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The Royal Scotsman over bridge, Fine TravelDeparting from Edinburgh Waverley Station, Belmond Royal Scotsman takes guests straight to the heart of Scotland, passing through glens, lochs and mountains steeped in the lore of characters such as Rob Roy and Bonnie Prince Charles.

Guests disembark daily to visit exceptional places of interest, such as romantic castles, whisky distilleries and private residences. Life on the train is relaxed and indulgent, with the finest local produce served in the Dining Cars. After dinner, relax with rare malt in the stunning Edwardian Observation Car as your very own Highlander regales you with stories of life in Scotland in centuries gone by.

As the evening mist enshrouds the distant peaks Belmond Royal Scotsman slips quietly into a siding where it stables for the night, guaranteeing a peaceful night’s sleep.

With a variety of itineraries available from two to seven nights, a journey on Belmond Royal Scotsman is an experience to be treasured. It may have a beginning and an end but the memories will be valued forever.

Featured Belmond Royal Scotsman Itineraries

Highland Journey 3 days/2 nights

Day 1 Edinburgh – Boat of Garten

Belmond Royal Scotsman departs Edinburgh Waverley Station in the early afternoon and travels north to the ‘Fair City’ of Perth. Enjoy afternoon tea as the train continues on the Highland line through Dunkeld, Pitlochry and Blair Atholl with its imposing castle.

The rolling hills of Perthshire are replaced by more dramatic peaks and valleys as you travel north into the Highlands towards Aviemore, gateway to the Cairngorms National Park with its outstanding natural beauty and wide range of outdoor pursuits.

Your destination this evening is the peaceful Highland village of Boat of Garten on the private Strathspey Railway. An informal dinner is served, followed by entertainment in the Observation Car.

Day 2 Boat of Garten – Dundee

Travel the short distance by coach to Rothiemurchus Estate in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. Rothiemurchus Forest is one of the largest and most important remnants of the native Caledonian pine forest which used to cover most of Scotland. Choose from a number
of activities including clay pigeon-shooting, fishing or a guided tour of the estate with one of the Park Rangers. Afterwards, enjoy a warm welcome from your hosts as refreshments are served in their hunting lodge and you discover some of the rich history of this family-run estate.

Return to the train in Carrbridge for lunch before disembarking in Inverness to visit Culloden Battlefield, site of the last major battle fought on British soil on 16th April 1746. Listen to our Highlander as he paints a vivid picture of how this battle changed the way of life in the Highlands forever.

From Nairn on the Moray Firth, travel east towards Keith. Enjoy an early evening visit to Strathisla Distillery, the oldest and one of the most picturesque working distilleries in the Highlands, and home to the malt which is incorporated into one of Scotland’s most famous blends, Chivas Regal.

As the track re-joins the coast, enjoy some spectacular panoramas on the way south through Aberdeenshire and Angus. Dinner is formal this evening and afterwards you are invited to enjoy some traditional Scottish music in the Observation Car.

Day 3 Dundee -Edinburgh

Breakfast is served as the train leaves Dundee and travels south through the former Kingdom of Fife, crossing the Firth of Forth by means of the magnificent Forth Railway Bridge and arriving in Edinburgh Waverley Station where your journey ends.

Please note: itineraries may be subject to change

Western Journey 4 days/3 nights

Day 1 Edinburgh – Spean Bridge

Belmond Royal Scotsman departs Edinburgh Waverley Station in the early afternoon and travels west through Falkirk, Clydebank and Dumbarton to skirt Glasgow before reaching the northern bank of the Clyde. Near the mouth of the Clyde estuary lies Craigendoran, the starting point for the majestic West Highland Line.

Enjoy afternoon tea as you travel along the edge of Gare Loch. Loch Long comes into sight to your left, and after vanishing for a while, returns with a view of Ben Arthur (The Cobbler) with its distinctive peak. Passing Arrochar, you will glimpse your first view of Loch Lomond. The train descends almost to the water’s edge at Ardlui, and then has a hard climb up Glen Falloch, whose many waterfalls provide an impressive display.

Continuing north, the train passes through Crianlarich and Bridge of Orchy then onto Rannoch Moor, one of the last really wild parts of Scotland – according to Scots author Robert Louis Stevenson in his novel ‘Kidnapped’: “A wearier-looking desert a man never saw”. An informal dinner is served on the way to Spean Bridge followed by lively entertainment by local musicians in the Observation Car.

