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.
Meet your whisky ambassador in the Balmoral Hotel and enjoy a welcome dram before departure. Belmond Royal Scotsman departs Edinburgh Waverley Station and travels north across the Firth of Forth over the magnificent Forth Railway Bridge.
Afternoon tea is served as you journey through the former Kingdom of Fife. The train continues east along the coast, passing through Carnoustie, Arbroath and Aberdeen before arriving in the market town of Keith in the heart of the Speyside whisky region.
After an informal dinner, enjoy traditional Scottish entertainment by local musicians.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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). The Belmond Royal Scotsman stays each night at a quiet siding or station and so guests can sleep peacefully and uninterrupted.Cabin details
Dining CarDining 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 Belmond 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.
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.
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, the 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 Belmond 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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