/travel The Belmond Royal Scotsman – “The path is the goal” has never felt so real Ranked amongst the world's most luxurious trains, the Belmond Royal Scotsman is the ideal method of choice to explore the Scottish Highlands in style.
by Clara Giampellegrini

Belmond joined LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton in April 2019 and counts amongst the pioneers in luxury travel adventure services. Their collection includes one-of-a-kind hotels, trains, river cruises, and safari lodges in stunning destinations across the globe. The authenticity and individual character of their offers are at the core of the groups’ success.

The Belmond Royal was first introduced in 1985 and experienced immediate success. After several renovations, the train was elegantly furnished in warm wooden tones and stays true to the Edwardian country- house appeal. Whether you choose the “Grand Tour of Great Britain”, the “Taste of the Highlands” or keep it traditional with the “Scotland’s Classic Splendours” journey, the beautiful sceneries and the luxurious interior of the train work together in perfect harmony and take you right back to the beginning of the 19th century.

The Belmond Royal Scotsman – “The path is the goal” has never felt so real
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The Grand Tour of Great Britain

The most exclusive journey provided by the BRS includes seven nights aboard the luxury train. In terms of accommodation, none of your wishes should be ignored in your own “private Scottish sanctuary”, as they call the luxuriously equipped sleeping cabins. From a culinary point of view, the top chefs onboard make sure their guests have unique dining experiences for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and afternoon tea. The head chef Mark Tamburrini has worked in high-class UK restaurants, such as the Michelin-starred restaurant L’Escargot in Soho, London. Whiskey and Gin lovers will find special joy on the BRS and can taste some of Scotlands most exquisite products.

The Belmond Royal Scotsman – “The path is the goal” has never felt so real
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One of the highlights of the BRS is its famous observation car – the “best vantage point of the train”. Guests like to simply sit in the authentic armchairs or step out onto the open-air veranda to admire the castles, villages, and landscapes. It is also the perfect place to enjoy an aperitif or after-dinner drink whilst enjoying live entertainment. Throughout the entire journey, cultural diversion is guaranteed in the form of guided tours, historical excursions, or traditional entertainment on board. A particularity of the Grand Tour of Great Britain is the private Gala dinner which takes place in a castle towards the end of the journey.

The Belmond Royal Scotsman – “The path is the goal” has never felt so real
The beautiful interior of the train stays true to the classic Edwardian country-house appeal.
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The BRS guarantees that every passenger of the BRS gets off the train purely relaxed: the train includes one of the most unique Spa experiences Scotland has to offer. Two cabins function as treatment rooms where a selection of all-natural therapies are offered. Swedish back and leg massages, reflexology, facials, and many other treatments make sure that every guest finds their personal haven in Scotland’s spa on rails.

To make the most out of the experience on board of the BRS, an array of activities can be incorporated into the train journey through the Scottish Highlands. From river tubing in the Cairngorms and dolphin spotting in the Moray Firth to making truffles in Newtonmore and visiting the V&A Dundee, there’s plenty to appeal to all interests.

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Clara Giampellegrini
Clara Giampellegrini is pursuing a degree in international business management where she studies in a different city every year. Born and raised in Luxembourg, Clara speaks French, German, and English. As a contributor for our magazine, she gets to express her passion for the world of luxury and content creation.
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