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Royal Scotsman Highland Tour
Trains:  Royal Scotsman
3-day Escorted Tour

Tour Type:  Luxury

The Tour

There is simply no better way to experience the drama and wild beauty of the Scotland than aboard the Royal Scotsman luxury train. This short introduction to the Scottish Highlands is ideal for those who like outdoor activity--at Rothiemurchus Estate for example, there will be the opportunity to try your hand at clay pigeon shooting, venturing out with the Estate's rangers on a Highland safari or just enjoying a Highland walk.

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The Itinerary

Day 1: Edinburgh - Boat of Garten
The Royal Scotsman departs Edinburgh early afternoon and heads north through the former Kingdom of Fife, then up into the dramatic scenery of the Highlands.

Head out to the train's observation platform for the best views, or enjoy a drink in the lounge. Afternoon tea and dinner are served on board, followed by entertainment in the Observation Car.

Day 2: Boat of Garten - Dundee
After breakfast you travel by motorcoach to Rothiemurchus in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. The history of this estate is as varied as most of the Highlands of Scotland. Its diverse landscape comprises low-lying fields on the river flood plain, open heather moorland, forestry plantations and majestic Caledonian pine forest. Here you can enjoy a variety of activities including clay pigeon shooting, fishing or a guided tour of the Estate with one of the Park Rangers where you can learn about the local flora and wildlife. 

You rejoin the train in Aviemore and head north to Inverness. Lunch is served en route to Carrbridge, where you'll disembark to visit Culloden Battlefield, the site of the last battle on mainland British soil in 1746.

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 for spectacular panoramas on the way south through Aberdeenshire and Angus. Dinner tonight is a formal affair as you travel south towards Dundee.

Day 3: Dundee - Edinburgh
After breakfast, the train leaves Dundee and travels across the magnificent Forth Railway Bridge before returning to Edinburgh's Waverley Station where your journey ends.

Please note: itineraries are subject to change and full details will be supplied with your tickets.

2014 Dates:
May 5, 15
June 18
July 4, 30
August 19, 21, 27
September 17, 29
October 1

2015 Dates:
May 4, 15
June 10, 29
July 24, 30
August 1, 19
September 16, 28, 30
October 16

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:  $5,664.


Latest News:  Click here to see our video of Society President Eleanor Hardy's May, 2012 trip aboard the Royal Scotsman.

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

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Royal Scotsman Highland Tour (Length:3 days)
The Highlights
Three days aboard the Royal Scotsman, with only 36 passengers on board
A guided tour of Rothiemurchus Estate with a park ranger (or optional clay pigeon shooting or fishing)
Visit Strathisla Distillery, the oldest operating distillery in the Highlands, producing Chivas Regal
Exquisite meals on board the Royal Scotsman, paired with fine wines
Evening entertainment in the train's lounge car
Private tour of Culloden Battlefield, site of the last major battle fought on British soil

Royal Scotsman Highland Tour
The Royal Scotsman awaits passengers. (Photo courtesy of The Royal Scotsman)

Royal Scotsman Highland Tour
View from set table in dining car of The Royal Scotsman. (Photo courtesy of The Royal Scotsman)

Royal Scotsman Highland Tour
The Royal Scotsman rolls through the Scottish Highlands. (Photo courtesy of The Royal Scotsman)

Royal Scotsman Highland Tour
Lounge car of The Royal Scotsman. (Photo courtesy of The Royal Scotsman)
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