It’s the kingdom of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce; the home of tartan and kilts, bagpipes and ceilidhs. Yet there’s much more to this gaelic country than a wee dram or two of whisky—though that’s certainly a bonus. From Edinburgh’s historic streets to the breathtaking Highlands and beyond, Belmond Royal Scotsman takes you on a journey to the heart of this fabled land.
RAIL TRAVEL HAS long been touted as one of the best ways to experience a country. ‘The speed is so easy and the train disturbs so little of the scenes through which it takes us, that our heart becomes full of the placidity and stillness of the country,’ wrote Robert Louis Stevenson, himself a proud Scotsman, in 1881.
Today, Belmond Royal Scotsman is the perfect way to uncover the history and scenery of the Scottish Highlands and beyond. Glide through a landscape of sweeping glens, rugged peaks and mirror-still lochs. Stop and explore castles, distilleries, mills and other great cultural icons.
The classic four-night, 720-mile journey takes in Dundee, Montrose, Inverness and Perth. Disembark in picturesque Plockton and see wild seals by boat or visit the glorious Eilean Donan Castle. Sample the malts in Glen Ord Distillery, one of Scotland’s oldest, founded in 1838. Try fishing or clay shooting at the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. Cross the famed Tay Bridge and Forth Bridge, each once the longest and largest bridges in the world. Take a spellbinding journey across the Glenfinnan Viaduct, the dramatic backdrop for the Hogwarts Express.
Got time on your side? Our seven-night Grand Tour of Britain combines the highlights of the Highlands with historic sights across the UK. Tour Cambridge, York and Bath. Catch a steam train to Snowdonia National Park. Dine at Alnwick Castle. Alternatively, themed journeys are available. Take the Heritage Homes and Gardens tour or the Scottish Golf tour, each four nights.
Add one of our exclusive extensions to your journey, too. Stay at the opulent Balmoral with views over Edinburgh, Cameron House on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, or Gleneagles which nestles among 850 acres of undulating Perthshire countryside.
No matter which road—or, perhaps, track—you travel, Belmond Royal Scotsman guarantees a voyage to remember.