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Glamis Castle

Thursday 9th May 2024

Darlington, Durham, Newcastle

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Your Journey

Relax in your elegant surroundings and gaze out the picture window, watching the passing scenery unfold and contemplating the gastronomic journey ahead. Within minutes, one of our liveried Stewards will carefully pour you a sparkling Mimosa cocktail as you study celebrated Head Chef Matthew Green’s sumptuous menu.

Ahead lies a journey back to the Golden Days of rail travel, a time when nothing was too good for the pampered passengers. As the date of your journey draws near our Executive Head Chef and his team will be hard at work in the kitchen carriage preparing a sumptuous three-course brunch and six-course dinner, accompanied by our Sommelier’s choice of wine. Each course boasts the finest seasonal ingredients from the British Isles, classic and innovative dishes are crafted in our recently refurbished kitchen carriage.

En route to Glamis Castle a delicious three-course brunch is served as the glorious British countryside passes by. On arrival, follow the platform guides as they accompany you to our private transfer which will escort you to the castle. Spend the afternoon learning the history of the castle with a guided tour and then take time to explore on your own.

After an incredible day we rejoin the Northern Belle for a Champagne reception, before tucking into a sumptuous six-course dinner during the leisurely journey home.

GLAMIS CASTLE

The childhood home of the late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, majestic Glamis Castle even got a mention from Shakespeare who referred to Macbeth as the “Thane of Glamis”. In reality, the doomed Scottish king wasn’t – that was just a bit of old Will’s imagination. But fairytale Glamis, in the heart of Angus, has been the ancestral seat of the Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne since the 14th century.

The late Queen Mother always loved the place, which has been described as Scotland’s most beautiful castle, and her younger daughter Princess Margaret was born there.  As a child, she and her brother were notorious for getting up to some cheeky pranks – such as pouring freezing water from the ramparts onto unsuspecting arriving guests. See how many red squirrels and herons you can spot in the magnificent Italian and Walled gardens before touring Glamis’s rooms, hung with priceless works of arts and tapestries. The castle is, of course, rumoured to be haunted by many ghosts, including the legendary “Monster of Glamis”. One story even claims that a vampire child is walled up in the ramparts.

Thursday 9th May 2024

Departing from

Darlington, Durham, Newcastle

  • Darlington Station

  • Durham Station

  • Newcastle Station

  • Destination
  • Dundee

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Thursday, 9th May 2024
Glamis Castle

Join the Northern Belle on a journey to Glamis Castle, the Scottish childhood home of Her Majesty the late Queen Mother.

Round-trip travel on the Northern Belle luxury train

Welcome sparkling Mimosa cocktail

Delicious three-course brunch on the outward journey

Visit to Glamis Castle including transfers, admission and tour

Champagne reception back on board including canapés and Caviar blinis

Sumptuous six-course dinner: British seasonal table d’hôte menu including: Award-winning Great British cheese board with Port to accompany, delicious dessert and a selection of petits fours

Sommelier’s choice - Bottle of wine per couple

Fortnum & Mason tea and Northern Belle blend coffee

£495 per passenger

Book today with a 15% deposit

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Upgrade your journey
Laurent-Perrier Class

In addition to our Glamis Castle journey why not upgrade your on-board experience to include the following:

Champagne reception upgraded with Laurent-Perrier Brut Millésime Vintage 2012

Bottle of wine upgraded from our Northern Belle Collection per couple

Bottle of Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée Brut NV per couple

Additional £95per passenger

Single travellers will receive half bottles of these derivatives.

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Experience another class
KRUG Class

In partnership with KRUG champagne we introduce another class of travel.

In addition to our Glamis Castle journey why not upgrade your on-board experience to include the following:

  • Bottle of KRUG Grand Cuvée Champagne per couple

  • Bottle of wine upgraded from our Northern Belle Collection per couple

  • Seating allocated in Duart formerly a carriage on The Royal Train or Glamis named after Her Majesty’s childhood home

  • A memorable gift on departure

Additional  £195per passenger - very limited availability

Single travellers will receive half bottles of these derivatives.

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All of the Northern Belle carriages are luxurious First Class style carriages. Each row of seats is a table for two (when available carry a supplement charge) and on the other side of the aisle a table for four. The tables of four can be as a shared table, with a booking on either side of the table.

Northern Belle has limited tables for two. We are happy to take a request, however this is not a guarantee and there is a chance that you may be sharing a table of four with another couple. Subject to availability you may guarantee a table for two by paying a supplement of £75 per passenger. When booking online if private tables of two are available you can select your preference, but you can select a shared table without a supplement subject to availability.

Yes. If notified at the time of booking, we will do our best to comply with any dietary requirements. These include Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free, Pescetarian and the exclusion of certain ingredients such as nuts, onions and dairy. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide meals requiring strict religious observance in preparation. Please order at least 14 days prior to travel to ensure we can order the supplies to the train whilst on tour. Please note that due to the small preparation areas on the train we cannot guarantee cross contamination within the kitchen and if you have severe allergic reactions then please call the reservations team to discuss. When you book on line you will find a section to list your passenger’s dietary needs and other comments.

We are able to accommodate passengers with slight walking difficulties. However, we recommend they are accompanied by a carer. We regret that our carriages cannot be boarded on wheelchair. Staff are able to assist passengers to their seats and folding wheelchairs can be stored during the journey.

Some journeys are not suitable for people with disabilities. Should you have any special requirements please contact your nearest reservations office.

Dress code varies according to the journey. For specific information on your journey please locate it on our Journey Search and refer to the what to wear section. Please note that we ask travellers not to wear jeans or trainers.

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  • Bookings of two attract a surcharge of £75 per passenger for a private table for two
  • All timings shown on this website are for your guidance only—a confirmed schedule will be supplied with your travel documents
  • The Northern Belle is hauled by a heritage diesel locomotive unless advertised as a 'steam special'
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Our Best Available rate is subject to availability at time of booking, it is not applicable for parties of 12 or more. Please contact [email protected] for group pricing.