Belmond Royal Scotsman OFFERS
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- 25% Companion Offer: book to travel in May or June 2020 to receive a 25% saving on companion fare.
- Complimentary stay: book to travel in May or June 2020 and receive one free night at the Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh. Single supplement may apply.
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Fay says, “The majesty of the Scottish Highlands is the appropriate backdrop to the journeys by the Royal Scotsman; its unique and gracious carriages would be the envy of any private train owner of 100 years ago, whether royal, aristocratic or industrialist. Now with a fabulous Spa Car for those pampering needs."
About the Royal Scotsman
Experience the beautiful Scottish Highlands, with ever-changing landscapes of sweeping glens, towering peaks, rugged shores and mirror-calm lochs from aboard the Belmond Royal Scotsman.
It is a truly exclusive experience, with just 36 guests, ensuring maximum comfort, personal attention and space to stretch out and relax in sumptuous luxury.
The rich interiors reflect an Edwardian feel, with elegant lounges, wonderfully comfortable suites and embraces the essence of the Country House weekend. It has a delightful Observation Deck where one can stand as the train travels; be on it for an awe-inspiring crossing of the iconic Forth Bridge.
The Royal Scotsman is stabled and static overnight.
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Suites on Belmond Royal Scotsman
These are beautifully decorated in rich marquetry and elegant fittings. There are dressing tables, full length wardrobes, private bathroom with shower, high quality toiletries and bath robes, hairdryers etc., along with individual heating controls and panoramic windows.
Each of the comfortable cabin beds is furnished with one feather and one foam pillow and a feather duvet. There are fourteen twin, two double and four single State Cabins, all of which provide a wonderful atmosphere in which to relax.
With the train stabled at night in a quiet siding or station, you are assured a good night's sleep.
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|Single Cabin Bed
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There is an extra long bed (2.2m / 7ft 2ins) in cabins Q, R and S. See the configuration of a twin cabin here.
Here is a plan that shows the configuration of the Belmond Royal Scotsman, with the type and letter for each cabin.
Here is further information, including about Belmond Royal Scotsman disabled access.
This carriage exudes elegance, with its fresh flowers, potted palms and panoramic windows. The Observation deck at the rear of the carriage allows one to sample the freshest of air and uninterrupted views and is the only open Observation Deck in Europe. The Observation Car is always full of life as fellow travellers provide conviviality and conversation redolent of a country house weekend party.
Both Dining Cars are beautifully decorated with rich mahogany paneling 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 are with.
The Spa Car is operated by British wellness brand Bamford is inspired by nature, with botanical skincare collections and holistic treatments that are made using organic ingredients. The Haybarn Spa uses sustainable wood from Scotland and the Cotswolds. It has two single-treatment rooms with picture windows.
Treatments include: Bamford Bespoke Facial, Bamford De-Stress Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, manicures and pedicures using eco- natural Kure Bazaar nail polishes. Contact us to book your treatments.
Catering on Belmond Royal Scotsman
With game-rich glens, Aberdeen Angus beef, a wealth of seafood and rivers of wild salmon, dining on board is an experience to savour with meals prepared from local ingredients. All are served with regional specialties.
Each day starts with a hearty Highland breakfast or a continental style breakfast.
Lunch may be a bowl of steamed mussels overlooking a romantic harbour or seared salmon served on the train.
As evening falls, take your seat in the Dining Car. Expect sensational dishes, like warm pigeon salad accompanied by blackcurrant dressing, spiced roast halibut, and sumptuous apple mousse.
The extensive cellar provides a range of fine wines to accompany lunch and dinner, and a fine range of liqueurs and malt whiskies.
Mark Tamburrini, Head Chef has worked in some of the UK’s finest restaurants, such as the Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow, and Michelin-starred L’Escargot in Soho, London.
Itineraries 2020 / 2021
Scotland’s Classic Splendours (4 nights)
Glen Ord Distillery, Eilean Donan Castle, Ballindalloch Castle, Glamis Castle, Rothiemurchus Estate,
This 720-mile journey is the ultimate in a Scottish experience, taking in Dundee, Montrose, Aberdeen, Keith, Inverness, Plockton, Dalwhinnie and Perth. Previously known as Classic Journey.
