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On April 17, the start of this year’s sea­son, the Bel­mond Royal Scots­man train will be tak­ing the art of rail travel up a notch with the in­tro­duc­tion of a spa car­riage fea­tur­ing two sin­gle treat­ment sa­lons. Bri­tish well­ness brand Bam­ford has de­signed be­spoke ther­a­pies for Bel­mond pas­sen­gers trav­el­ling on jour­neys in Scot­land and Bri­tain and the com­pany’s gera­nium, laven­der and pep­per­mint botan­i­cal col­lec­tion will also fea­ture as the in-cabin toi­letries range on board. The no­tion of a fa­cial, mas­sage or hand-and-feet treat­ments seems an in­cred­i­bly deca­dent treat in the ded­i­cated Bam­ford Hay­barn Spa car­riage, which has been kit­ted out with sus­tain­able tim­bers from Scot­land and the Cotswolds. The lux­ury train of­fers itin­er­ar­ies from two to seven nights, de­part­ing from Ed­in­burgh for the high­lands and be­yond, with longer op­tions fea­tur­ing stops to visit whisky dis­til­leries, her­itage gardens, wildlife re­serves, cas­tles and his­toric houses. The full-week jour­ney also in­cludes Eng­land and Wales with sig­na­ture ex­pe­ri­ences such as din­ner at Ray­mond Blanc’s Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons at Great Mil­ton near Ox­ford, also a mem­ber of the Bel­mond port­fo­lio and holder of two Miche­lin stars. More: 1800 000 395; bel­mond.com/roy­alscots­man.

SU­SAN KUROSAWA

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