Bookings for luxury train trip from Edinburgh to Arygll ‘skyrocket’ amid very British scandal


The three-part series, about the sensational divorce of the 11th Duke and Duchess of Argyll, starred Claire Foy as the champagne-drinking “dirty duchess” who allegedly cheated on her husband with more than 80 different men .

Their divorce hearing shocked the nation in 1963 when the Duke produced the infamous ‘headless man’ photo that showed her committing a sexual act on an unidentified lover.

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Now the owners of the Northern Belle train have been stunned as ‘the phones have gone crazy’ with bookings for the August trip at £ 375 from Edinburgh, within minutes of the end of the program.

Bookings for the August trip have “skyrocketed” due to the popularity of the TV show.

A spokesperson said: “We were amazed at the response. We did not know about the TV program when we organized the trip and we did not expect anything like this.

“The Argylls family home is situated in a beautiful location beside Loch Fyne and is still a popular destination as it was featured on the Downton Abbey TV show.

“But now everyone is talking about the ‘dirty duchess’ and wants to know more about her antics. His behavior scandalized the nation during the rather straight 1960s. “

The Duchess, who has never disclosed the identity of the man she was pictured with, died penniless at the age of 80 in 1993. Her ex-husband’s grandson, Torquhil, has now inherited its title.

During the journey, passengers will be greeted aboard the Northern Belle, which was once part of the iconic Orient Express, at Edinburgh Waverley station with a glass of champagne at 8 a.m. on Friday August 26.

They will then be served a three-course brunch on the Argyll Trail. After visiting Inveraray Castle, they will enjoy a five course meal having dinner during the return trip.

The train has seven carriages, each named after a great British castle or stately home. Each car has been restored by some of the country’s best artisans, including marquetry experts, muralists, and mosaicists.

For details on this trip and the Northern Belle train as well as other trips planned for 2022 and how to book, call 01270 899681 or visit the Northern Belle website.


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