Royal Scotsman
Royal Scotsman
Royal Scotsman
Royal Scotsman

Royal Scotsman Train Tour | Scotland

Experience the essence of Scotland with thoughtfully crafted journeys that will awaken your senses. Embrace the soul-stirring melody of bagpipes as you arrive at Edinburgh Waverley Station, with the train's whistle marking the commencement of your adventure. Relax in the comfort of your cabin and witness the breathtaking transformation of the surrounding landscapes into wild and magnificent vistas. Step onboard the Royal Scotsman, a one-of-a-kind luxury sleeper train that traverses the Scottish Highlands and create memories that will be cherished for a lifetime. While the journey may have a defined beginning and end, its impact on you will be everlasting.

Royal Scotsman: A Journey of Scottish Elegance on Rails

Witness the rugged charm of the Scottish Highlands from the comfort of your luxurious train cabin. Our Royal Scotsman packages promise an unparalleled rail journey through the heart of Scotland, where elegance and adventure seamlessly converge. Explore this enchanting land of breathtaking beauty and rich history in a style that's truly fit for royalty.

Discover Scotland by Train: The Royal Scotsman Experience

The Royal Scotsman is the pinnacle of luxury rail travel in Scotland. This iconic train has a limited capacity, offering guests an intimate exploration of the country's rugged landscapes and centuries-old heritage. The train is a living legend that harkens back to the golden age of travel. While on board, passengers get to gaze out at breathtaking vistas that have inspired poets and writers for centuries. Get ready to be enchanted by the unique blend of luxury, culture and Scotland's natural beauty on this remarkable adventure.

Routes Covered

Experience Scotland's heart and soul with our Royal Scotsman packages:

  • Edinburgh to Scottish Highlands: Begin in Edinburgh and journey north through the Kingdom of Fife to the dramatic Scottish Highlands.
  • Rothiemurchus Estate and Culloden Battlefield: Explore the Cairngorms at Rothiemurchus Estate, visit Culloden Battlefield and head to Strathisla Distillery.
  • Strathisla Distillery and Dundee: Discover whisky at Strathisla Distillery and enjoy scenic views as you travel to Dundee.
  • Return to Edinburgh: Your journey concludes in Edinburgh, leaving you with unforgettable memories of Scotland's beauty and culture.

Unique Features & Experiences Offered

The Royal Scotsman’s luxury amenities and premium services are unrivalled in the world of rail travel. Some of the unique features and experiences that await passengers include:

  • Luxury Amenities: The train's elegantly appointed cabins and public spaces exude opulence and comfort. Enjoy en-suite facilities, plush furnishings and stunning views of the passing landscapes.
  • Gourmet Dining: Indulge in exquisite dining experiences featuring the finest Scottish ingredients and world-class culinary creations. The onboard chefs are dedicated to crafting memorable meals, often paired with fine wines.
  • Personalised Service: A dedicated team of staff, including your own personal steward, ensures that your every need is met with grace and professionalism.

Highlights of the Royal Scotsman Rail Journey

Scenic landscapes

The Royal Scotsman offers an unrivalled vantage point to witness stunning landscapes such as:

  • The Scottish Highlands: Traverse the stunning landscapes of the Scottish Highlands, from soaring peaks to deep valleys, mirror-like lochs and imposing castles.
  • Changing Scenery: Every moment on this luxury train unveils a new facet of Scotland's diverse geography. You'll be captivated by the ever-changing scenery, which transitions from charming villages to serene lochs, creating a captivating visual journey.

Cultural Wonders

Passengers of the Royal Scotsman are treated to an array of cultural excursions:

  • Immerse in Scottish Culture: Soak up the rich culture and heritage of Scotland on board this luxurious train and at every stop.
  • Explore Historic Sites: Discover historic castles, visit charming villages steeped in tradition and engage with local communities along the way.
  • Whisky Distilleries: Unearth the secrets of whisky distilleries, a quintessential part of Scotland's heritage.
  • Warm Hospitality: Experience the warm hospitality of private residences, where you'll feel like a welcomed guest.

Planning and Booking a Royal Scotsman Rail Journey

How to Book

Booking one of our Royal Scotsman packages is a straightforward process:

  • Explore Our Packages: Start by exploring our range of Royal Scotsman packages, each offering a unique perspective on Scotland's beauty and culture. Choose the one that aligns with your interests and travel dates.
  • Contact Our Experts: Reach out to our dedicated travel experts who are well-versed in the intricacies of Royal Scotsman journeys. They can provide personalised assistance, answer any questions you may have, and offer insights to enhance your experience.
  • Booking Process: Once you've selected your preferred package, our team will guide you through the booking process. They'll secure your spot and confirm your itinerary, ensuring all your preferences and special requests are accommodated.
  • Reservation Confirmation: After completing your booking, you'll receive a confirmation that includes essential travel details, such as departure times, itinerary highlights and any additional information you may need to prepare for your journey.

Preparation Tips

Before embarking on your Royal Scotsman rail journey, consider these essential tips:

  • Travel Documents: Ensure your passport, visa (if needed) and rail tickets are up-to-date and easily accessible.
  • Packing: Thoughtfully pack clothing for various occasions and comfortable walking shoes. Don't forget personal items and medications.
  • Dress Code: While there's no strict dress code, smart-casual attire is common for meals and evenings.
  • Itinerary: Familiarise yourself with the daily schedule, including excursions and dining arrangements.
  • Travel Insurance: Opt for comprehensive travel insurance for peace of mind.
  • Climate Adaptation: Bring layers and weather-appropriate gear, like a waterproof jacket.
  • Stay Informed: Keep an eye on travel advisories and follow the Royal Scotsman team's guidance.

