[HD video below] Journeying to the very heart of the Scottish
Highlands, the luxurious cabins of The Royal Scotsman, the UKís
only luxury sleeper train, transports guests across the ruggedly
beautiful terrain to explore the very best of Scotland.
This month sees the liveried carriages return to
the Highlands as the 2012 season for The Royal Scotsman commences.
Meals crafted from the best local ingredients, many of which are
picked up from local suppliers along the journey, sleeping in cosy
cabins aboard the train whilst itís stabled in remote stations,
access to some of Scotlandís most beautiful stately homes and
tours of the finest whisky distilleries are just some of the
The season, which runs until October, has
regular departures from Edinburgh Waverley Station touring the
rugged Scottish Highlands visiting sites including Loch Lomond,
Ben Nevis and the beautiful Morar Sands.
The collection of itineraries includes the two
night ĎHighlandí journey giving a taste of Scotlandís rich
heritage; the three night ĎWesterní Journey which explores
Scotlandís wildest side up the scenic West Coast; the four night
Classic Journey covering some 720 miles and visiting some of
Scotlandís most iconic sights including Glamis Castle; the five
night Grand West Highland Journey is a combination of the Western
and Highland journeys and The Grand North Western Journey which
combines the Classic and Western journeys.
The highlight of the season is the Grand Tour of
Great Britain, an annual, seven night journey which sees the train
cross the border to tour some of Britainís greatest sites
including Bath, Oxford, Conwy, Cambridge and York.
The changing landscapes can be admired from the
lounge; the open veranda of the trainís Observation Car, whilst
dining on traditional Scottish fare enjoyed in one of the two
dining cars or from an en-suite State Cabin, beautifully fitted
out in rich woods and inlaid marquetry.
Chartering the train for a special occasion lets
guests decide on a theme, whether it be food, history and
heritage, fishing or golf, a carefully devised itinerary
showcasing the best of Scotland will be created with a range of
off train excursions.
Prices start from £2,350 per person, including
all meals, drinks, accommodation and excursions. The Royal
Scotsman season runs until 26th October 2012.
Interview with the Chief
Executive of Visit Scotland, Mr. Malcolm Roughead OBE at WTM 2011