The Royal Scotsman

The Royal Scotsman

  • Region : Europe
  • Type : Luxury Trains
  • Traveller Interest : Panoramic Vistas
  • Introduction / History
  • Accommodation
  • Dining / Lounge

The Royal Scotsman is one of the world's finest luxury train experiences. A journey on the Royal Scotsman takes you straight to the heart of the Highlands, through landscapes of towering, pine-clad mountains reflected in mirror-still lochs. With just 36 passengers on board, it is a wonderful train for those who are looking for a more intimate, luxury setting with gourmet, five-star dining, wines and superior service. All the train’s cars, save the 1928-era diner, are of 1960s vintage equipment, but they have been recast into an Edwardian confection of varnished woods, polished brass and fine fabrics. The open-deck observation carriage behind the train is a highlight. Along the way, guests disembark to meet local personalities, talk to experts on subjects from salmon fishing to whisky and take part in fun activities.

The five Sleeping Cars provide fourteen twin, two double and four single Cabins, beautifully fitted out in rich inlaid wood, with a comfortable and intimate area to relax and enjoy the stunning scenery of Scotland. Each cabin has its own private bathroom with shower, wash-basin and toilet, constant hot water, high quality toiletries and fresh fluffy white towels. Each bed is furnished with one feather and one foam pillow, feather duvet and cotton quilted bed covers.

A unique feature of the Royal Scotsman is that the 2 single cabins do not have a single supplement payable.


Dining on board the Royal Scotsman is an elegant affair. The train has 2 dining cars, - Victory and Raven, each beautifully decorated with rich mahogany panelling and luxurious fabrics. Victory provides sixteen elegant settings grouped in twos and fours, while Raven has larger tables for six or eight. This offers you the chance to make new friends with your fellow guests or simply enjoy the company of the ones you're with. The choice of a full Scottish cooked breakfast or a continental breakfast is available every morning. The presentation and food is exquisite and the cellar provides a range of fine wines with lunch and dinner. A fine range of liqueurs and malt whiskies are on offer. 

There are formal and informal dinners aboard The Royal Scotsman, usually on alternate nights. For the formal dinners, a tuxedo or kilt for the gentlemen and a cocktail dress or similar evening wear for the ladies. For the informal dinners, a jacket and tie is the norm for the gentlemen, except at times of unusually hot weather.

The observation car, at the end of the train provides the perfect backdrop to enjoy the delights of your journey. Comfortable sofas and armchairs provide seating for all thirty-six guests.