The Royal Scotsman

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Run by: Wexas Travel

Reference number: 103120

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Holiday overview

You'll complete a 720-mile loop that passes through some of Scotland's most spectacular scenery, with opportunities to take part in a variety of interesting activities and sightseeing excursions along the way, including fishing, clay pigeon shooting whisky tasting and wildlife excursions.

Holiday itinerary

Day 1: Edinburgh to Keith

Board the Royal Scotsman in the early afternoon in Edinburgh and travel north, crossing the Firth of Forth via the Forth Railway Bridge. Take afternoon tea onboard as the train heads towards the east coast at Arbroath, before continuing up the coast to Aberdeen via Montrose. Along the way there's the chance to meet your fellow travellers at dinner or over a nightcap in the Observation Car, on the way to Keith.

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Day 2: Keith to Kyle of Lochalsh

Start the day with a hearty breakfast onboard as the train leaves Keith. In the Highlands to the west of Inverness is the Glen Ord Distillery, and here there's the chance to join a whisky tasting class with a master whisky maker. After lunch on board, take in the stunning landscapes as you travel to Kyle of Lochalsh, where optional activities include taking a boat trip in search of seals and other wildlife or enjoying a wee dram at the nearby Plockton Hotel. Return to the train for a gourmet evening meal followed by entertainment in the Observation Car.

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Day 3: Kyle of Lochalsh to Boat of Garten

Visit Eilean Donan castle, one of Scotland's most iconic landmarks, set as it is on a tiny island on Loch Duich in the western Highlands. Later, at Carrbridge, disembark to explore Ballindalloch castle and gardens in Banffshire. The night is spent on the Strathspey Railway in Boat of Garten, with Highland tales and a weaponry demonstration to round of another memorable day.

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Day 4: Boat of Garten to Dundee

The day starts with a visit to the Rothiemurchus Estate, where there are opportunities to take a tour of the estate or try fishing or clay pigeon shooting with a local expert. After another delicious lunch onboard it's time to visit medieval Glamis castle before rejoining the train at Perth and spending the final night onboard.

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Day 5: Dundee to Edinburgh

Arrive back in Edinburgh after breakfast, with time to see some of the city's sights before heading home or continuing your Scotland holiday.

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