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Royal Scotsman Classic Tour
Trains:  Royal Scotsman
5-day Escorted Tour

Tour Type:  Luxury

The Tour

From the bagpipes and intimate musical events, to the grand sweep of the moors and the gorges, the Royal Scotsman Classic Tour is a journey straight to the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Life on the train is relaxed and indulgent, with the freshest, finest local produce served in the dining cars. From Edinburgh, the train follows the east coast up to Keith, then journeys to the picturesque west coast village of Plockton, thence to Inverness and south to Perth. Two highlights: a private tour and tasting at Glen Ord Distillery and a personal tour of Ballindalloch, with its magnificent castle and gardens. Other activities include clay pigeon shooting or guided walking along Caledonian pine forest trails.

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Everything was wonderful—food, service, train, off-train activities—even the weather.”
— R. Temple, Royal Scotsman Classic Tour, 2010

The Itinerary

Day 1: Edinburgh-Keith
Check-in 90 minutes before departure at the fabulous Balmoral Hotel and enjoy meeting the other passengers as your luggage is sent down to the train and put into your compartment.  The Royal Scotsman departs Edinburgh in the early afternoon, traveling north across magnificent Forth Railway Bridge—one of the first cantilever bridges, completed in 1890. Afternoon tea served as train passes through Arbroath, Montrose and Aberdeen before arriving in the market town of Keith. Enjoy an informal dinner on board and perhaps a nightcap with your fellow guests in the Observation Car.

Day 2: Keith-Kyle of Lochalsh
A leisurely breakfast is served as the train travels west. Disembark for a visit to Glen Ord Distillery for a private tour and tasting. Continue west from Inverness on to Kyle of Lochalsh, one of the most scenic lines in Britain. The line passes Loch Luichart and the summit and Achnashellach forest, descends to Strathcarron and runs along the edge of stunning Loch Carron. At Plockton, head out on a boat trip to view seals and admire Isle of Skye; or choose to take a walk through the woodland to a viewpoint overlooking the loch. Return to Plockton Hotel for a dram or two before rejoining train in Kyle of Lochalsh. A formal dinner is followed by entertainment in observation car.

Day 3: Kyle of Lochalsh-Boat of Garten
After breakfast you can choose to visit Eilean Donan castle before the train departs Kyle. It retraces yesterday’s route to Inverness, then heads south to Carrbridge for a visit to Ballindalloch, one of Scotland’s most romantic castles. Tour the 16th-centry home and gardens of the Macpherson-Grant family. Golfers can play on the estate's course; clubs are available for rent. Return to train at Boat of Garten on private tracks of Strathspey Railway for overnight stabling. After a formal dinner, a Highlander brings Scottish heroes to life as he regales you with stories of local heroes and their derring-dos, even demonstrating some authentic weaponry.

Day 4: Boat of Garten-Stirling
The day begins with an excursion to Rothiemurchus Estate, where you may choose from activities such as fishing, clay pigeon shooting or a tour of the estate. Rejoin the train at Kingussie and lunch while traveling south to Dunkeld. Disembark and visit Glamis Castle, Seat of the Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, and childhood home of the late H.M. Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother. Save time in your tour to visit the gorgeous gardens. Rejoin the train in Perth for an informal dinner on board.

Day 5: Stirling-Edinburgh
After breakfast depart for Edinburgh, arriving mid-morning.

2014 Dates:
April 21, 28
May 7, 11, 18 (Golf Journey), 22, 26
June 2, 10, 14, 30
July 6, 21, 26
August 4, 15, 23
September 1, 16, 22 (Golf Journey)
October 6, 13, 19

2015 Dates:
April 20
May 11, 17, 21, 25
June 1, 15, 22
July 1, 5, 20, 26
August 3, 14, 24, 31
September 11, 21 (Golf Journey)
October 5, 12

The Prices

  2014 & 2015 pricing

Note: Prices are per person and include all table d'hôte meals, all alcoholic and other beverages, all sightseeing excursions as shown in the itinerary and accommodation on board based on two people sharing a twin compartment or one person in a single.

Price for a single person to have sole use of a double cabin:  $10,448.

Booking at the last minute? Ask us about special offers on selected dates.


The Society of IRT highly recommends extending your stay with our Virtuoso preferred hotel The Balmoral.  We get special rates and amenities for our passengers there - and it's especially handy because it's right at the train station -- just an escalator down to the tracks. We also have wonderful guides and drivers at our fingertips. Please inquire if you wish this concierge service.

Greater Savings on Longer Tours: Book the Grand North Western Journey (combines Classic and Western itineraries) and save!

Latest News: Click here to see our video of Society President Eleanor Hardy's May, 2012 trip aboard the Royal Scotsman. We are honored that this video won a 2012 Gold Magellan Award from Travel Weekly.

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Royal Scotsman Classic Tour (Length:5 days)
The Highlights
Before-dinner drinks in the cozy lounge car, followed by fabulous five-star dining and service in the two dining cars. All meals and drinks are included.
Wind-in-your-face viewing from the open-air observation platform
Personal visits to two stunning castles, Ballindalloch and historic Glamis
Just 36 passengers total on the luxurious Royal Scotsman
Private tour and tasting at the Glen Ord distillery 
Morning at the Rothiemurchus Estate, where you may choose from fishing, clay pigeon shooting or walking.
Inspiring dramatic and musical events by Highlanders

Royal Scotsman Classic Tour

Royal Scotsman Classic Tour
Glamis Castle, Scotland (Photo by Angela Walker)

Royal Scotsman Classic Tour
Boarding the Royal Scotsman in Edinburgh. (Photo by Angela Walker)

Royal Scotsman Classic Tour
Conversing in the Royal Scotsman's lounge car. (Photo by Angela Walker)
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