Join respected British gardening writer Sue Chivers and photographer Patsy Floyd on a memorable rail journey around some of Scotland’s finest country homes and gardens. Enjoy personal tours given by members of the family, as well as welcome drinks in their homes and walks through their beautiful gardens.
With the Belmond Royal Scotsman luxury train as your rolling, five-star hotel, visit Edzell Castle and Gardens, Foulis Castle of Clan Munro, Attadale, Logie House, Rothiemurchus Estate, Pitmuies Garden, among other stops. Journey length: 720 miles.
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— J. Fiorilla, following his Royal Scotsman Country Homes & Gardens tour, June, 2015
Day 1: Edinburgh-Keith
You are welcomed aboard the Royal Scotsman by respected gardening writer Sue Chivers and photographer Patsy Floyd. The train departs Edinburgh early afternoon and travels north across the splendid Forth Railway Bridge. Disembark in Montrose to visit Edzell Castle. This historic castle, now an enchanting ruin, was built in the 16th century and was the seat of the Lindsays for several generations. Explore the fascinating walled garden, complete with intricate carvings, that was laid out in 1604 and is unique in Scotland. Rejoin the train in Stonehaven and continue up the east coast through Aberdeen and then into Speyside, stopping in Keith for an informal dinner and overnight stabling.
Day 2: Keith-Kyle of Lochalsh
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast as the train departs Keith and travels west towards Inverness and Invergordon, where you will disembark for a visit to Foulis Castle. This 18th-century castle is built on the site of the seat of the Clan Munro for 700 years and is still occupied by the family. And who better to tell the history of their wonderful home and clan than Mrs. Munro of Foulis and her son, Hector, the Clan Chief. After their welcome, wander around the castle’s grounds and tour Mrs. Munro’s delightful courtyard garden. Returning to the train, lunch will be served as you travel towards Kyle of Lochalsh on what is arguably the most scenic route in Britain. At Plockton, you disembark for a visit to Attadale on the west coast. This massive, 30,000-acre estate has been home to the Macpherson family since the 1950s. It boasts a Water Garden, Japanese Garden and Sunken Garden among other treasures. You return to the train in Kyle of Lochalsh for overnight stabling. A lavish dinner is followed by entertainment in the Observation Car.
Day 3: Kyle of Lochalsh-Boat of Garten
During breakfast the train departs Kyle, retracing part of yesterday’s route as far as Dingwall. The train continues south to Carrbridge where you disembark for your visit to Ballindalloch, one of Scotland’s most romantic castles, with its wonderful gardens. Return to the train at Boat of Garten on the private Strathspey Railway for overnight stabling. After a formal dinner, you will be regaled with entertaining stories of Scottish heroes.
Day 4: Boat of Garten-Dundee
After breakfast, motorcoach to Rothiemurchus Estate, where you can tour the hunting lodge and parkland, or enjoy some of the outdoor activities at this beautiful site beneath the Cairngorm Mountains. Rejoin the train in Aviemore and enjoy lunch as you journey south through Blair Atholl and Pitlochry to Dunkeld, where you disembark for your visit to Pitmuies Garden near Forfar. This is a gem of a final visit for your journey, with two semi-formal walled gardens, a long border of herbaceous perennials, old-fashioned roses and many rare plants. Return to the train in Dundee for an informal dinner and final evening with your new friends before stabling overnight.
Day 5: Dundee-Edinburgh
After breakfast, the train arrives Edinburgh where your journey ends.
2019 Dates:June 3-7
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£4,951 – £5,290
£4,951 – £5,290
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.
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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.