Day 2 Spean Bridge – Bridge Of Orchy

As the train travels west, passing through Fort William, don’t miss the views of Ben Nevis, at 1344m the UK’s highest peak. Travelling by the side of Loch Eil you then pass Glenfinnan, with its impressive curved viaduct, and Lochailort, before turning north along this dramatic coastline to Arisaig. Disembark here for a romantic walk along the beautiful Morar Sands, with breathtaking views across the Sound of Sleat to the Isle of Skye with its distinctive Cuillin Mountains.

Back on board, lunch is served as the train retraces its route towards Fort William. Disembark here and enjoy a visit to historic Glenfinnan in the company of our Highlander who brings to life the stories of Scottish heroes. Enjoy afternoon tea in the elegant drawing room at Inverlochy Castle Hotel before returning to Fort William.

Alternatively, a guided hike is available this afternoon (weather permitting). A mountain ranger guides you through the scenic Nevis Gorge to the Steall Waterfall, the second highest in the UK. This is a moderate-grade walk which is steep, rocky and slippery in places, therefore requiring a reasonable level of fitness. It is essential, prior to undertaking this two- hour walk, that you have sturdy walking boots with a good tread and ankle support, a waterproof jacket and suitable trousers. Walking boots and waterproofs can be provided, subject to availability.

Return to the train in Fort William and relax on board before an informal dinner is served as you travel south towards the tiny Argyll village of Bridge of Orchy. Afterwards, enjoy a nightcap whilst listening to the evening entertainment.

Day 3 Bridge of Orchy – Kilmarnock

Leaving Bridge of Orchy this morning, savour the dramatic Highland scenery en route south towards Glasgow and the west coast. Board the ferry in Wemyss Bay for the 35-minute crossing to the Isle of Bute. The island embraces a variety of landscapes: seashore, moorland, farmland and forest. The natural history, geography, geology and ancient history of the

island are revealed at every turn. From St Blane’s Chapel at the south of the island to the abandoned townships in Glen More at the north, it seems that every stone has its tale to tell.

Visit Mount Stuart which is Britain’s most spectacular Victorian Gothic house, the architectural fantasy of the 3rd Marquess of Bute and his architect, Sir Robert Rowand Anderson. Contrasting, mysterious interiors reflect the romantic and scholarly Marquess’ passion
for art, heraldry, astrology, mythology and religion. Mount Stuart also houses what is arguably the finest privately-held collection of family portraits in Scotland.

Following afternoon tea in the Drawing Room, explore this magnificent house, its tranquil Rock Garden, the Wee Garden containing rare plants from the southern hemisphere, the Kitchen Garden and the Victorian Pinetum. The Limetree Avenue leads you to a secluded stretch of coastline and lovely views east towards the mainland.

Return to the train in Gourock where a formal dinner is served on the move to Kilmarnock, our stabling location this evening. Retire to the Observation Car for coffee and traditional Scottish music.

Day 4 Kilmarnock – Edinburgh

After an early departure from Kilmarnock this morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast as you travel east towards Edinburgh where your journey ends, as it began, in Waverley Station.

Please note: itineraries may be subject to change

Classic Tour 5 days/4 nights

Day 1 Edinburgh – Keith

Belmond Royal Scotsman departs Edinburgh Waverley Station in the early afternoon and travels north, crossing the Firth of Forth by means of the magnificent Forth Railway Bridge. This is one of the oldest cantilever bridges to be built, designed by Benjamin Baker in the late 1880s and considered one of the greatest achievements of the Victorian Age.

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.

Day 2 Keith – Kyle of Lochalsh

Departing Keith this morning, the train travels west along the Moray Firth towards Inverness, capital of the Highlands.

Lunch is served on the way to Kyle of Lochalsh, on what is arguably the most scenic route in Britain. The line passes Loch Luichart and the Torridon mountains, which geologists believe were formed before any life began. Travel onwards through Achnasheen, then commence the climb to Luib summit and Achnashellach Forest before descending to Strathcarron. The train then follows the edge of Loch Carron through Attadale, Stromeferry and Duncraig.

At the picturesque fishing village of Plockton, take a boat trip to see the colony of wild seals and enjoy magnificent views across the bay to the Applecross Mountains. There is also a woodland walk to be enjoyed and time afterwards to enjoy a traditional Highland welcome and a dram or two in the Plockton Hotel on
the seafront.

