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Scottish Highlands

Land, Sea, and yes, Rail

Luxury train journeys with Belmond’s trains.

Imagine being transported back to the Gilded Age, experiencing the British countryside like a royal. Or imagine being fully immersed in the Scottish culture as the rugged landscape of the Highlands passes by. With Belmond’s two luxury trains – the Royal Scotsman and the British Pullman – you can step into a time capsule and experience one of the classiest ways to explore the world, all while being surrounded by vintage-inspired luxury, unprecedented comfort, and alluring experiences. From Dior-inspired spa treatments to Murder Mystery dining experiences, there is something for every railroad traveler. The newly added rail itineraries combined with unique experiences designed for each of the iconic trains are destined to make your next European getaway magical.

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The Royal Scotsman

Whistle-Stop Journeys

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With autumn and winter fast approaching, Belmond has added many new journeys aboard Royal Scotsman and British Pullman that focus on an array of passions, from culinary delights to outdoor adventures. Hop aboard Royal Scotsman for a three-night journey exploring the “water of life” (otherwise known as whisky) guided by local malt experts at two historic distilleries for the Ultimate Whisky Odessey. Sit back in the British Pullman’s art deco carriages and be whisked away on a gastronomical journey prepared by Michelin-level chefs. These new journeys through the heart of the English and Scottish countryside also give you ample time to unwind with your favorite drink as you take in the rolling hills and charming landscapes of the UK. 

The Royal Scotsman

If your heart is captured by the Highlands, Belmond’s Royal Scotsman is the perfect way to take in the breathless landscape brimming with ancient castles and glassy lochs while indulging in the historic luxury, craftsmanship, and sophistication onboard. One of the train’s newest tours takes guests on the ultimate journey indulging in one of Scotland’s greatest loves: Whisky. After embarking from Edinburgh Waverley Station, sit back against one of the plush, tartan armchairs and take in the view as the train travels north to the ‘Fair City’ of Perth. As Royal Scotsman continues along the Highland line, enjoy an exclusive nosing and tasting with whisky expert Charles MacLean before turning in for the night to the songs of Gaelic musicians. Spend the second morning fishing and touring the stunning Rothiemurchus Estate before returning to the train and traveling to the infamous Glenmorangie distillery. Glance behind the curtain at Glenmorangie to see how one of the most-coveted whisky drams is made before enjoying a private tasting in the 17th-century Glenmorangie House with the distillery manager. End your journey by traveling south for a tour and tasting at Ardbeg Distillery – sister distillery to Glenmorangie – before a glitzy Gala dinner onboard.  

Exquisite Elegance with Scottish Charm

Dining on the Royal Scotsman

The Dior Suite on the Royal Scotsman

Exquisite Elegance with Scottish Charm

Beyond the curated itineraries, the sumptuously appointed interiors, personalized service, and opulent accommodations aboard Royal Scotsman evoke recollections of the golden era of train travel, remaining true to its heritage all without sacrificing comfort or luxury. The train’s grand suites are the perfect place to turn in after a day of exploration, with nods to the passing landscape and Scottish culture. The accommodations are filled with rich, dark woods, local craftsmanship, and tartan tones reminiscent of the Edwardian era. The luxury train’s two dining cars, Raven and Swift, also bring the Highlands aboard with exceptional Scottish cuisine from breakfast to dinner. A more recent addition is the train’s luxurious Dior Spa which pays homage to Christian Dior’s love for Scotland. The beauty brand-inspired spa consists of two serene treatment rooms, tranquil décor with Dior’s infamous burgundy throughout, and tailored-made treatments so guests constantly feel refreshed on their journey.  

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“Expect luxury, glamour, and a dash of adventure on an unforgettable trip through the British countryside.” 

The British Pullman

The British Pullman

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In the south of the UK along the rails through the British countryside, guests are transported to the golden age of train travel on the newly restored British Pullman. These train cars have seen their fair share of notable figures, including Queen Elizabeth, with each carriage reflecting distinct yet artfully designed décor reminiscent of the 1920s. The train’s round-trip journeys have uniquely tailored itineraries fit for every traveler wishing for a new experience. Explore the historic delights of Bath before indulging in a four-course meal on the way back to London. Experience the culinary delights of renowned Chef Sally Abé while the Kentish countryside passes by. Feel like a royal strolling through Blenheim Palace or Sandringham. With several itineraries to choose from, the British Pullman is a perfect way to make a day trip from London even more magical.  

A Moving Murder Mystery

Put your sleuthing caps on and embark on the British Pullman’s newest captivating culinary journey. Step back in time to 1951 and indulge in a delectable five-course lunch paired with wine all while keeping your wits about you as you become a part of an immersive murder mystery plot. As you traverse the Kentish countryside, you have the chance to interact with intriguing characters (or suspects) on their way to the 1951 Festival of Britain, collect clues that may be fact or fiction, and unravel a thrilling whodunnit before the train reaches the station. The gothic décor of the train adds an air of suspense as you and your fellow passengers use your clue sheet and detective skills to crack the case. This unique dining experience pays tribute to the literary geniuses of the British thriller community while also exploring the British Pullman’s deep and complex history. Whether you are a season detective aficionado or are simply seeking a novel way to savor exquisite cuisine, a Moving Murder Mystery promises a day filled with suspense, sophistication, plot twists, and delicious flavors that are sure to leave you enthralled.  

Additional Benefits: Belmond Bellini Club

With a wide portfolio of properties and travel experiences around the world, Belmond’s Bellini Club fosters a special relationship for guests with exclusive benefits. As part of their invite-only status, Brownell advisors have access to grant Bellini Club member status to clients who book through them. Make your experience all the more memorable with special touches and flexibility.