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Belmond Royal Scotsman: Grand North Western

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 11,145

A journey commencing in Edinburgh on the famed luxury train through the heart of Scotland. View majestic mountains and dramatic coastlines. Visit historic castles and see local wildlife. All while sitting back, sleeping or dining on board.


Travelling by luxury train on a private journey through the magnificent Highlands of Scotland is more than just a scenic itinerary. It is an experience combining a historic trip with amazing scenery through the legendary Highlands of Scotland. Sit back in a comfortable seat and view spectacular countryside, visit historic castles, dine and sleep on board. 

Commence from Edinburgh and head west to Craigendoran to join the Western Highland Line. Pass by the fabled Loch Lomond en route to the village of Spean Bridge where the train spends overnight. 

The next day continue to Fort William for views of Scotland’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Reach the Western Scottish impressive coastline at Arisaig. Here walk on the Morar Sands with its stunning white beaches and striking views of the Isle of Skye. 

Eventually arrive at the town of Fort William where you will visit historic Glenfinnan and have an optional walk with a ranger through the scenic Nevis Gorge to the Steall Waterfall. Return to the train and travel south to the Argyll village of Bridge of Orchy where the train overnights.

The following morning, the train heads for Wemyss Bay where you will take a ferry to the Isle of Bute with its plentiful history, interesting geology and abundant wildlife. While in Bute, visit Mount Stuart, a Victorian Gothic House with a private collection of portrait paintings. Return later for an overnight stop in Wemyss Bay. 

From Wemyss By, travel back to Edinburgh, After a guided tour of this delightful city, return to the train and travel north across the Forth Bridge passing through Perth, Arbroath, Montrose and Aberdeen before eventually arriving at the market town of Keith.  

The next day, continue north via Inverness to Muir of Ord where you will disembark and enjoy a whisky tasting at the Glen Ord Distillery. After this, the scenery truly becomes magnificent. Pass through the beautiful Torridon Mountains, then climb to Luib Summit and Achnashellach Forest and then along the stunning Loch Carron. Arrive in Plockton, a charming seaside resort on the west coast Alight here and take a boat ride to see wild seals or if so inclined, walk through impressive woodland.  On returning to Plockton, enjoy time to look around. Then head to Kyle of Lochalsh for overnight and more views of the Isle of Skye.

Continue your journey heading east to Inverness and then south to Carrbridge. Disembark here to visit romantic Ballindaloch Castle with its beautiful gardens. Travel onwards to Boat of Garten for an overnight stop. 

The next morning pay a visit to the Rothiemurchus Estate where you can go fishing, partake in clay pigeon shooting or simply walk through stunning scenery. Rejoin the train and travel to Dunkeld where you will visit Glamis Castle, the most beautiful in Scotland and supposedly haunted. 

Your final day returns you to Edinburgh where your Scottish sojourn finishes.

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 11,145

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Day 1

Edinburgh to Spean Bridge

Today the train departs from Edinburgh in the early afternoon and heads west through Falkirk, to reach Craigendoran the starting point for the West Highland Line, while you enjoy an indulgent afternoon tea. Spot the distinctive peak of Ben Arthur and soon you also 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 splendid formal dinner and entertainment in the Observation Car.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration7 Nights
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    Belmond Royal Scotsman takes you to the heart of the Highlands, where you travel through landscapes of pine-clad mountains, reflected in mirror-still lochs. With your own private cabin and an open-deck observation carriage from which to marvel at Scotland's finest countryside, life on board is ...

    Belmond Royal Scotsman takes you to the heart of the Highlands, where you travel through landscapes of pine-clad mountains, reflected in mirror-still lochs. With your own private cabin and an open-deck observation carriage from which to marvel at Scotland's finest countryside, life on board is relaxed yet indulgent.