Alternatively, visit what is widely recognised as one of Scotland’s most iconic sights, Eilean Donan Castle, situated on an island at the meeting-point of three great sea lochs and surrounded by majestic scenery. Partially destroyed in a Jacobite uprising in 1719, Eilean Donan lay in ruins for the best part of 200 years until Lieutenant Colonel John MacRae-Gilstrap bought the island in 1911 and proceeded to restore the castle to its former glory. After 20 years of toil and labour the castle was re-opened in 1932. Today, you can explore nearly every part of the castle, and enjoy a journey through the history of the area.

Return to the train in Kyle of Lochalsh, gateway to the mystical Isle of Skye, for overnight stabling. Dinner this evening is formal, followed by coffee and liqueurs in the Observation Car.

Day 3 Kyle of Lochalsh -Boat of Garten

Depart Kyle as breakfast is served and retrace part of yesterday’s route as far as Dingwall. Have your cameras ready for the views of Plockton across the bay to the left, where you can see white-washed cottages with fishing boats and yachts riding at anchor. Travelling round the edge of the Beauly Firth, the route takes you across the northern end of the Caledonian Canal shortly before reaching Inverness.

Relax over a leisurely lunch on the way south to Carrbridge. Disembark here to visit Ballindalloch, one of Scotland’s most romantic castles, with its wonderful gardens. Set in the magnificent surroundings of the Spey valley, Ballindalloch has been the home of the Macpherson-Grant family since 1546. The family has adapted their castle through time into the elegant and comfortable working estate that we see today. In
place of the castle tour, you have an opportunity to either play a round of golf on the castle’s own challenging 9-hole golf course or discover how the family are making a return to the art of whisky-making in what is Scotland’s first single estate distillery.

Return to the train at Boat of Garten on the private Strathspey Railway, and prepare for an informal dinner. Afterwards you meet our Highlander who paints a colourful picture of Scottish heroes and gives you a true sense of the ways in which life in the Highlands has dramatically changed over the centuries.

Day 4 Boat of Garten – Dundee

After breakfast, travel the short distance by coach to Rothiemurchus Estate in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. Rothiemurchus Forest is one of the largest and most important remnants of the native Caledonian pine forest which used to cover most of Scotland. Choose from a number of activities including fishing, clay pigeon-shooting and an estate tour. Afterwards, receive a warm welcome from your hosts as refreshments are served in their hunting lodge and you learn about the fascinating history of the estate which has been in the same family for over 400 years.

Return to the train in Kingussie and enjoy a leisurely lunch during the journey south through Blair Atholl and Pitlochry to Dunkeld, where you disembark for a private tour of Glamis Castle and its beautiful gardens. Glamis is seat of the Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, and childhood home of the late HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother. The Bowes-Lyon family has lived at Glamis since 1372, when Sir John Lyon was granted the thaneage of Glamis by King Robert II. Since then the castle has been visited and lived in by many members of the Scottish and British royal families.

Re-join the train in Perth and prepare for a special formal dinner en route to Dundee and your final night on board. Let the after-dinner musicians inspire you to partake of some lively Scottish country dancing on the station platform, a fitting finale to your Classic tour.

Day 5 Dundee- Edinburgh

Breakfast is served as the train leaves Dundee and crosses the Tay Bridge into the former Kingdom of Fife and on to Edinburgh where your journey ends.

Grand West Highland 6 days/5 nights

This journey combines the scenic Western and traditional Highland journeys.

Day 1 Edinburgh – Spean Bridge

Belmond Royal Scotsman departs Edinburgh Waverley Station in the early afternoon and travels west through Falkirk, Clydebank and Dumbarton to skirt Glasgow before reaching the northern bank of the Clyde. Near the mouth of the Clyde estuary lies Craigendoran, the starting point for the majestic West Highland Line.

Enjoy afternoon tea as you travel along the edge of Gare Loch. Loch Long comes into sight to your left, and after vanishing for a while, returns with a view of Ben Arthur (The Cobbler)

with its distinctive peak. Passing Arrochar, you will glimpse your first view of Loch Lomond. The train descends almost to the water’s edge at Ardlui, and then has a hard climb up Glen Falloch, whose many waterfalls provide an impressive display.

