Belmond Royal Scotsman departs Edinburgh Waverley Station in the early afternoon and travels west through Falkirk, Clydebank and Dumbarton to skirt Glasgow before reaching the northern bank of the Clyde. Near the mouth of the Clyde estuary lies Craigendoran, the starting point for the majestic West Highland Line.
Enjoy afternoon tea as you travel along the edge of Gare Loch. Loch Long comes into sight to your left, and after vanishing for a while, returns with a view of Ben Arthur (The Cobbler) with its distinctive peak. Passing Arrochar, you will glimpse your first view of Loch Lomond. The train descends almost to the water's edge at Ardlui, and then has a hard climb up Glen Falloch, whose many waterfalls provide an impressive display.
Continuing north, the train passes through Crianlarich and Bridge of Orchy then onto Rannoch Moor, one of the last really wild parts of Scotland - according to Scots author Robert Louis Stevenson in his novel 'Kidnapped': "A wearier-looking desert a man never saw". An informal dinner is served on the way to Spean Bridge followed by lively entertainment by local musicians in the Observation Car.