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Royal Scotsman – The Classic Journey

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A round trip beginning and ending in Edinburgh, and taking in some of the most wonderful scenery in Great Britain along the way, it’s not without good reason that the Belmond Royal Scotsman’s Classic Journey is a perennial favourite among those looking to take in unforgettable views and gain an understanding of the UK’s incredible history. With majestic countryside, world-famous landmarks and unique places of interest all ready to be enjoyed while on board the painstakingly restored and unarguably beautiful train, this overland trip is truly unforgettable.


Day 1
Depart from Edinburgh mid-afternoon to cross the world-famous Firth of Forth, enjoying the stunning panoramic views from the iconic Forth Railway Bridge. As you pass by Arbroath, Montrose and Aberdeen take some time to enjoy a leisurely afternoon tea before pulling in to charming Keith.

As evening falls indulge in an sumptuous informal dinner, with entertainment, before either heading for a nightcap in the Observation Car or simply retiring to bed for the evening, ensuring you’re fresh for the next day.

Day 2
Breakfast will be served onboard as the train pulls away from Keith, travelling on to Inverness, bound for the delights of the Glen Ord Distillery. Later, sit down to enjoy a delicious lunch en route towards Kyle of Lochaish, where you will be given the opportunity to explore all Plockton has to offer, including boat trips, wild seal watching or tasting whisky in the historic Plockton Hotel. Finally, climb back on board the train for an overnight stay, complete with informal dinner, entertainment in the Observation Car, and incredible views over Loch Alsh and the Isle of Skye.

Day 3
Following breakfast, opt to visit historic Eilean Donan Castle before the train begins to head north to Inverness, then changing course to Carrbirdge in the south. Here guests will have the opportunity to disembark and explore the romantic setting of Ballindalloch Castle. Returning to the train for an overnight stay at Boat of Garten along the privately owned Strathspey Railway, an elegant informal dinner will be served while a real Highlander recounts tales from the region, complete with weaponry displays.

Day 4
Begin your day with a visit to Rothiemurchus Estate, a beautiful rural pile that has plenty to offer guests- from clay pigeon shooting and fishing to touring the estate. Rejoin the train at Kingussie, where lunch will be served as you head on to Dunkeld, disembarking at Glamis Castle to explore the ancient fortification. From there, you will climb back aboard the Belmond Royal Scotsman for the onward journey to perth, indulging in another splendid informal dinner and an overnight stay in Dundee.

Day 5
Wake to eat a fabulous breakfast as the train heads back towards the Scottish capital, arriving in the city of Edinburgh mid-morning, leaving you free to enjoy the entire day as you see fit.