Belmond Royal Scotsman : Journeys

Belmond Royal Scotsman Journeys

Taste of the Highlands (3 days/2 nights)

Highlights:

  • Rothiemurchus Estate
  • Culloden Battlefield
  • Strathisla Distillery

Day one: Edinburgh
Departing Edinburgh in the early afternoon, journey north through the former Kingdom of Fife, then up into the dramatic scenery of the Highlands.

In the evening an informal dinner is served, followed by entertainment in the Observation Car.

Overnight in Boat of Garten.
Meals: D

Day two: Rothiemurchus
After breakfast, you travel by coach to Rothiemurchus Estate in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. Rothiemurchus offers a magical setting in which to try a spot of clay-pigeon shooting or fishing or a tour of the estate. Rejoin the train for lunch and travel to Culloden Battlefield for a private tour. Enjoy an evening visit to Strathisla Distillery, one of the oldest working distilleries and home to one of Scotland's most famous whiskies.

Back on board enjoy some spectacular panoramas on the way south through Aberdeenshire and Angus. A formal dinner is served on the way to Dundee.
Meals: B, L, D

Day three: Edinburgh
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast as you leave Dundee behind and return to Edinburgh.
Meals: B

Western Scenic Wonders (4 days/3 nights)

Highlights:

  • Loch Lomond
  • Ben Nevis
  • Inverlochy Castle
  • Steall Waterfall
  • Mount Stuart

Day one: Edinburgh
The train departs Edinburgh in the early afternoon and heads west through Falkirk, reaching Craigendoran, the starting point for the West Highland Line.

Enjoy an indulgent afternoon tea and look out for a first glimpse of Loch Lomond. After climbing up the waterfall-rich Glen Falloch, the train continues north to the village of Speak Bridge for the night. Enjoy a splendid informal dinner and entertainment in the Observation Car.
Meals: D

Day two: Glenfinnan
As the train continues west, passing through Fort William, don't miss the views of Ben Nevis. Disembark at Arisaig, for a stroll along the gleaming Morar Sands marvelling at the views of the Isle of Skye's majestic Cuillin Mountains. 

Lunch is served as the train retraces its route back to Fort William, the largest town in the West Highlands. 

After lunch, our Highlander accompanies you to Glenfinnan Monument to explain the area's history before tea at Inverlochy Castle. Energetic guests can choose instead to walk to beautiful Steall Waterfall in Glen Nevis. 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 in the Observation Car.
Meals: B, L, D

Day three: Isle of Bute
Today's destination is the charming Isle of Bute. The island is rich in geology, history and wildlife, with a varied landscape. 

Guests enjoy a fascinating visit to Mount Stuart, a Victorian Gothic house with arguably the finest privately held collection of family portraits in Scotland. 

Return to Wemyss Bay where a formal dinner is served while on the move to Kilmarnock, our stabling location this evening.
Meals: B, L, D

Day four: Edinburgh
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast as the train makes its way back to Edinburgh.
Meals: B

Scotland's Classic Splendours (5 days/4 nights)

Highlights:

  • Forth Railway Bridge
  • Boat trip to see wild seals/Eilean Donan Castle
  • Glen Ord Distillery
  • Ballindalloch Castle
  • Cairngorms National Park
  • Glamis Castle

Day one: Edinburgh

We depart from Edinburgh Waverley Station today in the early afternoon and travel north, crossing the Firth of Forth by means of the magnificent Forth Railway Bridge. Designed by Benjamin Baker in the late 1880s and considered one of the greatest achievements of the Victorian Age, this is one of the oldest cantilever bridges to be built

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. An informal dinner is served on board, after which you are invited to the Observation Car to enjoy entertainment with a Scottish flavour

Meals: D

Day two: Kyle of Lachalsh
Leave Keith this morning as the train travels west along the Moray Firth towards Inverness, capital of the Highlands.

Lunch is served as the train heads towards Kyle of Lochalsh on what is arguably the most scenic railway route in the UK

Disembark in picturesque Plockton. Take a boat trip to see wild seals or enjoy a dram and a traditional Highland welcome in the Plockton Hotel. Alternatively, visit Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotland's most iconic sights, and learn how the castle was painstakingly restored to its former glory. Spend the night on board in Kyle of Lochalsh. Dinner is formal, followed by coffee and liqueurs in the Observation Car.
Meals: B, L, D

Day three: 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.

Disembark in Garve to visit Glen Ord Distillery, which is one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland, founded in 1838. Situated on the edge of the Black Isle, west of Inverness, Glen Ord continues to malt its own barley and to use the long fermentation and slow distillation methods followed there for generations. During your visit, enjoy a tour of the distillery as well as a private tasting and nosing session.

Travel south to Carrbridge where you disembark to explore romantic Ballindalloch Castle on beautiful Speyside.

Options at Ballindalloch include a private castle tour, 9 holes of golf on the castle's own course or an exclusive look at what is Scotland's only single estate distillery.

The night is spent on board at Boat of Garten on the private Strathspey Railway. After an informal dinner, our Highlander regales guests with tales and weaponry displays.
Meals: B, L, D

Day four: Rothiemurchus
Travel by coach to Rothiemurchus Estate in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, where fishing, clay pigeon shooting or a tour of the estate can be enjoyed. Re-joining the train at Kingussie, lunch is served during the journey south to Dunkeld, where you disembark for a visit to Glamis Castle, childhood home of the late HM Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.

Return to the train in Perth for a formal dinner and entertainment. Overnight stay on board in Dundee.
Meals: B, L, D

Day five: Edinburgh
After breakfast the train heads south to Edinburgh where your journey ends.
Meals: B