Multi-Day Tour | Rail

Grand Western Scenic Wonders, Belmond Royal Scotsman (8 days)

Belmond Trains

Spean Bridge, United Kingdom To Dundee, United Kingdom


Day 1
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Spean Bridge, United Kingdom
None Dinner, Snack

The train departs from Edinburgh in the early afternoon and heads west through Falkirk, to reach Craigendoran the starting point for the West Highland Line, while guests enjoy an indulgent afternoon tea.

Spot the distinctive peak of Ben Arthur and soon you also catch a first glimpse of Loch Lomond.

After climbing up the waterfall-rich Glen Falloch, the train continues north to the village of Spean Bridge for the night.

Enjoy an informal dinner followed by entertainment in the Observation Car.

Day 2
Spean Bridge, United Kingdom
Glenfinnan, United Kingdom
Fort William, United Kingdom
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

As the train travels west, passing through Fort William, don’t miss the views of Ben Nevis. Travelling by the side of Loch Eil you then pass Glenfinnan, with its impressive curved viaduct, and Lochailort, before turning north along this dramatic coastline to Arisaig.

Disembark here for a leisurely walk along the beautiful Morar Sands, with breathtaking views across the Sound of Sleat to the Isle of Skye with its distinctive Cuillin Mountains.

Back on board, lunch is served as the train retraces its route towards Fort William.

Disembark here and enjoy a visit to historic Glenfinnan in the company of our Highlander who brings to life the stories of Scottish heroes before afternoon tea. Alternatively, a guided hike is available (weather permitting). A mountain ranger guides you through the scenic Nevis Gorge to The Steall Waterfall.

Return to the train in Fort William and relax on board before an informal dinner is served as you travel south towards the tiny Argyll village of Bridge of Orchy.

Enjoy an informal dinner on board. Afterwards, enjoy a nightcap whilst listening to the evening entertainment in the Observation Car.

Day 3
Gourock, United Kingdom
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Today's destination is the charming Isle of Bute, reached by ferry.

The island is rich in geology, history and wildlife, with a varied landscape to explore.

Guests enjoy a fascinating visit to Mount Stuart, a Victorian Gothic house with arguably the finest privately held collection of family portraits in Scotland.

Return to the train for a formal dinner and overnight on board.

Day 4
Gourock, United Kingdom
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Keith, United Kingdom
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

After an early departure from Gourock this morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast as you travel east towards Edinburgh where this first part of your Grand North Western journey draws to an end in Waverley Station.

Spend the morning in Edinburgh by joining a guided tour and enjoying a light lunch before returning to the train for the next part of your journey.

The train pulls out of the station in the early afternoon and travels north, crossing the Firth of Forth via the Forth Railway Bridge.

It then proceeds through Fife towards the city of Perth, during which you are served a leisurely afternoon tea, passing Arbroath, Montrose and Aberdeen before arriving in the market town of Keith.

In the evening enjoy an informal dinner followed by entertainment in the Observation Car.

Day 5
Keith, United Kingdom
Kyle Of Lochalsh, United Kingdom
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Enjoy breakfast as the train leaves Keith and heads west along Moray Firth towards Inverness, capital of the Highlands.

Lunch is served as the train heads towards Kyle of Lochalsh on what is arguably the most scenic railway route in the UK.

Disembark in Plockton, take a boat trip to see wild seals or enjoy a dram and a traditional highland welcome in the Plockton Hotel. Alternatively, visit Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotland's most iconic sights, and learn how the castle was painstakingly restored to its former glory.

Spend the night on board in Kyle of Lochalsh. Enjoy a formal dinner and perhaps a nightcap with your fellow guests in the Observation Car which offers mesmerising views over Loch Alsh to the Isle of Skye.

Day 6
Kyle Of Lochalsh, United Kingdom
Inverness, United Kingdom
Boat Of Garten, United Kingdom
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

After breakfast the train heads back towards Dingwall, skirting the Beauly Firth and crossing the top of the Caledonian Canal, north of Loch Ness, before reaching Inverness.

he train continues south to Carrbridge where you will disembark to visit the romantic Ballindalloch Castle and its wonderful gardens. Options at Balindallocah include a private castle tour, 9 holes of golf on the castle's own course or an exclusive look at what is Scotland's only single estate distillery.

The night is spent on board at Boat of Garten on the private Strathspey Railway. After dinner, our Highlander regales guests with stories of local heroes and their derring-dos, even demonstrating some authentic weaponry.

Day 7
Boat Of Garten, United Kingdom
Dunkeld, United Kingdom
Dundee, United Kingdom
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Travel by coach to Rothiemurchus Estate in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, where activities such as fishing, clay pigeon shooting, or a guided walk through the stunning landscape can be enjoyed.

Rejoin the train at Kingussie where lunch will be served as you journey south through Blair Atholl and Pitlochry to Dunkeld. Here you will disembark for your visit to Glamis Castle, childhood home of the late HM Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.

Return to the train for a formal dinner and entertainment.

Day 8
Dundee, United Kingdom
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
None Breakfast

Breakfast is served as the train leaves Dundee and crosses the Tay Bridge into the former Kingdom of Fife and on to Edinburgh were your seven night journey ends.

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Embark on a journey through the ages as you explore western Scotland on a journey that perfectly blends untamed natural beauty with spellbinding historic sites.

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The Orient Express- All that you can imagine it is.

