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Renowned the world over for its rugged, unspoilt scenery, known as Scotland’s wild side the West Coast of this beautiful country is arguable the finest. Comprising landmarks such as Loch Lomond, Ben Nevis, the Isle of Bute, and the Gothic-Revivalist Mount Stuart House, the word photogenic doesn’t even come close. As such travelling between those sights onboard one of the most opulent and luxurious trains on the planet should make for a journey that will never be forgotten.
Leaving Edinburgh early-afternoon, the Belmond Royal Scotsman will first begin heading west, passing charming Falkirk before reaching Craigendoran, where the West Highland Line begins. Once settled in to your journey, indulge in afternoon tea whilst taking in the wonderful scenery, and catching first sight of fabulous Loch Lomond.
Next, the train makes its way up Glen Falloch, stopping along the way to admire the abundant waterfalls. Continuing north, the village of Spean Bridge is your next stopping point, where you will bed down for the night in cosy accommodations and enjoy a splendid but informal dinner, with entertainment, in the Observation Car.
The train continues west, forging its route through Fort William, where incredible views of Ben Nevis are literally impossible to miss. Disembarking at Arisaig, take a stroll along the breathtaking Morar Sands, gaze out over to the famous Isle of Skye, with its majestic Cullin Mountains in full view.
As the train retraces its steps back to Fort William, lunch will be served en route to the largest town in the West Highlands, before a Highlander accompanies you to the Glenfinnan Monument, offering an insight into the fascinating history of the area. Then take tea at Inverlochy Castle or, if you prefer, walk to the delightful Steall Waterfall.
Returning to the train, which is waiting back in Fort William, take some time out to relax and soak up the passing landscapes before sitting down to an informal dinner as you head for Argyll, a traditional village of the Bridge of Orchy, perhaps enjoying a nightcap and the entertainment in the Observation Car before heading to bed.
Day Three is all about the Isle of Bute. Rich in geology, human and natural history, and boasting some of the most varied and unique wildlife in the British Isles, you will be treated to a visit to Mount Stuart, a Victorian Gothic home which claims the finest privately owned collection of portraiture in Scotland. Finally, return to Wemyss Bay to climb aboard the Royal Scotsman and enjoy a formal dinner before retiring for an overnight onboard.
Wake to enjoy a breakfast at your leisure as the train gradually approaches the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, arriving mid-morning and leaving you free to enjoy a day as you choose in one of Europe’s most splendid and historic cities.