Woman on train drinking whisky
Belmond Royal Scotsman Whisky tasting.
Belmond Royal Scotsman whisky.
Lounge car service on Belmond Royal Scotsman food.
Women drinking on the Scotch Malt Whisky Trail Tour journey
Glen Ord Distillery Belmond Royal Scotsman.

Scotch Malt Whisky Trail Tour

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5-day Escorted Tour
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Overview

The Highlights

  • VIP tour of Tullibardine Distillery in Blackford village, with nosing straight from the cask, warehouse tour and extensive tasting
  • Tutored tasting of three Tomatin single malts after Tomatin Distillery tour
  • Private tour of Macallan Distillery, in the heart of the Speyside whisky region
  • Morning at the Rothiemurchus Estate, where you may choose from fishing, clay pigeon shooting, a guided walk or relaxing by the fire with a drink
  • Specialist single cask whisky tasting in the Observation Car
  • Tasting at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society headquarters in Edinburgh
  • Fabulous five-star dining and service in the two dining cars
  • All-inclusive alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages, meals, sightseeing
  • Wind-in-your-face viewing from the open-air observation platform

The Tour

As the world’s foremost malt whisky club, the Scotch Malt Whisky Society — specialists in single cask, single malt whiskies — is the perfect partner for this special Scotch Malt Whisky Trail Tour on the Belmond Royal Scotsman. Guests will enjoy the company of a Society Whisky Ambassador on board throughout the journey, along with the Society’s exclusive and rare malts for sampling and discussion.

Pair this with the beautiful scenery of the Scottish Highlands and the exceptional servicer on board the Belmond Royal Scotsman for an exceptional overall journey.

IRT Insights: read about IRT’s most recent experience aboard the Belmond Royal Scotsman.

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

Scotch Malt Whisky Trail Tour map

Countries Visited

  • Scotland

Itinerary

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Day 1: Edinburgh – Keith

Meet your whisky ambassador at Edinburgh’s Balmoral Hotel and enjoy a dram before boarding the Belmond Royal Scotsman.

The train departs Edinburgh Waverley Station and travels north across the Firth of Forth over the magnificent Forth Railway Bridge. Afternoon tea is served as you journey through the former Kingdom of Fife.

A dram of whisky and a fascinating introduction into the world of Scotch will set the mood for the journey. The train continues east along the coast, passing through Carnoustie, Arbroath and Aberdeen before arriving in the market town of Keith in the heart of the Speyside whisky region.

After an informal dinner, relax over a nightcap in the Observation Car, and enjoy traditional Scottish entertainment by local musicians.

Day 2: Macallan Distillery

Departing from Keith this morning, the train travels west towards Inverness, capital of the Highlands.

Disembark at Muir of Ord to visit the striking Macallan Distillery, in the heart of the Speyside whisky region. Founded in 1824 by Alexander Reid, your private tour gives you an insight into the process, production, people and passion that make this revered Scotch so special.

Return to the train at Inverness and enjoy lunch as you travel on what is one of the most scenic railway routes in the UK.  The line passes Loch Luichart and the Torridon Mountains, which geologists believe were formed before any life began.  The train then follows the edge of Loch Carron through Attadale and Stromeferry before reaching the pretty fishing village of Plockton.

This evening, a formal dinner is served, after which you are invited to retire to the Observation Car for coffee and entertainment.

Day 3: Tomatin Distillery

Late morning, join your whisky ambassador in the Observation Car for a specialist single cask tasting, followed by lunch on board.

Disembark in Aviemore to visit historic Tomatin Distillery and learn the secrets behind its celebrated Highland single malt. Finish your tour with a tutored tasting of three Tomatin single malts, each revealing why this is considered the “softer side of the Highlands.”

Return to the train at Boat of Garten on the private Strathspey Railway and enjoy a relaxed, informal dinner. Afterwards, re-live a little of Scotland’s rich past and its colorful heroes in the company of our Highlander.

Day 4: Rothiemurchus Estate; Tullibardine Distillery

After breakfast, travel by coach to Rothiemurchus Estate in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. Choose from a number of country pursuits including fishing, clay pigeon-shooting and an estate tour.

Return to the train in Kingussie and enjoy a leisurely lunch during the journey south through Blair Atholl and Pitlochry to Dunkeld.

Disembark to visit Tullibardine Distillery in Blackford village. Join an in-depth VIP tour, offering nosing straight from the cask, a tour of the bonded warehouse and a tutored tasting of three Tullibardine Highland single malts.

Re-join the train in Perth, and prepare for a formal dinner en route to Dundee. The infectious beat of the music tonight may inspire you to join in some lively Scottish country dancing, a fitting finale to your journey. Alternatively, round off your trip with an informal sampling of the train’s whisky offerings.

Day 5: Dundee – Edinburgh

Breakfast is served as the train leaves Dundee and crosses the Tay Bridge into the former Kingdom of Fife. Disembark in Edinburgh. You are invited to accompany your whisky ambassador to spend the morning at the Society’s headquarters in Edinburgh’s elegant New Town.

Dates & Prices

2023 Dates

April 17 - 21

June 23 - 27

July 19 - 23

October 2 - 6

October 8 - 12

  • Please note prices are in British pounds. View approximate exchange rates.
  • 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 a 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.

2024 Dates

April 15 - 19

May 22 - 26

June 15 - 19

July 22 - 26

September 23 - 27

October 13 - 17

  • Please note prices are in British pounds. View approximate exchange rates.
  • 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 a 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.

More

Are you a whisky lover traveling with a non-whisky lover?  This tour offers options of general interest for those not wishing to visit distilleries and/or participate in tastings.  See the Scotland’s Classic Splendors itinerary for the non-whisky itinerary.

Greater Savings on Longer Tours: Book the Grand Western Scenic Wonders Tour (combines Scotland’s Classic Splendors and Western Scenic Wonders itineraries) and save!