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Belmond Royal Scotsman

Belmond Royal Scotsman: Scotland’s Classic Splendours

6-day luxury rail journey from £6,225 pp

Summary

Short description

A definitive appreciation of Scottish scenery and icons aboard the country’s most luxurious train

Highlights

  • Travel in baronial opulence on one of the world’s great trains
  • Pause at grand estates, whisky distilleries and wild seal colonies
  • Taste your way through included multi-course dining and open-bar delicacies
  • Compare coastal views, Highlands summits and river-side sweeps
  • Enjoy a night in what is perhaps the Scottish capital’s best hotel

In Brief

  • 1 Night Edinburgh
  • 1 Night Keith
  • 1 Night Kyle of Lochalsh
  • 1 Night Boat of Garten
  • 1 Night Dundee

About

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No-fly | Rail journey

In amongst both spectacular coastal and Highlands scenery, this iconic route will see you pause for everything from centuries-old castles and whisky distilleries to clay pigeon shoots in national-park estates and a boat trip to a mountain-backdropped seal colony. All the while, you’ll be travelling on one of the world’s finest trains, washing down three-course lunches and four-course dinners with open-bar delights, before retiring to the spa carriage or observation car for further relaxation. Together, this represents the perfect encapsulation of the best in Scottish fineries.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Welcome to Edinburgh

With a night in one of Scotland’s most iconic properties – The Balmoral – you’ll have all of the Scottish capital’s highlights on your doorstep. So, after returning from the city-wide views of Arthur’s Seat or Edinburgh Castle’s century-old battlements, you’ll return to the sweeping staircases and Victorian extravagance that plays across your hotel’s fine-dining restaurant, spa and superb accommodation.

Stay: The Balmoral Hotel (Deluxe)

Day 2
Edinburgh to Keith

Today, with Waverly Station next-door to your hotel, you’ll board the magnificent Belmond Royal Scotsman in the early afternoon. You’ll be greeted by your personal steward, who’ll be able to show you between the observation car, open bar and spa carriage. It all comes dressed in fine wood panelling and lush fabrics – the trappings of a historic Highlands estate. Your journey will then start with the landmark Forth Railway Bridge and its spectacular estuary views before you venture towards the Highlands. Along the way, afternoon tea will be served, backdropped by the coastal towns of Arbroath and Montrose before the church spires of Aberdeen see you onto the idyllic Highlands town of Keith for your first four-course dinner. Expect fine dining of local seafood and game paired with traditional Scottish entertainment.

Stay: The Belmond Royal Scotsman (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 3
Keith to Kyle of Lochalsh

After the first of your gourmet breakfasts, you’ll enjoy the coastal views of the Moray Firth inlet as you pass by Inverness, capital of the Highlands. A three-course lunch is then served as you cross coasts to Kyle of Lochalsh – a historic peninsular village. You’ll be travelling what is arguably the UK’s most impressive railway route, mapping Highlands scenery as you climb to the Luib summit and the Achnashellach Forest before descending to the riverside hamlet of Strathcarron. Here, you’re invited to visit the postcard-perfect Attadale Gardens. Or, stay onboard to the picturesque village of Plockton, where a boat trip will bring you between a colony of wild seals and stunning bay views of the Applecross Mountains. You’ll also be able to enjoy a woodland walk, ending at the idyllic waterside setting of the Plockton Hotel. Back on onboard, dinner is formal, proceeded by coffee and liqueurs in the observation carriage.

Stay: The Belmond Royal Scotsman (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 4
Kyle of Lochalsh to Boat of Garten

Perhaps join your onboard host for an early-morning walk over the bridge to the Isle of Skye before breakfast is served as you retrace part of yesterday’s route. Look out for the white-washed cottages and fishing boats of Plockton before the train threads its way north – the perfect opportunity to join the onboard whisky connoisseur for an informal tasting in the observation car. Lunch is served before you arrive in Carrbridge, where you’ll have a choice of an exclusive look at Scotland’s only single-estate distillery or a private tour of the 16th-century Ballindalloch Castle. The train continues on to Boat of Garten, a small post town on a private railway where, after an informal dinner, you’ll be regaled with Highlands tales and weaponry displays onboard.

Stay: The Belmond Royal Scotsman (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 5
Boat of Garten to Dundee

After breakfast, an overland transfer will see you up into the fells of the Cairngorms National Park, where you’ll have a choice of fishing, clay pigeon shooting or an estate tour. You’ll rejoin the train for lunch, served on the journey south through the Cairngorms’ fells to Dunkeld. Here, you’ll disembark to visit Glamis Castle. With a history dating back nearly a thousand years, its grand turrets were the childhood home of the late Queen Mother. You’ll return to the train in river-side Perth for a formal dinner and entertainment as you end the night in Dundee on the grand Firth of Tay waterway.

Stay: The Belmond Royal Scotsman (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 6
Dundee to Edinburgh

After a last indulgent breakfast, the train heads south to Edinburgh where you'll disembark and make your onward journey home. Alternatively, speak with your Wexas consultant about extending your stay in this great city.

Meals: B

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Pricing

Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Deluxe

6-day luxury rail journey from £6,225 pp

Deluxe

Low Season

from £6,225 pp.

High Season

from £6,675 pp.

Includes

  • 1 night pre tour accommodation at The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh on a BB basis
  • Four nights aboard the Royal Scotsman luxury train
  • 24-hour steward service
  • All meals aboard the train: full Scottish breakfast, three-course lunch, and four-course dinner including cheeseboard, coffee, tea, and petits fours
  • All beverages including alcoholic drinks
  • A seal-watching boat trip
  • A trip to Ballindalloch Castle
  • A visit to Rothiemurchus Estate with a choice of country pursuits
  • A guided tour of Glamis Castle and gardens
  • Traditional entertainment on board

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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