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The Royal Scotsman

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The Royal Scotsman

10 Days

An incredibly luxury train journey is the highlight of this grand tour of Scotland. Combined with lavish accommodation and exclusive visits, this is the best way to see the unique heritage and culture of Scotland.

Explore the historic cities of Edinburgh and St Andrews before travelling to the breath-taking Highlands and finishing at the world-renowned ‘Playground of the Gods’. Experience Scottish luxury at its finest.

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ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS



Dream Escape’s tailormade trip can be created to include any of the following experiences:

  • Spend three nights on board a truly special train, where life on board is relaxed yet indulgent. Lose yourself on a journey that evokes the romantic age of travel.

 

  • Enjoy breakfast in the spectacular surroundings of Edinburgh Castle, after a private pre-opening tour of this mighty fortress.

 

  • Visit the ancient and historic Scone Palace, once the capital of the medieval Pictish kingdom and later the crowning place of Scottish kings, enjoy a guided tour around this captivating site.

 

  • Climb on board HM, The Queen’s beloved former floating royal residence with a VIP private tour. See the rooms furnished to Her Majesty’s personal taste, and filled with family photographs, heirlooms and gifts from around the world.

 

  • Stroll along the silver sands of Morar as your train takes you up to the outer reaches of the Scottish mainland.

 

  • Accompany a Highlander up to the Glenfinnan Monument, a poignant memorial to the fallen Jacobite clansmen.
  • Enjoy daily entertainment during your evenings on board the Royal Scotsman. Relax in the plush surroundings of the Observation Car with a nightcap in hand.

 

  • Travel to the Isle of Bute, rich in geology, history and wildlife, where you will also find Britain’s most astounding Victorian Gothic mansion.

 

  • Walk the most famous golf course in the world, led by a specialist guide who will allow you to see the fabled links through a player’s eye.

 

  • Treat yourself to dinner at the only restaurant in Scotland to hold two Michelin stars.

 

  • Tour the family home of King Robert the Bruce led by one of his descendants who will regale you with stories of his forefathers.

 

Dream Escape’s recommended accommodation includes:

A landmark Edinburgh hotel situated in the heart of the city. With a Michelin-starred restaurant, tranquil spa and kilted doorman, it is the city’s premier five-star property.

The ‘Riviera of the Highlands’ a resort with a reputation for luxury that has remained undiminished for almost one-hundred years. The 850-acre estate offers sumptuous accommodation, excellent dining and impeccable service.

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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

Edinburgh Castle, perched on ancient volcanic rock, has stood guard over the city for 900 years and is brimming with tales, from it near destruction on the order of King of Scots, Robert the Bruce to its role as a garrisoned fortress through the Glorious Revolution and the Jacobite Risings.

THE PALACE OF HOLYROODHOUSE

The official residence in Scotland of HM, The Queen and The Royal Family. It is also home to the changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection, featuring old master paintings, rare furniture, decorative arts and images from the vast photograph collection.

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.

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