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The Royal Scotsman

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The Royal Scotsman

10 Days

Experience the unique heritage and culture of Scotland on this tailor-made journey. Explore beautiful and historic Edinburgh and St. Andrews, alongside the breath-taking landscapes of the Highlands, before experiencing Scottish luxury at its finest at the splendid Gleneagles– “the playground of the Gods”.

Lavish accommodation, exclusive visits and an incredible luxury train journey combine to ensure you will leave with treasured memories and a great appreciation of this magnificent country.

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HOLIDAY ITINERARY



Day One: Arrival in Scotland

Day Two: Edinburgh Highlights

Day Three: The Royal Yacht Britannia & St Andrews

Day Four: The Belmond Royal Scotsman – Western Scenic Wonders

Day Five: The Belmond Royal Scotsman – Western Scenic Wonders

Day Six: The Belmond Royal Scotsman – Western Scenic Wonders

Day Seven: The Lowlands to The Highlands

Day Eight: The Crowning Place of Kings

Day Nine: The Kingdom of Fife

Day Ten: Homeward Bound

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Day One: Arrival in Scotland

Edinburgh, sometimes referred to as the “Athens of the North”, is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It has two distinct areas: the Old Town, dominated by a medieval fortress; and the neo-classical New Town, dating from the 18th century. Together, they hold UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

A chauffeur will take you to check-in to a luxury 5* hotel in the heart of the city. Complete with a Michelin-starred restaurant, tranquil spa and kilted doormen, it is Edinburgh’s premier property.

 

Day Two: Edinburgh Highlights

An early start is required for an exclusive pre-opening private visit to Edinburgh Castle. From its volcanic rock, it towers over the city, every inch a mighty fortress and defender of the nation.

Step inside the ancient walls and learn of the royalty who lived and died here and enjoy a private viewing of the Scottish Crown Jewels. Breakfast will then be served in the castle: a true once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Next, descend deep beneath the famous Royal Mile for a privately guided tour of a secret warren of hidden streets that have remained frozen in time since the 17th century. Return to the present day and explore the Royal Mile with your Guide; it’s steeped in history and peppered with stores selling cashmere and whisky.

Your day concludes with another exclusive royal experience; a private post-opening visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence in Scotland of HM, The Queen and The Royal Family. Your guide will take you ‘behind the ropes’ in selected rooms, including the West Drawing Room which is used by members of the Royal Family as a private sitting room and is not normally open to the public.

 

Day Three: The Royal Yacht Britannia & St Andrews

The day begins with a VIP pre-opening private tour of The Royal Yacht Britannia. The experience begins with a quayside arrival then you’ll board via a red carpet on the Royal Brow – a practice previously reserved for members of the Royal Family and visiting dignitaries. Furnished to HM, The Queen’s personal taste, each room was filled with photographs of her children, treasured family heirlooms, and gifts from across the globe.

Spend the rest of the day in St Andrews, the spiritual home of golf. Immerse yourself in this golfing heritage with a privately guided walk of the Old Course which follows the footsteps of golfing greats, providing a player’s eye view of the fabled links.

A guide will then take you on a tour of the town, which is famously where Prince William first met Kate Middleton. Visit the ruins of St. Andrews Castle and the town’s Cathedral which was in the thick of the struggle for the hearts and minds of the nation during the Protestant Reform

Day Four: The Belmond Royal Scotsman - Western Scenic Wonders

Step aboard the Royal Scotsman, a truly special train that will remind you of the romantic age of travel when getting there was as much fun as arriving. Life on board is relaxed yet indulgent and an intimate country-house atmosphere prevails. With just 36 guests, this is railway travel at its most personal.

The train departs Edinburgh in the early afternoon and heads west. Enjoy an indulgent afternoon tea and look out for a first glimpse of Loch Lomond.  After climbing up the waterfall-rich Glen Falloch the train continues north to the village of Spean Bridge for the night.  Enjoy a splendid informal dinner and entertainment in the Observation Car.

 

Day Five: The Belmond Royal Scotsman - Western Scenic Wonders

Pass mighty Ben Nevis as you travel towards Arisaig for a stroll along the gleaming Morar Sands, with views across to the Cuillin Mountains on the Isle of Skye.

Lunch is served as the train retraces its route back to Fort William. After lunch, a Highlander accompanies you to Glenfinnan Monument to explain the area’s history before tea at Inverlochy Castle. If feeling energetic, you can instead walk to beautiful Steall Waterfall in Glen Nevis.

An informal dinner is served onboard the train as you travel south towards the tiny Argyll village of Bridge of Orchy. Afterwards, enjoy a nightcap whilst listening to the evening entertainment in the Observation Car.

