Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Northern Belle
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Arrive in Edinburgh in style aboard the Northern Belle for a three-night stay in this iconic city. During your stay, spend an evening among the ceremonial splendour and pageantry of the British Armed Forces at one of the country’s most awe-inspiring locations, Edinburgh Castle.
Savour the luxurious atmosphere of the train on your journey to and from Edinburgh. Sit back in your plush armchair, sip chilled champagne, and admire the ever-changing scenery from your window.
There are no plans for a departure in 2019 – please check back for the 2020 departure date. Prices start from £1,195 per person (based on two people travelling together).
Day 1 – To Edinburgh
You are welcomed aboard the Northern Belle at London King’s Cross. Enjoy tea and coffee as the train sets off. During your journey you are served a three-course brunch with a bellini, and later a four-course lunch with a bottle of wine per couple as you travel through the increasingly dramatic scenery of Northern England and Scotland. Soak up the magnificent views from your wide picture window as you enjoy the meal.
In the early evening you arrive at the beautiful Edinburgh Waverley station. From here it is a brief taxi transfer (payable locally) or a pleasant stroll to your hotel for the next three nights, the popular and highly-rated Dunstane Houses (4 star). Your evening is then free for you to settle in, and begin your explorations of the Scottish capital.
Day 2 – Edinburgh and the Military Tattoo
After breakfast in the hotel, your day is free for you to discover the many attraction of Edinburgh, perhaps using the ‘hop on, hop off’ open-top bus services. These buses run at frequent intervals to site all over the city and its surroundings – including the spectacular Royal Yacht Britannia. Other highlights include Princes Street Garden and of course the magnificent Royal Mile, bookended by the beautiful Holyrood House at the lower end, and rising to the majestic Edinburgh Castle at the other. The atmosphere here during the festival season is amazing; there are several impromptu shows that are well worth seeing if you have the time.
Alternatively, you may wish to re-join the Northern Belle for an optional excursion to Ardrossan on Scotland’s west coast. From here you continue by ferry to the Isle of Arran, for a visit to the impressive Brodick Castle before returning to the train for a five-course meal as you head back to Edinburgh.
Then tonight make your way through the historic streets to Edinburgh Castle for tonight’s wonderful Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Sit back in your reserved seat as this unique celebration of music, dance and military pageantry is performed by almost a thousand musicians, pipers, singers and dancers. The unforgettable spectacle is eventually brought to a poignant close as a lone piper, high on the rampart, plays a haunting lament. Spectacular fireworks and a rousing chorus of Auld Lang Syne conclude a truly memorable night’s entertainment.
Day 3 – At leisure in Edinburgh
Today you have a choice of options. You may wish to simply continue enjoying the sights of Edinburgh during the festival season. Both the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh are a joy to stroll around, and both enjoy UNESCO World Heritage status.
Alternatively, you may prefer to travel to Glasgow, to join the Northern Belle again for a mangificent lunch on board as you take in the spellbinding scenery of the West Highland Line – a line which regularly features highly in polls to find the most beautiful railway journey in the world.
Day 4 – Homeward bound
Today you check out of the hotel after a leisurely breakfast, and return to Edinburgh Waverley station to board the Northern Belle. You then make your return journey to London. Make the most of a delicious four-course lunch on board before your journey concludes at London King’s Cross.
The Northern Belle
The Northern Belle embodies the distinctive opulence and craftsmanship associated with the classic ‘Belle’ trains of the 1930s. Expertly and exquisitely detailed, each carriage bears the name of a stately home and is furnished with specially commissioned designs, fabrics and beautiful marquetry.
Exquisitely laid tables with starched table cloths, along with uniquely branded silverware, emphasize the level of sumptuosity; the artistic adornment and luxurious furnishings complete the elegant and comfortable carriages. Breathe deep, and embrace the intimate ‘country house’ atmosphere of each unique carriage.
The Northern Belle train entered service in 2000 as a sister to the highly successful British Pullman train of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.
Ever since George Mortimer Pullman’s first luxury train was conceived in 1864, people have been captivated by the elegance and sense of occasion that surrounds such decadent travel.
Whilst the Pullman Palace Car Company brought the romance of luxury rail travel to Britain, Georges Nagelmackers founded the luxury sleeping car service which was destined to become legendary, spanning the rail networks across Europe.
The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is synonymous with sophistication and splendid comfort. Restoration of the carriages by celebrated interior designers such as Rene Laliqué ensures that the decadence of the experience is unsurpassed. Its re-launch in 1982 marked the re-emergence of a new age in elegant rail travel.
Introduced to provide the ultimate in stylish and enjoyable day excursions and short breaks throughout the North of Britain, the Northern Belle combines classic craftsmanship and contemporary engineering and is a reflection of the affluent ‘Belle’ trains of the 1930′s. Each of the six dining carriages is named after a great British castle or stately home.