Belmond Royal Scotsman: Grand Western Scenic Wonders Tour


8-day Escorted Tour

Luxury

The Tour

With seven nights aboard, this is one of our favorite trips: Enjoy the Belmond Royal Scotsman and Scotland to the full. The Grand Western Scenic Wonders tour combines the Classic Splendors and Western Scenic Wonders itineraries for a comprehensive exploration of Scotland.

Enjoy the many highlights along the way, including a personal invitation to visit Ballindalloch, with its magnificent house and gardens. Relax and experience the magnificent West Highland scenery and a private view of Mount Stuart, one of Britain’s most spectacular Victorian Gothic houses.

This itinerary also allows plenty of time to relax on board enjoying the train’s wonderful meals, service and other amenities.

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The Itinerary

Northbound Journey
Day 1: Edinburgh – Keith

The train departs from Edinburgh in the early afternoon and heads north, crossing the Firth of Forth by means of the Forth Railway Bridge. Enjoy afternoon tea as you travel through the former Kingdom of Fife to the east coast, passing through Arbroath, Montrose, and Aberdeen, before arriving in Keith. Enjoy an informal dinner on-board, followed by entertainment in the observation car.

Day 2: Keith – Kyle of Lochalsh
Your journey continues west this morning along the Moray Firth towards Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, and lunch is served on the way to Kyle of Lochalsh. From there, the train passes Loch Luichart, the Torridon Mountains, and Achnasheen before it begins the climb to Luib summit and Achnashellach Forest and descends into Strathcarron. The train then follows the edge of Loch Carron through Attadale, Stromeferry, and Duncraig.

The train stops in fishing village of Plockton, where you have the option of taking a boat trip to see a colony of wild seals and enjoying the beautiful views across the bay to the Applecross Mountains. After the trip, take a woodland walk and have time afterwards for a traditional Highland welcome and a dram or two in the Plockton Hotel on the seafront. Alternatively, you have the option of visiting the Eilean Donan Castle, one of the most iconic sights in all of Scotland.

Return to the train in Kyle of Lochalsh for a formal dinner, coffee and liqueurs in the observation car, and overnight stabling.

Day 3: Kyle of Lochalsh – Boat of Garten
Breakfast is served this morning as the train leaves Kyle of Lochalsh and retraces part of yesterday’s route as far as Dingwall. Disembark in Garve for a visit to Glen Ord Distillery, one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland, for a tour and private tasting and nosing session.

Rejoin the train in Inverness in time for lunch. You will then disembark in Carrbridge for an afternoon visit to Ballindalloch Castle, the much-loved family home of the Macpherson-Grants, known as ‘The Pearl of the North.’ As an alternative to the castle tour, you can play a round of golf on Ballindalloch’s own challenging 9-hole golf course.

Return to the train at Boat of Garten for an informal dinner, followed by an evening of colorful stories of Scottish heroes from the entertaining Highlander in the observation car.

Day 4: Boat of Garten – Dundee
After breakfast, travel the short distance by coach to Rothiemurchus Estate in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. Choose from a number of activities, including fishing, clay pigeon-shooting, and an estate tour. Afterward, receive a warm welcome from your hosts as refreshments are served in their hunting lodge and you learn about the fascinating history of the estate, which has been in the family for over 400 years.

Return to the train in Kingussie and enjoy a leisurely lunch as you travel south through Blair Atholl and Pitlochry to Dunkeld, where you disembark for a private tour of Glamis Castle and its beautiful gardens. After the tour, rejoin the train in Perth and prepare for a special formal dinner en route to Dundee. Let the after-dinner musicians inspire you to partake in some lively Scottish country dancing.

Day 5: Dundee – Edinburgh – Spean Bridge
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast as the train departs Dundee and crosses the Tay Bridge into the former Kingdom of Fife and on to Edinburgh.

Disembark in Edinburgh where you will be escorted to The Royal Yacht Britannia for a guided tour followed by a light lunch on-board. Alternatively, enjoy some free time to explore Scotland’s vibrant capital city.

Re-join the train in the early afternoon and travel west to Falkirk, Clydebank, and Dumbarton to skirt Glasgow before reaching the northern bank of the Clyde and Craigendoran, the starting point of the majestic West Highland Line. Enjoy afternoon tea as the train passes Gare Loch and Loch Lomond, with views of waterfalls, moors and mountains. An informal dinner is served on the way to Spean Bridge, followed by lively entertainment by local musicians in the observation car.

Day 6: Spean Bridge – Bridge of Orchy
As the train travels west, passing through Fort William, enjoy the views of Ben Nevis, the tallest peak in the UK. You will then pass Glenfinnan, with its impressive curved viaduct, and Lochailort, before turning north along this dramatic coastline to Arisaig. Disembark here for a romantic walk along the beautiful Morar Sands, with breathtaking views across the Sound of Sleat to the Isle of Skye with its distinctive Cuillin Mountains.

