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and informal dinners aboard the train on alternate nights. For formal dinners guests are encouraged to wear a tuxedo or cocktail dress, or for the more daring guests, a traditional kilt. T ose wishing to join in with the Scottish spirit by wearing a kilt can use the Edinburgh based kilt hire company who will even deliver direct to the train. T e Royal Scotsman has its own unique tartan in a blend of navy, plum and mulberry. Guests can now purchase their very own tailor-made Highland Dress in this tartan. With its game-rich glens, lush pastures cropped by Aberdeen Angus cattle and rivers

amazing experience. Dinner the second night was a formal aff air

and afterwards there was entertainment in the Observation Car off ering mesmerising views over Loch Alsh to the Isle of Skye. T e Edwardian splendour of the Observation Car provides the perfect backdrop to enjoy the scenic views. T e exhilarating open veranda, comfortable sofas and armchairs provide seating for all 36 guests at the same time. On the third day we continued on to Carrbridge

where we visited the romantic Ballindalloch castle. T ose guests who enjoy golf can play on

Queen Elizabeth, T e Queen Mother. We rejoined the train in Perth and relaxed with an informal dinner that evening. After breakfast on the fi fth day we headed

back to the former Kingdom of Fife to Edinburgh – the end of our Highland adventure. With an unbeatable combination of superb scenery, country-house luxury, great food and service plus some extremely well-chosen off - train excursions, a trip on the Royal Scotsman is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a lot of Scotland in a very short time. You really won't be disappointed.

home to wild salmon, it’s not surprising that Scotland is known for fl avoursome cuisine. From exceptional meats to delicious seafood, fi sh and fresh vegetables as well as delectable deserts such as Dundee cake and shortbreads, it’s worth taking a trip on this train for the food alone. T e newly appointed head chef aboard T e

Royal Scotsman is Mark Tamburrini, who with over 21 years of experience, has worked in some of the fi nest restaurants in the United Kingdom. Lunch included such gastronomic delights as lightly seared salmon or chicken and langoustine salad, whilst dinner off ered such dishes as roast loin of lamb or spiced roast halibut. T e second day began with a hearty breakfast of kippers, potato scones and porridge before setting off to our next landmark, the capital of Inverness. We then headed to Muir of Ord where we disembarked to visit the distillery and were treated to a private tour and tasting. T en we headed to the Kyle of Lochalsh, one of the most scenic routes in Britain before climbing to Luib sumit and Achnashellach forest, descending to Strathcarron and running along the edge of the stunning Loch Carron. We alighted in Plockton were we chose to take a boat trip to see the wild seals which was a truly

the estate’s course. We spent the night at Boat of Garten on the private Strathspey Railway and had a formal dinner where our Highlander regaled stories of local heroes and demonstrated some authentic weaponry. For our fi nal day we began with an excursion to Rothiemurchus Estate where there were lots of activities to choose from, including fi shing, clay pigeon shooting or a guided walk. We rejoined the train at Kingussie and enjoyed our lunch as we passed through Blair Atholl and Pitlochry to Dunkeld. We disembarked here and visited Glamis Castle, Seat of the Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne and the childhood home of the late HM

For more information on T e Royal Scotsman visit or to book a trip visit

T e four-night Classic journey on

T e Royal Scotsman explores the best of the Scottish Highlands including a variation of excursions to local

distilleries and family-owned castles. Prices start from £3.940 per person including all table d'hôte meals, all alcoholic and other beverages, all sightseeing excursions as shown in the itinerary and accommodation on board based on two people sharing a twin compartment or one person in a single. Reservations or tel:0845 077 2222

BMI, British Midlands International operates daily between Manchester and Edinburgh. Economy fares start from £44 one way including all taxes and charges. Book online at www.fl


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