Board one of the UK's most luxurious trains for this grand Highland fling
- Pair the glamour of a luxury rail journey with the beauty of the Scottish Highlands
- Stay in a wood-panelled cabin aboard a restored Pullman carriage
- Visit Rothiemurchus Estate for some traditional country pursuits
- Enjoy a guided tour of the Culloden Battlefield and a whisky tasting at Strathisia Distillery
- Spend a night in Edinburg at one of the city's most luxurious hotels
- 1 Night Edinburgh
- 1 Night Boat of Garten
- 1 Night Dundee
Natural world | No-fly | Rail journey | Short break
Travelling in unmatched style, this luxury rail journey brings you right into the heart of the Scottish Highlands, making the most of Scotland's rich cultural heritage with visits to grand country estates and historic distilleries. It's all set to a backdrop of some of the UK's most spectacular wilderness, as you travel aboard the Belmond Royal Scotsman on a 720-mile loop across dramatic highlands and past glittering lochs, with opportunities to take part in a variety of included off-train activities and sightseeing excursions along the way. Expect everything from whisky tastings and battlefield tours to fishing and clay pigeon shooting. And, back on board, you'll be treated to Michelin-standard dining and evening entertainment inspired by the region.
Day by day itinerary
Arrive into Edinburgh and make your way to your hotel, found at Edinburgh's most prestigious address – No. 1 Princes Street. A landmark in the city centre, the historic building's grand clock still dominates the skyline, while its location with stunning views of Edinburgh Castle is the perfect base to relax or explore the sights all within a short walk of its warm hospitality.
Stay: The Balmoral Hotel (Deluxe)
Edinburgh to Boat of Garten
Board the Pullman coaches of the Belmond Royal Scotsman in the early afternoon and settle into your wood-panelled cabin, all warm tones, detailed marquetry, rich fabrics and Edwardian country-house appeal. Then, as the train heads north from Waverley, crossing the Firth of Forth via the iconic Forth Railway Bridge, you'll relax with a sumptuous afternoon served in the intimate setting of the dining car. It's then time to sit back and enjoy the ever-more-dramatic landscapes of the Scottish Highlands rushing past your window, later mingling with your fellow passengers at dinner, drinks and a night of Highlands entertainment in the Observation Car as you head towards Boat of Garten.
Stay: Belmond Royal Scotsman
Meals: B D
Kickstart the day with a gourmet breakfast in the restaurant car, then disembark to travel by coach to Rothiemurchus Estate in the heart of Cairngorms National Park. This sprawling country estate is a vast region of rivers, lochs and old-growth forests, owned and cared for almost 500 years by the Grant family. It's a truly magical setting in which to try your hand at fishing or clay-pigeon shooting. Or, join a ranger-led tour of the estate, perhaps catching a glimpse of roaming deer or a soaring osprey. Then, it's time to rejoin the train for lunch and a scenic journey to Culloden Battlefield, the site of the last battle of the Jacobite Rising, before an evening visit to Strathisia Distillery. Here, an expert guide will introduce you to what is one of the world's oldest working distilleries, home to one of Scotland's most famous whiskies – Chivas. Finally, return to the train for dinner and more spectacular Highlands views as you wend your way through Aberdeenshire to Angus.
Stay: Belmond Royal Scotsman
Meals: B L D
Dundee to Edinburgh
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast as you leave Dundee behind and return to Edinburgh, with time to see some of the city's sights before heading home or continuing your Scotland holiday.
Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.
4-day no-fly luxury rail journey
from £4,550 pp
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