Taste of the Highlands Aboard The Royal Scotsman
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Travel straight into the heart of the Scottish Highlands, visiting enchanting sites of natural beauty and making the most of the thrilling outdoor activities. An exhilarating two-night adventure into the heart of the Highlands combines breathtaking scenery and outdoor pursuits with a visit to a renowned distillery.
SEASON: MAY - OCTOBER
LIFE ON BOARD
THE CABINS Savour the glorious scenery from the comfort of your private cabin. All cabins have an Edwardian air of elegant luxury and include private en-suite facilities with shower.
DINING The mahogany panelling and rich upholstery that adorn the two dining cars, Raven and Swift, set the scene for an unforgettable on-board dining experience. Belmond Royal Scotsman on-board chefs create dishes using the freshest seasonal local produce.
ENTERTAINMENT Enjoy traditional Scottish entertainment after dinner in the Observation Car, including storytelling from a clansman or music from local musicians.
BOUTIQUE The ideal place to purchase a memento of your time on board. The boutique offers a rich variety of traditional Scottish crafts, including tartans and jewellery.
OBSERVATION CAR The splendour of the Observation Car provides the perfect backdrop to Scotland’s stunning scenery. Views may be admired from the comfort of the interior, or from the exhilarating open verandah. Enjoy a drink from the bar, including a choice of over 50 whiskies.
HAYBARN SPA Belmond has partnered with British artisanal brand Bamford to create the first ever pamper carriage, the Haybarn Spa. This sanctuary consists of two interconnecting treatment rooms where guests can enjoy soothing therapies, such as the Bamford Bespoke Facial or Deep Tissue Massage, or spruce up with a manicure or pedicure.
Edinburgh to Boat of Garten
Depart 13:45 from Edinburgh Waverley
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.
Boat of Garten to 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 your local guide as they paint 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.
Dundee to Edinburgh
Arrive 09:48 at Edinburgh Waverley
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.
- The 'Fair City' of Perth
- Travel the Highland line through Dunkeld, Pitlochry and Blair Atholl
- The peaceful Highland village of Boat of Garten on the private Strathspey Railway
- Rothiemurchus Estate
- Cairngorms National Park
- Culloden Battlefield
- Strathisla Distillery
- Aberdeenshire and Angus
- Dundee and Fife
- Two nights aboard the Belmond 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 petit fours
- All beverages including alcoholic drinks
- A visit to Rothiemurchus Estate with a choice of country pursuits
- A private tour of Culloden Battlefield
- A trip to Strathisla Distillery
- Traditional entertainment on board