A popular railway experience in Scotland has been named one of the world's "coolest travel adventures" for 2024 by National Geographic.

Discussing the featured attractions, the travel magazine said: "Our annual Best of the World feature is a gateway to the streets of Paris, the snowy Caucasus Mountains of Georgia, the ancient rock art of Algeria.

"To help us engage with places more deeply and meaningfully, we drew on National Geographic’s global community of experts to create the following ranked list of 20 great adventures for 2024."

See the Scottish railway experience named one of the planet's coolest travel adventures for 2024

At number 14 on the list, The Royal Scotsman railway experience which "glides" through Perthshire and the Highlands, was named one of the world's "coolest travel adventures" for 2024.

National Geographic said: "Exploring Scotland’s wild, scenic Highlands doesn’t have to mean roughing it. The Royal Scotsman train glides among the moody lochs and dramatic peaks in style.

"New suites debuting in May 2024 sport interiors that reflect the compelling landscapes through dark woods, wool tweeds, and richly patterned bespoke tartans crafted by Scottish brand Araminta Campbell.


"After a day spent hiking to waterfalls or playing rounds of golf (a sport inextricably tied to the nation), guests can wind down with a massage at the onboard spa."

Discussing the sights on the route, the publication added: "Departing Edinburgh’s Waverley Station, the two- to seven-night rail journeys cross the heart of the Highlands, from Perthshire to Inverness to the rugged west coast.

"During stops guests can tour castles, stargaze in Cairngorms National Park, sample whisky at revered distilleries, and even take a dip in a loch."

Other top picks for global travel adventures included taking part in a horseback safari in Kenya, listening to legendary live music in Kyoto, Japan and diving with sharks in Western Australia.