• The Royal Scotsman wends her way through the Highands. (Photo by Bob Shand.)

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  • Your private sitting room converts to a boudoir every night.

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  • The lounge car aboard The Royal Scotsman, nexus of nightly socializing.

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  • Plockton, an 18th-century fishing village.

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  • An osprey grabs lunch at Rothiemurchus. Aviemore.

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  • Glamis Castle, the setting of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" and beloved childhood home of the late Queen Mother.

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The Royal Scotsman. Travel the Way It Used to Be.

Aboard The Royal Scotsman, wind your way through Scotland's remarkable Highlands. Discover the finest in rail travel—Edwardian luxury for a lucky few. Begin and end in glorious Edinburgh, snaking through the Highlands' highlights.

     R. Crusoe offers several journeys of varying lengths. See which one best suits you as we combine a stay on the splendidly appointed train with a journey through spectacular Scottish scenery and history.

     This is an adventure you never forget. Roman emperors who conquered much of Europe found the ancestors of the Scottish people too fiercely independent to be subdued. Today, in this land of rugged beauty, wind-swept mountains, and deep green valleys, ancient castles and abbeys bring to mind legends of heroism and honor.


Scotland, United Kingdom

Type:Custom Journeys/Rivers & Rails

Mode:Land

Journeys

R. Crusoe offers five journeys aboard The Royal Scotsman through Scotland's picturesque and historic Highlands. Have a look at the journeys below to see which works best for you and yours. All begin and end in the wonderful city of Edinburgh, where we suggest you take a few extra days to dig in deep.

Please note: On these journeys, R. Crusoe & Son partners with Belmond, and Crusoe travelers shares The Royal Scotsman with other, non-Crusoe travelers.

Highland Fling. 6 Days.
Departs May-October 2017.

Day 1: United States

• Overnight flight to Scotland.
Overnight in flight
 
Day 2-3: Edinburgh, Scotland
• Arrive Edinburgh, old city walking tour including Edinburgh Castle and the Stone of Destiny.
• Leisure time.
Overnight in Edinburgh

Day 4: Edinburgh, Boat of Garten
• Morning at leisure.
• Embark train, Linlithgow, Stirling, Perth, Dunkeld, Pitlochry, Blair Atholl.
Overnight aboard The Royal Scotsman in Boat of Garten
Day 5: Rothiemurchus, Aviemore, Carrbridge, Nairn, Dundee
• Rothiemurchus Estate, choice of activities (fishing, clay pigeon shooting, leisure time), Aviemore, Carrbridge for Culloden Battle site visit, Nairn, Dundee.
Overnight aboard The Royal Scotsman in Dundee

Day 6: Dundee, Edinburgh; United States
• Return to Edinburgh after breakfast.
• Fly home, or continue on in the city.

 

The Western Highlands. 7 Days.
Departs April-October 2017.
Day 1: United States

• Overnight flight to Scotland.
Overnight in flight
 
Day 2-3: Edinburgh, Scotland
• Arrive Edinburgh, old city walking tour including Edinburgh Castle and the Stone of Destiny.
• Leisure time.
Overnight in Edinburgh

Day 4: Edinburgh, Loch Lomond, Spean Bridge
• Morning at leisure.
• Embark train, Falkirk, Clydebank, Dumbarton, River Clyde, West Highland Line, Gare Loch, Loch Lomond,  Crianlarich, Bridge of Orchy, Spean Bridge.
• Formal dinner and traditional entertainment on board the train.
Overnight aboard The Royal Scotsman in Spean Bridge
Day 5: Fort William, Arisaig, Bridge of Orchy
• Fort William guided walking tour or Inverlochy Castle and nearby historic sites.
• Continue to Bridge of Orchy, informal dinner on the train.

Overnight aboard The Royal Scotsman in Bridge of Orchy

Day 6: Isle of Bute, Mount Stuart, Gourock
• Ferry to Isle of Bute, Mount Stuart Gothic house, Gourock fishing village.
• Formal dinner on the train.
Overnight aboard The Royal Scotsman in Wemyss Bay

Day 7: Edinburgh; United States
• Return to Edinburgh after breakfast.
• Fly home, or continue on in the city.

