Published 19th June 2012
EDINBURGH - The Royal Scotsman is one of the hidden gems of the UK Rail business and this charter train carries just over 30 passengers in luxurious carriages. It is most luxurious train in Britain, and clients are mainly from abroad who enjoy pampered rail travel and off-train activities.
One totally unique experience offered is that of travelling on the open veranda of a carriage enabling passengers to make the most of the views. No other train in Britain offers this on the national routes
The Royal Scotsman is based in Edinburgh and makes one annual trip around the UK with ‘guests’ spending seven nights on board. The 2012 ‘Grand Tour’ departs from Edinburgh at lunchtime on July 6 heading northwards to Aviemore and onto the preserved Strathspey Railway.
Day two involves a clay pigeon shooting session and a trip to a whisky distillery (hopefully in that order) before joining the train and travelling to Inverness for more off-train activities. Guests rejoin the train at Keith for a trip to Dundee to round off day two.
Then from North-East Scotland, the train travels at leisurely pace to the Lake District and then Chester to enjoy sightseeing and shopping. Guests are also provided with their own train on the Ffestiniog Railway on this part of the tour.
Day five is spent travelling to and visiting the pricier sights and culinary experiences that Bath and Oxford before what some might call a culture shock travelling onto the Nene Valley have to offer before travelling East to Peterborough where the train overnights on the Nene Valley Railway. The preserved line’s link from Peterborough on the East Coast Main Line and Orton Mere station is not amongst the best of Britain so guests are advised to look the other way!
After leaving the Nene Valley, the next calling points are Cambridge and York with visits to their respective attractions. The train remains overnight at the seaside resort of Scarborough from where travellers are taken to Durham and then Alnmouth for a private function at Alnwick Castle.
After this private visit, there is a celebratory dinner and the train eventually arrives back in Edinburgh just after the morning rush hour on July 13. This really is a trip of a lifetime and the top accommodation costs around £9000 per person – but this does include meals!
The Royal Scotsman generally stays within Scotland and operates tours over 2, 3 and 4 nights to the scenic areas and lines. So, look out for this maroon liveried train operated by West Coast Railways and hopefully, the passengers will be enjoying themselves!