Eilean Donan Castle, Day 2, Classic Splendours
Day one. As the Belmond Royal Scotsman leaves Edinburgh in the early afternoon, it travels north, crossing the firth of Forth via the magnificent Forth Railway Bridge, affording one spectacular views. Be on the open Observation Deck for the best experience. Whilst indulging in a leisurely afternoon tea, the train passes Arboath, Montrose and Aberdeen before arriving in Keith. In the evening enjoy an informal dinner and a drink in the Observation Car.
Day two. Breakfast is served as the train leaves Keith and travels through Inverness, on its way to the Glen Ord Distillery for a tour of the distillery and a whisky tasting. Later enjoy a delicious lunch on the way to Kyle of Lochalsh. Here you can explore Plockton - perhaps take a boat trip to see wild seals or enjoy a dram in the Plockton Hotel. Or you can choose to visit Eilean Donan castle, one of the most iconic images of Scotland which is recognised around the world. Situated on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet, it was first inhabited around the 6th century. Night on board in Kyle of Lochalsh. Dinner is formal, followed by entertainment in the Observation Car, which offers mesmerising views over Loch Alsh to the Isle of Skye.
Day three. Today the train takes the picturesque route north to Inverness, then south to Carrbridge where guests disembark to visit the romantic and beautiful Ballindalloch Castle. Known as the Pearl of the North, it is located in the heart of Speyside, surrounded by majestic hills. It is one of the few privately owned castles to have been lived in continuously by its original family - the Macpherson-Grants have resided here since 1546. Here one can either have a private tour of the castle, or 9 holes of golf on the castle's own course, or an exclusive look at Scotland's only single estate distillery. The night is spent on board at Boat of Garten on the private Strathspey Railway and after an informal dinner, our Highlander regales guests with tales and weaponry displays.
Day four. The day begins with a visit to the stunning Rothiemurchus Estate, one of the glories of wild Scotland, where fishing, clay pigeon shooting or a tour of the estate can be enjoyed. Rejoining the train at Kingussie, lunch is served during the journey south to Dunkeld. Disembark for a visit to Glamis Castle (pronounced 'Glarms'). This beautiful castle has been the home of the Lyon family since the 14th century, though the present building dates largely from the 17th century. Glamis was the childhood home of Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, who married King George VI, and was later known as Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. After rejoining the train in Perth, enjoy a formal dinner with entertainment. Overnight stay on board in Dundee.
Day five. After breakfast the train heads back to Edinburgh, arriving during the morning.
Dates and Prices 2020/2021
2020: April 13,20,27. May 4,11,26. June 8,12,22,26. July 13,22,27. August 3,7,17,24,31. September 14,21,28. October 5,11,15,19
2021: April 12,19,26. May 10,24. June 7,11,21,25. July 12,21,26. August 2,6,16,23. September 13,20,27. October 4,10,14
Price per person: from £5,200 twin cabin. £5,200 double cabin
Scotch Malt Whisky Tour (4 nights)
Glen Ord Distillery, Glenlivet Distillery, Rothiemurchus Estate, Tullibardine Distillery
As the world’s foremost malt whisky club—specialists in single cask, single malt whiskies—The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is the perfect partner for this special Scotch Malt Whisky Tour through Scotland. Previously known as The Whisky Journey.
Day one. Meet your whisky ambassador in the Balmoral Hotel and enjoy a welcome dram before departure. Belmond Royal Scotsman departs Edinburgh Waverley Station and travels north across the Firth of Forth over the magnificent Forth Railway Bridge. Afternoon tea is served as you journey through the former Kingdom of Fife. Continue east along the coast, passing through Carnoustie, Arbroath and Aberdeen before arriving in the market town of Keith in the heart of the Speyside whisky region. After an informal dinner, enjoy traditional Scottish entertainment by local musicians.
Day two. Departing Keith this morning, the train travels west towards Inverness, capital of the Highlands. Following an early lunch, disembark in Muir of Ord to visit Glen Ord Distillery, one of the oldest in Scotland. Enjoy a private tour of the distillery as well as a tasting and nosing straight from the cask. Back on board, enjoy the spectacular views on the way to Kyle of Lochalsh, on one of the most scenic routes in Britain. Loch Luichart, the Torridon Mountains, the edge of Loch Carron through Attadale and Stromeferry before reaching the pretty fishing village of Plockton. This evening a formal dinner is served, followed by coffee and liqueurs in the Observation Car.
