Getting to Scotland via train

The Highlands and bagpipes of Scotland may seem a world away from the rest of the UK, but with the network of railways across Britain you could catch a train in the morning and be checking out Edinburgh Castle that same afternoon. Read on about how to easily get up to Bonnie Scotland from anywhere in the UK and beyond…

Routes To Edinburgh

The three main routes to Edinburgh are on the London North Eastern Railway (LNER), The West Coast Main Line (which heads up the West of the UK) and the Caledonian Sleeper (which runs overnight).

The LNER is the cheapest, fastest route from London and takes roughly 4 and a half hours passing through Leeds, York and Newcastle. It leaves every 30 minutes during peak hours and there’s free WiFi on board. You can easily book your tickets here or on the Trainline booking engine below.

On the West Coast you’ll find the historic West Coast Main Line linking Manchester and Liverpool to Edinburgh on the First TransPennine Express Limited, which links with many routes into Manchester from London Euston, Cardiff, Birmingham and Bristol (among other cities). This route takes slightly longer but passes through Manchester, Preston, Carlisle and leads to either Edinburgh or Glasgow depending on your route. For those on the west of England, it’s the easiest way to have a quick weekend away in Edinburgh without the luggage hassle of a low-cost flight. Check out more on the Transpennine Express here.

The final route to Edinburgh is the Caledonian Sleeper which winds its way slowly up the English countryside in the dead of night and is equipped with beds and food facilities, so you can show up in Edinburgh completely refreshed and ready for a day exploring the capital. The train leaves London Euston every night except Saturday and the 24th and 25th of December and is a modern yet timeless way to make the journey north to Scotland. You can check out their website here.

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Routes To Glasgow

Forty minutes west of Edinburgh you’ll find Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow. While not as historical as the capital, Glasgow more than makes up for it with their thriving street art scene, the famous University of Glasgow and its biggest highlight: the people. Getting to Glasgow via train is simple with 3 different routes from London daily.

The London North Eastern Railway (LNER) runs up to every half hour from London King’s Cross and takes roughly 6 hours as it passes through Edinburgh before arriving in Glasgow. These leave daily and you can find more information on their line here.

The second, and definitely the easiest, route is the Virgin West Coast Route which runs every half hour from London Euston to Glasgow passing through Manchester on the west coast of England before arriving at Glasgow Central station roughly 4 and a half hours later. You can check out their trains here.

The final route is the luxurious Caledonian Sleeper, which runs from London Euston every night of the week and takes roughly 7 hours to slowly chug into Glasgow. But not to worry, you’ll be sleeping comfortably in the luxury cabins for most of it and wake up in a new country full of energy and vigour for the day ahead. To check out the Caledonian Sleeper route and their brand new trains launching in 2019 just click here.

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Routes To The Rest of Scotland

Scotland’s two major cities, Edinburgh and Glasgow, lie in the lowlands of Scotland just a few hours from the English border. But, if you wanted to head further north to the spectacular Highlands or mystical Isles of Scotland many of the larger providers will be able to take you even further north.

The LNER can take you to the picturesque seaside town of Berwick-Upon-Tweed, the “Gateway to the Highlands” Pitlochry and even all the way up to Nessie herself on the banks of Loch Ness in Inverness plus many more.

The West Coast Route will get you up to Dundee, Perth and even to the foot of the UK’s highest peak Ben Nevis, in complete luxury.

If it’s a longer day you want in a locomotive then the Caledonian Sleeper splits at Edinburgh and just 9 hours after leaving the buzzing metropolis of London you could easily wake up surrounded by snow-capped peaks and picturesque lochs in the Highlands.

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Routes To Scotland from Europe

For those of you joining us from across the channel, there are various options to get to Scotland without the hassle of an airport.

Climb aboard the Eurostar in France, The Netherlands or Belgium and in less than 12 hours you could be drinking whisky on the Royal Mile or dancing a ceilidh in a traditional Scottish bar. From London St Pancras, it’s a short 15-minute walk to London Euston. This is where the London North East Railway (LNER), the Virgin West Coast Route (Transpennine Express) and Caledonian Sleeper all depart for Edinburgh and Glasgow multiple times a day.

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