Back on board, lunch is served as the train retraces its route to Fort William. Disembark here and enjoy a visit to historic Glenfinnan. Enjoy afternoon tea in the elegant drawing room at Inverlochy Castle Hotel before returning to Fort William. Alternatively, a guided, moderate-grade hike is available (weather permitting) through the scenic Nevis Gorge to the Steall Waterfall, the second highest in the UK. This two-hour walk requires a reasonable level of fitness, as well as sturdy walking boots with a good tread and ankle support, a waterproof jacket, and suitable trousers. Walking boots and waterproof jackets can be provided, subject to availability.

Return to the train in Fort William and relax on-board before an informal dinner is served as you travel south towards Bridge of Orchy. Afterwards, enjoy a nightcap whilst listening to the evening entertainment.

Day 7: Bridge of Orchy – Kilmarnock
Leaving the Bridge of Orchy this morning, enjoy the dramatic highland scenery as you journey south towards Glasgow and the west coast. Board the ferry in Wemyss Bay for a 35-minute crossing to the Isle of Bute. The island embraces a variety of landscapes: seashore, moorland, farmland, and forest.

Visit Mount Stuart, Britain’s most spectacular Victorian Gothic house and the fantasy of the 3rd Marquess of Bute and his architect, Sir Robert Rowand Anderson. After enjoying afternoon tea in the Drawing Room, you are invited to explore the magnificent house and grounds, which include a rock garden, kitchen garden, display of rare plants, and a Victorian pinetum.

Return to the train in Wemyss Bay, where a delicious formal dinner is served on the way to Kilmarnock, the overnight stabling location for this evening. Relax in the observation car over coffee, liqueurs, and traditional Scottish music.

Day 8: Kilmarnock – Edinburgh
Breakfast is served as the train leaves Kilmarnock and travels east to Edinburgh where your journey ends at Waverley Station.

Westbound Journey
Day 1: Edinburgh – Spean Bridge
The train departs in the early afternoon and travel west to Falkirk, Clydebank, and Dumbarton to skirt Glasgow before reaching the northern bank of the Clyde and Craigendoran, the starting point of the majestic West Highland Line. Enjoy afternoon tea as the train passes Gare Loch and Loch Lomond, with views of waterfalls, moors and mountains. An informal dinner is served on the way to Spean Bridge, followed by lively entertainment by local musicians in the observation car.

Day 2: Spean Bridge – Bridge of Orchy
As the train travels west, passing through Fort William, enjoy the views of Ben Nevis, the tallest peak in the UK. You will then pass Glenfinnan, with its impressive curved viaduct, and Lochailort, before turning north along this dramatic coastline to Arisaig. Disembark here for a romantic walk along the beautiful Morar Sands, with breathtaking views across the Sound of Sleat to the Isle of Skye with its distinctive Cuillin Mountains.

Back on board, lunch is served as the train retraces its route to Fort William. Disembark here and enjoy a visit to historic Glenfinnan. Enjoy afternoon tea in the elegant drawing room at Inverlochy Castle Hotel before returning to Fort William. Alternatively, a guided, moderate-grade hike is available (weather permitting) through the scenic Nevis Gorge to the Steall Waterfall, the second highest in the UK. This two-hour walk requires a reasonable level of fitness, as well as sturdy walking boots with a good tread and ankle support, a waterproof jacket, and suitable trousers. Walking boots and waterproof jackets can be provided, subject to availability.

Return to the train in Fort William and relax on-board before an informal dinner is served as you travel south towards Bridge of Orchy. Afterwards, enjoy a nightcap whilst listening to the evening entertainment.

Day 3: Bridge of Orchy – Isle of Bute – Gourock
Leaving the Bridge of Orchy this morning, enjoy the dramatic highland scenery as you journey south towards Glasgow and the west coast. Board the ferry in Wemyss Bay for a 35-minute crossing to the Isle of Bute. The island embraces a variety of landscapes: seashore, moorland, farmland, and forest.

Visit Mount Stuart, Britain’s most spectacular Victorian Gothic house and the fantasy of the 3rd Marquess of Bute and his architect, Sir Robert Rowand Anderson. After enjoying afternoon tea in the Drawing Room, you are invited to explore the magnificent house and grounds, which include a rock garden, kitchen garden, display of rare plants, and a Victorian pinetum.

Return to the train in Wemyss Bay, where a delicious formal dinner is served on the way to Gourock, the overnight stabling location for this evening. Relax in the observation car over coffee, liqueurs, and traditional Scottish music.

Day 4: Gourock – Edinburgh – Keith
Breakfast is served as the train leaves Gourock and travels east to Edinburgh where your journey ends at Waverley Station.

Disembark in Edinburgh where you will be escorted to The Royal Yacht Britannia for a guided tour followed by a light lunch on-board. Alternatively, enjoy some free time to explore Scotland’s vibrant capital city.