Day three. Rise early to go on a short, scenic trip to photograph the famous Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotland’s most iconic sights. Before lunch enjoy a specialist single cask tasting in the Observation Car. Lunch is served on the way south to Carrbridge before disembarking to visit Glenlivet Distillery, home of the iconic malt that inspired the Speyside region. Return to the train at Boat of Garten on the private Strathspey Railway for an informal dinner followed by some Scottish entertainment.
Day four. After breakfast, travel by coach to Rothiemurchus Estate in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. Choose from a number of country pursuits including fishing, clay pigeon-shooting and an estate tour. Back on the train, enjoy a leisurely lunch during the journey south through Blair Atholl and Pitlochry to Dunkeld. Disembark to visit Tullibardine Distillery in Blackford village. Your private VIP tour features nosing straight from the cask, a visit to the bonded warehouse and a tutored tasting of three Tullibardine Highland single malts. Re-join the train in Perth and prepare for a formal dinner en route to Dundee, where you can join in some lively Scottish country dancing on the station platform, a fitting finale to your Whisky Journey.
Day five. Breakfast is served as the train leaves Dundee and crosses the Tay Bridge, arriving at Edinburgh. Disembark in Edinburgh Waverley Station where you are invited by your whisky ambassador to spend the morning at the Society's headquarters in Edinburgh's elegant New Town.
Dates and Prices 2020/2021
2020: April 13. June 12. July 22. October 5,11
2021: June 11. July 21. August 23. October 4,10
Price per person: from £5,200 twin cabin. £5,200 double cabin
Western Scenic Wonders (3 nights)
Morar Sands, Glenfinnan Monument, Inverlochy Castle, Mount Stuart House.
This 660 mile route from Edinburgh takes you East, then North into the some of the most dramatic mountain and coastal scenery Scotland can offer, including Ben Nevis which is the highest peak in both Scotland and the United Kingdom. Previously know as Western Journey.
Day one. As the train departs Edinburgh in the early afternoon, heading west through Falkirk, reaching Craigendoran, guests enjoy an indulgent afternoon tea and soon catch a first glimpse of Loch Lomond. After climbing up the waterfall-rich Glen Falloch, the train continues north to the village of Spean Bridge for the night. Enjoy a delicious informal dinner and entertainment in the Observation Car.
Day two. Continuing west through Fort William, there are 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 history of the area before tea at Inverlochy Castle. Energetic guests can choose instead to walk to beautiful Steall Waterfall. 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, followed by entertainment in the Observation Car.
Day three. As the train arrives in the charming Isle of Bute, an island 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 Gourock for a formal dinner and overnight on board.
Day four. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast as the train makes its way back to Edinburgh.
Dates and Prices 2020/2021
2020: April 17,24. May 1. June 5,19. July 17,31. August 14,28. September 18. October 2
2021: April 16,23. May 7,21,28. June 4,18. July 16,30 August 13,20,27. September 17,24. October 1
Price per person: from £4,150 twin cabin. £4,150 double cabin.
Taste of the Highlands (2 nights)
Rothiemurchus Estate, Culloden Battlefield, Strathisla Distillery.
A 540 mile round trip taking in a broad swathe of the Highlands and Scottish cities and North east coast of Scotland, visiting Dundee, Montrose, Aberdeen, Keith, Inverness, Dalwhinnie and Perth. Previously known as Highland Journey.
Day one. 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 a sumptuous dinner is served, followed by entertainment in the Observation Car.
Day two. 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 of this atmospheric place (made more so if the mists are swirling around), complete with a fascinating visitor centre. It is rare to find a battle-field tour so interesting. 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, the spectacular panoramas unfold on the way south through Aberdeenshire and Angus. A formal dinner is served on the way to Dundee.
Day three. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast whilst leaving Stirling behind and returning to Edinburgh.
Dates and Prices 2020/2021
2020: May 30. June 17, 30. July 20. August 12,21. October 9
2021: May 1,19. June 16,29. July 10,19. August 11. October 8
Price per person: from £2,850 twin cabin. £2,850 double cabin.