 

The Classic Highlands. 8 Days.
Departs April-September 2017.
Day 1: United States

• Overnight flight to Scotland.
Overnight in flight
 
Day 2-3: Edinburgh, Scotland
• Arrive Edinburgh, old city walking tour including Edinburgh Castle and the Stone of Destiny.
• Leisure time.
Overnight in Edinburgh

Day 4: Edinburgh, Keith
• Morning at leisure.
• Embark train, Firth of Forth, Kingdom of Fife, Arbroath, Montrose, Aberdeen, Keith.
• Informal dinner on the train.
Overnight aboard The Royal Scotsman in Keith
 
Day 5: Muir of Ord, Eilean Donan Castle, Plockton, Kyle of Lochalsh
• Glen Ord Distillery tour and scotch tasting, Eilean Donan Castle, Plockton with option for seal-watching boatride near the Isle of Skye, village art gallery visits, or nature walk ending at Plockton Hotel.
• Return to train in Kyle of Lochalsh, formal dinner and traditional entertainment on the train.
Overnight aboard The Royal Scotsman in Kyle of Lochalsh
 
Day 6: Kyle of Lochalsh, Carrbridge, Boat of Garten
• Option to Eilean Donan Castle, Carrbridge, Ballindalloch Castle, option to play golf on private castle course, Strathspey Railway.
• Formal dinner and traditional entertainment on the train.
Overnight aboard The Royal Scotsman in Boat of Garten

Day 7: Rothiemurchus, Kingussie, Dunkeld, Perth, Dundee
• Rothiemurchus Estate, choice of activities (fishing, clay pigeon shooting, leisure time), Kingussie, Blair Atholl, Pitlochry, Dunkeld, Glamis Castle, Perth.
• Informal dinner on the train.
Overnight aboard The Royal Scotsman in Dundee

Day 8: Edinburgh; United States
• Return to Edinburgh after breakfast.
• Fly home, or continue on in the city.

 

Grand West Highlands. 9 Days.
Departs May-October 2017.
Day 1: United States

• Overnight flight to Scotland.
Overnight in flight
 
Day 2-3: Edinburgh, Scotland
• Arrive Edinburgh, old city walking tour including Edinburgh Castle and the Stone of Destiny.
• Leisure time.
Overnight in Edinburgh

Day 4: Edinburgh, Loch Lomond, Spean Bridge
• Morning at leisure.
• Embark train, Falkirk, Clydebank, Dumbarton, River Clyde, West Highland Line, Gare Loch, Loch Lomond, Ardlui, Crainlarich, Bridge of Orchy, Spean Bridge.
• Formal dinner and traditional entertainment on the train.
Overnight aboard The Royal Scotsman in Spean Bridge
 
Day 5: Fort William, Arisaig, Bridge of Orchy
• Fort William, Loch Eil, Glenfinnan, Lochailort, walk at Morar Sands, touring at Fort William or Nevis Gorge or Steall Waterfall, Bridge of Orchy.
• Informal dinner on the train.

Overnight aboard The Royal Scotsman in Bridge of Orchy
Day 6: Isle of Bute

• Ferry to Isle of Bute, Mount Stuart Gothic house.
• Formal dinner on the train.
Overnight aboard The Royal Scotsman

Day 7: Edinburgh, Boat of Garten
• Return to Edinburgh, leisure time
.
• Embark train.
• Informal dinner and traditional entertainment on the train.

Overnight aboard The Royal Scotsman in Boat of Garten
 
Day 8:
Rothiemurchus, Aviemore, Carrbridge, Nairn, Keith, Dundee

• Rothiemurchus Estate, choice of activities (fishing, clay pigeon shooting, leisure time), Aviemore, Carrbridge to tour Culloden Battle site, Strathisla Distillery, Nairn, Keith, Dundee.
• Formal dinner on the train.
Overnight aboard The Royal Scotsman in Dundee

Day 9: Dundee, Edinburgh; United States
• Dundee to Edinburgh, arrive after breakfast.
• Fly home, or continue on in the city.

 

Grand North Western Highlands. 11 Days.
Departs April-September 2017.
Day 1: United States

• Overnight flight to Scotland.
Overnight in flight
 
Day 2-3: Edinburgh, Scotland
• Arrive Edinburgh, old city walking tour including Edinburgh Castle and the Stone of Destiny.
• Leisure time.
Overnight in Edinburgh

Day 4: Edinburgh, Loch Lomond, Spean Bridge
• Morning at leisure.
• Embark train, Falkirk, Clydebank, Dumbarton, River Clyde, West Highland Line, Gare Loch, Loch Lomond, Ardlui, Glen Falloch, Crainlarich, Bridge of Orchy, Spean Bridge.
• Formal dinner and traditional entertainment on the train.
Overnight aboard The Royal Scotsman in Spean Bridge
 
Day 5: Fort William, Arisaig, Bridge of Orchy
• Fort William, Loch Eil, Glenfinnan, Lochailort, walk at Morar Sands or Nevis Gorge to Steall Waterfall.
• Informal dinner on the train.

