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All Aboard: The Living Legend of Belmond Royal Scotsman

We love the romance of train travel and are always on the lookout for the most luxurious rides in the world! Continuing with our series of stunning rail travel, presenting the Belmond Royal Scotsman. A world of myths and legends awaits on this journey that passes soaring peaks and deep valleys, mirror lochs and looming castles inside the heart of the Scottish islands. The enchanting sites are matched by an equally beguiling experience onboard. Here’s a glimpse into what makes the Belmond Royal Scotsman one of our favourite rail journeys.

The Train

Launched in 1985, the historic Belmond Royal Scotsman is legendary for its luxurious country-house appeal with en-suite cabins and unprecedented comfort. Lacquer-polished wooden-panels create an Edwardian style matched by few and the recent addition of the Bamford Haybarn Spa carriage marks a world first in rail travel. What’s more, the dining experience is superlative with seasonal seafood, fresh local produce and exquisite dishes like a delicate pigeon salad or spiced roast halibut.

The Setting

The Scottish Highlands are undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and remote landscapes on the planet. As the train traverses through this breath-taking region, every turn offers a view that will stop you in your tracks, from majestic mountains to surreal lochs, crumbling forts to empty glens. Few places echo the ghostly charm and mythical history of the Highlands. And a train ride offers the chance to soak in all the natural beauty, day and night, from the comfort of your room.

The Journey

Whether you are a history buff or whisky lover, this train ride will take you to the most stunning spots to revel in your passions. A history dose at Glamis Castle, Eilean Donan Castle or Culloden Battlefield. Scotland’s unsurpassed whisky heritage at world-class distilleries. And a range of exciting outdoor activities for the adventure enthusiasts, from clay-pigeon shooting and fishing to specialised golfing itineraries.

The Experiences

Join an expert astronomer for an exhilarating planetary exploration in the Cairngorms. Visit the oldest distillery in Scotland and enjoy a Scotch tasting with a master blender. Attend a cooking class with expert tutors, creating Scottish-inspired recipes. Explore over 600 herb varieties at a secret garden that produces world-class Gins. Drift through ancient Rothiemurchus pine forests on specially designed river tubes. There are a range of optional activities and excursions to inspire your travel!

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