Continuing north, the train passes through Crianlarich and Bridge of Orchy then onto Rannoch Moor, one of the last really wild parts of Scotland – according to Scots author Robert Louis Stevenson in his novel ‘Kidnapped’: “A wearier-looking desert a man never saw”. An informal dinner is served on the way to Spean Bridge followed by lively entertainment by local musicians in the Observation Car.

Day 2 Spean Bridge – Bridge Of Orchy

As the train travels west, passing through Fort William, don’t miss the views of Ben Nevis, at 1344m the UK’s highest peak. Travelling by the side of Loch Eil you then pass Glenfinnan, with its impressive curved viaduct, and Lochailort, before turning north along this dramatic coastline to Arisaig. Disembark here for a romantic walk along the beautiful Morar Sands, with breathtaking views across the Sound of Sleat to the Isle of Skye with its distinctive Cuillin Mountains.

Back on board, lunch is served as the train retraces its route towards Fort William. Disembark here and enjoy a visit to historic Glenfinnan in the company of our Highlander who brings to life the stories of Scottish heroes. Enjoy afternoon tea in the elegant drawing room at Inverlochy Castle Hotel before returning to Fort William.

Alternatively, a guided hike is available this afternoon (weather permitting). A mountain ranger guides you through the scenic Nevis Gorge to the Steall Waterfall, the second highest in the UK. This is a moderate-grade walk which is steep, rocky and slippery in places, therefore requiring a reasonable level of fitness. It is essential, prior to undertaking this two- hour walk, that you have sturdy walking boots with a good tread and ankle support, a waterproof jacket and suitable trousers. Walking boots and waterproofs can be provided, subject to availability.

Return to the train in Fort William and relax on board before an informal dinner is served as you travel south towards the tiny Argyll village of Bridge of Orchy. Afterwards, enjoy a nightcap whilst listening to the evening entertainment.

Day 3 Bridge of Orchy – Kilmarnock

Leaving Bridge of Orchy this morning, savour the dramatic Highland scenery en route south towards Glasgow and the west coast. Board the ferry in Wemyss Bay for the 35-minute crossing to the Isle of Bute. The island embraces a variety of landscapes: seashore, moorland, farmland and forest. The natural history, geography, geology and ancient history of the island are revealed at every turn. From St Blane’s Chapel at the south of the island to the abandoned townships in Glen More at the north, it seems that every stone has its tale to tell.

Visit Mount Stuart which is Britain’s most spectacular Victorian Gothic house, the architectural fantasy of the 3rd Marquess of Bute and his architect, Sir Robert Rowand Anderson. Contrasting, mysterious interiors reflect the romantic and scholarly Marquess’ passion for art, heraldry, astrology, mythology and religion. Mount Stuart also houses what is arguably the finest privately-held collection of family portraits in Scotland.

Following afternoon tea in the Drawing Room, explore this magnificent house, its tranquil

Rock Garden, the Wee Garden containing rare plants from the southern hemisphere, the Kitchen Garden and the Victorian Pinetum. The Limetree Avenue leads you to a secluded stretch of coastline and lovely views east towards the mainland.

Return to the train in Gourock where a formal dinner is served on the move to Kilmarnock, our stabling location this evening. Retire to the Observation Car for coffee and traditional Scottish music.

Day 4 Kilmarnock – Edinburgh

After an early departure from Kilmarnock this morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast as you travel east towards Edinburgh where your journey ends, as it began, in Waverley Station.

Please note: itineraries may be subject to change

AT LEISURE

Spend your morning in Edinburgh by joining a guided tour and enjoying a light lunch before returning to the train for the next part of your journey. Alternatively, enjoy some free time to explore Scotland’s vibrant capital city.

Day 1 Edinburgh – Boat Garten

Belmond Royal Scotsman departs Edinburgh Waverley Station in the early afternoon and travels north to the ‘Fair City’ of Perth. Enjoy afternoon tea as the train continues on the Highland line through Dunkeld, Pitlochry and Blair Atholl with its imposing castle.

The rolling hills of Perthshire are replaced by more dramatic peaks and valleys as you travel north into the Highlands towards Aviemore, gateway to the Cairngorms National Park with its outstanding natural beauty and wide range of outdoor pursuits.

Your destination this evening is the peaceful Highland village of Boat of Garten on the private Strathspey Railway. An informal dinner is served, followed by entertainment in the Observation Car.

