By Malcolm Tattersall
Passengers from Dumbarton will be able to tuck into a slap-up lunch next month while travelling through some of Scotland’s most beautiful countryside on one of the world’s most luxurious trains.
But they had better look smart if they want to catch it.
For jeans and trainers are frowned upon aboard the ornately-decorated, 1930s-style Pullman carriages of the Northern Belle.
Especially as one of them, named Duart after the ancient home of the Maclean clan on the Isle of Mull, used to form part of the Queen’s Royal Train.
Businessmen David Pitts, who bought the train three years ago from the iconic Venice-Simplon Orient Express group, laughed: “This is a very special train.
“We transport passengers back to the golden days of rail travel. So we do like them to dress up for the occasion.”
Passengers will be welcomed on board over a red carpet by liveried stewards and served a glass of champagne before a heritage locomotive hauls the Northern Belle from Dumbarton.
Then they will tuck into a sumptuous seven-course lunch with wine during the seven-hour journey to beautiful Rannoch Moor and back.
They will be entertained by strolling musicians and a table conjuror will add a touch of magic to the afternoon.
The train will leave Dumbarton at 11am on Saturday August 22 and is scheduled to arrive back at 6pm. The fare is £255.
For further details see www.northernbelle.co.uk, or phone 01270 899681.