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Scottish Rail Experience & Edinburgh

Edinburgh – Scottish Highlands

6 nights

Discover Edinburgh before embarking on a memorable journey through the untamed romance of Scotland on the Belmond Royal Scotsman.

With a collection of stunning hotels, trains and river cruises in some of the world's most spectacular destinations, we have perfected the art of the magical escape. Book the itinerary below, or contact us to help arrange the adventure of your dreams.

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Day 1-2: Balmoral Hotel

On arrival in Edinburgh you will be greeted and transferred to The Balmoral Hotel located in the heart of the city.

After settling into your hotel discover Scotland’s capital, boasting a vibrant cultural scene, dramatic past and stunning historic sights.

Enjoy a half-day walking tour around historic Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the Royal Mile, Grassmarket and some of the city’s hidden alleyways.



Day 3: Belmond Royal Scotsman

Board the Belmond Royal Scotsman train. Our staff will meet you at your hotel and escort you to the train, which will be waiting at Waverley Station.

As you settle in to your cabin the train will travel north, crossing the Firth of Forth via the magnificent Forth Railway Bridge. Afternoon tea is served 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.



Day 4: Belmond Royal Scotsman

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

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

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



Day 5: Belmond Royal Scotsman

After breakfast you can choose to visit Eilean Donan castle before the train heads north to Inverness. Your journey continues south to Carrbridge where you can 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 Scottish tales and weaponry displays.



Day 6: 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 where you disembark for a visit to Glamis Castle. After rejoining the train in Perth, relax and enjoy a formal farewell dinner.



Day 7: Departure

After breakfast the train heads back to Edinburgh, where you disembark for your onward travel arrangements.

Please note: This package can be amended to include any journey on the Belmond Royal Scotsman

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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