Day 2 Boat Garten – Dundee

Travel the short distance by coach to Rothiemurchus Estate in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. Rothiemurchus Forest is one of the largest and most important remnants of the native Caledonian pine forest which used to cover most of Scotland. Choose from a number of activities including clay pigeon-shooting, fishing or a guided tour of the estate with one of the Park Rangers. Afterwards, enjoy a warm welcome from your hosts as refreshments are served in their hunting lodge and you discover some of the rich history of this family-run estate.

Return to the train in Carrbridge for lunch before disembarking in Inverness to visit Culloden Battlefield, site of the last major battle fought on British soil on 16th April 1746. Listen to our Highlander as he paints a vivid picture of how this battle changed the way of life in the Highlands forever.

From Nairn on the Moray Firth, travel east towards Keith. Enjoy an early evening visit to Strathisla Distillery, the oldest and one of the most picturesque working distilleries in the Highlands, and home to the malt which is incorporated into one of Scotland’s most famous blends, Chivas Regal.

As the track re-joins the coast, enjoy some spectacular panoramas on the way south through Aberdeenshire and Angus. Dinner is formal this evening and afterwards you are invited to enjoy some traditional Scottish music in the Observation Car.

Day 3 Dundee – Edinburgh

Breakfast is served as the train leaves Dundee and travels south through the former Kingdom of Fife, crossing the Firth of Forth by means of the magnificent Forth Railway Bridge and arriving in Edinburgh Waverley Station where your journey ends.

Please note: itineraries may be subject to change

Grand North Western 8 days / 7 nights

This journey commences with our scenic Classic Journey, followed by our Western journey. This combination of itineraries promises the very best of Scotland.

Edinburgh Waverley

Day 1 Edinburgh – Keith

Belmond Royal Scotsman departs Edinburgh Waverley Station in the early afternoon and travels north, crossing the Firth of Forth by means of the magnificent Forth Railway Bridge. This is one of the oldest cantilever bridges to be built, designed by Benjamin Baker in the late 1880s and considered one of the greatest achievements of the Victorian Age.

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.

Day 2 Keith – Kyle of Lochalsh

Departing Keith this morning, the train travels west along the Moray Firth towards Inverness, capital of the Highlands.

Lunch is served on the way to Kyle of Lochalsh, on what is arguably the most scenic route in Britain. The line passes Loch Luichart and the Torridon mountains, which geologists believe were formed before any life began. Travel onwards through Achnasheen, then commence the climb to Luib summit and Achnashellach Forest before descending to Strathcarron. The train then follows the edge of Loch Carron through Attadale, Stromeferry and Duncraig.

At the picturesque fishing village of Plockton, take a boat trip to see the colony of wild seals and enjoy magnificent views across the bay to the Applecross Mountains. There is also a woodland walk to be enjoyed and time afterwards to enjoy a traditional Highland welcome and a dram or two in the Plockton Hotel on the seafront.

Alternatively, visit what is widely recognised as one of Scotland’s most iconic sights, Eilean Donan Castle, situated on an island at the meeting-point of three great sea lochs and surrounded by majestic scenery. Partially destroyed in a Jacobite uprising in 1719, Eilean Donan lay in ruins for the best part of 200 years until Lieutenant Colonel John MacRae-Gilstrap bought the island in 1911 and proceeded to restore the castle to its former glory. After 20 years of toil and labour the castle was re-opened in 1932. Today, you can explore nearly every part of the castle, and enjoy a journey through the history of the area.

Return to the train in Kyle of Lochalsh, gateway to the mystical Isle of Skye, for overnight stabling. Dinner this evening is formal, followed by coffee and liqueurs in the Observation Car.

Day 3 Kyle of Lochalsh – Boat of Garten

Depart Kyle as breakfast is served and retrace part of yesterday’s route as far as Dingwall. Have your cameras ready for the views of Plockton across the bay to the left, where you can see white-washed cottages with fishing boats and yachts riding at anchor. Travelling round the edge of the Beauly Firth, the route takes you across the northern end of the Caledonian Canal shortly before reaching Inverness.

Relax over a leisurely lunch on the way south to Carrbridge. Disembark here to visit Ballindalloch, one of Scotland’s most romantic castles, with its wonderful gardens. Set in the magnificent surroundings of the Spey valley, Ballindalloch has been the home of the Macpherson-Grant family since 1546. The family has adapted their castle through time into the elegant and comfortable working estate that we see today. In place of the castle tour, you have an opportunity to either play a round of golf on the castle’s own challenging 9-hole golf course or discover how the family are making a return to the art of whisky-making in what is Scotland’s first single estate distillery.

