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The 7-night £18k train journey between beautiful UK seaside towns and cities

Train travel can be a stressful carry on at times. Late or cancelled trains, packed carriages and sometimes questionable on board standards can all make for a less than perfect experience for passengers.

But a railway journey aboard a famous train on one of the UK’s most scenic routes is an altogether more splendid affair – though for a private carriage it’s an eye-watering £17,700.

The Grand Western Scenic Wonders Northbound journey aboard the Royal Scotsman starts at Edinburgh and meanders through breathtaking Scottish countryside.

It stops off at an array of very different locations – whisking you from the buzzing city of Dundee to stunning seaside spots such as Kyle of Lochalsh.

Other stop off points include Keith, Boat of Garten, Spean Bridge, Bridge of Orchy and Kilmarnock before pulling back into Edinburgh.

And there are lots of points of interest too along the route, including the incredibly romantic sounding Silver Sands of Morar and the Isle of Bute. The operator’s website explains more about the seven day trip. 

It says: “Start your adventure from Edinburgh Waverley Station and step aboard Royal Scotsman, for a luxury railway journey on what is arguably the most scenic route in Britain. 

“Legendary tales, majestic landscapes and lively Scottish traditions await.”

The train itself – The Royal Scotsman – has lots of happy customers, with those who can afford it taking to travel review site TripAdvisor to share their thoughts.

One said: “Everything about the train was first class. Our cabin, spa A, was conveniently located for restaurant cars and lounge, had ample storage and was well laid out.

“The meals on board were excellent and well presented. The off train excusions [sic] were interesting and informative.”

They added: “As for the staff on board, they were amazing. Absolutely first rate.”

Another said: “An absolutely unforgettable experience. There’s no way to explain it except to do it.” 

So what does the trip include for the pretty hefty price tag?

Your ticket price covers seven nights aboard the Royal Scotsman with 24-hour steward service and fine dining for every meal on the train.

Excursions are included too – such as an excursion to Morar Sands and of the Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh. 

There’s also a chance to kick your heels up with the onboard entertainment which includes traditional ceilidhs, evening entertainments and formal dining experiences.