The Royal Scotsman offers a unique opportunity for a select number of guests to experience the heart of Scotland. With a maximum capacity of 40 people, this exclusive rail journey takes you through Scotland's captivating landscapes, including rugged castles, charming villages, sweeping glens, majestic peaks, and serene lochs. The train traverses wild countryside and untouched coastal areas, providing an immersive and unparalleled experience. 

Every day, guests have the chance to disembark and explore remarkable attractions such as private residences, enchanting castles, and whisky distilleries. 

Life on board


After a day of exploring the Scottish Highlands, retreat to your private cabin aboard our luxury sleeper train. Then, let your mind wander as our train slowly travels to its stabling point for the night. A perfect night’s sleep awaits. 

The Royal Scotsman’s Twin Cabins are designed for space and relaxation. Lower cosy beds, ceiling fans and controlled heating ensure absolute comfort for you and your travel companion–no matter the weather. In the morning, lounge on your bed while gazing upon the extraordinary landscapes of Scotland, before disembarking to explore the Highlands. 

Double Cabins feature a comfortable double bed, a mahogany writing desk, a large wardrobe and a fully equipped ensuite shower room. Each interior provides a warm welcome after the day’s outdoor pursuits in the Scottish Highlands. Savour the unfolding countryside from the generous window. 

There are four Single Cabins that feature a lower bed, a wardrobe, a writing desk and an ensuite shower room. Splendid Scottish Highland views from your window are sure to inspire an entry or two in your travel journal during your luxury train journey. 

For the ultimate indulgence discover the new Grand Suites — Spacious interiors that are rich in references to Scottish culture. Suite's measure 12m² (including the ensuite) and feature a comfortable double bed, separate lounge/dining area and a bathroom complete with shower, basin and WC. Signature Suite inclusions: Private in-cabin dining on request, indulgent cabin amenities, free-flowing champagne, complimentary spa treatment per guest, personal butler service, personalised mini bar as well as private arrival and departure transfers.  


On board the Royal Scotsman, culinary delights take centre stage. Each meal celebrates exceptional Scottish ingredients from breakfast to dinner. An unbelievable selection of steaming hot beverages, 30 fine wines, liqueurs and malt whiskies make the ideal accompaniment throughout the day. You can also indulge in afternoon tea, creating memorable moments and sharing stories as the train continues its journey. 

Royal Scotsman FAQs

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What is included in the price?

A Royal Scotsman luxury train journey includes comfortable state cabin accommodation, daily table d'hôte meals, and a selection of alcoholic and other beverages. Onboard entertainment and outdoor activities are also included in the package, with sightseeing excursions, as shown in your itineraries and booking confirmation. Please note that the Royal Scotsman’s booking prices do not include insurance, gratuities or souvenirs.

Can someone with mobility limitations travel with Royal Scotsman?

Should you or your guests have any special requirements or mobility issues, please do let us know ahead of your luxury train journey. Wheelchair users or those with restricted mobility are asked to contact us directly to discuss the suitability of a rail journey aboard Royal Scotsman — we would be delighted to discuss personal arrangements and respond to any further questions you may have.

Does the train have Wi-Fi?

Wifi is available in the observation car, however due to the remote locations of many of our tours this connection is only available for portions of the journey.

Are children permitted onboard?

Children are welcome to join the journey, and infants under the age of two at the time of departure travel free. Parents must provide their own food and a bassinet for sleeping. Given the space constraints of a Twin Cabin, we always recommend booking an interconnecting cabin or Grand Suite for the comfort of families. The atmosphere aboard Royal Scotsman is geared towards our adult passengers. Therefore, it is at the Train Manager’s discretion that children may accompany their parents in the bar and restaurant cars. Please contact our reservations team to discuss full details and train journey suitability.

Can Royal Scotsman accommodate special dietary preferences?

Special diets can be accommodated by our Chef. Please be sure to tell us in advance of any allergies, food-related or not. We will do our best to cater for special dietary requirements, such as vegetarian, vegan etc, provided a detailed request has been made at the time of booking. If a special request has not been made, the chefs will endeavour to prepare a dish with the ingredients available on board. We do, however, regret that we are unable to provide meals requiring strict religious observance in the preparation.

Is there a dress code when onboard the Royal Scotsman?

For daytime excursions in the Scottish Highlands and distilleries, bring a warm, waterproof jacket and good walking shoes. For relaxing moments, we recommend casual, comfortable clothing and appropriate footwear. For dinners, smart casual is appropriate. For formal dinners and gala dinners, a dark suit and tie, tuxedo or national costume such as a kilt are advised for men. For women, a cocktail dress, tartan or similar attire is recommended.

Can I smoke onboard?

In accordance with Scottish Law, smoking is not permitted aboard Royal Scotsman and in the Observation Car. This also includes electronic cigarettes/vaping.

Do I need to check-in prior to arrival?

The Royal Scotsman train departs from Edinburgh Waverley Station. Check-in takes place at The Balmoral Hotel, adjacent to the station. We request that you deposit your luggage with the concierge team between 11 am and 12:15 pm, to allow us adequate time to transfer your luggage to the train.

Are there luggage restrictions?

Cabins have limited space, therefore we recommend each guest travels with one suitcase and one carry-on bag. Twin State Cabins have storage space under each bed, measuring 71cm x 23cm. If necessary, facilities are available at The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh for luggage storage during your journey. Prior to boarding, please attach a Royal Scotsman luggage tag to each piece of your luggage.

Will I need travel insurance?

As with all holidays and trips abroad, we strongly recommend that you have travel insurance. Please consult with our agents at time of booking and we can assist you with this.

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