Overnight aboard The Royal Scotsman in Bridge of Orchy

Day 6: Isle of Bute, Gourock
• Ferry to Isle of Bute, Mount Stuart Gothic house, Gourock.
• Formal dinner on the train.
Overnight aboard The Royal Scotsman in Gourock

Day 7: Edinburgh, Keith
• Return to Edinburgh, city tour or at leisure
.
• Embark train, Firth of Forth, Kingdom of Fife, Arbroath, Montrose, Aberdeen, Keith.
• Informal dinner on the train.
Overnight aboard The Royal Scotsman in Keith

 
Day 8: Plockton, Eilean Donan Castle, Kyle of Lochalsh
• Plockton with option for seal-watching boatride near the Isle of Skye, village art gallery visits, or nature walk ending at Plockton Hotel, Eilean Donan Castle.
• Formal dinner and traditional entertainment on the train.
Overnight aboard The Royal Scotsman in Kyle of Lochalsh
 
Day 9: Kyle of Lochalsh, Carrbridge, Ballindalloch, Boat of Garten
• Carrbridge, Ballindalloch Castle, option to play golf on private castle course, Strathspey Railway.
• Formal dinner and traditional entertainment on the train.
Overnight aboard The Royal Scotsman in Boat of Garten

Day 10: Rothiemurchus, Kingussie, Dunkeld, Glamis Castle, Dundee
• Rothiemurchus Estate, choice of activities (fishing, clay pigeon shooting, leisure time), Kingussie, Blair Atholl, Pitlochry, Dunkeld, Glamis Castle, Dundee.
Informal dinner on the train.
Overnight aboard The Royal Scotsman in Dundee

Day 11: Dundee, Edinburgh; United States
• Return to Edinburgh after breakfast.
• Fly home, or continue on in the city.

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Pricing

Highland Fling. 6 Days. Per person sharing cabin from $5,190.

Western Highlands. 7 Days. Per person sharing cabin from $6,890

The Classic Highlands. 8 Days. Per person sharing cabin from $8,290.

Grand West Highlands. 9 Days. Per person sharing cabin from $9,680.

Grand North Western Highlands. 11 Days. Per person sharing cabin from $12,490.

 

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About Our Train.

The Royal Scotsman, a vintage beauty, offers the epitome of service and care. This train carries a maximum of 36 passengers served by 14 experienced crew members. That means attention to detail, incredible food, and extraordinary comfort.

     All meals on board are taken in one of two dining cars. In essence, they comprise a moveable five-star restaurant with a club-like atmosphere. Mahogany paneling, tables beautifully set with white linen, crested Royal Worcester china, fine crystal, and fresh flowers complement fantastic food and interesting wines. For formal dinners, men wear black tie, and women wear evening dresses; informal meals require a blazer and tie for men and smart casual dress for women.

     An observation car, also mahogany paneled, offers passengers a place to congregate in comfort and style.

     Though they were once Pullman day cars, the sleeping cars have been remodeled into cabins with a distinctly Edwardian flavor. Each is fitted out in rich wood and inlaid marquetry, with thick carpets, beds, a dressing table, full-length wardrobe, hair dryer, and windows that open onto the fresh Scottish air. Each cabin has its own bathroom with shower, wash basin, and toilet. Thick white towels and quality toiletries add the finishing touches. The train always remains stationary at night to guarantee a peaceful sleep.

     R. Crusoe & Son offers five distinct itineraries aboard The Royal Scotsman: an eight-day journey entitled Classic Scotland (four nights on the train); an 11-day Grand North Western Highlands tour (seven nights on the train); a nine-day Grand West Highlands tour (five nights on the train); a seven-day tour of the Western Highlands (three nights on the train); and a six-day Highland Fling (two nights on the train). For all journeys, The Royal Scotsman departs from and ends at Edinburgh’s Waverley Station.

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 Mendelssohn's Muse.

“Travel always ignited Felix Mendelssohn’s inspiration.”

—Phillip Huscher, program annotator for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

 

     In 1829, Felix Mendelssohn traveled to Scotland. There he met Sir Walter Scott, and together the two gentlemen indulged in some serious sightseeing, including Holyroodhouse, in Edinburgh. Mary Queen of Scots is said to have fallen in love with an Italian musician here. He was later murdered by the queen’s husband.  

     “We went, in the deep twilight, to the palace where Queen Mary lived and loved,” wrote Mendelssohn. “There is a little room to be seen there, with a winding staircase leading up to it. That is where they went up and found Rizzio in the little room, dragged him out, and three chambers away is a dark corner where they killed him. The adjoining chapel is now roofless; grass and ivy grow abundantly in it; and before the ruined altar Mary was crowned queen of Scotland. Everything around is broken and moldering, and the bright sky shines in. I believe I found the beginning of my Scotch symphony there today.”

     It was a start. Mendelssohn made some mental notes on the melody before he continued his journey—through Scotland, back home to Berlin, and on to Italy. He would put the Scotch symphony on the back burner and concentrate instead on other compositions.

     “The Scottish symphony alone is not yet quite to my liking,” he wrote to his sister Fanny in February 1831. “If any brilliant idea occurs to me, I will seize it at once, quickly write it down, and finish it at last.”

     It took another 10 years for Mendelssohn to complete the score, which turned out to be his last symphonic work. By the time it premiered in 1842, Mendelssohn had dropped the Scottish moniker and named it the Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 56. He dedicated it to England’s Queen Victoria.

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