Two new grand suites for the Royal Scotsman

New suites aboard - The Royal Scotsman
New suites aboard - The Royal Scotsman

Belmond has unveiled the design for two new Grand Suites aboard the Royal Scotsman train, debuting in 2024.

Passengers travelling onboard Belmond’s Royal Scotsman sleeper train can opt for one of two luxurious grand suites, which are set to join the rake from May 2024. The suites will elevate the train’s accommodation offering to four categories: grand suites, double, twin, and single cabins.

The Royal Scotsman’s themed journeys span two to seven nights, offering an immersive way to experience Scotland‘s Highlands region through dining, live entertainment, and off-board activities such as foraging, water rafting, whiskey tastings, and castle visits.

Design notes

Scotland’s natural beauty and culture have been used as design references for the new suites, conceptualised by Parisian studio, Tristan Auer. Interiors will reflect the Scottish landscape through the use of green, grey, beige, and blue in the handcrafted wall covering, upholstery, and furnishings. Local stone and wood feature in the ensuite bathrooms, and decorative patterns are linked to Celtic symbolism, Pictish motifs, and Edwardian references.

The suites will feature double beds with embossed bedheads, dressing tables with a stool, Scottish larch dining tables, sofas and armchairs inspired by the traditional Orkney chair, originating from the Scottish archipelago.

The modernised version in the grand suites has been upholstered by renowned Scottish textile designer, Araminta Campbell, who created a bespoke tartan that references the train. Three sets of tram lines allude to the train’s most legendary journeys — Scotland’s Classic Splendours, Western Scenic Wonders and Taste of the Highlands — and 37 threads, representing every year that the train has been touring the Highlands, make up the main check block.

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