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6 nights: Edinburgh - Scottish Highlands

Scottish Rail Experience & Edinburgh

5 nights

Explore Edinburgh’s medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town before embarking on a memorable adventure on the Royal Scotsman, A Belmond Train. Delve into a land of soaring peaks and mirror-still lochs. Marvel at Eilean Donan Castle at the meeting point of three lochs. Fall in love with the romantic Ballindalloch, known as the ‘Pearl of the North’. From the moment you step onto the train, you are swept up in a world of myth, legend and timeless luxury. Book the itinerary below, or contact us to help arrange the adventure of your dreams.

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Day 1

Edinburgh

Begin with a one-night stay at the Balmoral Hotel. Enjoy a half-day walking tour around the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which includes the Royal Mile and Grassmarket. Explore the city's cobbled streets, Arthur's Seat and Edinburgh Castle.

Day 2

Edinburgh

Board the Royal Scotsman train in Edinburgh. Travelling north, cross the Firth of Forth via the Firth Railway Bridge. Enjoy afternoon tea as we pass Arbroath, Montrose and Aberdeen, arriving in Keith. Enjoy an informal dinner and nightcap.

Day 3

Kyle of Lochalsh

Travel to Inverness and join the Kyle of Lochalsh line—one of the most scenic routes in the UK. Enjoy lunch on board, then visit the glorious Attadale Gardens near Strathcarron. Or disembark at Plockton for a boat trip to see wild seals. Dinner this evening is formal.

Day 4

Carrbridge

After breakfast, visit Eilean Donan castle. Travel to Garve to visit Glen Old—one of Scotland’s oldest distilleries. Disembark at Carrbridge to visit Ballindaloch Castle. Dinner is served on board, followed by tales from our highland storyteller. Spend the night in Boat of Garten.

Day 5

Rothiemurchus Estate

Visit Rothiemurchus Estate for fishing, clay pigeon shooting or an estate tour. Rejoining the train at Kingussie, eat lunch as you journey to Dunkeld. Disembark for a visit to Glamis Castle. After meeting the train at Perth, enjoy a formal dinner on board.

Day 6

Edinburgh

Arrive back in Edinburgh and disembark for your onward travel arrangements.

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Royal Scotsman

Embark on a grand highland fling

Riding the 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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