Edwardian luxury heads for Borders Railway

For decades the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient Express has epitomised luxury travel and now Borderers have the chance to travel on its famous sister train.

The plan is for the Belmond Northern Belle to depart from Galashiels next July on a once-in-a-lifetime scenic evening excursion over the Forth Rail Bridge and back again.

Evoking the opulence of Edwardian rail travel, this luxurious yet intimate train will traverse the glorious countryside along Britain’s newest railway in the Borders.

Passengers will travel in one of seven beautifully detailed carriages, while being waited on by liveried stewards and enjoy the finest cuisine, wines and champagne.

Belmond Northern Belle entered service in 2000, and reflects the style of England’s ‘Belle’ trains and the Pullman carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.

Plenty of seats are still available, which cost £250 per person and includes champagne, canapes and a sumptuous four-course dinner.

The ‘Spirit of Luxury Travel’ trip is being organised by Kath Lighbody, of Border Global Travel, to celebrate the Jedburgh-based agency’s 10th anniversary and raise money for local charity, Cash for Kids.

She told us: “This is a fabulous once-in-a-lifetime trip and what better way to celebrate a special event or anniversary, as well as raise money for charity and mark the return of the Borders Railway.”