillery.
Travel by coach to Rothiemurchus Estate in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, where fishing, clay pigeon shooting or a tour of the estate can be enjoyed.
Re-joining the train at Kingussie, lunch is served during the journey south to Dunkeld, where you disembark for a visit to Glamis Castle, childhood home of the late HM Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.
Return to the train in Perth for a formal dinner and entertainment. Overnight stay on board in Dundee.
After breakfast, the train heads south to Edinburgh, where your journey ends.
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Train DetailsObservation CarSeated in the Observation Car you will find that it is a wonderful vantage point from where you can enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Highlands. Within this lovely car you can settle in a comfortable sofa or armchair or step out onto the open-air veranda and watch as castles, villages and glens glide by. This space is the best setting if you want to enjoy an aperitif or after-dinner drink. Here you can sit and enjoy the country-house atmosphere which is relaxed and lively while nightly entertainment helps create a memorable Scottish ambiance.CabinsJourneying through Scotland on Belmond Royal Scotsman luxury train you will be able to rest and relax in en-suite cabins that are a cozy, indulgent space in which you can savor the glorious scenery. On this train, the sleeping cars have 15 Twin Cabins, three Double Cabins and four Single Cabins including an interconnecting cabin (twin/double). Belmond Royal Scotsman stays each night at a quiet siding or station and so guests can sleep peacefully and uninterrupted.Cabin details
Dining onboard the Belmond Royal Scotsman luxury train is a highlight of the each day and each sumptuous meal is designed to showcase the cuisine of the country. The dining cars have mahogany-panels and you can opt to enjoy your meals in tables that seat four, six or eight. Fine wines, liqueurs and malt whiskies picked form our extensive cellar will accompany your meals and you choose what you prefer. The best locally sourced produce is used on this luxury train. This includes game, Aberdeen Angus beef, seafood, wild salmon from rivers and more are used by our chefs to create regional specialties. At the start of your day you can enjoy a typical Highland breakfast or one that follows the continental style. Lunch often consists of seafood like steamed mussels which you can enjoy while touring romantic harbors or if you are on the train you can indulge in seared salmon. Dinner is usually served in the dining car and here sensational dishes will be churned out by onboard chefs. Some of these include warm pigeon salad topped off with blackcurrant dressing, a main course consisting of spiced roast halibut, and dessert of sumptuous apple mousse.Two dining cars are present on the train - Raven and Swift.
Dress CodeDinners are either formal or informal onboard the Royal Scotsman luxury train. Formal and informal dinners happen on alternate nights. During formal dinners, gentlemen are urged to wear either a tuxedo or kilt while ladies are encouraged to wear a cocktail dress or something of similar fashion. Informal dinners usually require gentlemen to wear a jacket and tie. Kilts can be hired locally from Kinloch Anderson.
Contact Palace Tours if you need to purchase travel insurance. When traveling on the Belmond Royal Scotsman luxury train we recommend insurance cover for personal belongings and your luggage. Insurance will often times also cover any charges associated with the cancellation/interruption of tours and any medical bills. Details of cancellation policies can be found in our booking conditions.
In case you are not a citizen of the United Kingdom you will need a valid passport for the duration of the tour on the train. Also according to the country that issued your passport, you might require a visa when you enter into the UK. We recommend that you check with your travel agent or government before you make your plans to travel to the UK.
Children under the age of 12 are permitted onboard so contact reservations if you need further details.
If you use a wheelchair or have restricted mobility, please contact us directly, to discuss whether you can proceed with the trip on the Belmond Royal Scotsman luxury train.
Please contact us in advance if you have any special dietary requirements or any food allergies and these will be accommodated by the chef.
There are no professional medical facilities available onboard the Royal Scotsman luxury train.
The Belmond Royal Scotsman Luxury train starts its journey from Edinburgh Waverley Station. However, you are required to check-in at least 40 minutes before departure at The Balmoral Hotel. After the check-in the Host and Crewmembers will ensure that you and your luggage are escorted onto the train.
On board the train electrical outlets discharge220/240 volts.
After your journey on the Belmond Royal Scotsman luxury train the crew can reserve taxis/limousines in case you require on wards transfers, to take you to the airport or your hotel. In case you need to take advantage of this facility please contact the Train Manager in advance or arrange at the time of booking.
A “country house on wheels,” Belmond Royal Scotsman is Belmond’s unique luxury train in Scotland and has been in service since 1985. There are 9 carriages total, fitted with luxurious modern comforts, that will whisk you away on this Scottish adventure. Traveling through remote areas of Scotland by train, you will view landscapes and incredible wilderness that cannot be seen any other way.
