Any trip aboard the Belmond Royal Scotsman is a privileged adventure. The luxurious sleeper train runs seasonally from April through October. But two or three times per year things get even special-er for whisky aficionados. The Classic Whisky Journey is an indulgent 5-day/4-night excursion through the Scottish Highlands, round trip from Edinburgh in the company of an Ambassador of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Meals and drinks are all inclusive, as are all the daily excursions and tastings. The classic furnishings are so handsome and the menu of 40 whiskies so welcoming you’d be forgiven for wanting to stay on board when the train pulls up to an afternoon stop, but you have business to attend to out there. Private tours and tastings at Glenlivet and Glen Ord are on the itinerary as well as nosings straight from the cask at the independent Tullibardine Distillery in Blackford village. Fishing or clay pigeon shooting await you at Rothiemurchus Estate. Back in Edinburgh, your ambassador will invite you for a special visit to the Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s headquarters.

You may never again have such a stylish designated driver.

4 nights, $6,730 per person

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