Train going past ocean on the Western Scenic Wonders journey
Women toasting drinks on the Western Scenic Wonders journey
Houses by hillside on the Western Scenic Wonders journey
Two trees by ocean on the Western Scenic Wonders journey
Man photographing ocean views while on the Western Scenic Wonders journey

Western Scenic Wonders

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4-day Escorted Tour
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Overview

The Highlights

  • Five-star service and dining; all drinks and meals included
  • Before-dinner drinks in the cozy lounge car
  • Breathtaking views of moors, mountains, lakes and waterfalls from the open-air observation deck
  • Excursion to Morar Sands with views of Isle of Skye and its Cuillin Mountains
  • Just 40 passengers total
  • Mount Stuart’s family portraits, arguably the finest collection in Scotland
  • Traditional music and entertainment on board

The Tour

Belmond Royal Scotsman‘s Western Scenic Wonders Tour runs on Scotland’s West Highland Line, one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys. The luxurious, private train passes through gorgeous glens, lochs and mountains, steeped in the lore of Bonnie Prince Charlie.

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The all-inclusive fare features off-train visits to such treasures as Mount Stuart House, Britain’s most spectacular Victorian Gothic house. Pair this itinerary with Belmond Royal Scotsman’s Classic Splendours for a full week of luxurious touring through Scotland on the Grand Western Scenic Wonders itinerary. There is no doubt, once you board, why this train is one of our World’s Top 25 Trains: the decor, the ambiance, the dining, the off-train excursions, and the service are consistently high throughout. If you want a great way to see the best of Scotland, choose the Belmond Royal Scotsman.

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Countries Visited

  • Scotland

Itinerary

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Day 1: Edinburgh-Spean Bridge

The Belmond Royal Scotsman departs Edinburgh early afternoon and heads west through Falkirk before reaching Craigendoran—the starting point for the majestic West Highland Line.

Enjoy afternoon tea as you travel along the edge of Gare Loch. Loch Long comes into sight to your left and, after vanishing for a while, returns with a view of Ben Arthur. Passing Arrochar, you gain your first glimpse of Loch Lomond, Britain’s largest lake. The train descends almost to the water’s edge at Ardlui before embarking on a hard climb up Glen Falloch, whose many waterfalls provide an impressive display.

Continuing north, the train passes through the villages of Crianlarich and the Bridge of Orchy, then on to boggy and beautiful Rannoch Moor, one of the last great wildernesses of Scotland.

An informal dinner is served on the way to Spean Bridge, after which you are invited to the Observation Car to enjoy lively entertainment by local musicians.

Day 2: Spean Bridge-Bridge of Orchy

Breakfast is served as the 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 the 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 (we loved this choice!), the second highest in the UK.

Return to the train at Forth William and relax before an information dinner is served as we travel south toward the tiny Argyll village of Bridge of Orchy. Enjoy a nightcap and entertainment in the observation car.

Day 3: Bridge of Orchy-Wemyss Bay-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 and a secluded beach to explore. (We loved the hike through the woods – a quite vigorous and gorgeous walk.)

Return to the train for formal dinner while on the move to Kilmarnock, the stabling location for the evening.

Day 4: Kilmarnock-Edinburgh

After an early departure from Kilmarnock this morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast as you travel east towards Edinburgh Waverley Station, your journey’s end.

Dates & Prices

2023 Dates

April 14 - 17

April 21 - 24

April 28 - May 1

May 5 - 8

May 19 - 22

May 26 - 29

June 2 - 5

June 16 - 19

June 30 - July 3

July 7 - 10

July 14 - 17

July 28 - 31

August 4 - 7

August 18 - 21

August 25 - 28

September 1 - 4

September 15 - 18

September 22 - 25

September 29 - October 2

  • 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 19 - 22

May 3 - 6

May 10 - 13

May 31 - June 3

June 7 - 10

June 24 - 27

July 12 - 15

July 26 - 29

August 2 - 5

August 9 - 12

September 6 - 9

October 4 - 7

October 23 - 26

  • 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.

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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.

Have more time?  Pair this itinerary with Belmond Royal Scotsman’s Classic Splendours for a full week of luxurious touring through Scotland on the Grand Western Scenic Wonders itinerary.