Return to the train at Boat of Garten on the private Strathspey Railway, and prepare for an informal dinner. Afterwards you meet our Highlander who paints a colourful picture of Scottish heroes and gives you a true sense of the ways in which life in the Highlands has dramatically changed over the centuries.

Day 4 Boat of Garten – Dundee

After breakfast, travel the short distance by coach to Rothiemurchus Estate in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. Rothiemurchus Forest is one of the largest and most important remnants of the native Caledonian pine forest which used to cover most of Scotland. Choose from a number of activities including fishing, clay pigeon-shooting and an estate tour. Afterwards, receive a warm welcome from your hosts as refreshments are served in their hunting lodge and you learn about the fascinating history of the estate which has been in the same family for over 400 years.

Return to the train in Kingussie and enjoy a leisurely lunch during the journey south through Blair Atholl and Pitlochry to Dunkeld, where you disembark for a private tour of Glamis Castle and its beautiful gardens. Glamis is seat of the Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, and childhood home of the late HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother. The Bowes-Lyon family has lived at Glamis since 1372, when Sir John Lyon was granted the thaneage of Glamis by King Robert II. Since then the castle has been visited and lived in by many members of the Scottish and British royal families.

Re-join the train in Perth and prepare for a special formal dinner en route to Dundee and your final night on board. Let the after-dinner musicians inspire you to partake of some lively Scottish country dancing on the station platform, a fitting finale to your Classic tour.

Day 5 Dundee – Edinburgh

Breakfast is served as the train leaves Dundee and crosses the Tay Bridge into the former Kingdom of Fife and on to Edinburgh where your journey ends.

TIME AT LEISURE

Spend your morning in Edinburgh by joining a guided tour and enjoying a light lunch before returning to the train for the next part of your journey. Alternatively, enjoy some free time to explore Scotland’s vibrant capital city.

Edinburgh Waverley

Day 1 – Edinburgh – Spean Bridge

Belmond Royal Scotsman departs Edinburgh Waverley Station in the early afternoon and travels west through Falkirk, Clydebank and Dumbarton to skirt Glasgow before reaching the northern bank of the Clyde. Near the mouth of the Clyde estuary lies Craigendoran, the starting point for the majestic West Highland Line.

Enjoy afternoon tea as you travel along the edge of Gare Loch. Loch Long comes into sight to your left, and after vanishing for a while, returns with a view of Ben Arthur (The Cobbler) with its distinctive peak. Passing Arrochar, you will glimpse your first view of Loch Lomond. The train descends almost to the water’s edge at Ardlui, and then has a hard climb up Glen Falloch, whose many waterfalls provide an impressive display.

Continuing north, the train passes through Crianlarich and Bridge of Orchy then onto Rannoch Moor, one of the last really wild parts of Scotland – according to Scots author Robert Louis Stevenson in his novel ‘Kidnapped’: “A wearier-looking desert a man never saw”. An informal dinner is served on the way to Spean Bridge followed by lively entertainment by local musicians in the Observation Car.

Day 2 Spean Bridge – Bridge of Orchy

As the train travels west, passing through Fort William, don’t miss the views of Ben Nevis, at 1344m the UK’s highest peak. Travelling by the side of Loch Eil you then pass Glenfinnan, with its impressive curved viaduct, and Lochailort, before turning north along this dramatic coastline to Arisaig. Disembark here for a romantic walk along the beautiful Morar Sands, with breathtaking views across the Sound of Sleat to the Isle of Skye with its distinctive Cuillin Mountains.

Back on board, lunch is served as the train retraces its route towards Fort William. Disembark here and enjoy a visit to historic Glenfinnan in the company of our Highlander who brings to life the stories of Scottish heroes. Enjoy afternoon tea in the elegant drawing room at Inverlochy Castle Hotel before returning to Fort William.

Alternatively, a guided hike is available this afternoon (weather permitting). A mountain ranger guides you through the scenic Nevis Gorge to the Steall Waterfall, the second highest in the UK. This is a moderate-grade walk which is steep, rocky and slippery in places, therefore requiring a reasonable level of fitness. It is essential, prior to undertaking this two- hour walk, that you have sturdy walking boots with a good tread and ankle support, a waterproof jacket and suitable trousers. Walking boots and waterproofs can be provided, subject to availability.