Clans, Castles and Isles (5 nights)
Morar, Glenfinnan, Steall Waterfall, Oban Distillery, Duart Castle, Isle of Bute (Mount Stuart House), Drumlanrig Castle
Embark on the Clans, Castles & Isles five-night journey exploring the wild and rugged west coast of Scotland,
including Oban and the Isles of Mull and Bute. (This trip will also operate in reverse)
Day one. Edinburgh. Board Belmond Royal Scotsman at Edinburgh Waverley Station for an afternoon departure,
weaving past magnificent Loch Lomond and the great wilderness of Rannoch Moor. An informal dinner is served as the train continues to Spean
Bridge, known as the ‘crossroads of the Highlands’. Here you are treated to local
Day two. Spean Bridge – Fort William – Taynuilt.
As the train makes its way to the pretty village of Arisaig, the mighty Ben
Nevis comes into view and is the highest mountain in the British Isles. Alight to stroll along the famous Silver Sands
of Morar, soft white beaches with breathtaking views. After lunch on the train there are two
options: either join our Highlander to explore Glenfinnan, where Bonnie Prince Charlie
rallied his clansmen, or savour the beauty of Glen Nevis on a hike to the Steall Waterfall in
the company of our mountain guides.
An informal dinner on board is followed by spirited Scottish music in the Observation Car.
The train stables overnight at Taynuilt.
Day three. Taynuilt – Kilmarnock.
Today you visit Oban, gateway to the Hebridean islands, to enjoy an exclusive visit to
historic Oban Distillery, producer of a fine 14-year-old single malt. Afterwards, cross to the
Isle of Mull to visit spectacular Duart Castle, strategically located on a high crag at the end of
a peninsula jutting into the Sound of Mull. Dating from the 13th century, the castle was
modified over time by the Macleans of Duart and completely restored to its original glory in
the early 20th century.
Return to the train in Oban and dress for a sumptuous formal dinner on
board as the train travels to Kilmarnock for overnight stabling.
Day four. Kilmarnock – Wemyss – Girvan. After a leisurely breakfast, journey from Wemyss Bay to the Isle of Bute to visit Mount
Stuart House, one of Britain's most astonishing Victorian Gothic houses. The architectural
fantasy of the 3rd Marquess of Bute and his architect, Sir Robert Rowand Anderson, the
extravagant mansion boasts stunning and mysterious interiors that reflect the Marquess's
passion for art, heraldry, astrology, mythology and religion. Surrounding it are expansive
landscaped gardens and wild woodlands.
Back on board, enjoy an informal dinner followed by entertainment.
Day five. Girvan.
This morning you are escorted to Drumlanrig Castle, the Dumfriesshire home of the Duke
and Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry. A turreted sandstone mansion with sweeping
views over the Nith Valley, it is home to important collections of silver, porcelain, French
furniture and art, while its surrounding 90,000-acre estate embraces lavish formal gardens,
rambling woodlands and miles of footpaths. Choose between a Victorian gardens tour, an
architectural tour or a history/fine art tour.
Rejoin the train after lunch and enjoy a relaxing afternoon onboard. Your final dinner on board is a formal affair, after which you are invited to the Observation Car to tap
your toes to live Scottish music.
Day six. Edinburgh.
Breakfast is served as the train wends its way back to Edinburgh, where your journey ends.
Dates and Prices 2020/2021
2020: May 15. September 9
2021: May 14. September 8
Price per person: from £7,450 twin and double cabin
Heritage Homes and Gardens (4 nights)
Montrose (Brechin Castle Gardens) - Kyle of Lochalsh - Invergordon, (Foulis Castle) - Torridon mountains, Achnashellach forest and Loch Carron - Attadale (Water Garden, Japanese Garden and Sunken Garden) - Isle of Skye (Clan Donald) - Dingwall (Ballindalloch Castle)- Boat of Garten - Rothiemurchus - Dunkeld (Ruthven House and Pitmuies Garden) - Edinburgh
The Heritage Homes and Gardens itinerary provides an insight into some of Scotland's finest country estates and house. The guided tours are often conducted by the clan chieftains and estate owners themselves.
