For fans of the popular TV series “Outlander”, train travel is one of the easiest ways to see the sights of the Scottish Highlands.
Since the show’s debut in 2014, the number of visitors to the mostly rural north of Scotland has grown so much that the surge in tourism is known as the “Outlander Effect”.
Starting in April, fans of the show – or the books it is based on – will be able to explore the area in style when the Belmond Royal Scotsman resumes train travel. Though months away, many of the early trips are sold out while others only have one car open.
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During the train’s first launch in 1985, its original carriages were replaced with 22 Edwardian-style cabins for one to seven night journeys.
The mahogany paneled dining car of the Belmond Royal Scotsman.
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The Royal Scotsman can only accommodate 40 guests, which is preferable for anyone who is nervous about traveling with a larger number of people. Single, double and double cabins with private bathrooms are designed to ensure the privacy of passengers.
In the observation car of the train, guests can go to the open veranda to take a look from outside at the passing landscape. After dinner, listen to stories from a Highland clansman or listen to local music with a glass of one of 50+ different whiskeys from the observation auto bar.
The first “spa on rails”
When a private stateroom and onboard entertainment are not enough, the Royal Scotsman has a wellness cart where you can book treatments like massages and facials. The Bamford Haybarn Spa is the first of its kind on board a night train ride in the UK, according to the company’s website.
One of two treatment rooms in the train’s Bamford Haybarn Spa.
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“When I think of Scotland, walks in the highlands, fresh air, rushing streams and beautiful heather-covered slopes come to mind,” said Haybarn founder Carole Bamford. “After a day of exploring the Highlands, guests can enjoy a deeply relaxing experience in the tranquility and tranquility of the spa.”
The Spa on Rails is a replica of the Bamford Wellness Spa on Daylesford Organic Farm in the Cotswolds, England. The brand has additional locations in London, Miami and Brooklyn, New York.
Clans, castles and wizards
The Royal Scotsman departs from Edinburgh Waverly Station and runs to places like the Isles of Bute and Mull.
The Glenfinnan Viaduct near the west coast of Scotland.
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The Royal Scotsman’s five-day “Clans, Castles and Isles” tour takes in iconic landmarks such as the UK’s tallest mountain, Ben Nevis, and the Glenfinnan Viaduct, featured in the Harry Potter films.
Alnwick Castle, which was part of the setting for Hogwarts, Harry Potter’s school, is on the Royal Scotsman’s “Glorious and Grand – a Private Garden Tour”.
For those who want to make the most of the nature of the highlands include canyon hiking, clay pigeon shooting, fishing and golf.
How much does it cost
Tickets on board the train depend on the journey, which varies depending on the destination, length and in some cases the theme of the trip.
Scotch enthusiasts can take a five-day tour of Scotland’s renowned distilleries. Tickets, which start at £ 5,665 ($ 7,750), include a one-year membership to the Scotch Malt Whiskey Society.
And that’s not even the most expensive trip on the Royal Scotsman. Some trips cost £ 12,500 ($ 17,098).
The Royal Scotsman’s travels are not limited to Scotland. The seven-day Grand Tour of Great Britain includes tours of Bath’s Roman ruins and a steam train ride to Snowdonia National Park for £ 9,950 (US $ 13,610).