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SCOTLAND– "The Royal Scotsman" train Trips  

 

 

This trip offers tour of Scotland aboard a luxurious train, what better way to enjoy the rugged landscape and the legends of this spectacular country.

 

Offering several choices of route, "The Royal Scotsman" wends its way through the wild Scottish countryside, changing from deep-green forests of pine to moors that turn purple in August and September when the heather is in bloom, skirting the golden fern-covered hills and  bright-green meadows dotted with black-faced sheep and shaggy Highland cattle. Taking you past remote castles steeped in mystery and romance, through whitewashed villages beside calm, wide lochs that reflect the changing colours of the sky.

  

A journey on board "The Royal Scotsman" takes guests right to the heart of the Highlands, through landscapes of towering, pine-clad mountains reflected in mirror-clad lochs.

Guests disembark daily to visit exceptional places of interest, such as private residences or whisky distilleries, where highlights include privileged access and even a personal tour by the local laird. Activities may include watching local fishermen haul up their catch.   

Sitting in the Observation Car, a wee dram in hand, guests might spot a magnificent stag atop a heather-covered crag or glimpse a pine marten dashing for woodland cover.

Browse some of the areas that you may get to visit during your stay in Scotland and on your journey aboard "The Royal Scotsman". 

 

 

The Grand West Highland Journey (5 Nights)

A combination of the traditional Highland with a scenic western journeys.

 

 

At a Glance Itinerary - 

"The Royal Scotsman" calls at Spean Bridge, Arisaig, Bridge of Orchy, Wemyss Bay (for Isle of Bute), Edinburgh (where you can take time to explore the city). Then rejoin the train for the route to Dalwhinnie, Boat of Garten, Rothiemurchus, Nairn and Dundee.

 

 

The Royal Scotsman Grand West Highland Journey


Departure Dates 2015

May 3, 29:    Jun 19:    Jul 31:    Aug 20, 28:    Sep 25

 

Daily Itinerary

 

 

Day One                               Edinburgh – Board The Royal Scotsman train.

The train departs from Edinburgh in the early afternoon and heads west through Falkirk, to reach Craigendoran, the starting point for the West Highland Line, while guests enjoy an indulgent afternoon tea. En route you will see the distinctive peak of Ben Arthur and soon you also catch a first glimpse of Loch Lomond. The train stops and you can climb up the waterfall-rich Glen Falloch. Return to the train and continue north to the village of Spean Bridge for the night.

 Enjoy a splendid formal dinner and entertainment in the Observation Car, after which overnight in your private cabin.


 


Day Two                               On board the Royal Scotsman train.

Today the train continues west, passing through Fort William, soak up the views of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain. There is a stop at Arisaig, where you disembark for a romantic stroll along the gleaming expanse of Morar Sands, marvelling at the views of the Isle of Skye's majestic Cuillin Mountains.

Lunch is served on board as the train retraces its route back to Fort William, the largest town in the West Highlands. After lunch, our Highlander, joins your select group to Glenfinnan Monument to explain the history of the area before tea. Energetic guests can choose instead to walk to beautiful Steall Waterfall.

Return to the train for dinner, musical entertainment and overnight stabling at Bridge of Orchy. Overnight in your compartment.

 

Day Three                 On board the Royal Scotsman train.

Today's destination is the charming Isle of Bute, the island is rich in geology, history and wildlife, with a varied landscape to explore. Guests enjoy a fascinating visit to Mount Stuart, a Victorian Gothic house with arguably the finest privately held collection of family portraits in Scotland. Return to Wemyss Bay for a formal dinner and overnight on board.

 

Day Four                   On board the Royal Scotsman train.

Another day to soak up the scenery as the train travels back to Edinburgh where the first part of your journey ends. Take the opportunity to discover the beautiful city of Edinburgh - explore the historic Royal Mile, visit the Castle, take in an art gallery or simply relax with a coffee.

You rejoin the The Royal Scotsman early afternoon and travel North over the impressive Forth Railway Bridge to the Fair city of Perth, travelling through Pitlochry and Blair Atholl, whose magnificent castles can be glimpsed once out of the station.

Overnight the train will be stabled at Boat of Garten, indulge in a sumptuous dinner and a night of musical entertainment in the Observation Car. Overnight aboard the train.

 

Day Five                               On board the Royal Scotsman train.

After breakfast, you are taken by coach to the historic estate of Rothiemurchus for a taste of wild Scotland; at the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, Rothiemurchus offers a magical setting in which to try outdoor pursuits such as clay pigeon shooting or guided walk in the estate. Rejoin the train at Aviemore and enjoy lunch before visiting Culloden Battlefield.

Enjoy an evening visit to Strathisla Distillery, one of the oldest working distilleries and home to one of Scotland's most famous whiskies. Rejoin the train in Nairn and travel east towards Keith.

Dinner tonight is a formal affair as you travel south towardsDundee. Overnight aboard the train.

 

Day Six                                 On board the Royal Scotsman train - Edinburgh

As you journey south through the former Kingdom of Fife there is the opportunity to see the magnificent Forth Railway Bridge up close as you return to Edinburgh.

Disembark on arrival at Edinburgh station about 1000.

 

 

N.B.

 

TIMINGS

The Royal Scotsman departs Edinburgh at 1.32pm on day one and arrives back in Edinburgh at 9.43am on day six.

Please note: Itineraries are subject to change and all timings shown are for your guidance only. Confirmed itineraries and timings will be supplied with your travel documents.

 

COST,

As the price varies with the number of persons, season and the class of cabin taken, please call us with your dates of travel and information about the number of guests travelling.

 

 

Prices are subject to change, by the Train or Operator, without notice.

 

This is a suggested Itinerary only, it can be lengthened or shortened to suit your available travel dates. It can also be made to include other destinations in Scotland or the United Kingdom.