Marion Hume | August 9th, 2012
Photos Courtesy of The Orient-Express
Just the sound of it is a delight; Orient Express. So, being among the world’s few truly lucky people to have travelled on the legendary train that runs from Calais to Venice, I am delighted to share the cheery news that there is a fine addition to the Orient Express rolling stock of another legendary train, the Northern Belle, which chugs its merry way to some of the loveliest places in Blighty (That’s Great Britain, for you chaps reading this abroad).
The new carriage, named the Duart, after the Scottish castle on the Isle of Mull, is actually an old carriage, painstakingly restored by the best of British craftsmanship. The marquetry has been restored by the firm that did the fancy woodwork on the Titanic. There’s thistle patterned curtains framing the windows and cushions made from tartan of the Maclean clan who have presided over Duart castle since 1367. That the carriage was originally part of the Royal Household train makes it all the more thrilling.
The Northern Belle travels graciously to the loveliest spots in the UK. To see where it is headed next, visit www.orient-express.com