Belmond's Royal Scotsman Train May Be the Most Over-the-top Way to See the Scottish Highlands

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There’s a reason they call it the “palace on wheels.”

As the ten carriages that make up the iconic Belmond Royal Scotsman glide through the storied Scottish Highlands — past castles and sparkling lochs, through charming storybook towns — guests will be treated to one of the most luxurious railway experiences in the world.

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The slow-moving luxury sleeper train’s interior harkens back to the Edwardian era, with details like cozy Highland wool blankets, mahogany furnishings and access to some of the country’s finest malts. And in terms of what lies outside: perhaps you'd like to stop for a whiskey tour or spend an evening stargazing in the Cairngorms with expert astronomer Steve Owens, or maybe play a round of golf. No matter your wish, the on-board team can almost certainly make it come true.

Related: Touring the Picture Perfect Towns of the Scottish Highlands

Take a tour of what the Scotsman has to offer, and we dare you to finish this article without booking the tickets. 

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Fittingly outfitted with traditional Scottish wools and tartans, the Scotsman’s cabins are cozy sanctuaries, ideal for relaxing into a plush bed after a long hike in the Highlands. Complete with en suite bathrooms, rooms come as a twin, double, single, or interconnecting cabin (perfect for families). Large in-room windows are perfect for gazing out at the idyllic, lush countryside — morning, day, and night. 

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Food & Drink

Things you can count on when dining aboard the Royal Scotsman: wild-caught Scottish salmon, a selection of fine malt whiskeys and wines, and mahogany-paneled dining cars that transport guests to an era of old-world elegance. Head Chef Mark Tamburrini helms the kitchen on board, and offers a seasonal menu featuring local produce, fresh Scottish seafood, and Highland game. 

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Ah, if only one could indulge in a relaxing hot stone massage or aromatherapy treatment while experiencing a train ride through the countryside. On the Scotsman, you certainly can. It’s impossible not to unwind to the fullest in Bamford Haybarn Spa, Britain’s first railway spa (unsurprisingly, it broke records upon its launch). Inspired by the surrounding landscape, natural woods and white furnishings yield an airy and relaxing atmosphere in the spa carriage, and guests can choose from a selection of treatments that use hand-crafted products made from local botanicals. 

Journeys begin in Edinburgh's Waverly Station and can vary from two days to seven days of adventure. Head over to to see the upcoming journeys available.