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Scottish Golf Tour in association with Sam Torrance, Belmond Royal Scotsman (5 days)

Belmond Trains

Edinburgh, United Kingdom To Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Valid for Departures: 25 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018

Scottish Golf Tour in association with Sam Torrance, Belmond Royal Scotsman (5 days)

Day 1

Edinburgh, United Kingdom →Tain , United Kingdom

Day 2

Tain , United Kingdom→ Kyle Of Lochalsh, United Kingdom

Day 3

Kyle of Lochalsh , United Kingdom→ Keith, United Kingdom

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
25 Jun 2018
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Tain , United Kingdom
None Dinner, Snack

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.

Day 2
26 Jun 2018
Tain , United Kingdom
Kyle Of Lochalsh, United Kingdom
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Breakfast is served on the move as the train hugs the scenic Dornoch Firth on its way north. Disembark in the tiny hamlet of Rogart for the short drive to Royal Dornoch Golf Club. The most northerly of the UK’s championship courses, currently rated no. 1 in Scotland and no. 5 in the world, Royal Dornoch’s spellbinding setting and sublime natural links attract golfers from all over the world. Tom Watson (an honorary member of the club) came here in 1981, the year after winning the third of five Open Championships at Muirfield. He arrived to play 18 holes, but had three rounds and “the most fun I’ve ever had on a golf course”. Ostensibly the course itself is pretty straightforward with an out-and-back layout. However, many of the greens are built on natural raised plateaux, making approach play especially challenging. The course is par 70 and 6,722 yards long.

After late lunch in the clubhouse, return to Belmond Royal Scotsman in Tain. Relax over an informal dinner as the train travels south-west, on what is arguably the most scenic route in Britain, towards Kyle of Lochalsh, gateway to the mystical Isle of Skye. Retire to the Observation Car for after-dinner entertainment.

Day 3
27 Jun 2018
Kyle of Lochalsh , United Kingdom
Keith, United Kingdom
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Departure from Kyle is early this morning as the train retraces its route north to Inverness. Here, golfers disembark to play Castle Stuart Golf Links, host venue for the Scottish Open 2011-2013 and again in 2016. With six holes hugging the coastline and the rest sitting high on a plateau above, this impressive championship course offers breathtaking views right across the Moray Firth towards the Black Isle. One of the most memorable holes is the 552-yard, par-5 6th, which is played to a long, narrow green flanked by two beautiful natural bunkers. On the more elevated part of the course, the testing 220-yard 17th on top of the cliffs is an enticing challenge late in the round. The course has a par of 72 and is 7,009 yards in length.

Following a late lunch in Castle Stuart's elegant art deco clubhouse, re-join the train in the market town of Keith in time for pre-dinner drinks. After an informal dinner, make your way to the Observation Car where our entertaining Highlander paints a colourful picture of Scottish heroes and gives a dramatic insight into Highland life through the centuries.

Day 4
28 Jun 2018
Keith, United Kingdom
Dundee, United Kingdom
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Relax on board as the train travels south, following the east coast and passing through Montrose and Arbroath before arriving in Dundee, 'City of Discovery'. Disembark here for Kingsbarns Golf Links, perched on the dramatic east coast just beyond St Andrews. Host to the annual Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and the 2017 Women’s British Ladies Open, Kingsbarns’ layout appears so natural that you would think it had been there for years – an outstanding achievement. The terrain is perfect for golf with its rippling fairways, humps and hollows and the Cambo Burn that snakes its way through the course. The course opened in 2000 to rapturous applause and well deserves its status as one of the top-ranked links courses in the country. The par is 72 here and the course measures 7,224yds from the back tees.

Re-join the train in Dundee in time for pre-dinner drinks followed by a formal dinner. Let the after-dinner musicians inspire you to partake of some lively Scottish country dancing on the station platform, a fitting finale to your Scottish Golf Tour.

Day 5
29 Jun 2018
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
None Breakfast

The train departs Dundee this morning to travel south through the Kingdom of Fife, crossing the Firth of Forth by means of the magnificent Forth Railway Bridge. One of the first cantilever bridges, designed and built by Benjamin Baker in the late 1880s, it is considered one of the greatest achievements of the Victorian Age and known as the “eighth wonder of the world”. Your journey ends mid-morning at Edinburgh's Waverley Station.

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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Travel on the Belmond Royal Scotsman and experience the most unique golf holiday Scotland has to offer. Tee off at some of the world’s best courses, including Castle Stuart Golf Links.

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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 outstanding.at 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

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