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Scotland's Classic Splendours, Belmond Royal Scotsman (4 days)

Belmond Trains

Edinburgh, United Kingdom To Dundee, United Kingdom

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
None Dinner, Snack

Depart from Edinburgh Waverley Station in the early afternoon and travel north, crossing the Firth of Forth across the magnificent Forth Railway Bridge. This is one of the oldest cantilever bridges still in use, designed by Benjamin Baker in the late 1880s and considered one of the greatest achievements of the Victorian Age.

Enjoy afternoon tea as you journey through the former Kingdom of Fife. The train follows the east coast, passing through Arbroath, Montrose and Aberdeen before arriving in the market town of Keith. Enjoy an informal dinner, followed by entertainment in the Observation Car.

Day 2
Keith, United Kingdom
Kyle Of Lochalsh, United Kingdom
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Departing from Keith this morning, the train travels west towards Inverness, capital of the Highlands.

Lunch is served en-route to Kyle of Lochalsh, arguably one of the most scenic route in Britain. Pass by Loch Luichart and the Torridon mountains, which geologists believe were formed before any life began.

Travel onwards through Achnasheen, climbing to the Luib summit and Achnashellach Forest before descending to Strathcarron. The train then follows the edge of Loch Carron through Attadale, Stromeferry and Duncraig.

Arrive at the picturesque fishing village of Plockton. Take a boat trip to see the colony of wild seals and enjoy magnificent views across the bay to the Applecross Mountains. Set off on a woodland walk, with time afterwards to enjoy a traditional Highland welcome and a dram or two in the seafront Plockton Hotel.

Return to the train in Kyle of Lochalsh, gateway to the mystical Isle of Skye. An informal dinner is followed by an evening with our Highlander. He’ll paint a colourful picture as he shares stories of Scottish heroes and talk about how Highland life has changed dramatically over the centuries.

Please note:

On 12 Apr, 15 Jun, 25 Jul, 6 Aug, 8 Oct, 14 Oct 2018 and 11 Apr 14 Jun, 24 Jul, 05 Aug, 07 and 13 Oct 2019 there will be an alternative itinerary for the afternoon. Guests will enjoy lunch an a tour at Cawdor Castle, before returning to the train for dinner.

Day 3
Kyle Of Lochalsh, United Kingdom
Boat Of Garten, United Kingdom
Dundee, United Kingdom
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Breakfast is served as we retrace part of yesterday's route as far as Dingwall. Have your cameras ready for the postcard-perfect views of Plockton across the bay.

Disembark in Garve late morning to visit Glen Ord Distillery. Founded in 1838, it is one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland. The distillery is situated on the edge of the Black Isle, west of Inverness. It continues to malt its own barley and uses long fermentation and slow distillation methods unchanged for generations. Tour the distillery before enjoying private tasting and nosing session.

Rejoin the train in Inverness for lunch before disembarking in Aviemore, visiting Rothiemurchus Estate in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. Choose from a number of activities including fishing, clay pigeon-shooting and an estate tour. Afterwards, receive a warm welcome from your hosts as refreshments are served in the hunting lodge. Learn about the fascinating history of the estate, which has been owned by the same family for over 400 years.

Board Belmond Royal Scotsman in Boat of Garten and prepare for a special formal dinner, served as the train travels to Dundee. After, spirited musicians invite you to partake in some lively Scottish country dancing on the station platform, a fitting finale to your tour.

Please note:

On 12 Apr, 15 Jun, 25 Jul, 6 Aug, 8 Oct, 14 Oct 2018 and 11 Apr 14 Jun, 24 Jul, 05 Aug, 07 and 13 Oct 2019 there will be an alternative itinerary. Early-risers will have opportunity to enjoy a short, scenic trip to photograph the famous Eilean Donan Castle before the train heads south to Carrbridge for a tour of Glenlivet Distillery.

Day 4
Dundee, United Kingdom
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
None Breakfast

Enjoy a final breakfast aboard as the train leaves Dundee and crosses the Tay Bridge into the former Kingdom of Fife. From there it continues on to Edinburgh, where you will disembark for your onward travel arrangements.

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From the picturesque fishing village of Plockton to the ancient Caledonian pine forest of Rothiemurchus, embrace the spirit of the Highlands on this classic short journey.

About Us

Belmond are connoisseurs in the art of luxury travel, curating an iconic global portfolio of trains, rivers cruises, hotels, and safaris. They blend enchanting destinations with vintage carriages, immersive excursions with delectable cuisine, and ultimate comfort with genuine service – you'll never have a greater escape. Their collection includes the first luxury sleeper train in Ireland, Belmond Grand Hibernian, as well as Belmond Royal Scotsman in Scotland; their luxury day train in the U.K., Belmond British Pullman; the Eastern & Oriental Express in Southeast Asia, and, of course, the world-famous Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.

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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

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

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

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

PERFECTION!!!

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

Easy travel

By: Bookie


Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2018

Load your luggage, find your seat and enjoy the ride. This was an easy way to get to. Paris from Bezier.
Travel Advisor:  Jessica Battista