Hop on board the Belmond Royal Scotsman departing Edinburgh and traveling North, crossing the Firth of Forth. The train passes through Arbroath, Montrose and Aberdeen before arriving in Keith.
BESPOKE TRAIN JOURNEY
Travelling by train is a way of life. Slide back your compartment door to elegant fabrics and lush draping, try an exquisite cuisine whilst sitting in the restaurant carriage where white tablecloths set the scene, toast to life in the bar as your champagne glass catches the light projecting a thousand colours across the room.
Spreading across Europe, Asia, North- or South America, trains enable you to discover in style some of the world’s most exciting destinations. It isn’t about the final stop; rather it is about the journey itself: enjoying delicate cuisine, sleeping in authentic sleeper cars that exude art deco charm, and admiring the picturesque landscape changing as your train moves forward. Travelling by train may be a slower way of getting around, but it gives you the possibility to see much more of a country and its scenery, and it is a journey and vacation in one.
Beautiful Ireland for example is a perfect country for gazing at from a comfortable train. Discover the coast, visit the gorgeous lakes, or even old castles. Or, if you are the speed freak of train lovers, travel on the famous Shinkansen bullet train in Japan which links most major cities on the island.
Train travel has something refreshingly traditional, particularly if you’re travelling over a long multi-night route. It’s one of the least stressful ways of transportation. You have comfortable seats; plenty legroom and you are able to move around as you like. Every moment can be enjoyed with a nice meal served by uniformed staff, reading a book, playing cards, or simply watch the scenery rushing by. Travelling by train is a great for couples as well as for families looking for a different kind of experience rather than a simple stay in a resort or a hotel.
Grand Western Scenic Wonders
Grand Tour of Ireland
your sample journey
Departing Keith this morning, the train travels west along the Moray Firth towards Inverness, capital of the Highlands. Upon arrival at the fishing village of Plockton, take a boat trip to see the seals followed by a woodland walk or go visit of Eilan Donan Castle.
Breakfast is served as the train leaves Kyle and retraces part of yesterday’s route as far as Dingwall. Disembark in Garve to visit Glen Ord Distillery. Rejoin the train in Inverness in time for lunch, and later disembark in Carrbridge for an afternoon visit to Ballindalloch Castle.
This morning, travel to Rothiemurchus Estate in the Caringorms National Park where you may enjoy different activities such as fishing, clay-pigeon-shooting and an estate tour. Enjoy a leisurely lunch on board the train during the journey south to Dunkeld, where you disembark for a tour of Glamis Castle.
Breakfast is served as the train leaves Dundee and crosses the Tay Bridge into the former Kingdom of Fife and on to Edinburgh. Upon arrival, visit the Royal Yacht Britannia and re-join the train and travel west to reach the northern bank of the Clyde. Continue north onto Rannoch Moor.
As you travel west today, you will pass by the side of Loch Eil, Glenfinnan and Lockailort before turning north along the dramatic coastline to Arisaig. Disembark for a romantic walk along the beautiful Morar Sands. Return on board as you head back towards Fort William and enjoy a visit of Glenfinnan mbefore turning South to Bridge of Orchy.
Leaving Bridge of Orchy this morning, soak up the dramatic Highland scenery as you journey south towards Glasgow and the west coast where you will visit Mount Stuart. After your afternoon tea, explore the house and the grounds, stroll down the lime tree avenue to discover a secluded stretch of coastline and lovely views.
Enjoy your breakfast on the move this morning as you travel east towards Edinburgh where your journey end.
your sample journey
Hop on board the Belmond Grand Hibernian departing Dublin and travelling through the lush countryside to Cork. Take an evening tour of the Jameson distillery in Midleton before re-joining the train.
Today, travel south for a visit to Blarney Castle. Continue west towards Killarney on the shores of Lough Leane where you will enjoy a fun ride in a traditional jaunting car to Ross Castle where you go on a boat trip around the islands of the lake.
Right after breakfast, head out for an excursion to the Cliffs of Moher and continue to Galway. After lunch, join in on a walking tour of the charming city centre and return to the train heading to Athlone.
Today, you will head to the Georgian town of Westport. Disembark for your onward journey to Ashford Castle and enjoy a private falconry display as well as a walk through the estate’s grounds.
As the train returns to Dublin, head out for a tour of the city’s cultural treasures before embarking again and travel north. Upon arrival in Belfast, visit both the Republican Falls Road and the Loyalist Skankill separated by a Peace Wall, followed by a Titanic Experience.
During breakfast, the train journeys south to the historic Viking port of Waterford. Disembark to visit Curraghmore House. Your next stop is the House of Waterford Crystal for a factory tour.
Savour a final breakfast as the train travel north and returns to Dublin.