The Train That Lets Riders Experience The Best Of Scottish Food And Drink

One of the world's most luxurious trains — a "palace on wheels," describes Uniq Hotels — winds through the moody and mystic Highlands of Scotland. The luxurious experience accommodates only a limited amount of guests, but those lucky enough to step on board are in for a real treat. Think polished mahogany, tartan decor, and top-shelf whisky — all while gazing at stunning landscapes. Travel and adventure are obvious highlights of the experience, but The Belmond Royal Scotsman makes sure guests eat and drink well inside the moving manor.

The train has not one, but two cars dedicated to dining and drinks, notes The Man in Seat 61. One train, Raven, has a table long enough to sit 16 diners, and the other car, Victory, can seat 20 diners at tables set in a more traditional setting. The Victory dining car dates back to 1945, and tables are decorated with pristine linens, fine china, polished silver, and sparkling glasses (per Luxury Trains). Menus described as "superb and of Michelin-star quality featuring fresh local grown produce" by Luxury Train Club are created on site, and riders can count on a well-versed fleet of whiskies to sample: at least 35 different drams to taste.

Travel fit for a royal

Around half past seven, champagne is poured and cocktails are served alongside foie gras and caviar, describes Luxury Trains. Dining is an event, with guests donning evening wear, jackets, and kilts, as plates of modern Scottish fare are presented: freshly baked rolls, smoked salmon, organic vegetables, and local beef and seafood. Wines complement each course, and once guests have had their fill, Gaelic songs and stories fill the air. More exotic dishes like pigeon salad, kedgeree, and halibut also grace menus (per Condé Nast Traveler). At breakfast, the Full Scottish – eggs, bacon, sausage, black pudding, and haggis – is sure to revive weary travelers or guests who may have overindulged.

The experience is a near-unbeatable mix of luxury, hospitality, and views, insists The Man in Seat 61, and well worth the ticket price. Count on spending at least $6,000 to ride, but book early as journeys sell out in advance.