Want a different way to see Britain? The Royal Scotsman is kicking off its 2014 season this month with two new itineraries: London to Edinburgh and Classic Scottish Golf Tour and Gleneagles.
The train will travel from London to Edinburgh for the first time, passing several historical sites including the medieval castle Alnwick Hall (more famous as the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the first two Harry Potter films). The Classic Scottish Golf Tour lets travelers play the famous Gleneagles course, the site of the 2014 Ryder Cup.
The 2014 season begins on April 21 and ends on October 19.
London to Edinburgh
Duration: 2 Days/1 Night
Highlights: The Royal Scotsman passes through Alnmouth, Berwick, Peterborough, Newcastle, Darlington, Hertfordshire and York. Planned excursions include Alnwick Hall; The ancient walled city of York; The Queen’s private residence at Sandringham; and Cambridge University.
Departs: August 11 and September 12
Classic Scottish Golf Tour and Gleneagles
Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
Highlights: With Scotland hosting the 2014 Ryder Cup, golf enthusiasts can play four of Scotland’s most prestigious courses. There is also an optional stay at The Gleneagles Hotel, host of the event, to begin the journey. Non-golfers can visit historic landmarks such as Dunrobin Castle, Dalmore Distillery, and Johnston’s Cashmere Centre.
The four courses on the itinerary are:
The PGA Centenary Course, the longest inland course in Scotland;
Royal Dornoch Golf Club, the northernmost championship course in the UK;
Castle Stuart Golf Links, venue of the Scottish Open 2011-2013; and
Cruden Bay Golf Club, designed by Old Tom Morris of St. Andrews.
Departs: May 17 and September 22