Sit back, relax, and uncover the wonders of Scotland in peerless style.
From the moment you step onto Belmond Royal Scotsman, you are swept up in a world of myth, legend and timeless luxury.
Book your very own private Edwardian-style cabin and indulge yourself in luxury on
board of one of the most exclusive trains on this planet. Join fellow whisky-lovers on a 5-day journey through the Scottish Highlands.
As the world’s foremost malt whisky club — specialists in single cask, single malt whiskies — The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) is the perfect partner for this special Classic Whisky Journey through Scotland.
Day 1 – Deparature from Edinburgh
Meet your whisky ambassador in the Balmoral Hotel and enjoy a welcome dram before departure. Belmond Royal Scotsman departs from Edinburgh Waverley Station and travels north across the Firth of Forth over the magnificent Forth Railway Bridge.
Afternoon Tea is served as you journey through the former Kingdom of Fife. The train continues east along the coast, passing through Carnoustie, Arbroath and Aberdeen before arriving in the market town of Keith in the heart of the Speyside whisky region.
After an informal dinner, enjoy the traditional Scottish entertainment by local musicians.
Day 2 – Muir of Ord
Departing Keith this morning, the train travels west towards Inverness, capital of the Highlands.
After an early lunch, disembark in Muir of Ord to visit Glen Ord Distillery, one of the oldest in Scotland. Enjoy a private tour of the distillery as well as a tasting and nosing straight from the cask.
Back on board, relax as you enjoy the spectacular views on the way to Kyle of Lochalsh, on one of the most scenic routes in Britain. The line passes Loch Luichart and the Torridon Mountains, which geologist believe were formed before any life began. The train then follows the edge of Loch Carron through Attadale and Stromeferry before reaching the pretty fishing village of Plockton.
This evening a formal dinner is served, followed by coffee and liqueurs in the Observation Car.
Day 3 – Carrbridge
This morning, breakfast is served as the train travels east towards Carrbridge.
Before lunch join your whisky ambassador in the Observation Car for a specialist single cask tasting.
Lunch is served on board.
Disembark at Carrbridge to visit Glenlivet Distillery, home of the iconic malt that inspired the Speyside region.
Return to the train at Boat of Garten on the private Strathspey Railway for an informal dinner. Afterwards, re-live a little Scotland’s rich past and its colorful heroes in the company of Belmonds’ highlander.
Day 4 – Rothiemurchus
After breakfast, travel by coach to Rothiemurchus Estate in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. Choose from a number of country pursuits including fishing, clay pigeon-shooting and an estate tour.
Return to the train in Kingussie and enjoy a leisurely lunch during the journey south through Blair Atholl and Pitlochry to Dunkeld.
Disembark to visit Tullibardine Distillery in Blackford village. Your private VIP tour features nosing straight from the cask, a visit to the bonded warehouse and a tutored tasting of three Tullibardine Highland single malts.
Re-join the train in Perth and prepare for a formal dinner en route to Dundee.
The infectious beat of the music tonight may inspire you to join in some lively Scottish country dancing on the station platform, a fitting final to your Whisky Journey.
Day 5 – Arrival in Edinburgh
Breakfast is served as the train leaves Dundee and crosses the Tay Bridge into the former Kingdom of Fife.
Disembark in Edinburgh Waverly Station where you are invited by your whisky ambassador to spend the morning the Society’s headquarters in Edinburgh’s elegant New Town.
Bookings are open!
Besides the day trips mentioned in the itinerary above, a booking also includes:
- Four nights aboard the Belmond Royal Scotsman luxury train.
- 24-hour steward service.
- All meals aboard the train: full Scottish breakfast, three-course lunch, and four-course dinner including cheeseboard, coffee, tea and petit fours.
- All beverages including alcoholic drinks.
- A tasting at the SMWS headquarters.
- A full membership to the SMWS for one year.
Looks exciting, doesn’t it? However, you should have a very big wallet. This journey costs about 6,300 Euro/ 5,700 GBP per person. But on the other hand, this is truly a journey of a lifetime!