Belmond Royal Scotsman: Scotland’s Classic Splendours
- 6 Days
- From £5,599
- United Kingdom
- Return first class rail from your local station and a night at the 5* Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh
- A 4 night journey aboard the Belmond Royal Scotsman including gourmet dining and onboard entertainment
- A seal watching boat trip from Plockton
- A visit to the Glen Ord Distillery, established in 1838 and one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland
- A visit to the Rothiemurchus Estate with a choice of country pursuits such as fishing and clay pigeon shooting
- Decide when you would like to travel
- Leave from your local station
- Add extra nights, destinations and/or tours
- First Class return rail travel to Edinburgh with seat reservations
- Overnight 5* hotel accommodation in Edinburgh with breakfast
- Double cabin on the Belmond Royal Scotsman for 4 nights
- All meals and drinks onboard
- All excursions as detailed in the itinerary
Take the train from your local station and make your way to the Scottish capital Edinburgh. On arrival, check in for an overnight stay at the Balmoral Hotel (or similar), located within easy reach of the station and the Royal Mile.
Spend the rest of the day exploring the city. Enjoy an invigorating walk up to Arthur’s Seat or head to historic Leith for a visit to the Royal Yacht Britannia?
Enjoy a morning at leisure in Edinburgh. Why not head up to the famous castle or browse the shops along the Royal Mile?
In the early afternoon, make your way back to the station and board the gleaming carriages of the Royal Scotsman. Settle into your beautifully appointed cabin as the train crosses the Firth of Forth via the magnificent Forth Rail Bridge and heads towards Aberdeen. A leisurely afternoon tea is served in your cabin and then in the evening, enjoy a 4-course dinner in the restaurant cars with entertainment to follow in the Observation Car.
The train travels west this morning, along the Moray Firth towards Inverness, the capital of the Highlands. During lunch in the restaurant cars, the Royal Scotsman continues towards Kyle of Lochalsh along one of the UK’s most scenic rail routes. You’ll disembark in the fishing village of Plockton and then take a boat trip to see a colony of wild seals along with sweeping views across to the Applecross Mountains.
Back onboard the train, a formal dinner is served, followed by coffee and liqueurs in the Observation Car.
This morning, you can either take an early-morning walk across the bridge linking the Isle of Skye with the mainland accompanied by your onboard host or alternatively take a short drive to Eilean Donan Castle (pictured), one of Scotland’s most famous sights. Leave Kyle of Localsh as breakfast is served and head towards Garve, where you’ll disembark for a guided tour of one of Scotland’s oldest whiskey distilleries at Glen Ord. There will be time for a private tasting after the tour before your journey continues south to Carrbridge. Here, you’ll visit romantic Ballindalloch Castle where there are options for a private castle tour, 9 holes of golf or a visit to the castle’s own distillery.
After breakfast onboard this morning, you will be taken by coach to Rothiemurchus Estate in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. Here, you can choose between a tour of the estate, fishing or clay pigeon shooting.
Back onboard the train at Kingussie, lunch is served as you travel south towards Dunkeld. You will disembark here for a visit to Glamis Castle, which was the childhood home of the late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. There is a final formal dinner this evening with traditional entertainment as you stop for the night in Dundee.
A leisurely breakfast is served this morning before you arrive back into Edinburgh Waverley station. From here, you can either catch a connecting train back to your local station or why not extend your stay in Scotland with a couple of extra nights in Edinburgh. You could even travel south via the Lake District or the historic city of Durham. Please call for more information.
Typical hotels on this itinerary
Offering a prime location on Princes Street, a short distance from Edinburgh Waverley station, the Balmoral is a luxurious hotel that has been welcoming guests since 1902. Bedrooms are spacious with tea & coffee making facilities, marble bathrooms and complimentary toiletries from Forte Organics. On-site facilities include a swimming pool and spa, two restaurants (one Michelin-starred) and two bars. Palm Court offers a convivial atmosphere for afternoon tea.