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Belmond Royal Scotsman, a journey to the heart of the Highlands

A journey on Belmond Royal Scotsman takes you straight to the heart of the Highlands, through landscapes of towering, pine-clad mountains reflected in stunning mirror-still lochs. Just 40 guests travel through Scotland’s finest countryside in private cabins, with an open-deck observation carriage behind. Life on board this luxury train is relaxed and indulgent. The Belmond Royal Scotsman also features a brand new spa carriage from April this year, featuring wellness treatments in rooms with feature picture windows looking out onto the beautiful Scottish countryside.

5 days /4 nights round trip Edinburgh, 2017 Stateroom pricing $9840.00 per person

Day 1: Edinburgh > Keith The train pulls out of the station in the early afternoon and travels north, crossing the Firth of Forth via the magnificent, 1.5-mile long Forth Railway Bridge, which was built by Benjamin Baker in the 1880s and is considered by many to be the eighth wonder of the world. It then proceeds through Fife and across the Tay Bridge - during which you are served a leisurely afternoon tea - passing Arbroath, Montrose and Aberdeen before arriving in the market town of Keith. In the evening enjoy an informal dinner and perhaps a nightcap with your fellow guests in the Observation Car.

Day 2: Keith > Kyle of Lochalsh As the train leaves Keith you'll be enjoying a delicious breakfast. The next landmark is the Highlands' capital, Inverness, which you pass through before heading on to Muir of Ord where you disembark to visit Glen Ord distillery. Guests are treated to a private tour and a tasting, before returning to the train for another spectacular highlight - a delicious lunch, as the train heads towards Kyle of Lochalsh on what is arguably one of the most scenic routes in Britain. The line passes Loch Luichart and the Torridon mountains, which geologists believe were formed before life began. The train then climbs to Luib summit and Achnashellach forest, descends to Strathcarron and runs along the edge of stunning Loch Carron. Guests alight in Plockton to explore at will; perhaps take a boat trip to see wild seals or walk through the woodland to a viewpoint overlooking the loch, after which there is time to enjoy a dram or two in the Plockton Hotel, or choose to simply have a wander through this charming village. Spend the night on board in Kyle of Lochalsh. Dinner is formal and afterwards there is entertainment in the Observation Car, which offers mesmerising views over Loch Alsh to the Isle of Skye.

Please note: On 24 Apr; 12 Jun and 16 Oct 2017 there will be an alternative itinerary for the afternoon. Guests will enjoy lunch and a tour at Cawdor Castle, before returning to the train for dinner.

Day 3: Kyle of Lochalsh > Boat of Garten After breakfast the train heads back towards Dingwall, skirting the Beauly Firth and crossing the top of the Caledonian Canal, north of Loch Ness, before reaching Inverness. The train continues south to Carrbridge where guests disembark to visit the romantic Ballindalloch Castle with its wonderful gardens. Golfers can play on the estate's course; clubs are available to hire. The night is spent on board at Boat of Garten on the private Strathspey Railway. After a formal dinner, our Highlander regales guests with stories of local heroes and their derring-dos, even demonstrating some authentic weaponry.

Please note: On 24 Apr; 12 Jun and 16 Oct 2017 there will be an alternative itinerary. Early-risers will have opportunity to join a short, scenic trip to photograph the famous Eilean Donan Castle before the train heads south to Carrbridge for a tour of Glenlivet Distillery

Day 4: Boat of Garten > Perth The day begins with an excursion to Rothiemurchus Estate, where guests can choose from activities such as fishing, clay pigeon shooting, a guided walk through the stunning landscape or simply relax with a warming dram by the fire. Rejoin the train at Kingussie where lunch will be served as you journey south through Blair Atholl and Pitlochry to Dunkeld, where you disembark for your visit to Glamis Castle, Seat of the Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, and childhood home of the late HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother. After rejoining the train in Perth, relax and enjoy informal dinner onboard.

Day 5: Perth > Edinburgh After breakfast the train wends its way back through the former Kingdom of Fife to Edinburgh and the end of the adventure.

Departs 2017

  • Apr 17, 24 
    May 1, 8, 15 
    Jun 12, 30 
    Jul 17, 26, 30 
    Aug 11, 21, 28 
    Sep 8, 18 
    Oct 16

Ask us about the 'Scottish Golf Tour' from 26th - 30th June 2017, with golfing legend Sam Torrance. We also have a Whisky Tour, 'Heritage, Homes & Gardens', 'Grand Tour of Great Britain' and 'Majestic England' tours.

We love that solo travellers can book a single cabin with no single supplement! Ask us about other itineraries from 2 to 8 nights.

Booking conditions; Belmond Royal Scotsman departs Edinburgh at 1.43 pm on day one and arrives back in Edinburgh at 9.50 am on day five.Please note: Itineraries are subject to change and all timings shown are for your guidance only. Confirmed itineraries and timings will be supplied with your travel documents. Single price is for sole occupancy of a single cabin. For single occupancy of a twin cabin a 60% supplement applies. http://worldjourneys.co.nz/terms/Please refer to World Journeys terms & conditions.

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