Hosts on board: photographer Patsy Floyd (who owns the English country house Chalfield Manor) and gardening writer Susan Chivers.
Day one: Edinburgh. Depart early afternoon. The train heads north, crossing the splendid Forth Railway Bridge. Disembark at Montrose to visit Brechin Castle Gardens, one of the finest private gardens in Scotland.
Day two: Kyle of Lochalsh. During a leisurely breakfast, the train makes its way to Inverness and north to Invergordon, where guests alight for a visit to the 18th-century Foulis Castle, seat of the Clan Munro. Mrs Munro of Foulis and her son, Hector, the Clan Chief, welcome you, after which you can explore the grounds and courtyard garden. Alternatively, join Hector in the drawing room for a whisky tasting.
Return to the train for lunch as you travel towards Kyle of Lochalsh past the Torridon mountains, Achnashellach forest and Loch Carron. Disembark at Plockton for a visit to Attadale on the west coast, this magnificent estate boasts a Water Garden, Japanese Garden and Sunken Garden among other treasures. The night is spent in Kyle of Lochalsh, where an informal dinner is served followed by coffee and liqueurs in the Observation Car.Day three: Kyle of Lochalsh. Disembark after breakfast to drive across to the mystical Isle of Skye and the 2,000-acre Clan Donald estate. You can also spend time in the award-winning museum and discover the history of the Highlands and Islands. Return to the train in Kyle of Lochalsh and enjoy a leisurely lunch as you retrace part of yesterday's route as far as Dingwall.
This evening disembark to visit Ballindalloch Castle, one of Scotland's most romantic castles, with its wonderful walled gardens. Rejoin the train at Boat of Garten on the private Strathspey Railway.Day four: Rothiemurchos. A coach takes you to the Rothiemurchus Estate, where you can tour the parkland or enjoy some of the many outdoor p on at this breathtakingly beautiful site beneath the Cairngorm Mountains. After reboarding the train at Kingussie, you journey south to Dunkeld and alight to visit Ruthven House and Pitmuies Garden, near Forfar. Return to the train in Dundee for dinner and a final night on board.Day five: Edinburgh. Depart from Dundee in the morning and return to Edinburgh.Dates and Prices 2020/2021
2020: June 1
2021: May 31. September 3
Price per person: from £5,650 twin or double cabin
Glorious and Grand - Private House and Garden Tour
Join respected British gardening writer Sue Chivers and photographer Patsy Floyd to explore some of the finest private homes and gardens in Scotland and the North of England, many of which are rarely – if ever – open to the public. Meet the owners, enjoy exclusive behind-the-scenes tours and private receptions, all with the unparalleled expertise of your hosts, who have personally designed this itinerary. For gardening aficionados, it’s a dream come true.
Day one: Edinburgh – Alnmouth – Scarborough. Board the Belmond Royal Scotsman at Edinburgh Waverley Station, for an early afternoon departure. Travel towards Alnmouth on the east coast for the first stop: a visit to Alnwick Castle. Known to many as a Harry Potter film location, the majestic estate is home to fascinating and flourishing gardens transformed by the Duchess of Northumberland. Enjoy canapés and drinks in the castle before stepping out on a tour with the head gardener. Back on board, an informal dinner is served whilst travelling south for the night at Scarborough, a seaside resort on the North Yorkshire coast.
Day two: Scarborough – Settle to Carlisle railway – Hexham – Appleby. Travel along the famous and breathtaking Settle to Carlisle line. Absorb sweeping views of the wild Yorkshire Dales and North Pennines and gaze in awe as you cross the iconic, 24-arched Ribblehead Viaduct, a masterpiece of Victorian engineering.
After an early lunch, disembark in Hexham to visit nearby Chipchase Castle, a fine Jacobean mansion with a medieval pele tower, vaulted cellar, watchtowers and original portcullis. The ornate grounds include a walled garden and wooded areas that roll down to the River Tyne. Meet the owners, Jonathan and Zoe Elkington, who are delighted to mingle and chat – a very different experience to a formal stately home visit. Rejoin the train to travel south-westward to Appleby, which lies on the edge of the Lake District National Park. Relax over an informal dinner followed by live music in the Observation Car.
