Friday, 7 October 2011 11:11 AM
For a unique way to see Scotland, why not book yourself onto the Royal Scotsman? This is no ordinary train, however, and by taking a journey on it you'll be travelling around Scotland on a luxurious country hotel on wheels.
The Royal Scotsman runs a variety of tours throughout Scotland - so there'll be plenty of scope for you to find a break suitable for you.
You could opt to go on trips that focus on either the western or Highlands regions, although to get a real flavour of this stunning country, you may want to select the four-night Classic route. This 720-mile journey provides a whistle-stop tour through cities such as Inverness, Aberdeen and Dundee, as well as the charming west coast village of Kyle of Lochalsh. However, if you're looking for a longer break you can go on the seven-night Grand North Western Journey that goes through the likes of Huntly, Keith and Ballindalloch.
Regardless of the route, you'll see beautiful scenery from the luxury of the observation car as the mobile Scotland resort makes it way to your next destination.
By booking a journey on the Royal Scotsman, you'll also be able to take part in some fantastic activities and, although these will vary depending on the route you travel on, you can be confident they will be of the highest quality.
Should your journey through the country take you to Plockton, you will be able to go on a boat trip over the local loch to see dolphins, otters and seals swimming. If you're stopping by the 170-year-old Dalmore Distillery in Alness, meanwhile, you can get an insight into how whisky is made.
However, a trip on the train is not just about amazing excursions - although these are in abundance - and as you travel you will be able to relax in total luxury.
Welcomed onboard by a kilted piper, you will discover that the spacious Edwardian-style cabins will offer all the space and privacy you need in order to have an enjoyable time.
As the Royal Scotsman wends it way through the country, you can sample authentic local cuisine, including smoked salmon and grouse, with the expert chefs regularly changing their menus to make the most of seasonal produce. A wide range of malt whiskies and liqueurs are also available and can provide the perfect complement to your meal.
Of course, you will be in motion for most of the day; however, you shouldn't worry that this will disturb your sleep. The train pulls into a quiet siding or station every night, so you'll be able to get a good night's rest and feel fresh and revitalised for the following day's activities.
If you're seeking a luxury hotel break with a difference, a journey on the Royal Scotsman could be precisely what you are looking for.