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 deluxe, private train passes through gorgeous glens, lochs and mountains, steeped in the lore of Bonnie Prince Charlie.
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 Tour for a full week of luxurious touring through Scotland. This trip — especially when paired with Scotland’s Classic Splendours tour — is a Society of IRT favorite. 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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Your meticulous attention to detail made the trip worry-free and very enjoyable and if someone asked me whether or not they should book the Royal Scotsman through you, I’d tell them absolutely.
— D. Spriestersbach, IRT Pullman Club member
Day 1: Edinburgh-Spean Bridge
The Belmond 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 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.
Informal dinner on board, followed by entertainment in the observation car. Overnight stabling at Bridge of Orchy.
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 ranger-led hike through the woods – a quite vigorous and gorgeous walk.)
Return to the train for formal dinner as you make your way 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.
2021 Dates:April 16, 23
May 7, 21, 28
June 4, 18
July 16, 30
August 13, 20, 27
September 17, 24
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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.
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.
The Society of IRT recommends extending your vacation at one of our preferred hotels in Edinburgh or London, on a cruise or with a visit to a country home. Please inquire.
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Golfing Option: Golf is available as a private tour, at an additional cost. Contact us for more details.