Royal Scotsman Life On Board

● Life On board ●

What it is like to travel on the Royal Scotsman

Royal Scotsman rekindles the romance of travel on Highland escapes for up to 40 passengers. Interiors marry Edwardian elegance with country-house comfort. Guests dine on succulent Scottish fare, admire breathtaking scenery from the Observation Car and unwind in the onboard spa. Two- to seven-night itineraries, departing from Edinburgh, feature private visits to castles and distilleries.

Observation Deck

The most distinctive carriage, the open-ended Observation Car, converted from the Pullman kitchen car, Snipe, was originally built in 1960 by the Metropolitan-Cammell Carriage and Wagon Company, and entered service in 1961 as a First Class kitchen car. In 1989, Great Scottish & Western Railway Company Ltd bought the car from its private owner, Michael Bailiss, and converted it to its current luxury configuration.

Observation car

The Bar car accommodates all 40 passengers in comfortable sofas, armchairs and banquet style seating. Most mornings, a selection of magazines and daily newspapers are available in the bar car. After dinner entertainment is performed in the Bar car. Seating is in a variety of positions so guests so regardless of which way the train is moving there will be some forward facing seating. The Bar is located in the Observation Car and is open throughout the day. An open veranda is accessible for guests where they can enjoy the passing countryside.

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Dining on board

On board the Royal Scotsman, culinary delights take centre stage. Served in our luxury train’s two dining cars, Raven and Swift, each meal celebrates exceptional Scottish ingredients from breakfast to dinner. An unbelievable selection of steaming hot beverages, 30 fine wines, liqueurs and malt whiskies make the ideal accompaniment throughout the day.

Swift Dining Car

The carriage design was modelled on the previous Victory carriage which was taken out of service in November 2012. Swift can accommodate 20 guests, ensuring all 40 train guests can dine at the same sitting, across the two dining cars.

Raven Dining Car

Adjacent to Swift is Dining Car Number 1, which is still referred to by its former Pullman car name, Raven. Colin Angell, a firm of cabinet makers from Evesham, Worcestershire, won the contract to transform a 1962 second-class Pullman carriage into Raven, with a capacity for 20 guests.

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Spa Car

Unwind in one of the most unique spas that Scotland has to offer. Two serene treatment rooms provide a haven of peace, while an exceptional menu of all-natural therapies work to rejuvenate body and mind. Should you not want to join an excursion then stay on board and have a treatment. Treatments includes Royal Scotsman spa ritual, Bamford bespoke facial, Bamford de-stress massage and more.


Enhance your journey through the Highlands with an array of exhilarating sports, unique nature activities and unparalleled pampering. From white water rafting and coasteering in the rivers Garry, Orchy and Moriston to unforgettable evenings spent observing the star-studded night sky in the Cairngorms, there are endless things to do to energise your Scottish adventure.

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