Multi-Day Tour | Rail

Clans, Castles & Isles, Belmond Royal Scotsman (6 days)

Belmond Trains

Edinburgh, United Kingdom To Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Itinerary

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

Board Belmond Royal Scotsman at Edinburgh Waverley Station and depart in the afternoon, weaving past magnificent Loch Lomond and the great wilderness of Rannoch Moor.

Make your way to the Dining Car for a delicious informal dinner as the train continues to Spean Bridge, known as the ‘crossroads of the Highlands’. Here you are treated to local entertainment.

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

As the train makes its way to the pretty village of Arisaig, keep an eye out for mighty Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles.

Alight to stroll along the famous Silver Sands of Morar, soft white beaches with breathtaking views.

After lunch on the train there are two options: either join our Highlanderto explore Glenfinnan, where Bonnie Prince Charlie rallied his clansmen, or savour the beauty of Glen Nevis on a hike to the Steall Waterfall in the company of our mountain guides.

An informal dinner on board is followed by spirited Scottish music in the Observation Car.

The train stables overnight at Taynuilt.

Day 3
Taynuilt, United Kingdom
Kilmarnock, United Kingdom
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you visit Oban, gateway to the Hebridean islands, to enjoy an exclusive visit to historic Oban Distillery, producer of a fine 14-year-old single malt.

Afterwards, cross to the Isle of Mull to visit spectacular Duart Castle, strategically located on a high crag at the end of a peninsula jutting into the Sound of Mull.

Dating from the 13th century, the castle was modified over time by the Macleans of Duart and completely restored to its original glory in the early 20th century.

Return to Belmond Royal Scotsman in Oban and dress for a sumptuous formal dinner on board as the train travels to Kilmarnock for overnight stabling.

Day 4
Kilmarnock, United Kingdom
Girvan, United Kingdom
Wemyss Bay, United Kingdom
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a leisurely breakfast, journey from Wemyss Bay to the Isle of Bute to visit Mount Stuart House, one of Britain's most astonishing Victorian Gothic houses.

The architectural fantasy of the 3rd Marquess of Bute and his architect, Sir Robert Rowand Anderson, the extravagant mansion boasts stunning and mysterious interiors that reflect the Marquess's passion for art, heraldry, astrology, mythology and religion. Surrounding it are expansive landscaped gardens and wild woodlands.

Back on board, enjoy an informal dinner followed by engaging entertainment.

Day 5
Girvan, United Kingdom
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning you are escorted to Drumlanrig Castle, the Dumfriesshire home of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry.

A turreted sandstone mansion with sweeping views over the Nith Valley, it is home to important collections of silver, porcelain, French furniture and art, while its surrounding 90,000-acre estate embraces lavish formal gardens, rambling woodlands and miles of footpaths. Choose between a Victorian gardens tour, an architectural tour or a history/fine art tour.

Rejoin the train after lunch and enjoy a relaxing afternoon onboard. Your final gastronomic dinner on board is a formal affair, after which you are invited to the Observation Car to tap your toes to live Scottish music.

Day 6
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
None Breakfast

Breakfast is served as the train wends its way back to Edinburgh, where your journey ends.

We wish you safe onward travels and look forward to seeing you again soon.

Please note: Belmond Royal Scotsman operates within the constraints of the railway network.

As such, timings, routes and associated itineraries are subject to change.

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Description

Embark on a five-night journey exploring the wild and rugged west coast of Scotland, including Oban and the Isles of Mull and Bute. (this trip will also operate in reverse)

About Us

Belmond are connoisseurs in the art of luxury train travel, curating an iconic portfolio worldwide. We blend enchanting destinations with vintage carriages, immersive excursions with delectable cuisine, and ultimate comfort with genuine service - you'll never have a greater escape. Our collection includes the first luxury sleeper train in Ireland, Belmond Grand Hibernian, as well as two luxury Day Trains in the UK, Belmond Northern Belle and Belmond British Pullman, and of course, the world famous Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Discover our luxury train collection and unveil the exceptional world of Belmond.

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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