CLASSIC (4 nights) > Edinburgh – Keith - Kyle of Lochalsh -Boat of Garden – Stirling – Dundee - Edinburgh



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The quintessential Royal Scotsman experience and certainly one of our most popular journeys. After following the east coast up to Keith you head across to the picturesque west coast village of Plockton, before making your way to Inverness and then south to Perth. A private ceilidh at Strathisla and your personal invitation to visit Ballindalloch, with its magnificent house and gardens, are just two of the highlights. Along the way there is time and opportunity for golf, seal spotting aboard Callum"s boat, or a guided walk along Caledonian pine forest trails.

Day 1: Edinburgh - Keith
The Royal Scotsman departs Edinburgh Waverley station in the afternoon and travels north across the Firth of Forth by means of the magnificent Forth Railway Bridge. This is one of the first cantilever bridges, designed and built by Benjamin Baker in the late 1880s. It is considered one of the greatest achievements of the Victorian Age, and known as the eighth wonder of the world.

Enjoy your afternoon tea as you journey through the former Kingdom of Fife and across the Tay Bridge. Following the east coast, passing through Arbroath, Montrose and Aberdeen before arriving in Keith, where you will disembark for a traditional Scottish ceilidh at Strathisla. You then rejoin the train at Keith for an informal dinner and overnight stabling.

Day 2: Keith - Kyle of Lochalsh
Breakfast is served as the train departs Keith and travels west towards Elgin where you disembark. Our luxury, liveried motor coach is waiting to take you to the Glen Grant distillery and gardens. Founded by James and John Grant in 1840 the distillery is set around a small courtyard with turreted and gabled offices in the "Scottish Baronial" style.

Return to the train before heading west to Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, then continue westwards towards Kyle of Lochalsh, on what is arguably the most scenic route in Britain. Lunch is served as you pass through Dingwall and Garve, which lies under the shadow of Cnoc na h-Iolaire. The line passes Loch Luichart and the Torridon mountains, which are so old they contain no fossils. Geologists believe that they were formed before any life began. On through Achnasheen, then the climb to Luib summit and Achnashellach forest before descending to Strathcarron. The train then follows the edge of Loch Carron through Attadale, Stromeferry and Duncraig.

At Plockton you have an opportunity to become your own guide and explore this picturesque Scottish Highland village. Be at one with nature, as you take a boat trip to see the colony of wild seals, and relish the magnificent views across the Isle of Skye to the Applecross Mountains. There is also a woodland walk, which leads to a viewpoint overlooking the loch. Alternatively visit the local art gallery or simply wander through this charming village. Afterwards rendezvous at the Plockton Hotel, where there is time to enjoy a dram or two before rejoining the motor coach.

Return to the train in Kyle of Lochalsh for overnight stabling. Dinner this evening is formal and afterwards there is entertainment in the Observation Car. Marvel at the view from the train"s verandah as you gaze over Loch Alsh to the Isle of Skye.

 

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Day 3: Kyle of Lochalsh - Boat of Garten
After breakfast, enjoy a photo opportunity outside Eilean Donan Castle, the second most photographed in Scotland. The castle stands on a rocky promontory at the meeting point of three sea lochs, and its beginnings reach back to the time of the Picts. It survived many bombardments, until in 1719 it was razed to the ground during the Jacobite rebellion. Two hundred years later it was restored to its former glory.

Departing from Kyle you retrace part of yesterday"s route as far as Dingwall. Have your cameras ready for the views of Plockton across the bay to the left, where you can see whitewashed cottages with fishing boats and yachts riding at anchor. Travelling round the edge of the Beauly Firth, you cross the northern end of the Caledonian Canal shortly before reaching Inverness.

The train continues south to Carrbridge where you disembark for your visit to Ballindalloch, one of Scotland"s most romantic castles, and with its wonderful gardens. Set in the magnificent surroundings of the Spey valley, Ballindalloch has been the home of the Macpherson-Grant family since 1546. The family have adapted their castle with the twists and turns of fortune and history into the elegant and comfortable seat at the heart of their working estate that we see today.

Return to the train at Boat of Garten on the private Strathspey Railway for overnight stabling. A formal dinner is served and afterwards you meet Ray Owens, a Highlander who brings to life the stories of Scottish heroes. Listening to Ray, you gain a true sense of the past and learn how life in the Highlands has changed over the centuries.

Day 4: Boat of Garten - Dundee
Disembarking from the train at Boat of Garten you can choose from a number of different options; golfers can have a round at Boat of Garten Golf Club, a demanding test of sporting skill and a magnificent Highland setting for the game, those wishing to explore the surrounding countryside can take a leisurely, guided tour of the Highland Wildlife Park where various species of wildlife will be pointed out, fishing enthusiasts will have an opportunity to try their hand on a loch at Aviemore or alternatively, enjoy some time on your own in this beautiful Speyside setting.

Rejoin the train in Aviemore and enjoy lunch as you journey south through Blair Atholl and Pitlochry to Dunkeld, where you disembark for your visit to Glamis Castle, Seat of the Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, and childhood home of the late HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother. The Bowes Lyon family have lived at Glamis since 1372, when Sir John Lyon was granted the thaneage of Glamis by King Robert II. Since then the castle has been visited and lived in by many members of the Scottish and British Royal Families and has stunning gardens.
Rejoining the train in Perth enjoy an informal dinner as you travel to Dundee “The City of Discovery” where the train stables overnight. (2017 - The train stables overnight at Stirling)

Day 5: Stirling– Edinburgh
After breakfast, the train leaves Dundee and travels over the Tay Bridge then through the former Kingdom of Fife. You cross the Firth of Forth by means of the Forth Railway Bridge to arrive in Edinburgh Waverley station where your journey ends.

 

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Departure Dates 2017

April 30
May 7, 17, 21, 28
June 7, 11, 18, 28
July 2, 9, 23, 30
August 6, 10, 20, 27, 31
September 10, 17, 21
October 1, 8, 12, 18, 22

 

 

Prices – 2017

 

1 Person in compartment - € 5.696,00

2 People in compartment - € 3.560,00 per person

 

Rates are fully inclusive of accommodation, meals, wine, alcoholic and other beverages, day tours and entertainment. Priced in EURO currency.

 

 

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