 

Day Six: The Belmond Royal Scotsman - Western Scenic Wonders

Today’s destination is the Isle of Bute. The island is rich in geology, history and wildlife, with a varied landscape. The highlight visit is Mount Stuart, the family home to the Stuarts of Bute, descendants of the Royal House of Stuart and Robert the Bruce. This is Britain’s most astounding Victorian Gothic mansion.

Return to Wemyss Bay where a formal dinner is served on the move to Kilmarnock, the stabling location this evening.

Day Seven: The Lowlands to The Highlands

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on board before returning to Edinburgh Waverley Station where you will be met by your touring-chauffeur.

Travel to the world-renowned Gleneagles Hotel. When Gleneagles first opened its doors in 1924, it was described as a “Riviera of the Highlands”; today, its reputation for luxury is undiminished. The 850-acre estate is situated in the heart of Perthshire, and offers sumptuous accommodation, impeccable service, excellent dining and an array of country pursuits and leisure activities.

One evening dine in Restaurant Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles. It is the best restaurant in Scotland and the only one to hold two Michelin Stars.

Day Eight: The Crowning Place of Kings

A privately guided tour of Scone Palace in Perthshire is arranged today. It is the seat of the Earl and Countess of Mansfield, whose family have lived there for over 400 years.

Fifteen hundred years ago it was the capital of the Pictish Kingdom and centre of the ancient Celtic church. In the intervening centuries, it has been the home of Parliaments, the crowning place of kings and immortalised in Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Return to Gleneagles, spending the rest of the day at leisure.

 

 

Day Nine: The Kingdom of Fife

Visit Dunfermline, Scotland’s capital until 1603; it is dominated by the ruins of the 12th century abbey and palace.

Begin with a visit to the abbey which is the final resting place of King Robert Bruce, notably minus his heart, along with seven other Scottish kings.

To follow, an exclusive visit to Broomhall House then awaits. It is the 300-year-old ancestral seat of the Earls of Elgin and the Fife home of the family of King Robert the Bruce.

A private guided tour conducted by Lord Bruce, the heir of the 11th Earl of Elgin, will showcase this remarkable property and bring his extraordinary family history to life. Your tour will allow you to see the internationally important collection of fine art and artefacts, including the Sword of State of King Robert the Bruce, casts of the Elgin marbles lining the wall and a Roman sarcophagus standing by the fireplace

Day Ten: Homeward Bound

Your chauffeur will provide a safe and comfortable transfer to Edinburgh Airport for onward travel.

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THINGS TO DO

BROOMHALL HOUSE

For the first time since it was built more than 300 years ago, Broomhall House, the ancestral seat of the Earls of Elgin and the Fife home of the family of King Robert the Bruce has opened its doors.

A private guided tour conducted by Lord Bruce, the heir of the 11th Earl of Elgin will showcase this remarkable and fascinating property plus bring his extraordinary family history to life.

EDINBURGH CASTLE

Known as the “Jewel in Scotland’s Crown”.

THE PALACE OF HOLYROODHOUSE

Is the official residence in Scotland of HM, The Queen and The Royal Family.

ROYAL YACHT BRITANNIA

Served HM, The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years.

SCONE PALACE

This ancient Palace, home of the Earls of Mansfield is known as the “Crowning Place of Scottish Kings”.  Robert the Bruce and Macbeth were both crowned here.

 

GLENEAGLES

A winning blend of natural beauty and golfing adventure. Handicap not required on the King’s and Queen’s Courses.

PLACES VISITED

EDINBURGH

Scotland’s historic capital city. Edinburgh, sometimes referred to as the “Athens of the North”, is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It has two distinct areas: the Old Town, dominated by a medieval fortress; and the neo- classical New Town, dating from the 18th The harmonious connection of these two contrasting historic areas, each with many important buildings, is what gives the city its unique character and saw it awarded World Heritage Site status by UNESCO in 1995.

The Royal Mile, which lies at the heart of the Old Town is arguably one of the most famous streets in the world. Today, it is peppered with stores selling cashmere goods and hand crafted silver jewellery. However, in centuries gone by it was a different story: delving into the Old Town is like leafing through the pages of a dusty historical novel, as each era unfolds with its own legends and characters.

GLENEAGLES

Described as “a Riviera of the Highlands” when it first opened its doors in 1924. Today, its reputation for luxury is undiminished and offers sumptuous accommodation, impeccable service, Michelin-starred dining, and Championship parkland courses. Handicap not required on the King’s and Queen’s Courses.

ST ANDREWS

Ancient coastal town widely regarded as the spiritual home of golf boasting 8 magnificent courses and also where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge first met, whilst studying at the world-renowned university. The town is also home to several iconic historical sights, St Andrews Castle and St Andrew’s Cathedral.

DUNFERMLINE

Dunfermline was Scotland’s capital until 1603 is dominated by the ruins of the 12th century abbey and palace. It is the final resting place of King Robert Bruce, notably minus his heart, along with seven other Scottish kings.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

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