Royal Scotsman, A Belmond Train Unveils New Dior Spa and Launches Themed Journeys for 2023 

Led by WILDNIS’ guides – former Royal Marines Sergeant, George MacHardy, a seasoned survivalist, Eliza Brown – the Royal Scotsman guests will unleash their innermost primal skills and survival abilities as they connect to nature far from the stresses of everyday life. 

The first day of the new three-night journey will be spent on board, as the train departs Edinburgh for Fort William. Day two will be entirely dedicated to thrilling outdoor activities. Guests will explore the indigenous flora and fauna, take part in a modern-day Royal Marines Commando Assault Training programme and feast on an al fresco lunch prepared by WILDNIS’ chef and ‘field to plate’ cuisine advocate, Tom Byrom.

On the third day, guests will put their skills to the test with an abseil down a cascading waterfall, rewarded by a reinvigorating wild swim session before WILDINS guide Eliza Brown will teach them how to survive in the wild. Back on the train for their final night onboard, guests will dine on Scottish delicacies as Royal Scotsman makes its way back to Edinburgh, where the group will arrive the following morning. 

An Epicurean Getaway with Tom Kitchin 

Bon vivants are invited to enjoy a late summer getaway with Scotland’s most celebrated culinary star, Chef Tom Kitchin. From 4 to 6 September, the Michelin-starred chef will host A Taste of Scotland with Tom Kitchin, a gastronomic, two-night journey through the Scottish Highlands. 

A true epicurean adventure, the itinerary includes an exclusive wine masterclass with local wine merchants, L’Art du Vin, in the train’s unique Observation Car on the first day of the trip. The evening continues with a glorious 4- course dinner designed by Chef Tom Kitchin. The second day will be spent enjoying country pursuits at Rothiemurchus Estate, in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park.

Here, Chef Kitchin will host a lunch barbecue by the quaint Lochside bothy, before guests return to the train to reach the legendary Benromach distillery in Forres for a tour and expert-led whisky tasting. A fabulous Gala dinner will mark the end of the second day, as the train travels South towards the city of Dundee. While savouring their final breakfast on the rails, guests will cross the Firth of Forth on the Forth Railway Bridge and, shortly after, they will arrive in Edinburgh. 

Passionate about celebrating the Scottish larder and the wonderful game, meat, seafood, vegetables and fruits that can be found across the country, Chef Tom Kitchin will host a memorable gourmet feast celebrating the best of Scotland’s land and sea.

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