One of the finest ways to tour Scotland is on board the Royal Scotsman train. Combining elegant, period decor with modern comfort, it recreates the bygone age of luxury rail travel.
On the four-night Classic Journey, we depart the capital’s Waverley Station, glass of ice-cold champagne in hand – heading north to cross the Forth Bridge. Standing on the veranda of the Observation Car, it’s an exhilarating sight.
And so life on board begins. Around 7pm each evening, guests gather in the Observation Car for an aperitif and lively conversation with fellow travellers. Dinner is a grand occasion in the original mahogany-panelled dining cars, where tables are laid with white linen, bone china, silverware and crystal. Be prepared for a feast of quality Scottish produce – oak smoked salmon, organic asparagus, Shetland Island beef, West coast scallops and halibut; raspberry and chocolate delice, cheese – all complemented with superb wines.
After an excursion to a castle or a distillery, it’s back on board for a lavish lunch, with the ever-changing backdrop of lochs and mountains viewed from the carriage window. A Royal Scotsman journey is a magical, memorable adventure, perfect for a romantic treat.