Scottish Highlands and ancient castles provide the backdrop for The Royal Scotsman. Combining Edwardian splendor with modern luxury, this stately train, owned and operated by Belmond, revives the decadent age of railway travel and takes guests on a journey through landscapes of towering, pine-clad mountains reflected in mirror-still lochs. Board to the sound of the bagpiper in Edinburgh, sample Single Malt whisky, pass the shores of Loch Lomond and visit Glamis Castle, the childhood home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother.
The Royal Scotsman takes 36 guests in 16 twin and 4 single cabins, all with private facilities and comfortable beds, furnished in traditional Scottish-country style. Two dining cars bracket the sleeping cars and the observation carriage is a popular gathering place for guests to socialize and enjoy the champagne and whisky which flow throughout the journey. Traveling only during the day, the train berths at night to ensure a sound sleep for guests.
Life on board the train is relaxed and indulgent, with the freshest, finest produce served in the dining cars. After dinner, over a wee dram, a local clansman recounts tales and legends that bring Scottish history alive.
The Royal Scotsman offers two, three, four, five and seven-night journeys throughout Scotland. The Following is a sample of our favorites:
The Highland Journey (2 Nights)
Travel straight into the heart of the Highlands and enjoy typical outdoor activities.
At a Glance: 540 miles, including, Dundee, Montrose, Aberdeen, Keith, Inverness, Dalwhinnie and Perth.
● Optional activities include clay pigeon shooting and a Highland safari
● Tour of Dalwhinnie Distillery
● Visit Rothiemurchus Estate
The Western Journey (3 Nights)
The line for true landscape lovers.
At a Glance: 660 miles, including Glasgow, Wemyss Bay, Loch Lomond and Fort William.
● Visit to Mount Stuart House, Britain's most spectacular Victorian Gothic house
● Ferry ride to the Isle of Bute
● Picture-perfect glens, majestic mountains, beautiful beaches and seemingly bottomless lochs
The Classic Journey (4 Nights)
Enjoy the ultimate Royal Scotsman experience, traveling through some of the UK's finest scenery.
At a Glance: 720 miles, including Dundee, Montrose, Aberdeen, Keith, Inverness, Plockton, Dalwhinnie and Perth.
● Optional activities include fishing, clay pigeon shooting, golf, a woodland walk and a boat trip
● Whisky tasting at Dalmore Distillery
● Visit Ballindalloch Castle and gardens
● Unspoiled beaches and wildlife habitats
Prices vary by departure, are per person and include all table d'hôte meals, all alcoholic and other beverages, all sightseeing excursions as shown in the itinerary and accommodation on board based on two people sharing a twin compartment or one person in a single.
Private Charter of the Royal Scotsman:
Like the finest country house hotel, on wheels, The Royal Scotsman makes you feel like an honored guest at a private party. And, of course, you are. With world-class service, accommodation, and cuisine, this is the ultimate venue for a prestigious corporate event or private celebration. You and your guests will enjoy the unique atmosphere aboard one of the most luxurious trains in the world.
Whether for a family celebration, a reward or incentive for the Board or staff, entertaining valued clients, or indeed a celebration, The Royal Scotsman cannot fail to impress.
Available for one, two, three or four-night charters, you can choose from any of the four standard journeys between April and October - Classic, Western, Highland, Grand West Highland or Grand North Western. There are a number of dates available throughout our season for one-night charters in Scotland. Or why don't you hire the train for your own special celebration?
Whatever choice you make, a private journey aboard the Royal Scotsman represents the very best in hospitality with exclusive visits and activities carefully chosen to be educative and fun which can make your corporate incentive or special celebrations unforgettable.
Quite simply, The Royal Scotsman is your ticket to an exclusive world of grand hospitality and great excitement!
Contact Mollie Fitzgerald for more information on the Royal Scotsman.
Photos Courtesy of: Belmond