Day three: Appleby – Penrith – Carlisle – Ayr – Kilmarnock. This morning, disembark in Penrith and travel to the shores of Derwentwater for an exclusive visit to Fawe Park, where Beatrix Potter spent several happy summers. The Victorian lakeside mansion, not open to the public, has been in the same family since it was built in the mid-19th century. Join the owners, devoted Potter fans Joy and Jason Pemberton-Piggott, to explore the garden that inspired the fictional Mr McGregor’s Garden, and where the famous author sat and painted charming watercolours that were later used to illustrate her books.
Continue to Hutton-in-the-Forest, Lord and Lady Inglewood’s historic home in the north-east corner of the Lake District. This important border castle is fascinating for its features and artefacts ranging from the Medieval era right through to the High Victorian Gothic period. Enjoy lunch in the grand Victorian dining room before a private tour, exploring the elaborate gardens dating from the late 17th century. Rejoin the train in Penrith for an informal dinner as we travel north into Scotland to stable in Kilmarnock.
Day four: Kilmarnock – Dumfries – Sanquhar – Kilmarnock. This morning, we travel to Dumfries & Galloway, to visit the Garden of Cosmic Speculation. Renowned throughout the world to those interested in modern garden design, the expansive sculpture park is unlike any other landscape garden in the UK, celebrating modern scientific theory and discovery.
Return to the train for lunch on board and then the grand finale of the trip. Alight in Sanquhar to visit magnificent Drumlanrig Castle, a feast of exquisite furniture and artefacts. The Dumfriesshire home of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry, this turreted pink-sandstone mansion with sweeping views over the Nith Valley is among the most beautiful castles in Scotland and houses one of the UK’s finest private art collections, including exquisite portraits by Hans Holbein the Younger, Rembrandt and Van Dyke and many other famous artists. At the start of your completely private tour, you will be welcomed in by the family piper. The head gardener will show you around the immaculate 40-acre gardens before enjoying drinks and canapés as you relax in comfy sofas surrounded by priceless artworks.
Back on board, dress for a formal farewell dinner. Afterwards, we invite you to the Observation Car to tap your toes to live Scottish music.
Day five: Kilmarnock – Edinburgh. Savour a final leisurely breakfast as the train wends its way back to Edinburgh, the journey’s end.
2020: September 4
Price per person: from £5,650 twin or double cabin
The Grand Tour (7 nights)
Scotland, Wales, England, Scotland
This is the ultimate rail journey that will create a memory forever, covering so many famous places of interest within the United Kingdom.
Day one: Edinburgh – Boat of Garten. Departing Edinburgh early afternoon, travel north over the Forth Rail Bridge towards Perth, whilst having afternoon tea. Early evening is spent at Boat of Garten, with an informal dinner served on the train.
Day two: Boat of Garten – Dundee. After breakfast, one takes the coach to the Rothiemurchus Estate in the heart of the Cairngorms, for various outdoor activities followed by refreshments in the hunting lodge. Return to the train for lunch before visiting the Culloden battle field. Later there is a visit to the Strathisla Distillery, followed by a formal diner as the train travels south towards Dundee, for the night.
Day three: Dundee - Chester - Llanrwst. Breakfast and lunch are served on the train as it travels south, over the Scottish/English border, through the Lake District before arriving at Chester. Founded by the Romans, this beautiful walled city, with its Cathedral and cobbled alleys is a delight to see. Dinner is served on the train as it crosses the border into Wales before reaching Llanrwst for the night. There is an evening visit to Gwydir Castle in the beautiful Vale of Conwy, at the foothills of Snowdonia.
Day four: Llanrwst - Caernarfon - Gloucester. After breakfast there is a trip to Caernarfon where the steam train awaits, hauled by one of the world's most powerful narrow gauge steam locomotives, to climb from sea level up to 650ft on the lower slopes of Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in England and Wales. After morning coffee on board, disembark to visit the Isle of Anglesey, and the Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens for a light lunch featuring local Welsh specialties. Return to the mainland to re-join Belmond Royal Scotsman in Bangor in time to relax before cocktails and an informal dinner are served. Your evening journey takes you back into England through the counties of Cheshire and Shropshire en route to Gloucester where the train stables overnight.
