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Tartan tailoring for ‘Royal Scotsman’ passengers

A new tartan army assembles aboard an iconic Scottish train

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Tartan tailoring for ‘Royal Scotsman’ passengers

May 10 2011
Sibéal Pounder

The Royal Scotsman provides old-world elegance to an intimate 36-guest clan, and now Scotland’s answer to The Orient-Express – which offers scenic jaunts from Edinburgh across Scotland’s Highlands and west coast – is adding to the quintessential Scottish experience with a new bespoke Tartan Tailoring Service. The service will give train passengers the option to be fitted for traditional Royal Highland dress by one of Scotland’s oldest kilt makers, Kinloch Anderson.

Before boarding, guests opting for this service will be sent to the atelier to pick their preferred attire, with options that range from a traditional kilt, velvet Argyle-cut jacket coloured in striking smoky blue or rich burgundy (first picture), or tartan trousers and a matching waistcoat with nickel-plated buttons, and, for the ladies, the Highland Fling long skirt with sash tie or Border skirt with lace-trim hem – all of which will be made using The Royal Scotsman tartan (second picture) in navy, plum and mulberry.

The pieces, which take eight to 10 weeks to complete, will be sent to the client’s address, whether that be in Leith or Los Angeles, for the perfect homecoming souvenir. Meanwhile, for guests who choose the bespoke service and who can’t wait to don traditional dress while on board The Royal Scotsman, Kinloch Anderson will also loan ready-made options free of charge.