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Overview

The north of United Kingdom, Scotland, has a very rich history filled with legends . It offers beautiful landscapes and wild nature.

Scotland has a well-developed railway network. Trains in Scotland run with diesel or electricity. The organisation in charge of the Scottish rail network is known as Network Rail. Passenger services are carried by companies such as First ScotRail, CrossCountry, First Transpennine Express, East Coast and Virgin Trains.

Steeped in history, Scotland has a rich heritage that’s evident in the many castles, ancient monuments and archaeological treasures which pepper the landscape. In fact, Scotland boasts five UNESCO World Heritage sites, the oldest of which dates back to the Iron Age.

Scotland is also famed as the Home of Golf and the game has been played here for centuries. There are more golf courses per head of population than anywhere else in the world, including some real gems like the world-famous Open championship courses at St Andrews and Gleneagles.

Another of Scotland’s most famous exports is whisky. Scotch whisky has been distilled in the country since at least the 15th century. There are over 100 whisky distilleries to visit around the country. Why not sample a wee dram or two when visiting them? The Speyside region in the Highlands is an area well known for its quality malts.

Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital, can be reached in 4h25 from London or in 1h25 from Newcastle.

Cityscape

Explore Scotland by train and discover a treasure trove of spectacular views, historic castles and great hospitality. From stunning mountain scenery, sparkling lochs and rolling hills to vibrant cities and world-class museums and galleries, there’s a lot to pack in!

Sample some of Scotland’s breathtaking landscapes on a trip by steam train from Fort William to Mallaig - regularly voted one of the most scenic rail journeys in the world - or visit the spectacular Cairngorms National Park, the largest in the UK and easily accessible by rail from Aviemore.

You will love Edinburgh, the lively capital in which you will enjoy year-round festivals. From its two train stations, you will reach easily north-eastern Aberdeen, the third city of Scotland. Here you will discover a thriving port, museums, and castles and so on.

Landscape

Travelling by train in Scotland is an interesting way to visit this region. In the Highlands, one of the best well-preserved sites in Europe, admire the landscapes and its sheeps and cows. Enjoy the outdoor sports and activities in Inverness, such as paintball or water sports.

Take Home

The world-known tartan is the indispensable purchase. From the famous kilt to the blanket, tartan is the typical souvenir you must bring back home. You can also go shopping in Glasgow, so take the CrossCountry train (about one hour from Edinburgh), and enjoy the fashion and trendy shops.

Eat & Drink

Try the traditional haggis (sheep’s offal and oatmeal). If you are here the 25th of January, experience the Burns Supper, during which you may eat turnips and mashed potatoes. Cullen Skink (soup) can be savoured in the East Neuk ok Fife. Of course, you can’t leave Scotland without having tasted some whiskies when you’re in Islay.

New Perspective

What about climbing Ben Nevis to reach the highest point of Scotland and of Great Britain (1,344 metres…), so you can have a breath of fresh air!


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    2nd class adequate  |
    "The seat was a little crammed when someone was sitting next to me but as the ride continued the train thinned out and I could spread out and relax more. You get what you pay for and 2nd class was okay for 3 hours. Good price. "

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    Enjoyable trip to Edinburgh |
    "Great train and great service. I definitely use Virgin trains again...well done team. "

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    Great train to Edinburgh |
    "The Virgin train trip from London Kings X to Edinburgh was smooth and comfortable. In first class, seats were good, as was the food service, offering both a late breakfast and lunch. This is a hassle free commute between major cities, giving us time to catch up on our reading, emails or snoozes. "

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    Comfortable |
    "We paid for first class and did not get the seating and treatment as indicated on the paperwork that came with the tickets. No Wi fi and the power points were not USB, in future it would be appropriate to have USB instead of power points. Apart from this, it was a comfortable trip. "

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    Kings Cross - Edinburgh |
    "Happy with the service I received. Train was on time. "

  • Easy peasy |
    "Great trip...all efficient...but did have a bit of a hold up as we had to print our tickets at the station rather than receiving them any other way..and this process wasn't terribly obvious. "

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    Great trip-but packed train |
    "We had pre booked two seats from London to Edinburgh, all good and seats comfy, enough room so all good. Trip still great until a train was delayed (or broken down) at York so our fairly full train had to take on extra people. We stood to give two old people (in their 80's) our seats, a large number of other people had to stand as well. At one stage we were asked (the standing people) to move (squash) into the next carriage so the food and beverage trolley could move to the next carriage (or the train would have to stop we were told). So while it was a good trip we had to stand for over an hour which was tedious. "

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    Cheltenham Spa to Paddington |
    "Great Western Line: Train had reserved seating and kept to timetable. For overseas visitors it is a great pity that bookings for British trains cannot be made earlier than 60 days before travel. "

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    Smooth and Expensive |
    "The booked travel worked seamlessly. Collecting the tickets was easy. reserved seats a necessity due to full train. UK train travel is expensive by Aust standards, but we saved by booking early. "

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    Happy Traveller |
    "I had my first train trip in the UK booked with you, I found that it was coordinated well good value and comfortable, I had 3 more trips booked and they went as well as the first. "

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