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This has been described as one of the world’s great travel experiences. It all begins as a traditional piper welcomes passengers aboard. The Royal Scotsman is a luxury train that journeys through the heart of the Scottish Highlands passing spectacular mountains and glens, lochs and rivers, forests and moors, and along the coast.
The train is owned by Orient-Express Hotels, Trains & Cruises. It has ten wood panelled Edwardian style Pullman carriages and the air of a small country house party. A maximum of thirty six passengers are accommodated in sixteen twin and four single state cabins, each with its own up-to-date private facilities.
At the rear is an Observation Car with comfortable sofas and armchairs and an open verandah viewing platform. On alternate nights there are formal and informal dinners in the two dining cars with menus featuring fresh, seasonal local produce.
The Royal Scotsman is stationary at night. During the day guests disembark to visit places of interest such as private residences (sometimes with personal tours by the local laird); whiskey distilleries; or to watch local fishermen haul up their catch.
Itineraries from 2 to 7 nights all start and end at Edinburgh’s Waverley Station and prices are inclusive of accommodation, table d'hôte meals, alcoholic and other beverages, entertainment and sightseeing excursions. An unforgettable taste of Scotland.
In green terms the advantages of trains are increasingly recognised. They are the least polluting means of mass transport and they produce relatively less CO2 emissions per passenger than road and air travel: for instance, per passenger mile these are on average approximately half those of travel by car. It has been estimated that a double track railway can carry up to 10 times more people per hour than a 2-lane road.
Of course such calculations depend on how many people are assumed to be traveling and with so few on board the Royal Scotsman the environmental impact per passenger mile is hard to for us quantify right now.
Generally though, rail travel does reduce your contribution to climate change. That means a clear conscience too. And that’s why we have included this holiday.