Return to the train in Fort William and relax on board before an informal dinner is served as you travel south towards the tiny Argyll village of Bridge of Orchy. Afterwards, enjoy a nightcap whilst listening to the evening entertainment.

Day 3 Bridge of Orchy – Kilmarnock

Leaving Bridge of Orchy this morning, savour the dramatic Highland scenery en route south towards Glasgow and the west coast. Board the ferry in Wemyss Bay for the 35-minute crossing to the Isle of Bute. The island embraces a variety of landscapes: seashore, moorland, farmland and forest. The natural history, geography, geology and ancient history of the island are revealed at every turn. From St Blane’s Chapel at the south of the island to the abandoned townships in Glen More at the north, it seems that every stone has its tale to tell.

Visit Mount Stuart which is Britain’s most spectacular Victorian Gothic house, the architectural fantasy of the 3rd Marquess of Bute and his architect, Sir Robert Rowand Anderson. Contrasting, mysterious interiors reflect the romantic and scholarly Marquess’ passion for art, heraldry, astrology, mythology and religion. Mount Stuart also houses what is arguably the finest privately-held collection of family portraits in Scotland.

Following afternoon tea in the Drawing Room, explore this magnificent house, its tranquil Rock Garden, the Wee Garden containing rare plants from the southern hemisphere, the Kitchen Garden and the Victorian Pinetum. The Limetree Avenue leads you to a secluded stretch of coastline and lovely views east towards the mainland.

Return to the train in Gourock where a formal dinner is served on the move to Kilmarnock, our stabling location this evening. Retire to the Observation Car for coffee and traditional Scottish music.

Day 4 Bridge of Orchy – Kilmarnock

After an early departure from Kilmarnock this morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast as you travel east towards Edinburgh where your journey ends, as it began, in Waverley Station.

Please note: itineraries may be subject to change

 

General information

Inclusions:

  • The Royal Scotsman Passengers, Fine TravelIncludes travel and overnight twin share accommodation on board Belmond Royal Scotsman
  • Price includes all meals and drinks (including alcoholic beverages) on board.
  • Sightseeing tours and entertainment as mentioned in the selected itinerary.
  • On board hosts throughout.
  • Children under 12 years (on date of travel) are not permitted

 

Extra information

Cabins

The Sleeping Cars provide fourteen twin, two double and four single State Cabins, beautifully fitted out in rich marquetry, each providing a comfortable and intimate area to relax and enjoy the stunning scenery of Scotland.

Each cabin has its own private bathroom with shower, wash-basin and toilet, constant hot water, high quality toiletries and fresh fluffy white towels every day. Other facilities include:

  • The Royal Scotsman Cabin, Fine TravelLower beds
  • Dressing table
  • Full-length wardrobe
  • Hairdryer
  • Individually controlled heating
  • Cooling ceiling fans
  • Opening windows
  • Cabin service call button

Each bed is furnished with one feather and one foam pillow, feather duvet and cotton quilted bed covers. Non-feather duvets are also available on request. With the train stabled at night in a quiet siding or station, you are assured a good night’s sleep.

Dining & Cuisine

The Royal Scotsman Dining, Fine TravelDining on Belmond Royal Scotsman is an exquisite experience. Our fixed menus reflect the many seasonal changes and are consistently regarded as amongst the very finest in Britain.

The train’s chefs create dishes to exacting standards despite the restricted space. Dining on board the beautifully decorated, mahogany-panelled dining room is an experience to savour with meals prepared with local ingredients, such as Scottish smoked salmon, and served with wine for all tastes.

Our extensive cellar provides a range of fine wines to accompany lunch and dinner, and we offer a fine range of liqueurs and malt whiskies. The choice of a full Scottish cooked breakfast or a continental breakfast is available every morning.

Both Dining Cars are beautifully decorated with rich mahogany panelling and luxurious fabrics. Victory provides sixteen elegant settings grouped in twos and fours, while Raven has larger tables for six or eight. This offers you the chance to make new friends with your fellow guests or simply enjoy the company of the one you’re with.

Formal and Informal Dinners

There are formal and informal dinners aboard Belmond Royal Scotsman, usually on alternate nights. For the formal dinners we encourage a tuxedo or kilt for gentleman and a cocktail dress or similar evening wear for ladies. For the informal dinners a jacket and tie is the norm for gentlemen, except at times of unusually hot weather

 

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