Belmond Royal Scotsman departs Edinburgh Waverley Station in the early afternoon and travels west to Stirling, famed for its historic castle, and on past the Gleneagles Resort to the ‘Fair City’ of Perth. Enjoy afternoon tea as the train continues on the Highland line through the pretty Perthshire towns of Dunkeld, Pitlochry and Blair Atholl.
Drumochter, the summit of this line, lies six miles south of Dalwhinnie, which is dominated by the pagodas of the 19th-century distillery. An informal dinner is served on the move as your journey continues north through Kingussie and Aviemore in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. Pass through Inverness, capital of the Highlands, before arriving in Tain, Scotland’s oldest royal burgh, on the south shore of Dornoch Firth, where the train stables overnight. Retire to the Observation Car for after-dinner entertainment with a traditional Scottish flavour.