By: John from NJ

Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2013

Our travel on the Orient Express earlier this year was its initial run from Stockholm to Copenhagen, WE had previously ridden its classic run from Paris to Venice in previous years. The carriages are classics, the service impeccable, the food wonderful. If you are wondering if its just like its depicted in the movies it is !
Travel Advisor:  Eleanor Hardy

Highly recommend

By: Not provided

Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2013

I did write a review in this trip and we. Have both spoken to man friends about doing it them selves. The greatest review I I should think Thank you again, Eleanor.
Travel Advisor:  Eleanor Hardy

A great family trip

By: Pompey

Reviewed on: 26 Nov 2013

From London to Istanbul everything was about perfect. All the countryside was amazing, and the train was wonderful.
Travel Advisor:  Eleanor Hardy

definitely reccomend

By: Ellie

Reviewed on: 23 Nov 2013

My husband and I spent a month in Asia and this was one of the high lights. The Mandarin Oriental where we stayed before and after the train trip was really special. The train was comfortable, the food was delicious and the service excellent. We took the trip to Laos and had very interesting stops for sightseeing. We had heard that some of the trains have upper and lower berths but not this one. Our Pullman had both beds on the same level and had a nice bathroom.
Travel Advisor:  Marsha Dolbow

Great Tour

By: Harpy3

Reviewed on: 29 May 2014

Our tour from Lima to Cusco to Machu Picchu and back was very good.  Had a wonderful guide, Luis (Dias I think).  Very informative and passionate about his topic.  Arrangements--hotels and train--were very good.  A complaint would be that hotel rooms assigned to us were with 2 beds rather than a double.  We had to upgrade to get that.  We prefer to travel as the couple we are and were never asked in advance about our preference for such arrangements.  (And I'm not aware of any Virtuoso Amenities)
Travel Advisor:  Jackie Berube

Hotel & Trains

By: Harvey

Reviewed on: 12 May 2014

Had a Great stay in Peru at Belmond Hotels. Staff were the BEST !!!!. The train from Cusco to Machu Picchu was a very memorable experience too.
Travel Advisor:  Rita Madrigali

A new and very pleasant experience

By: Tas Tiger & Griffin

Reviewed on: 21 Aug 2014

Train delayed for two hours but we were invited to a nice platform restaurant were a meal & beverages were provided. Beverages on board well overpriced considering the cost of the journey
Travel Advisor:  Angela Walker

VSOE Is All You Would Dream it To Be

By: RichieBooBoo

Reviewed on: 06 Oct 2014

Very much enjoyed the Belmond experience again. Having traveled on the Hiram Bingham to Macchu Picchu and stayed at the Lodge earlier this year, my expectations were high. The VSOE doesn't disappoint. The Staff is so exceptional I don't know how you could NOT have the time of your life. Spend some time with Walter in the saloon carriage. He is a joy. I hope to visit again soon on another of the trains many routes.
Travel Advisor:  Eleanor Hardy

Beautiful trip

By: Bob and Virginia

Reviewed on: 09 Oct 2014

See previous page.
Travel Advisor:  Angela Walker

Well-run trains

By: lassie

Reviewed on: 01 Nov 2014

I think the Orient Express is better suited to younger travelers. It is a bit of a hardship for seniors to climb up and down into top bunks and also the fact that there is no toilet is a problem Staff on board were very good. Food is somewhat old-fashioned but I guess the chef can only cook things that were popular n the 1920s and 30s
Travel Advisor:  Valerie Ann Wilson

My multi-country vacation

By: Lone traveler

Reviewed on: 18 Nov 2014

On my trip I visited eight countries, using eleven separate flight legs and a 3-day international train ride. I stayed in a variety of accommodations that ranged from 5 Star resorts to quaint and historic B&Bs. Everything turned out exactly as I had anticipated and wanted. Caroline did a superb job making all the arrangements for me. I would not hesitate to recommend her services and expertise.
Travel Advisor:  Carolyn Kremer

Good trip

By: Happy Traveler

Reviewed on: 19 Feb 2015

Had a great time on the Eastern and Oriental Express. Service was all levels. The two stops were outstanding although more time could have been spent at Penang. Food aboard the train was very good but at times there should be more than one option. Great experience overall. Good way to see the countryside as well. Only other improvement would be to improve the mattress quality as they are quite thin and hard
Travel Advisor:  Angela Walker

Orient Express Train Trip

By: Jcutt

Reviewed on: 22 Jun 2015

Excellent trip but would not recommend it to non-train enthusiast. Fun, good food, but cramped compartments. One day is enough but glad we did it.
Travel Advisor:  Heidi Wohlert

Luxury on the Hiram Bingham train

By: Kathleen

Reviewed on: 30 Oct 2015

Our trip on the Hiram Bingham train that included lunch on our way to Machu Picchu was lovely. The scenery from the train was breathtaking, the food delicious and the service excellent. I would do it again in a heartbeat! We were very much looking forward to dinner on the HB train upon our departure from Machu Picchu but sadly that did not happen due to a train strike.
Travel Advisor:  Valerie Ann Wilson

Belmond Grand Hibernian

By: Amanda

Reviewed on: 31 Jul 2017

We had a lovely time on the Belmond Grand Hibernian. The staff was excellent and the food was incredible. It was a low-stress way to see Ireland (no driving) and the spots selected for each day trip were great. For future travelers I would recommend: if you're on the youngish side of things (we are in our early 40s), I'd bring friends -- the train is pretty much quiet by 10pm after dinner, so we really enjoyed have friends with us to play cards and talk in the bar car at the end of the evening. Also, the trip isn't one continuous loop around Ireland - you do some back tracking each day - it's fine but doesn't give you the feeling of seeing "new" countryside with each leg of the journey.
Travel Advisor:  Laura Bassett


By: PT

Reviewed on: 26 Nov 2017

A journey on The Orient Express is known to be a once in a lifetime experience.......and it certainly was for us.
Travel Advisor:  Kelly Millington