Grand Taste of the Highlands


6-day Escorted Tour

Luxury

The Tour

Join the Grand Taste of the Highlands tour aboard Scotland’s premiere luxury train: the Belmond Royal Scotsman. It’s always hard to say farewell to the Scottish Highlands. That’s why we’ve made it possible for you to join us for a much longer journey.

Enjoy the magnificent scenery of the West Highland Line and an exclusive view of Mount Stuart, a spectacular Victorian Gothic house. Then after some free time in Edinburgh experience the wild beauty of the Scottish Highlands as you head north, enjoying a leisurely journey up the east coast through Aberdeen to Keith.

Try your hand at some outdoor activities on the Rothiemurchus Highland estate and enjoy a visit to Strathisla Distillery.

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 heads west, skirting Glasgow before reaching Craigendoran—the starting point for the majestic West Highland Line. Enjoy afternoon tea as the train passes Gare Loch and Loch Lomond, with views of waterfalls, moors and mountains. Overnight in Spean Bridge. Meet your fellow travelers over an informal dinner, followed by entertainment in the observation car.

Day 2: Spean Bridge – Bridge of Orchy
Breakfast is served as train continues west, passing through Fort William with views of Ben Nevis (Britain’s highest mountain). Travel along the stunning coastline and disembark at Arisaig for a romantic walk along the Morar Sands, with views of Isle of Skye and Cuillin Mountains. Lunch is served as the train retraces its steps back to Fort William. This afternoon, a Highlander accompanies you to Glenfinnan Monument to explain the history of the area before tea is served at Inverlochy Castle. Energetic guests can choose instead to walk to beautiful Steall Waterfall, the second highest in the UK. Informal dinner and entertainment on board. Overnight stabling at Bridge of Orchy.

Day 3: Bridge of Orchy – Kilmarnock
Breakfast on board while traveling south. At Wemyss Bay, board the ferry to the Isle of Bute. View seashore, moorland, farmland and forest—and visit Mount Stuart, Britain’s most spectacular Victorian Gothic house. The home has a fine private collection of family portraits, as well as wonderful gardens to explore. Return to the train as formal dinner is served on your way to Kilmarnock, your stabling location for the evening.

Day 4: Kilmarnock – Edinburgh – Boat of Garten
During breakfast you depart Kilmarnock to arrive in Edinburgh where the first part of your journey ends. From there, you will be escorted to The Royal Yacht Britannia for a guided tour, followed by a light lunch on board. Alternatively, you will have several hours to explore the beautiful city of Edinburgh, known as the ‘Athens of the North’ on your own. Stroll the historic Royal Mile, visit the Castle, take in an art gallery or simply relax with a coffee.

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 an informal dinner are served on board, followed by entertainment in the Observation Car.

Day 5: 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 Carrbridge 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 6: 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. 

2021 Dates:

May 19-24
June 16-21
July 16-21
August 11-16

The Prices

Please note prices are in British pounds.

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

2021 pricing
Accommodations Price Deposit
Double From £7,000 15%
Single From £7,000 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-inclusive drinks, meals, sightseeing aboard 5-star luxury train
Exclusive visit to Mount Stuart, a spectacular Victorian Gothic house with a fine portrait collection
Visit to the windswept Isle of Bute
Tour Strathisla Distillery, home of Chivas Regal
Clay pigeon shooting, fishing or tour of Rothiemurchus Estate
Discover Culloden Battlefield, site of the last battle on mainland British soil
 Before-dinner drinks in the cozy lounge car; fabulous five-star dining and service in the two dining cars
Just 36 passengers total
The Royal Scotsman at Loch Carron in the North West Highlands.  Photo courtesy of The Royal Scotsman
The Royal Scotsman at Loch Carron in the North West Highlands. 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 rugged Highlands landscape is just one of the joys of travel on the Royal Scotsman. IRT Photo by Owen Hardy
The rugged Highlands landscape is just one of the joys of travel on the Royal Scotsman. IRT Photo by Owen Hardy
IRT traveler Rob Menzies enjoys a moment on the Royal Scotsman's open platform at the end of the train. IRT Photo by Owen Hardy
IRT traveler Rob Menzies enjoys a moment on the Royal Scotsman's open platform at the end of the train. IRT Photo by Owen Hardy