Exploring Scotland in Style – 7 Northern Belle Trips Departing in 2022


Northern Belle

An excellent gift idea, readers can take advantage of an exclusive discount on a selection of Northern Belle Trips departing from Scotland in 2022.

Updated – November 2021

Combining luxury travel with Scottish scenery, some offering the chance to explore great Scottish landmarks, here are 7 departures to look forward to.

First, take a look aboard the iconic Northern Belle (video)

1. West Highland Lunch

West Highland Way

Take in stunning Scottish scenery (Shutterstock)

Transport yourself back to an age of glamour aboard the Northern Belle, travelling along one of the world’s great railway lines.

Depart from Dumbarton and take in the scenery as you enjoy seven-course lunch, strolling musicians and a table magician! A luxurious journey along this iconic railway is one of life’s great bucket list experiences.

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2. Dumfries House

Dumfries House

Dumfries House (Supplied by Dumfries House Trust, Image Credit – Iain Brown)

Standing in around 2,000 beautiful acres, Dumfries House is one of Scotland’s most impressive stately homes.

Dating back to the Georgian period, Dumfries House was saved for the nation by HRH Prince Charles Foundation, ensuring its remarkable collection of Thomas Chippendale furniture remained together.

Undergoing restoration work in recent years, readers will enjoy a guided tour and free time to explore the gardens where you will find a maze, impressive tranquil bridge and one of the biggest terrace gardens in the UK.

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3. Inveraray Castle

Inveraray Castle.

Inveraray Castle (Shutterstock)

A filming location used in the hit television series ‘Downton Abbey’; Inveraray Castle stands on the shore of scenic Loch Fyne.

Another of Scotland’s great castles, readers will get the chance to admire ornately decorated rooms, learn about the castle’s history and take a stroll in beautifully kept gardens.

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4. Classic Afternoon Tea

Enjoy a classic afternoon tea aboard (Supplied).

Featuring carriages named after stately homes, board the Northern Belle and let the pace of life slow as you gaze out at sensational Scottish scenery next summer.

Multiple dates are available for a Classic Afternoon Tea, departing from Glasgow and Edinburgh.

During your journey, you’ll be served a traditional afternoon tea featuring essential sandwiches, scones, pastries and cakes!

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5. Great British Sunday Lunch

Enjoy a Sunday lunch on board the Northern Belle (Supplied)

A day to remember, enjoy a traditonal seven-course lunch aboard the Northern Belle next May. Passengers will also be presented with a bottle of wine per couple and offered appetisers, coffee and tea.

As the journey progresses, strolling musicians and a Table Magician all make an appearance.

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6. The Spirit of Travel Lunch

Aboard the Northern Belle (Supplied)

A great anniversary present or gift marking an important occasion, treat someone special to a lunch round-trip aboard the Northern Belle.

Served a a seasonal seven-course lunch, passengers will have plenty of time to relax and take in the scenery on journey evoking the glamour of 1930s rail travel.

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7. Christmas Lunch on the Northern Belle

Relive the luxury travel of the 1930s (Supplied)

Plan ahead for Christmas next year with this festive treat departing in early December 2022. Simply settle into your plush seat in your festively-decorated carriage and look forward to a magnificent seven-course lunch with all the trimmings.

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Join the Northern Belle in 2022

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Due to the Covid-19 situation, please check government advice and guidance before travelling.