Scotland Trains

The Belmond Royal Scotsman-7 Things You Need to Know About This Scottish Luxury Train

Picturesque road in Scottish Highlands, Cairngorms National Park near Lecht Ski Resort, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe
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Scotland has one of the most romantic landscapes that the planet has to offer. The mystery, folklore and romanticism portrayed in literature and film is real. Scotland’s rolling hills, craggy coastline, historical castles and the history that goes with it all is a unique and intriguing part of the Uniter Kingdom that must be explored.

Taking the Belmond Royal Scotsman is the best way to see the country guided by knowledgeable experts that are well versed in all things Scotland. They are also trained, brilliantly, on how to pamper the discerning traveler. The Royal Scotsman spares no expense in luxury and elegance as well as entertaining you at every turn. Taking this trip really will be one of the most exclusive train excursions you can take anywhere.

What is the most luxurious train in Scotland?

The Belmond Royal Scotsman is the most luxurious train in Scotland. With it ode to the Edwardian era and its utmost elegance, you will travel through the Highlands of Scotland while you enjoy being pampered beyond your expectations.

Is the Royal Scotsman still running?

The Royal Scotsman is still running and has been since 2005. Operating from April to October, you can choose from multiple itineraries on this grand trip in Scotland.

Where does the Royal Scotsman go?

The Royal Scotsman has several different routes and itineraries in which to choose. If you want a short trip with scenery and food being the highlight, there is a trip for that. However, if you want an expansive version that showcases all that the country offers, there is a longer trip that may be best for your needs.

Taste of Highlands, 2 nights

The Taste of Highlands is one of the shortest trips available on the Royal Scotsman, however it does not mean it isn’t packed with adventure and exploration. Traveling straight into the Scottish Highlands, you will roll through the hills of Pertshire and the spectacular unspoiled beauty of Cairngorms National Park. Excursions include tours of battlefields, grand private estates and a distillery.


A Taste of Scotland, with Tom Kitchin, 2 Nights

If you enjoy the food of Scotland, then this is the tour for you. World renowned chef, Tom Kitchins will ensure that your gastronomical senses are wowed through special pairings that will alone make this trip memorable. However, the trip doesn’t stop there. Enjoy a wine masterclass, historical tours and traditional ceilidhs entertainment nightly as you dine.

Western Scenic Wonders, 3 nights

This tour will take you through the breathtakingly wild scenery of Western Scotland as it meanders down the coast. After heading west from Edinburgh, the train will joint he famous West Highland line and showcase the country’s grandeur with stops at the Glenfinnan Monument, the Steall Waterfall and Mount Stuart on The Isle of Bute.

Highland Survival Adventure, 3 nights

Get in touch with your wilder side, while still being pampered in the lap of luxury with this Highland adventure. Whitewater rafting, immersion in nature and field-to-plate cuisine is the order of the day in this extreme trip in the Scottish wilderness.

Heritage Home and Gardens, 4 nights

This trip is meant for everyone that dreams of living in a castle. After traversing the Torridon Mountains and the Achnashellach forest you will enjoy tours of four castles, their estate and every interesting landmark in between. This is definitely a trip for the romantic in you.

Scotch Malt Whiskey Tour, 4 nights

For the connoisseur of all things fermented, you will enjoy a tour with the Scotch Malt Whiskey Society that brings their expertise and knowledge on the train to share. Tours include a historical distillery, an grand estate, a magnificent tasting and a one year membership to the society with a visit to their headquarters.

Scotland’s Classic Splendors, 4 Nights

This tour gives you a taste of everything that makes Scotland so unique. One this expansive tour of the country you will enjoy castle touring, adventure on a private estate, a seal watching boat trip and a distillery tour. The best of the Scottish landscape will pass you by as you glide from one adventure to another.

Clans, Castles and Isles, 5 nights

The rugged countryside of the Scottish landscape awaits as you glide through to castle tours and historical distilleries. Enjoy many points of interests as you traverse through the Highlands.

Grand Western Scenic Wonders Northbound, 7 Nights

Monuments, waterfalls castles and all the scenery your eye can take in await on this grand journey in the Scottish Highlands. One of the many highlights include the Royal Yacht Brittania in Edinburgh.

Grand Western Scenic Wonders, Westbound, 7 nights

The grand trip of the Royal Scotsman culminates in many of the excursions and scenery you will see in the other excursions, but all rolled into one. Castles, beach walks, monuments, gorges, waterfalls and mountains will dominate your time and attention in one of the best train trips in the world.

How expensive is the Royal Scotsman?

The Royal Scotsman has ten separate itineraries in which to choose from all having their own pricing. Pricing starts from $5,000 for a two night excursion to $16,500 for a 7 night excursion. Although traveling on this train can be expensive, you will find that it is worth every penny.

What are the sleeper carriages like on the Royal Scotsman?

The Royal Scotsman features the utmost in luxury and comfort. With interiors that celebrate Scotland in the fine fabrics, wood and decor, you will be able to view the fabulous countryside as you relax in style.

Grand Suite

The Grand Suite is the ultimate way to travel by train. Wood tweeds, rich woods and mystical Scottish symbols highlight the comfortable suite that includes a marble bathroom, an elegant living area with a picture window to the world and a private bedroom that features a comfortable double bed. Highlights include a personal butler service and complimentary spa treatment.

Twin Cabins

Cozy beds and ceiling fans add to the gorgeous wood interior that spares no expense in adding to the ambiance of your trip. Two twin beds will have you and your travel partner relaxing between sight seeing and gazing out at the vast Scottish scenery.

Single Cabins

If you are on a lone adventure to discover yourself again and relax, then this is the room for you. A twin bed and private ensuite will welcome you after a day of exploration.

Double Cabin

Sharing a bed with your partner in the Double Cabin will be as romantic as it gets. Complete with a fully equipped en-suite bathroom and writing desk, you can choose to watch the action on the outside from your picture window or join in the train’s festivities and happenings. Either choice is the right choice.

What is the food like on the Royal Scotsman?

The Raven and Swift are the dining cars in which you can experience the taste of Scotland through fresh local ingredients that highlight the best of Scottish Cuisine.A selection of thirty fine wines, liqueurs and malt whiskeys will compliment any meal.

Is the Royal Scotsman worth it?

The Royal Scotsman train is a perfect way to explore Scotland’s landscape, heritage, food and culture. Take in the scenery, enjoy the luxurious accommodations and experience exciting adventures as you glide across the country.

Wendy Edwards
Wendy is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. But for the past seven years she has traveled by RV to many National Parks, monuments and everywhere in between. She and her family of five, a furry canine friend and a bearded dragon have crossed the United States thirty one times. She never tires of hiking, biking, camping and photographing this beautiful country.