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Dales, Lakes & Gardens, Belmond Royal Scotsman (5 days)

Belmond Trains

Scarborough, United Kingdom To Kilmarnock, United Kingdom

Valid for Departures: 07 Sep 2018 - 11 Sep 2018


Day 1
07 Sep 2018
Alnmouth, United Kingdom
Scarborough, United Kingdom
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
None Dinner

Belmond Royal Scotsman departs Edinburgh Waverley Station in the early afternoon and travels towards Alnmouth on the east coast. Here you alight for a visit to Howick Hall Gardens, a horticulturalist’s delight with extensive grounds offering a remarkable variety of unusual plants. The 20th-century gardens are primarily the work of Charles, 5th Earl Grey, his wife Mabel, and their daughter Lady Mary Howick, who favoured a natural style over formal Victorian planting.

Back on board, enjoy a delicious informal dinner in the Dining Car as you journey south to Scarborough, where the train stables overnight.

Day 2
08 Sep 2018
Hexham, United Kingdom
Ravenglass, United Kingdom
Scarborough, United Kingdom
Settle Carlisle Railway, United Kingdom
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and a relaxing morning on board as the train travels on the scenic Settle to Carlisle Railway. Make sure to catch the views as you cross the magnificent 24-arched Ribblehead Viaduct, a masterpiece of Victorian engineering. After an early lunch, disembark in Hexham to visit nearby Chipchase Castle and Gardens. The fine Jacobean mansion incorporates an impressive medieval pele tower with a vaulted cellar, watchtowers at each corner and the original portcullis. The ornate grounds include a lush walled garden and wooded areas that roll down to the River Tyne.

After your visit, rejoin the train and travel westwards to Ravenglass on the Cumbrian coast, our stabling location for the night. Enjoy an informal dinner followed by live music in the Observation Car.

Day 3
09 Sep 2018
Ravenglass, United Kingdom
Windermere, United Kingdom
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, after breakfast, leave the train at Windermere to travel to the shores of Derwentwater, where the author Beatrix Potter spent many summers discovering landscapes, gardens and woodland creatures that inspired, among other scenarios, Mr McGregor’s garden in ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit’. After an exclusive visit to Fawe Park you then proceed to Hutton-in-the-Forest, Lord and Lady Inglewood’s historic home in the northwest corner of the Lake District. Enjoy a private visit, including lunch and a tour of the house and gardens. Highlights include an 18th-century walled garden, elegant terraces and topiary, a dovecote and a charming woodland walk.

Rejoin the train for an informal dinner on board.

Day 4
10 Sep 2018
Sanquar, United Kingdom
Kilmarnock, United Kingdom
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you journey back over the border into Dumfries & Galloway for a visit to the extraordinary Garden of Cosmic Speculation. The 30-acre sculpture park is the creation of landscape architect and theorist Charles Jencks at his home, Portrack House. A celebration of nature and the senses, its intriguing features range from a water cascade of steps recounting the story of the universe to a series of landforms and lakes recalling fractal geometry.

After lunch visit to Dumfries House, an impressive 18th-century Palladian mansion famous for its unrivalled collection of Chippendale furniture. Set in a 2,000-acre estate, the stately home’s beautiful interiors and grounds have been undergoing an extensive restoration and regeneration programme led by HRH The Prince of Wales. A Chinese bridge, walled garden and maze—which includes obelisks and a Japanese pagoda—are among the glorious outdoor attractions.

Back on board, dress for a formal farewell dinner, served on the journey to Kilmarnock where the train stables for the night.

Day 5
11 Sep 2018
Kilmarnock, United Kingdom
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
None Breakfast

Savour a last leisurely breakfast as the train wends its way back to Edinburgh, your journey’s end. 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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Join us in a discovery of outstanding autumnal gardens as we venture on a scenic rail journey into the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and South West Scotland.

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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

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