Day 1: Edinburgh-Keith. The Royal Scotsman departs Edinburgh this afternoon, traveling north across magnificent Forth Railway Bridge—one of the first cantilever bridges, completed in 1890. Afternoon tea served as train passes through Arbroath, Montrose and Aberdeen before arriving in Huntly, a town with its origins in the 12th century. You then rejoin the train in the market town of Keith for an informal dinner and perhaps a nightcap with your fellow guests in the Observation Car.
Day 2: Keith-Kyle of Lochalsh. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast as the train travels west. Disembark for a visit to Glen Ord Distillery, for a private tour and tasting. Continue west from Inverness on to Kyle of Lochalsh, one of the most scenic lines in Britain. The line passes Loch Luichart and the summit and Achnashellach forest, descends to Strathcarron and runs along the edge of stunning Loch Carron. At Plockton, head out on a boat trip to view seals and admire Isle of Skye, or choose to take a walk through the woodland to a viewpoint overlooking the loch. Return to Plockton Hotel for a dram or two before rejoining train in Kyle of Lochalsh. A formal dinner is followed by entertainment in observation car.
Day 3: Kyle of Lochalsh-Boat of Garten. Depart Kyle and retrace yesterday’s route to Inverness. Head south to Carrbridge for a visit to Ballindalloch, one of Scotland’s most romantic castles. Tour the 16th century home and gardens of the Macpherson-Grant family. Golfers can play on the estate's course, clubs are available for rent. Return to train at Boat of Garten on private tracks of Strathspey Railway for overnight stabling. After a formal dinner, Highland storyteller Ray Owens brings Scottish heroes to life.
Day 4: Boat of Garten-Stirling. The day begins with an excursion to Rothiemurchus Estate, where you may choose from activities such as fishing, clay pigeon shooting, a guided walk or relaxing by the fire with a drink. Rejoin the train at Kingussie and lunch while traveling south to Dunkeld. Disembark and visit Glamis Castle, Seat of the Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, and childhood home of the late H.M. Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother. Save time in your tour to visit the gorgeous gardens. Rejoin the train in Perth for an informal dinner on board.
Day 5: Stirling-Edinburgh. After breakfast depart for Edinburgh, arriving mid-morning.
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