Highlights

  • Indulge with full-board fine dining in the restaurant car
  • Sip fine whiskies in the open bar car
  • Explore with included off-train tours throughout
  • Treat yourself to an onboard spa treatment
  • Begin with a luxury stay in Edinburgh

Venturing out over the Scottish Highlands on riverside tracks and 19th-century viaduct icons, this is the ultimate way to see Scotland. Along the way, you’ll pause for views of Ben Nevis and tea in castles, taken on a full range of included off-train touring. Then, back on board, you’ll be treated to an all-inclusive spread of Michelin-standard dining and bar-car fineries. The nightly entertainment is equally considered, with atmospheric local music among the highlights. It all begins with a night in one of Edinburgh’s most luxurious hotels, complete with a Michelin-starred restaurant. 


Day 1

A Scottish welcome in Edinburgh

Beginning among Edinburgh’s rich history, you’ll enjoy a night in one of its finest accommodations – The Balmoral Hotel. Appropriately it was originally built by the North British Railway back in 1902 as the company’s flagship property.

Today, its grand clock still dominates the skyline, while its Victorian architecture houses marbled rooms, spa treatments and a Michelin-starred restaurant. You’ll also have all of Edinburgh’s delights on your doorstep, from the Scottish Parliament to that great icon – the city’s hilltop castle.

Edinburgh Castle, Scotland, UK

Edinburgh Castle

Balmoral Hotel

Balmoral Hotel


Day 2

Boarding the Royal Scotsman

After a morning at leisure, you’ll board the Belmond Royal Scotsman at the glass-domed Waverley Station – found just opposite your hotel. Stepping on board, you’ll arrive into a world of wood-panelled corridors and intricate marquetry, perhaps heading to the lounge car for a glass of something bubbly. For the best views, make use of the open-air observation verandah to watch as the city limits fade into rural Scottish beauty.

You’ll also begin your menu of full-board meals with an afternoon tea as you gaze out over Loch Lomond. Then, climbing up the waterfall-dappled Glen Falloch, you’ll enjoy the first of your four-course dinners, capped with live entertainment in the open bar car.

Breakfast & Dinner included

Boarding, Belmond Royal Scotsman

Boarding

Belmond Royal Scotsman

Belmond Royal Scotsman

Restaurant, Belmond Royal Scotsman

Restaurant car


Day 3

Glenfinnan: of castles and the Isle of Skye

Following a full Scottish breakfast, the train continues west, passing through Fort William to views of Ben Nevis itself. You’ll also enjoy the chance to stretch your legs with a stroll along Morar Sands, marvelling at the Isle of Skye’s majestic Cuillin Mountains. A three-course lunch is then served as the train retraces its route to Glenfinnan Monument.

Framed by spectacular Highland loch scenery, it’s a poignant tribute to the Jacobite Risings – something brought to life by your expert guide. You’ll then be treated to tea at Inverlochy Castle, where you’ll admire the rich detailing and artwork of this 19th-century stately home. The entertainment and dining continue back on board with dinner, followed by drams of whisky in the bar car. There are over 30 fine options on offer. 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Bar car lounge, Belmond Royal Scotsman

Bar car lounge

Twin, Belmond Royal Scotsman

Twin cabin


Day 4

The Isle of Bute

Today, after breakfast, you’ll wind on to the Isle of Bute, enjoying the view from your private, polished-wood cabin – complete with en-suite facilities. Remember, you’ll enjoy 24-hour steward service, whether you’d like a hot drink or your double bed made up.

Then, arriving on the spectacularly cragged island, your included touring will continue with a visit to Mount Stuart – a Victorian Gothic house that hosts arguably Scotland’s finest privately held collection of family portraits. Back on the train, you’ll then cap things off with a formal dinner. You might even want to book onto a treatment in the spa carriage to get ready. 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Belmond Royal Scotsman

Belmond Royal Scotsman

Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute

Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute

Bar car, Belmond Royal Scotsman

Bar car


Day 5

Ending back in Edinburgh

Arriving into Edinburgh Waverley Station after a final indulgent breakfast, you’ll disembark to continue your onward journey.

Breakfast included


About the itinerary

"Although they serve my absolute favourite Scotch whisky onboard, I've chosen this itinerary because of its excellent routing. You really do need those extra few days to truly relax on the train and get further into the Scottish Highlands. It's the chance to take in remote castles and some of Scotland's most sublime scenery."

Andy Austen

Destination Specialist

Pricing information

Guide price from £4,380 pp

Low Season from: £4,380 pp
High Season from: £4,475 pp

Includes

  • 1nt accommodation at The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh
  • 3nts aboard the Belmond Royal Scotsman with meals as included
  • 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
  • An excursion to Morar Sands
  • A choice between a visit to Glenfinnan Monument or a walk to Steall Waterfall
  • A guided tour of Mount Stuart on the Isle of Bute
  • Traditional entertainment on board

The Belmond Royal Scotsman Western Scenic Wonders itinerary departs from Edinburgh Waverley Station on selected dates between April and October 2021.

Other Belmond Royal Scotsman itineraries are available on request.


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