The Royal Scotsman: Scotland’s Finest Sleeper Train?
The Royal Scotsman is operated by the same company which runs the
Venice Simplon Orient Express
. Here, the operators have recreated the experience but with a distinctly Scottish flavour. This may be the most luxurious way to experience Scotland and is without a doubt Scotland’s finest sleeper train.
The train offers several routes, the most popular being the 540 mile two night experience around the highlands.
The route takes in a tour of the distillery at Dalwhinnie, outdoor activities on the exclusive Rothiemurchus estate in the Cairngorms national park, a tour of Culloden battlefield as well as the formal dinner abroad the train on evening two.
While the scenery is spectacular and the planned activities add variety, travelling on the train is as much about the train itself. Every meal onboard the train is an experience in its own right, the team of chefs is lead by head chef Mark Tamburrini who not surprisingly places an emphasis upon the use of locally sourced Scottish ingredients. Dinners aboard the Royal Scotsman take on both an informal and a formal form on alternative nights. The formal dinners are a chance for guests to really push the boat out and many choose to hire a kilt and full highland dress for the occasion.
While there are a number of cabin options available, all offer the most luxurious of surroundings and are beautifully decorated in wooden marquetry and tastefully finished with traditional Scottish features and imagery. In addition, each cabin contains its own private bathroom and shower, rooms also contain a ceiling mounted fan, full length wardrobe and dressing table.
Considering the more social side of the holiday? Those travelling on the train join an exclusive group of juts 36 per trip, it is the observation car that functions as the centre of the social hub. Here there is room for all 36 guests to enjoy the panoramic views from the comfort of the traditional Scottish furnishings within the car or perhaps take a step out onto the open veranda?
Which every trip takes your fancy, the Royal Scotsman offers the chance to see some of Scotland’s, if not the UK’s finest countryside and all in the lap of luxury. So if looking to combine fine dinning and country pursuits with a luxury holiday, this really is the ticket for you.
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