Heritage Homes & Gardens – Autumn

5-day Escorted Tour


The Tour

Belmond Royal Scotsman‘s Heritage Homes & Gardens – Autumn Tour is a discovery of outstanding autumnal gardens as you venture on a scenic rail journey into the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, and Southwest Scotland. 

Life on the train is relaxed and indulgent, with the freshest, finest local produce served in the dining cars.

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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“Everything was wonderful—food, service, train, off-train activities—even the weather

— R. Temple, Royal Scotsman Classic Tour, 2010

The Itinerary

Day 1: Edinburgh – Alnmouth – Scarborough
The Belmond Royal Scotsman departs Edinburgh in the early afternoon, traveling towards Alnmouth on the east coast. Disembark here for a visit to Howick Hall Gardens, a horticulturalist’s delight with extensive grounds offering a remarkable variety of unusual plants. The 20th-century gardens are primarily the work of Charles, 5th Earl Grey, his wife Mabel, and their daughter Lady Mary Howick, who favored a natural style over formal Victorian planting.

Following your visit, return to the train for an informal dinner as you continue south to Scarborough, where the train stables overnight.

Day 2: Scarborough – Settle Carlisle Railway – Hexham – Ravenglass
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and relaxing morning on board as the train travels to the scenic Settle to Carlisle Railway. Admire the impressive 24-arched Ribblehead Viaduct, a masterpiece of Victorian engineering. After an early lunch, disembark in Hexham to visit the nearby Chipchase Castle and Gardens, a fine Jacobean mansion with ornate grounds that roll down to the River Tyne.

After your visit, rejoin the train and head south-westward to Penrith on the edge of the Lake District National Park in Cumbria, our stabling location for the night. Enjoy an informal dinner on-board, followed by live music in the observation car.

Day 3: Ravenglass – Windermere
After breakfast, leave the train at Penrith to travel to the shores of Derwentwater, which served as author Beatrix Potter’s inspiration for Mr. McGregor’s garden in ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit.’ After an exclusive visit to Fawe Park, proceed to Hutton-in-the-Forest for a private visit, including lunch and a tour of the house and charming gardens. Highlights include an 18th-century walled garden, elegant terraces and topiary, a dovecote and a charming woodland walk.

Rejoin the train for an informal dinner on board as you journey north into Scotland and down the west coast to the South Ayrshire town of Girvan.

Day 4: Sanquar – Kilmarnock
Journey back over the border today into Dumfries & Galloway for a visit to the incredible Garden of Cosmic Speculation. A celebration of nature and the senses, its intriguing features range from a water cascade of steps recounting the story of the universe to a series of land forms and lakes recalling fractal geometry. Return to the train for lunch on board before disembarking in Sanquhar to see Drumlanrig Castle, the Dumfriesshire home of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensbury. A turreted sandstone mansion with sweeping views over the Nith Valley, it is home to important collections of silver, porcelain, French furniture and art, while its surrounding 90,000-acre estate embraces lavish formal gardens, rambling woodlands and miles of footpaths. Garden highlights include the Duchess Garden, the 183m Long Terrace Walk and the restored Victorian Glasshouses.

Back on board, dress for a formal farewell dinner, served on the journey to Kilmarnock where the train stables for the night. Enjoy ending your evening in the Observation Car with live Scottish music.

Day 5: Kilmarnock – Edinburgh
Enjoy one last leisurely breakfast as the train wends its way back to Edinburgh, where your journey ends.

2020 Dates:

September 4-8

The Prices

Please note prices are in British pounds.

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

2020 pricing

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.


Note: All 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.

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.

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
  • An exclusive visit to Howick Hall Gardens
  • A guided tour of Chipchase Castle & Gardens
  • A trip to Drumlanrig Castle
  • Visit to the Garden of Cosmic Speculation
  • 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
  • Traditional performances by local musicians on board
Royal Scotsman (IRT photo by Angela Walker)
Royal Scotsman (IRT photo by Angela Walker)
Royal Scotsman twin-bedded cabin (IRT Photo by Angela Walker)
Royal Scotsman twin-bedded cabin (IRT Photo by Angela Walker)
Boarding the Royal Scotsman in Edinburgh.  (Photo by Angela Walker)
Boarding the Royal Scotsman in Edinburgh. (Photo by Angela Walker)
Conversing in the Royal Scotsman's lounge car.  (Photo by Angela Walker)
Conversing in the Royal Scotsman's lounge car. (Photo by Angela Walker)