Taste of the Highlands Tour


3-day Escorted Tour

Luxury

The Tour

There is simply no better way to experience the drama and wild beauty of Scotland than aboard the Belmond Royal Scotsman luxury train.

This short introduction to the Scottish Highlands is ideal for those who like outdoor activity. At Rothiemurchus Estate, for example, there will be the opportunity to try your hand at clay pigeon shooting, venturing out with the Estate’s rangers on a Highland safari or just enjoying a Highland walk. We love this train for all of its great dining, service, beauty within the train — and without. The scenery is spectacular, of course. And one great thing about this train: there are 4 cabins for solo use with no single supplement. Great for a family of couple and solo travelers. Call early to book!

New to the Belmond Royal Scotsman in 2017: full-service spa car. Inquire when you book your journey!

IRT Exclusvie: 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 – Boat of Garten
The Belmond Royal Scotsman departs Edinburgh early afternoon and heads north to the ‘Fair City’ of Perth.

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 2: Boat of Garten – Dundee
After breakfast, travel by motorcoach to Rothiemurchus Estate in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. 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. Afterwards, enjoy a warm welcome from your hosts as refreshments are served in their hunting lodge and you discover some of the rich history of this family-run estate.

Return to the train in Carrbridge for lunch before disembarking in Inverness to visit Culloden Battlefield, site of the last major battle fought on British soil on April 16, 1746. Listen to a Highlander as he paints a vivid picture of how this battle changed the way of life in the Highlands forever.

Enjoy an evening visit to Strathisla Distillery, one of the oldest working distilleries and home to the malt which is incorporated into one of Scotland’s most famous blends, Chivas Regal.

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. After dinner, relax in the Observation Car and enjoy a performance of traditional Scottish music.

Day 3: Dundee – Edinburgh
After breakfast, the train leaves Dundee and travels south through the former Kingdom of Fife, 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 1, 19
June 16, 29
July 10, 19
August 11
October 8

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 £2,850
15%
Single
From £2,850
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: 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.

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

Three days aboard the Belmond Royal Scotsman, with only 36 passengers on board
A guided tour of Rothiemurchus Estate with a park ranger (or optional clay pigeon shooting or fishing)
Visit Strathisla Distillery, the oldest operating distillery in the Highlands, producing Chivas Regal
Exquisite meals on board the Belmond Royal Scotsman, paired with fine wines
Evening entertainment in the train’s lounge car
Private tour of Culloden Battlefield, site of the last major battle fought on British soil
The Royal Scotsman awaits passengers. (Photo courtesy of The Royal Scotsman)
The Royal Scotsman awaits passengers. (Photo courtesy of The Royal Scotsman)
The dining car of The Royal Scotsman. (IRT Photo by Angela Walker)
The dining car of The Royal Scotsman. (IRT Photo by Angela Walker)
The Royal Scotsman rolls through the Scottish Highlands. (Photo courtesy of The Royal Scotsman)
The Royal Scotsman rolls through the Scottish Highlands. (Photo courtesy of The Royal Scotsman)
Musicians serenade guests on The Royal Scotsman. (IRT Photo by Angela Walker)
Musicians serenade guests on The Royal Scotsman. (IRT Photo by Angela Walker)