Day five: Gloucester - Bath - Nene Valley. In the early hours the train travels south through Somerset and into Devon. Just before breakfast it journeys along the Dawlish Sea Wall, giving the impression of almost being in the sea. Then the train goes north to Bath for a delightful tour around this magnificent Georgian city. Back on the train for lunch, the journey takes one to Oxfordshire and transfer to the Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons for dinner. This is one of Britain's finest gastronomic experiences created by celebrated chef Raymond Blanc. Back on the train, relax with drinks as the journey takes one through Berkshire and to the outskirts of London, before travelling north to Peterborough for the night.
Day six: Nene Valley - Cambridge – Scarborough. A relaxing morning takes you to Cambridge, home to one of the world's most famous academic establishments, the 800-year-old University of Cambridge. With visits to King's College, founded in 1441 by King Henry VI and punting on the River Cam to float under the historic Bridge of Sighs, (covered bridge named after the Bridge of Sighs in Venice and one of Cambridge's most famous landmarks), this is a gem of a visit. Departure on the train is in the early evening as we travel to Scarborough on the east coast.
Day seven: Scarborough - York – Newcastle. Breakfast is served as the train travels to the Roman walled city of York. Here there is a guided tour as well as free time. York Minster is the largest Gothic Cathedral in Northern Europe; the Shambles are a delightful collection of medieval streets; The National Rail Museum is home to a large train collection including Stephenson's Rocket, the Flying Scotsman, the Mallard. The list of attractions is endless. Back on board the train continues north to Alnmouth, where we disembark for Alnwick Castle and dinner. This is the second largest inhabited castle in England. Rejoin the train for drinks as it makes its way to Newcastle for the night.
Day eight: Newcastle – Edinburgh. Breakfast as the train leaves Newcastle, travelling along the east coast (one of the beautiful railway lines in the UK) to cross back into Scotland and the end of the journey at around 10:00hrs.
Dates and Prices 2020/2021
2020: July 3-10
2021: July 2-9
Price per person: from £11,000 twin cabin
Grand Western Scenic Wonders Westbound
Edinburgh, Kyle of Lochalsh, Isle of Bute, Keith, Kyle of Lochalsh, Boat of Garten, Rothiemurchus, Edinburgh
8 days/7 nights. A combined tour of these journeys, Scotland's Classic Splendours + Western Scenic Wonders. The itineraries are as in the separate journeys listed above, under those titles. Visits include: Glen Ord Distillery, Eilean Donan Castle, Ballindalloch Castle, Glamis Castle, Rothiemurchus Estate, Morar Sands, Glenfinnan Monument, Inverlochy Castle, Mount Stuart House.
Dates and Prices 2020/2021
2020: April 17,24. May 1. June 5,19. July 31. August 14,28. September 18. October 2
2021: April 19. May 24. July 12,26. August 16. September 13,20,27
Price per person: from £9,850
Grand Western Scenic Wonders Northbound
Edinburgh, Kyle of Lochalsh, Boat of Garten, Rothiemurchus, Edinburgh, Gelnfinnan, Isle of Bute, Edinburgh
8 days/7 nights (or 7 days/6 nights). A combined tour of these journeys, Western Scenic Wonders + Scotland's Classic Splendours. The itineraries are as in the separate journeys listed above, under those titles. Visits include: Glen Ord Distillery, Eilean Donan Castle, Ballindalloch Castle, Glamis Castle, Rothiemurchus Estate, Morar Sands, Glenfinnan Monument, Inverlochy Castle, Mount Stuart House.
Dates and Prices 2020/2021
2020: April 20, 27. June 17. July 13,27. August 12,24. September 14,28
2021: April 16. May 7,21. June 4. July 30. August 13,20. September 17,24. October 1
Price per person: from £7,400 for 6 nights/ from £9,850 for 7 nights
Grand Taste of the Highlands
Edinburgh, Keith, Spean Bridge, Fort William, Isle of Bute, Edinburgh
6 days/5 nights. A combined tour of these journeys, Taste of the Highlands + Western Scenic Wonders. The itineraries as in the separate journeys listed above, under those titles. Visits include: Rothiemurchus Estate, Culloden Battlefield, Strathisla Distillery, Morar Sands, Glenfinnan Monument, Inverlochy Castle, Mount Stuart House, Royal Yacht Britannia.