The Belmond Royal Scotsman has 22 luxurious en-suite cabins for its 40 passengers designed in Edwardian style. There are 15 twin cabins (with two twin beds), four single cabins (one twin bed), and four double cabins (one double bed). In addition to an en-suite shower room, each cabin has a desk, wardrobe, controllable central heating, and a large window to view the passing scenery. Rich mahogany siding and gorgeous tartan fabrics create a warm and elegant Scottish haven.
No, Belmond Royal Scotsman is stationary at night in a quiet siding or station, providing greater comfort for a better night’s sleep. The train stops around 7pm at night and will resume service around 7am. Once the train is stabled for the night, you are able to step off for fresh air and to stretch your legs.
Belmond Royal Scotsman carries 40 passengers in 22 cabins. This small number creates a truly personal and intimate experience. As you travel through remote areas of Scotland, you will find yourself getting to know your fellow passengers and staff rather well over the course of the journey.
Currently, Belmond Royal Scotsman has 18 staff members to the 40 passengers on board. There is a cabin steward available to you during all hours.
Belmond Royal Scotsman is deliberately designed to immerse its passengers in Scottish culture from the moment they board. Fitted with rich mahogany paneling, colorful tartan fabrics, and large windows, the train becomes your new Scottish home.
Lunch and dinner are held in two distinct dining cars: Raven and Swift, which accommodate all passengers at a time in more intimate, family-style seating arrangements.
Throughout your journey on board the Royal Scotsman, authentic Scottish cuisine is sourced regionally using the freshest produce. In the dining carriage, an extensive range of wines and local spirits will pair nicely with your meals, as you enjoy the rich mahogany panels surrounding you. The dishes you enjoy are kept in tune with the areas of Scotland you traverse, and are sure to delight. For instance, steamed mussels may be served for lunch as the Scotsman passes harbors overlooking the ocean. The following link takes you to a sample menu where you may get a better sense of the Scotish cuisine: http://4c6c364fdf1082a37bcf-54493dc0d9255706a1b8a801c97a6044.r8.cf2.rackcdn.com/rs_dining_menu.pdf
Meals will typically take place during a two hour window. Meal times may vary day to day according to the itinerary, but generally, lunch is served from 12-2pm, and dinner is served from 7-9pm.
In addition to the Sleeping Cars and two Restaurant Cars, there is an Observation Car which is the social hub of the Royal Scotsman. This car doubles as a bar car and boasts an open-air veranda where you can step out for fresh air and to watch the scenery pass by. The Observation Car comfortably seats 40 passengers, and the veranda can hold between 2-3 people at once. Sit in the upholstered sofas, mingle with the other passengers, and try some of the 50 local whisky options available from the bar. After dinner each night, there will be local Scottish entertainment for your enjoyment, ranging from lively music to a Highlander’s dramatic storytelling.
Yes, all drinks are included in the overall price.
No, there are no TVs and no WIFI connection on board. The reasons are partly deliberate and partly logistical. Travelers are encouraged to get to know each other, converse, and take in the rich scenery around them.
Attire is smart casual on board the train, however, formal wear is advised for a special farewell dinner that concludes each journey. This may be black tie or for a truly special experience, consider hiring a traditional Highlander dress outfit. For informal dinners, a shirt and tie is recommended for gentlemen. Also, dress appropriately for outdoor excursions with comfortable footwear and practical clothing. Kilts may also be worn in a formal capacity.
Most Western European languages will be available. If a translator is needed, please contact Palace Tours to request at the time of booking.
Belmond trains are particularly popular among tourists over the age of 40. In recent years, younger clientele are becoming increasingly represented on the train as well. The majority of the clientele is American, while there are also English, Australian, and Western European travelers as well.
As you tour the beautiful scenery of Scotland, you will find old castles and modern whiskey distilleries sprinkled into the green landscape. You will also find mountains and other geographical features you didn’t know existed in Scotland, populated by Highland Cattle with thick brown coats. You may also extend or customize your journey through Scotland to see more of whichever sights interest you the most.
It is recommended that passengers have a small number of Euros for on board purchases. However, most major currencies are accepted, as well as travelers’ cheques, Eurocheques and major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners Club and JCB). The exchange rate on board is displayed in the Bar Car.
Tipping is not required on the tour, regardless of the cities visited. You may feel free to do so as your tipping culture suggests, but it is ultimately discretionary.
No. To comply with European regulations, Belmond Royal Scotsman operates a no smoking policy on board the train.
Yes, you may choose to arrive a few days early or leave later to extend your trip. Simply contact Palace Tours to discuss what you would like to add, and we will hammer out the details for you.
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Special rates are possible for children under 12 years old. Contact Palace Tours for information on these rates.
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