Re-join the train in the early afternoon and head north, crossing the Firth of Forth by means of the Forth Railway Bridge. Enjoy afternoon tea as you travel through the former Kingdom of Fife to the east coast, passing through Arbroath, Montrose, and Aberdeen, before arriving in Keith. Enjoy an informal dinner on-board, followed by entertainment in the observation car.

Day 5: Keith – Kyle of Lochalsh
Your journey continues west this morning along the Moray Firth towards Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, and lunch is served on the way to Kyle of Lochalsh. From there, the train passes Loch Luichart, the Torridon Mountains, and Achnasheen before it begins the climb to Luib summit and Achnashellach Forest and descends into Strathcarron. The train then follows the edge of Loch Carron through Attadale, Stromeferry, and Duncraig.

The train stops in fishing village of Plockton, where you have the option of taking a boat trip to see a colony of wild seals and enjoying the beautiful views across the bay to the Applecross Mountains. After the trip, take a woodland walk and have time afterwards for a traditional Highland welcome and a dram or two in the Plockton Hotel on the seafront. Alternatively, you have the option of visiting the Eilean Donan Castle, one of the most iconic sights in all of Scotland.

Return to the train in Kyle of Lochalsh for a formal dinner, coffee and liqueurs in the observation car, and overnight stabling.

Day 6: Kyle of Lochalsh – Boat of Garten
Breakfast is served this morning as the train leaves Kyle of Lochalsh and retraces part of yesterday’s route as far as Dingwall. Disembark in Garve for a visit to Glen Ord Distillery, one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland, for a tour and private tasting and nosing session.

Rejoin the train in Inverness in time for lunch. You will then disembark in Carrbridge for an afternoon visit to Ballindalloch Castle, the much-loved family home of the Macpherson-Grants, known as ‘The Pearl of the North.’ As an alternative to the castle tour, you can play a round of golf on Ballindalloch’s own challenging 9-hole golf course.

Return to the train at Boat of Garten for an informal dinner, followed by an evening of colorful stories of Scottish heroes from the entertaining Highlander in the observation car.

Day 7: Boat of Garten – Dundee
After breakfast, travel the short distance by coach to Rothiemurchus Estate in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. Choose from a number of activities, including fishing, clay pigeon-shooting, and an estate tour. Afterward, receive a warm welcome from your hosts as refreshments are served in their hunting lodge and you learn about the fascinating history of the estate, which has been in the family for over 400 years.

Return to the train in Kingussie and enjoy a leisurely lunch as you travel south through Blair Atholl and Pitlochry to Dunkeld, where you disembark for a private tour of Glamis Castle and its beautiful gardens. After the tour, rejoin the train in Perth and prepare for a special formal dinner en route to Dundee. Let the after-dinner musicians inspire you to partake in some lively Scottish country dancing.

Day 8: Dundee – Edinburgh
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast as the train departs Dundee and crosses the Tay Bridge into the former Kingdom of Fife and on to Edinburgh. Disembark in Edinburgh, where your journey ends.

2018 Dates:

Northbound:
April 16, 23, 30
July 16
August 20
September 17, 24
October 1

Westbound:
April 20, 27
May 4
June 8
August 17, 24
September 21, 28
October 5

The Prices

Please note prices are in British pounds.

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2018 pricing
Accommodations
Price
Deposit
Double
£8,265 – £10,102
15%
Single
£8,265 – £10,102
15%

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.

Other

Note:  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 pricing shown is discounted about 10% from the cost of the Classic and the Western combined.

Latest News: Click here to see our video of Society President Eleanor Hardy’s May, 2012 trip aboard the Royal Scotsman.

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The Highlights

  • A full seven nights aboard one of the world’s top luxury trains
  • Private tour of Ballindalloch, with its magnificent house and gardens
  • Special activities such as fishing, clay pigeon shooting, or a guided walk along Caledonian pine forest trails
  • Private visit of Mount Stuart, one of Britain’s most spectacular Victorian Gothic houses
  • Private tour of traditional Scottish distillery
  • Before-dinner drinks in the cozy lounge car; fabulous five-star dining and service in the two dining cars
  • Wind-in-your-face viewing from the open-air observation platform
  • Just 36 passengers total
The Royal Scotsman crosses a bridge. Photo: The Royal Scotsman
The Royal Scotsman crosses a bridge. Photo: The Royal Scotsman
The Royal Scotsman breakfast menu. Photo: The Royal Scotsman
The Royal Scotsman breakfast menu. Photo: The Royal Scotsman
Society travelers enjoy formal dinner aboard the Royal Scotsman. Photo: Owen Hardy
Society travelers enjoy formal dinner aboard the Royal Scotsman. Photo: Owen Hardy
Double compartment on the Royal Scotsman. Photo: Belmond
Double compartment on the Royal Scotsman. Photo: Belmond