Clans, Castles & Isles


6-day Escorted Tour

Luxury

The Tour

Belmond Royal Scotsman‘s Clans, Castles & Isles Tour is an exploration of the wild and rugged west coast of Scotland, including Oban and the Isles of Mull and Bute. New to the Belmond Royal Scotsman: full-service spa car. Inquire when you book your journey!

IRT Exclusive: Click here to see our video of Society President Eleanor Hardy’s trip on the Belmond Royal Scotsman.

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The Itinerary

Day 1: Edinburgh – Spean Bridge
The Royal Scotsman departs Edinburgh early afternoon and weaves past magnificent Loch Lomand and the great wilderness of Rannoch Moor. Enjoy a delicious informal dinner in the dining car as the train continues to Spean Bridge, known as the ‘crossroads of the Highlands.’ After dinner, make your way to the observation car, where you are treated to local entertainment.

Day 2: Spean Bridge – Fort William – Taynuilt
Breakfast is served as train makes its way to the lovely village of Arisaig. Along the way, keep an eye out for stunning views of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. Disembark in Arisaig for a romantic walk along the Silver Sands of Morar, with views of Isle of Skye and Cuillin Mountains. After lunch on the train, you have two options: either join the Highlander to explore Glenfinnan and discover the history of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s rebellion, or take a guided hike through Glen Nevis to the Steall Waterfall. Informal dinner and entertainment on board. Overnight stabling at Taynuilt.

Day 3: Taynuilt – Kilmarnock
Today visit Oban and enjoy an exclusive visit to the historic Oban Distillery, producer of a fine 14-year-old single malt. After, cross to the Isle of Mull to visit spectacular Duart Castle, strategically located on the high crag at the end of a peninsula jutting into the Sound of Mull. Dating from the 13th century, the castle was modified over time by the Macleans of Duart and completely restored to its original glory in the early 20th century.

Return to the train in Oban for a formal dinner on board as the train travels to Kilmarnock for overnight stabling.

Day 4: Kilmarnock – Wemyss – Girvan
After a leisurely breakfast, journey from Wemyss Bay to the Isle of Bute to visit Mount Stuart House, one of Britain’s most astonishing Victorian Gothic houses. The architectural fantasy of the 3rd Marquess of Bute and his architect, Sir Robert Rowand Anderson, the extravagant mansion boasts stunning and mysterious interiors that reflect the Marquess’s passion for art, heraldry, astrology, mythology and religion. Surrounding it are expansive landscaped gardens and wild woodlands.

Back on board, enjoy an informal dinner, followed by engaging entertainment.

Day 5: Girvan
This morning you are escorted to Drumlanrig Castle, the Dumfriesshire home of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry. A turreted sandstone mansion with sweeping
views over the Nith Valley, it is home to important collections of silver, porcelain, and French furniture and art, while its surrounding 90,000-acre estate embraces lavish formal gardens, rambling woodlands, and miles of footpaths.

Choose between a Victorian gardens tour, an architectural tour, or a history and fine art tour.

Rejoin the train after lunch and enjoy a relaxing afternoon on-board. A formal farewell dinner is served this evening, followed by lively Scottish music in the observation car.

Day 6: Edinburgh
Breakfast is served as the train makes its way back to Edinburgh, where your journey ends.

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

2020 Dates:

May 15-20
September 9-14

2021 Dates:

May 14-19
September 8-13

The Prices

Please note prices are in British pounds.

For approximate exchange rates, visit http://www.xe.com.

2020 & 2021 pricing
Accommodations Price Deposit
Double From £6,550 15%
Single From £6,550 15%

Prices are per person.

Please note there are a limited number of single cabins (without single supplement) on every Belmond Royal Scotsman departure. Contact us for pricing for sole occupancy of twin cabin.

Pricing varies based on availability and date. Prices are subject to change daily. Contact us to confirm pricing and availability for your desired departure.

Other

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.

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

Golfing Option: Golf is available as a private tour, at an additional cost. Contact us for more details.

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The Highlights

  • All beverages, including alcoholic drinks
  • All meals aboard the train, including full Scottish breakfast, three-course lunch, and four-course dinner
  • 24-hour personal steward service
  • Wind-in-your-face viewing from the open-air platform
  • Breathtaking views of the moors, mountains, lakes, and sea
  • Intimate setting with just 36 passengers total
  • Exclusive visit to the historic Oban distillery
  • Guided tour of Duart Castle
  • A trip to Drumlanrig Castle
  • Traditional musical entertainment on board
The Royal Scotsman. Photo courtesy of The Royal Scotsman
The Royal Scotsman. Photo courtesy of The Royal Scotsman
IRT Society travelers enjoy the Royal Scotsman's rear lounge car. IRT photo by Eleanor Hardy
IRT Society travelers enjoy the Royal Scotsman's rear lounge car. IRT photo by Eleanor Hardy
The Royal Scotsman's open platform at the end of the train. Photo courtesy of The Royal Scotsman
The Royal Scotsman's open platform at the end of the train. Photo courtesy of The Royal Scotsman
A delicious dessert served on-board the Royal Scotsman. IRT photo by Eleanor Hardy
A delicious dessert served on-board the Royal Scotsman. IRT photo by Eleanor Hardy