Dates and Prices: 2020/2021
2020: June 17. July 17. August 12
2021: May 19. June 16. July 16. August 11
Price per person: from £7,000 per person
Ticket To Ride Luxury Train Voucher
The Ticket to Ride luxury train gift voucher is valid for full or part payment on any of the Club's trains, in Scotland or anywhere in the world, for one or more people; an unusual and welcome present.
Buy now, personalize and print or email. The luxury train gift voucher is valid for one year and can be for any value from USD $250 or GBP £150 or EUR €185. Travel must be booked through the Club.
A Ticket To Ride is great for saying 'thank you', anniversaries or birthdays, towards honeymoons or family travel, wedding lists or for a joint gift.
Pay for and Email / Print a Ticket To Ride Luxury Train Gift Voucher
Belmond Royal Scotsman General Information
Included. State cabin accommodation, daily meals, all alcoholic and other beverages, entertainment, sightseeing excursions as shown in the itineraries, all applicable taxes. Not included: insurance, gratuities, souvenirs.
Dynamic Pricing. Belmond operate a dynamic pricing system, with FROM prices. Prices given on this site are generally the lowest, but can change upon booking depending on what is available. Prices are subject to confirmation on booking and are per person based on two people sharing a compartment.
Dress Code. For daytime excursions and relaxing on board the train, casual, comfortable clothing is recommended. In the evening, smart casual for informal dinners and jacket or kilt for formal dinners for gentlemen. Cocktail/low key evening dress for ladies. In association with Kinloch Anderson, Kiltmakers to HM The Queen, guests have the opportunity to hire a kilt for their journey on board or to purchase their very own tailor-made Highland Dress.
Beds. There are Extra Long bed lengths in cabins, O, P and Q: 6ft 8 inch or 20.0. Availability checked at time of booking.
Luggage. Cabins have limited space. One suitcase and one carry-on bag/suit carrier are recommended. Twin State Cabins have luggage storage space under each bed which is 28" wide x 9" high (71cm x 23cm). If necessary, facilities are available at The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh for storage of extra luggage during your Royal Scotsman journey. However should you be staying at an alternative hotel, please ask the Hotel Manager.
Timings. Belmond Royal Scotsman operates within the constraints of the railway network. As such timings, routes and associated itineraries are therefore subject to change.
Catering. Special diets can be accommodated with our Chef. Please be sure to tell us in advance of any allergies, food related or not.
Edinburgh Station & Balmoral Hotel. The Balmoral is very close to the station. Here is the plan of the station. Take the exit for Princes Street – there are escalators all the way to the top and the hotel is on the right. Check in for the train is in the hotel. Train staff will take your luggage to the train.
Passport and Visas. If you are not a UK citizen, you must have a valid passport that will remain valid beyond the duration of your journey. Depending on which country issues your passport, you may need a visa for entry into the UK. Please check with your travel agent or government agency before travelling to the UK.
Offer. Belmond Offers may be removed at any time without notice; subject to availability; offers cannot be combined and are only valid for new bookings; complimentary hotel accommodation offer is based on double occupancy. Single travellers please contact our reservations offices for availability.
Unforeseen events/changes: itineraries, routes and times may change at any time for reasons outside the control of the train company. Every effort will be made by train staff to minimise any impact; the Luxury Train Club cannot accept any responsibility for any changes. The Club aims to keep itineraries as up to date as possible.
Rail Passes: Multiple Journeys England, Scotland & Wales
Booking & Reservations
All prices are at publicly-quoted rates. We deduct Club discount and any valid train promotion when we provisionally hold space for you.
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Other Itineraries not shown above include: Heritage Homes and Gardens Journey; Grand Taste of the Highlands (previously Grand West Highland Journey); Grand Western Scenic Wonders Northbound or Westbound (ex-Grand North Western); The Grampians And Beyond (ex-Grampian Discovery), Clans, Castles & Isles, Scotch Malt Whisky Trail.
Details of the other Belmond trains are here.
Who Owns Belmond?
Here is the press release about the sale of Belmond to LVMH.