Embark on a journey through the ages as you explore western Scotland on a journey that perfectly blends untamed natural beauty with spellbinding historic sites.
The train departs from Edinburgh in the early afternoon, crossing the Firth of Forth by means of the magnificent Forth Railway Bridge.
Enjoy afternoon tea as you journey through the former Kingdom of Fife. The train follows the east coast, passing through Arbroath, Montrose and Aberdeen before arriving in the market town of Keith.
Enjoy an informal dinner followed by entertainment in the Observation car.
This morning you’ll travel west along the Moray Firth towards Inverness, capital of the Highlands.
Lunch is served on the way to Kyle of Lochalsh, one of the most scenic routes in Britain. The line passes Loch Luichart and the Torridon mountains.
At the picturesque fishing village of Plockton, take a boat trip to meet a colony of wild seals. Set off on a woodland walk, with time afterwards to enjoy a traditional Highland welcome in the Plockton Hotel.
Alternatively visit Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotland’s most iconic sites. It’s situated on an island at the meeting-point of three great lochs and surrounded by majestic scenery. You can explore nearly every part of the castle, journeying through its dramatic history.
Return to the train in Kyle of Lochalsh. A formal dinner is served this evening, followed by coffee and liqueurs in the Observation Car.
Depart from Kyle of Lochalsh as breakfast is served, retracing part of yesterday's route. Travel around the edge of the Beauly Firth, across the northern end of the Caledonian Canal before reaching Inverness.
Relax over a leisurely lunch on the way south to Carrbridge. Here you’ll visit Ballindalloch, one of Scotland's most romantic castles. Take a tour of the building and grounds, or take the opportunity to play a round of golf on the castle’s 9-hole course. Optionally you can visit the castle’s single estate whisky distillery.
Return to the train at Boat of Garten and prepare for an informal dinner. Afterwards our Highlander will paint a colourful picture of Scottish heroes, telling stories that detail the history of the Highlands.
After breakfast, transfer to Rothiemurchus Estate in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. Choose from a number of activities including fishing, clay pigeon-shooting or an estate tour. Afterwards refreshments are served in their hunting lodge.
Return to the train in Kingussie and enjoy a leisurely lunch during the journey south. At Dunkeld you’ll disembark for a private tour of Glamis Castle and its beautiful gardens.
Re-join the train in Perth and prepare for a formal dinner en route to Dundee. Let the after-dinner musicians inspire you to partake of some lively Scottish country dancing.
Breakfast is served as the train leaves Dundee and crosses the Tay Bridge.
Disembark in Edinburgh where you will be escorted to the Royal Yacht Britannia for a guided tour followed by a light lunch on board. Alternatively, enjoy some free time to explore Scotland's vibrant capital city.
Re-join the train in the early afternoon and travel west. Near the mouth of the Clyde estuary lies Craigendoran, the starting point of the West Highland Line. Enjoy afternoon tea as you travel along the edge of Gare Loch.
Continuing north, the train passes through Crianlarich and Bridge of Orchy then onto Rannoch Moor, one of the last truly wild parts of Scotland. An informal dinner is served on the way to Spean Bridge followed by lively entertainment by local musicians in the Observation Car.
As the train travels west don't miss the views of Ben Nevis, the UK's highest peak. Disembark at Arisaig for an evocative walk along the beautiful Morar Sands, with breathtaking views across the Sound of Sleat.
Lunch is served back on board as the train retraces its route towards Fort William. Disembark here and visit historic Glenfinnan in the company of our storytelling Highlander. Enjoy cream tea in the elegant drawing room at Inverlochy Castle Hotel before returning to Fort William. Alternatively go on a guided hike of Nevis Gorge, weather permitting.
Relax on board before an informal dinner is served as you travel south.
Leaving Bridge of Orchy this morning, savour the dramatic Highland scenery en route to Glasgow. Board the ferry in Wemyss Bay for the 35-minute crossing to the Isle of Bute, which boasts a mesmerising variety of landscapes.
Visit Mount Stuart, one of Britain's most spectacular Victorian Gothic house and the architectural fantasy of the third Marquess of Bute. Mysterious interiors reflect the Marquess' passion for art, astrology, mythology and religion.
Following afternoon tea in the Drawing Room, explore this magnificent house and gardens.
Back on board, take time to relax and prepare for a formal dinner. Afterwards, head to the Observation Car for entertainment and farewell drinks.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on the move this morning as you travel east towards Edinburgh, where you’ll disembark for your onward travel arrangements.
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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% 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.
Our luxury cabins provide a welcome sanctuary after a day in the Highlands. Lined with rich marquetry, each one features plush beds fitted with soft Scottish wools and tartans. An elegant dressing table and en suite add to the indulgence. Let your mind wander as you gaze through the generous picture window—they’re made for daydreaming.
We recommend you arrange suitable insurance to cover personal belongings, cancellation/interruption, medical and luggage. Details of cancellation policies can be found in our booking conditions.
If you are not a UK citizen, you must have a valid passport that will remain valid beyond the duration of your journey. Depending on which country issues your passport, you may need a visa for entry into the UK. Please check with your travel agent or government agency before travelling to the UK.
For safety reasons, pets are not permitted on the train. However, if you are travelling with an assistance dog please contact us to discuss further.
Please note children under the age of 12 are permitted travel, however please contact us to discuss full details.
Wheelchair users or those with restricted mobility are asked to contact us directly to discuss the suitability of a journey aboard the Belmond Royal Scotsman.
Special diets can be accommodated with our Chef. Please be sure to tell us in advance of any allergies, food related or not.
Please advise Belmond Royal Scotsman office or your travel agent of any health restrictions before travelling with us. No specific vaccinations are required for entry into the UK. It is advised, however, that you consult your doctor or physician for requirements based on your travel itinerary, or for any personal health recommendations relating to your journey. Please note that there are no professional medical facilities on Belmond Royal Scotsman.
In accordance with Scottish Law, smoking is not permitted on board.
The train departs from Edinburgh Waverley Station. Check-in is at least 40 minutes prior to departure at The Balmoral Hotel, after which our Host and Crewmembers will escort you and your luggage onto the train.
Cabins have limited space, therefore we recommend each guest travels with one suitcase and one carry-on bag. Twin State Cabins have storage space under each bed measuring 71cm x 23cm. If necessary, facilities are available at The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh for luggage storage during your journey. If you are staying at another hotel, please ask the Hotel Manager. Prior to boarding, please attach a Belmond The Royal Scotsman luggage label/tag to each piece of your luggage.
For daytime excursions and relaxing on board, we recommend casual, comfortable clothing. In the evening we recommend a jacket and tie for informal dinners and black tie/tuxedo or kilt for formal dinners.
There are electrical outlets in all cabins. Electricity in the UK runs on 220/240 volts. You may wish to bring an adaptor for electrical appliances.
We are pleased to recommend a selection of hotels for your stay before or after your journey. Please contact us to make a booking or the hotel directly.
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