Scotland by Land and Sea

13 nights: Edinburgh - Scottish Highlands - Inner and Outer Hebrides

Experience the luxury of the Belmond Royal Scotsman train and the cultural splendour of Edinburgh, combined with the thrill of a Hebridean Princess cruise.

Itinerary

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Edinburgh

Day 1: Belmond Royal Scotsman

Board the Belmond Royal Scotsman train and begin your journey north, crossing the Firth of Forth via the magnificent Forth Railway Bridge.

Enjoy a leisurely afternoon tea as you pass Arbroath, Montrose and Aberdeen before arriving in Keith.

In the evening enjoy an informal dinner and perhaps a nightcap with your fellow guests in the Observation Car.

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Inverness

Day 2: Belmond Royal Scotsman

Breakfast is served as the train leaves Keith and travels through Inverness, on its way to Glen Ord Distillery.

Later enjoy a delicious lunch as the train heads towards Kyle of Lochalsh. Here you can explore Plockton, choose to take a boat trip to see wild seals or enjoy a dram at the Plockton Hotel.

Spend the night on board in Kyle of Lochalsh. Dinner is formal, followed by entertainment in the Observation Car, which offers enthralling views over Loch Alsh to the Isle of Skye.

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Ballindalloch

Day 3: Belmond Royal Scotsman

After breakfast you can choose to visit Eilean Donan castle before the train heads north to Inverness. The journey continues south to Carrbridge where guests disembark and explore the romantic Ballindalloch Castle.

The night is spent on board at Boat of Garten on the private Strathspey Railway.

After an informal dinner, our highlander regales guests with tales and weaponry displays.

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Highlands

Day 4: Belmond Royal Scotsman

The day begins with a visit to the stunning Rothiemurchus Estate, 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.

After meeting the train in Perth, relax and enjoy a formal dinner

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Edinburgh

Day 5: Balmoral Hotel

Savour a leisurely breakfast before the train heads back to Edinburgh.

Disembark and check in at the Balmoral Hotel for a two-night stay.

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Edinburgh

Day 6: Balmoral Hotel

Explore Edinburgh, the inspiring capital city of Scotland. After breakfast enjoy a half-day walking tour around the historic Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. You will explore the Royal Mile, Grassmarket and some of the hidden alleyways.

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Inner and Outer Hebrides

Day 7: Hebridean Princess Cruise

Take a private transfer from your hotel to Oban and board the Hebridean Princess Cruise for the Trail of The Young Pretender journey.

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Inner and Outer Hebrides

Day 8: Hebridean Princess Cruise

Cruise around Ardnamurchan, the most westerly point of the British mainland. View the Glenfinnan Monument where Bonnie Prince Charlie gathered the Jacobite clansmen for the 1745 rising.

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Inner and Outer Hebrides

Day 9: Hebridean Princess Cruise

Sail to Skye and disembark at Portree. Here the Royal Hotel is the site of MacNab's Inn, the last meeting place of Flora MacDonald and Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1746.

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Inner and Outer Hebrides

Day 10: Hebridean Princess Cruise

Enjoy a tour of the Trotternish peninsula followed by a stop at the Flodigarry Country House Hotel, part of which was Flora MacDonald’s house. Cross the Sound of Raasay to the Isle of Raasay, where Bonnie Prince Charlie hid from the British troops after his defeat at Culloden.

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Inner and Outer Hebrides

Day 11: Hebridean Princess Cruise

Continue to Lewis and explore St Moluag’s Church, the Butt of Lewis to the north, and the Callanish Stones and Carloway Broch.

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Inner and Outer Hebrides

Day 12: Hebridean Princess Cruise

Cruise through the Outer Hebrides and head ashore at Lochmaddy to pick up on the Prince’s trail to Eriskay and Prince’s Bay, where he first set foot on British soil on July 1745.

Head to the Bishop’s Isles and explore the coastline on foot.

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Inner and Outer Hebrides

Day 13: Hebridean Princess Cruise

After sailing across the Sea of the Hebrides to the Isle of Mull, stop at Tobermory before heading to Craignure. Visit Duart Castle, home to Clan MacLean, great Jacobite supporters, and enjoy a reception hosted by the current Clan Chief, Sir Lachlan MacLean.

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Edinburgh

Day 14: Departure

Arrive at Oban and disembark for your private transfer to Edinburgh and onward travel arrangements.

Please note: This package may be amended to include many different journeys on the Belmond Royal Scotsman combined with the Hebridean Princess.

Belmond Royal Scotsman

Embark on a grand highland fling

At once leisurely and luxurious, intimate and eye-opening, step aboard and rekindle the romance of travel

Riding Belmond Royal Scotsman is one of those pinch-me moments. Ranking among the world’s most luxurious trains, our mahogany-clad cars marry Edwardian elegance with the comforts of a country house. Ten intricately designed carriages, including the sublime Bamford Spa, form a palace on wheels.

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