The Northern Belle
The Northern Belle's luxurious interiors evoke the glass-clinking opulence of 1930s rail travel with sumptuously detailed carriages restored to their former elegance. The train plays host to lavish onboard dinners served by impeccably-dressed stewards (to a matching table of pristine white cloth and gleaming cutlery), as Britain’s winsome scenery rolls by the window. The Belle has various itineraries departing from Edinburgh but one of its most immersive is the roundtrip between Edinburgh and Glasgow, enhanced by afternoon tea. Culture lovers should opt instead for a day trip to the hopelessly romantic Inveraray Castle in Arrochar, on the banks of Loch Fyne. After exploring the castle, those cinematic undulations of the Scottish countryside are bested (perhaps) by an expertly crafted 5-course dinner en route back to Edinburgh.