Belmond will launch two new Grand Suites aboard the Royal Scotsman, A Belmond Train, in MAY, 2024. The new suites will take the train’s accommodation categories to four: Grand Suites, Double, Twin and Single cabins.
The new Grand Suites will mirror the look of a luxury country house, include ensuite bathrooms, double beds, and private living area. Grand Suite guests will also enjoy added amenities including private transfers to and from the train, as well as one spa treatment in the train’s dedicated spa carriage, the only one of its kind in Europe. A two-night Highland Journey in a Grand Suite will start from EUR 6,000 (approximately CAD $8,700) per person on an all-inclusive basis.
The spacious Grand Suites were designed by interior designer Tristan Auer. Dark wooden paneling embellished with intricate marquetry form the backdrop for the Grand Suites, complete with a double bed set against an embossed headboard and a separate lounge area including a dressing table, dining table made of Scottish Larch, sofa and armchair.
The hand-crafted wall covering, upholstery, and furniture will feature a color palette of green, grey, beige, and blue hues, and local materials such as stone and wood will adorn the ensuite bathrooms.
The armchair located in the day lounge area is a tribute to the Orkney Chair, says Belmond. The bespoke tartan design crafted by Araminta Campbell will cover both the armchair and sofa and will be imbued with references to the train. The three sets of tram lines (double lines) will depict the train’s three most legendary journeys; Scotland's Classic Splendours, Western Scenic Wonders, and Taste of the Highlands - while its main check block will be made up of 37 threads, representing every year the train has been touring the Highlands.
"Every detail is painstakingly curated to inspire travelers to embrace the magic of the Highlands.” Araminta Birse-Stewart, Founder and Creative Director of Araminta Campbell said.
The Royal Scotsman offers two roundtrip journeys from Edinburgh Waverley station. The trains offer travellers two wood-paneled dining cars, live entertainment each evening, and a variety of excursions including wild swimming, foraging, water rafting, whiskey tastings, and castle visits.