Scenic railways provide a taste of Scotland

Monday, 16 September 2019

Customers travelling on Scotland’s most scenic railways can now indulge in locally sourced Scottish produce while they take in the rolling scenery.

ScotRail’s Great Scenic Tasting Box brings together an exceptional range of food and drink from throughout Scotland.

Customers can choose a Great Glen charcuterie or cheddar and caramelised onion slices from the Scottish Borders.

Pate from West Lothian, Perthshire water, Moray oatcakes, Aberdeenshire crisps and chocolate, and Edinburgh shortbread provide a feast of flavours from every corner of the country, and it can be washed down with a Glengoyne 10-year-old malt or Edinburgh gin and tonic.

A complimentary map and guide to the route is also included.

Great Scenic Tasting Boxes are available to buy at Glasgow Queen Street, Fort William and Inverness stations for £16, or two for £30.

This is the latest in a series of investments in Scotland’s rural railways and follows the news that over 100 members of ScotRail staff received world renowned customer service training from WorldHost.

Customers travelling on Scotland’s scenic railways can also benefit from two for one entry in to many tourist attractions and destinations - including the Glenfinnan Monument, Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Pollok House and Battle of Bannockburn Experience - thanks to ScotRail’s partnership with the National Trust for Scotland (NTS).

The National Trust for Scotland have also provided a free magazine for customers to read and enjoy on many of ScotRail’s scenic trains. The magazine provides interesting articles on things to see and do throughout Scotland as well as insights in to the work of the Trust.

ScotRail Tourism Manager Alasdair Smart said:

“The introduction of our Great Scenic Tasting Box allows customers to indulge in some of the finest Scottish produce while they take in the sights of the world’s most beautiful railway lines.

“We are making a major investment in Scotland’s rural railways. Our new and improved food and drink offering, refurbished trains, upgraded signalling equipment and installation of new customer information screens show our commitment to unlocking the potential of these scenic routes.”

National Trust for Scotland Director of Customer & Cause Mark Bishop said:

“From castles to coastlines, art to architecture, wildlife to wilderness, there is so much to explore and enjoy across Scotland.

“We hope that people are inspired to take to the train and experience what they love about Scotland.”