Sailing & Rail-ing: Exclusive Use in Scotland

Sailing & Rail-ing: Exclusive Use in Scotland

Scotland has always had a strong offering for small to medium sized corporate groups and incentives, especially when it comes to exclusive use venues. I expect that many of you will look to reconnect teams in these more intimate settings, so I’d love to share with you some truly amazing exclusive use opportunities. 

Belmont Royal Scotsman

The Royal Scotsman – A train like no other

Belmont Royal Scotsman

Raising the bar of luxury travel since its inaugural journey in 1985, the Royal Scotsman is a legend of the railways. Reminiscent of a country house hotel, indulge in timeless comfort while adventuring across the wild landscape of rural Scotland.

Your journey begins in Edinburgh, where the Royal Scotsman’s grand claret carriages perch on the platform. With champagne in hand, let the adventure begin.

Boasting a warm Edwardian interior and accommodating up to 40 guests, the train exudes elegance. En-suite cabins come complete with large picture windows and sumptuous beds. Two atmospheric dining cars set the stage for exceptional dining, expertly prepared by chef Mark Tamburini and his dedicated team. The observation car, with plush armchair seating and a well stocked bar, invites you to relax and share your stories with other travellers. Step out onto the outdoor viewing platform for thrilling scenery as the train courses through the Scottish countryside. Or, retreat to the onboard Bamford Haybarn Spa, a serene space to indulge in rejuvenating all-natural treatments.

Oh the places you’ll go…

Choose from two planned itineraries encompassing the highlights of the Highlands and the wonders of the West Coast, both on six-night journeys. Or, for the ultimate indulgence, charter the train and together we’ll plan the trip of a lifetime.  


MV Hebridean Princess – luxury island cruise

Hebridean Princess

The Hebridean Princess is a small 5* cruise ship that was purpose built for exploring Scotland’s Western Isles from her base in Oban. Carrying up to 50 guests with a dedicated crew of 38, the ship has an enviable reputation for exceptional service, fine food and wine and the very warmest of welcomes. 

As the smallest luxury cruise ship afloat, she effortlessly accesses the remotest islands, lochs and bays beyond the reach of larger vessels. This means that guests can enjoy some of the most remote and spectacular locations in Scotland, as well as stepping ashore with enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides. 

Hebridean Princess Cabin

Back on dry land

Sticking with the wonderful West Coast and stunning Scottish Highlands, I also want to share some more traditional – but equally as luxurious – exclusive use hotels. These are the perfect addition to a programme featuring The Royal Scotsman or the Hebridean Princess, allowing you to continue with an intimate framework for your event. 

The Manor House, Oban

Manor House Oban

Dating back to 1780, The Manor House, Oban, is a delightfully traditional guesthouse with views over Oban Bay and the Isles of Kerrera, Lismore and Mull. For exclusive use it can accommodate 22 people in it’s 11 well appointed rooms.

The charm of the beautifully restored dining room, the beautifully manicured gardens and the roar of the open fire in the drawing room is matched by the dedicated and friendly hotel staff. 

Manor House Oban Room


Kinloch Lodge, Isle of Skye

Kinloch Lodge

Nestled between a mountain and the shores of Loch na Dal, you’ll find true Highland hospitality at Kinloch Lodge; roaring fires, an extensive whisky collection, giant beds and some of the best fusion-comfort food Scotland has to offer. Their mission? To feed the body and the soul. 

Each of the 18 bedrooms are furnished to the highest standards, yet adorned with heirlooms and family treasures. Most offer spectacular views across the loch and out to sea, or inland towards the hills and glens. This really is somewhere to relax, rest and truly exhale on this magical island.

Kinloch Lodge Drawing Room


Ness Walk, Inverness

New Walk

Situated on the leafy banks of the River Ness is the 5-star, Ness Walk. Surrounded by a dramatic canopy of trees, you will experience a secluded atmosphere in the heart of the vibrant Inverness city centre. Originally a 19th century family home, it has been lovingly restored and still retains many of its period features. Unified with modern design and architecture, Ness Walk provides a flawless balance between past and present. 

The interiors of the 47 spacious rooms reflect the seasonal landscape with a flow of soft colours and textiles, and an abundance of natural light. It’s restaurant, Torrish, is a firm fixture on the Highland’s gastronomic map, delivering an exceptional dining experience – a mix of curiosity, discovery and adventure!


I absolutely love the West Coast of Scotland and the Highlands, there’s no better place to reconnect with nature and your team. If you’re planning a trip to Scotland and you’re looking for some more ideas to tie in with an exclusive use property, have a look at our other blog – Scotland has a Spring in its Step –  where I’ve put together some of the most exciting developments for incentives, events and luxury travel across the country. 

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