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The Joy is in the Journey
From the bagpipes that announce your arrival to the sweeping views of the verdant moors, the Belmond Royal Scotsman takes you to the heart of the Scottish Highlands in a style that harkens back to the golden days of rail travel. Often referred to as a ‘five-star Scottish country house on wheels,’ it carries just 36 passengers in ultimate luxury. From gourmet dining to superior accommodations, private tours to picturesque views of the storied landscape, it’s a trip that proves the joy is in the journey. Here are the top five highlights of the Royal Scotsman train:
A Celebration at Edinburgh Castle
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a month-long celebration in Scotland’s Edinburgh Castle. From marching bands to historical reenactments, drum lines to a detachment of kilt-wearing bagpipers all playing in unison, the event is a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle. Watch as Highland dancers kick up their heels and military corps perform synchronized routines with rifles. There are colorful lights that illuminate the centuries-old castle and a fireworks display to punctuate the unforgettable evening. To make the most of your time in this unique travel destination, here are a few tips for the Tattoo:
Enjoying the Scottish Highlands
As the train draws out of Edinburgh’s Waverly Station, your journey through the heart of the Highlands begins. Aboard The Royal Scotsman you’ll be treated to elegant dining and traditional experiences while enjoying the opulence and gentle pace once common in the days of luxury train travel. Watch from your window seat as the sun chases the morning mist from the mountaintops and pine-clad forests are mirrored on the still, glass surfaces of the Scottish lochs. Relax in your own private cabin or sip your morning coffee in one of the comfortable sofas of the observation car. Make a toast to your journey at the Dalwhinnie Distillery or try your hand at shooting clay pigeons at Rothiemurchus Estate. Finally, take a moment of silence at Culloden Moor, the site where in 1746 the Scottish gave up hope of ever restoring the house of Stuart to the British throne.