Belmond is introducing themed rail journeys in 2023 that put a whole new twist on discovering the Highlands on the only luxury overnight train in Scotland.
The Royal Scotsman, a Belmond Train, offers an all-encompassing experience through the heart of the Highlands with its two-to seven-night selection of themed journeys, all roundtrip from Edinburgh Waverley station.
Guests enjoy onboard dining with their fellow travelers in the two wood-paneled dining cars, live entertainment each evening, and an array of off board excursions including wild swimming, foraging, water rafting, whiskey tastings, and castle visits.
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And for 2023, the ultra-luxury train has introduced two themed journeys that take this Highland experience to new heights in very different ways:
Highland Survival Adventure
The new three-night Highland Survival Adventure journey, June 30-July 3, 2023, is designed for adrenaline-seekers who also love their creature comforts!
Traveling roundtrip from Edinburgh, the itinerary features several outdoor challenges in some of the most secluded locations in the Western Highlands. Led by WILDNIS’ guides - former Royal Marines Sergeant, George MacHardy and seasoned survivalist, Eliza Brown - the Royal Scotsman guests will explore the indigenous flora and fauna, take part in a modern-day Royal Marines Commando Assault Training program, and feast on an al fresco lunch prepared by WILDNIS’ chef and ‘field to plate’ cuisine advocate, Tom Byrom.
On the third day, guests will put their skills to the test rappelling down a cascading waterfall followed by a reinvigorating wild swim session. Back on the train for the final night onboard, guests will dine on Scottish delicacies as Royal Scotsman makes its way back to Edinburgh.
Fares start at USD $8,750 per person on an all-inclusive basis.
A Taste of Scotland with Chef Tom Kitchin
From September 4-6, 2023, the Michelin-starred chef Tom Kitchin, one of Scotland’s most celebrated culinary stars, will host a two-night journey through the Scottish Highlands.
Allowing guests to delve deeper into the region’s indigenous produce, Chef Kitchin will showcase his ‘From Nature-to-Plate’ culinary philosophy as the train journeys from Edinburgh to Boat of Garten, Inverness, Dundee and back to the capital.
Guests will enjoy several meals with Chef Kitchin including a welcome four-course dinner, a barbecue lunch in Cairngorms National Park, and a Gala dinner to close out the journey. Highlights also include an exclusive wine masterclass with local wine merchants, L'Art du Vin, in the train’s Observation Car and a tour and expert-led whisky tasting at Benromach distillery.
Fares start at USD $6,690 per person on an all-inclusive basis.
Coming in 2024:
Two new Grand Suites in exceptional Scottish luxury design, materials and theme debut on the Royal Scotsman in May 2024 with ensuite bathrooms, double beds, and private living area.
Grand Suite guests will also enjoy added amenities including private transfers to and from the train and one spa treatment in the train’s dedicated spa carriage.
Rates will start at USD $7,500 per person on an all-inclusive basis.
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