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Day 2

Spean Bridge to Bridge of Orchy

As the train travels west, passing through Fort William, don't miss the views of Ben Nevis. Travelling by the side of Loch Eil you then pass Glenfinnan, with its impressive curved viaduct, and Lochailort, before turning north along this dramatic coastline to Arisaig. You will disembark here for a leisurely walk along the beautiful Morar Sands, with breathtaking views across the Sound of Sleat to the Isle of Skye with its distinctive Cuillin Mountains.
Back on board, lunch is served as the train retraces its route towards Fort William.
Disembark here and enjoy a visit to historic Glenfinnan in the company of our Highlander who brings to life the stories of Scottish heroes before afternoon tea. Alternatively, a guided hike is available (weather permitting). A mountain ranger guides you through the scenic Nevis Gorge to The 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. Afterwards, enjoy a nightcap whilst listening to the evening entertainment in the Observation Car.

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Day 3

Bridge of Orchy to Wemyss Bay

Today's destination is the charming Isle of Bute, reached by ferry from Wemyss Bay. The island is rich in geology, history and wildlife, with a varied landscape to explore. You will 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 for a formal dinner and overnight on board.

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Day 4

Wemyss Bay to Keith

After an early departure from Wemyss Bay this morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast as you travel east towards Edinburgh where this first part of your Grand North Western journey ends in Waverley Station (thus marking the end of the 'Classic Journey' part of your ride). Spend the morning in Edinburgh by joining a guided tour and enjoying a light lunch before returning to the train for the next part of your journey. The train pulls out of the station in the early afternoon and travels north, crossing the Firth of Forth via the Forth Railway Bridge. It then proceeds through Fife towards the city of Perth - 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Keith to Kyle of Lochalsh

As the train leaves Keith you'll be enjoying a delicious breakfast. Next you pass through Inverness, 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 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. 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, take a boat trip to see wild seals or walk through the woodland. After 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Kyle of Lochalsh to 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.
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.

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Day 7

Boat of Garten to 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.
After rejoining the train in Perth, relax and enjoy informal dinner onboard.

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Day 8

Perth to Edinburgh

Breakfast is served as the train leaves Dundee and crosses the Tay Bridge into the former Kingdom of Fife and on to Edinburgh were your seven night journey ends.

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DEPARTURES:

2017: 28 Apr; 5 May; 9 Jun; 18, 25 Aug; 15 Sep; 13 Oct.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 7 nights State Cabin accommodation with private shower and toilet
  • Table d'hote meals daily
  • All alcoholic and other beverages
  • Entertainment
  • All sightseeing excursions as shown in the itineraries
  • All applicable taxes.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visas (if required)
  • Meals & beverages not specified in the itinerary
  • Gratuities for Crewmembers
  • Souvenirs.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Special Diets and Allergies
Special diets can be accommodated with our Chef. Please be sure to tell us in advance of any allergies, food related or not.

Health
Please advise The Royal Scotsman office or your travel agent of any health restrictions before travelling with us. No specific vaccinations are required for entry into the UK. It is advised, however, that you consult your doctor or physician for requirements based on your travel itinerary, or for any personal health recommendations relating to your journey. Please note that there are no professional medical facilities on The Royal Scotsman.

Smoking Policy
In accordance with Scottish Law, smoking is not permitted on board.

Luggage and Storage On Board
Cabins have limited space, therefore we recommend each guest travels with one suitcase and one carry-on bag. Twin State Cabins have storage space under each bed measuring 71cm x 23cm. If necessary, facilities are available at The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh for luggage storage during your journey. If you are staying at another hotel, please ask the Hotel Manager. Prior to boarding, please attach a Royal Scotsman luggage label/tag to each piece of your luggage.

What to Wear
For daytime excursions and relaxing on board, we recommend casual, comfortable clothing. In the evening we recommend a jacket and tie for informal dinners and black tie/tuxedo or kilt for formal dinners.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

It is the passenger’s own responsibility to ensure that they comply with visa or vaccination requirements. All passengers must be in possession of a full passport with minimum of 6 months validity.

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13 Oct 2017
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