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Glasgow West End to Edinburgh Castle

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Glasgow West End to Edinburgh Castle

Planning a day trip from Glasgow west end to Edinburgh Castle. When is best time of day to go? Best way to get there train or bus? Any shopping in Castle area? Restuarants? Any other suggestions while in area? Best time to catch train back to Glasgow? Thanks!

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1. Re: Glasgow West End to Edinburgh Castle

Get the Underground from West End (Kelvinbridge, Hillhead, Kelvinhall) to Queen Street, then walk to Queen Street Station.

Go after 0915 and you can travel on an off-peak return (£11.30)

Trains run every 15 minutes so there is plenty of scope for when you wish to go and return. http://www.scotrail.co.uk/

There are plenty of things to see and do in Edinburgh that will keep you busy for more than a day should you wish.

Any particular kind of shopping you are after?

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Edited: 25 June 2011, 08:45
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2. Re: Glasgow West End to Edinburgh Castle

If you book the bus (scottish citylink http://www.citylink.co.uk/index.php ) far enough in advance you can get tickets from £1 each way.

Disadvantage is that it takes nearly twice as long to get there.

Edited: 25 June 2011, 08:56
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3. Re: Glasgow West End to Edinburgh Castle

There's a direct train from Hyndland at around 9ish - don't know how long it takes though.

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4. Re: Glasgow West End to Edinburgh Castle

If taking the underground from the West End you actually need to get off at Buchanan Street and walk to Queen Street. (I know that's what you meant to say Gwestend.) ;o)

There is also a direct service from Helensburgh to Edinburgh with trains every half hour. You can board at Hyndland or Partick stations depending on where you are you are in the West End. The journey take about 90 minutes.

scotrail.co.uk/timetables-routes/…summer

Edited: 25 June 2011, 10:34
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5. Re: Glasgow West End to Edinburgh Castle

Buchanan Street is of course what I meant to say. What an idiot.

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6. Re: Glasgow West End to Edinburgh Castle

If you get the off-peak return note you cannot leave Edinburgh between about 16.30 and 18.15 in the evening peak restriction.

If you are travelling around central Scotland by train there is the Central Scotland Rover - any 3 days in 7 for £33, includes travel on the Glasgow Subway. Valid after 09.15 - but no evening peak restriction.

scotrail.co.uk/content/central-scotland-rover

With one of those you might also want to visit Stirling Castle. If you are visiting both Stirling and Edinburgh Castles then the Historic Scotland pass gives you 3 out of 5 days admission to HS attractions. It costs about the same as Stirling+Edinburgh so you get a 3rd day free.

www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/explorer.htm

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7. Re: Glasgow West End to Edinburgh Castle

"If you get the off-peak return note you cannot leave Edinburgh between about 16.30 and 18.15 in the evening peak restriction. "

From the Scotrail website

"You can travel anytime at the weekend and Monday to Friday on trains departing after 9.15am."

Can't see anything about the evening bit.

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8. Re: Glasgow West End to Edinburgh Castle

"Passengers MAY NOT JOIN at Edinburgh or Haymarket Mondays to Fridays any service departing between 1645 and 1807 nor the 1830 (NXEC) service from Edinburgh to Aberdeen"

It's in the National Fares Manual.

If you try using the online journey planners they will block out those trains where CDRs are not valid. Gateline staff and autimatic barriers at the affected stations should also pick them up. There used to be notices at the barriers; I don't know if there still are.

Evening peak restrictions apply to Waverley, Haymarket, and I think both Glasgow Queen St and Central, but not to other stations IIRC. (I used to be a Ticket Examiner for ScotRail.)

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9. Re: Glasgow West End to Edinburgh Castle

Thanks for that info. Would be helpful if it was that clear as a basic condition on the part of the Scotrail site explaining off peak tickets.

Edited: 25 June 2011, 15:02
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10. Re: Glasgow West End to Edinburgh Castle

Thanks for all the help. Looks like we will go to queen station and take it over to Edinburgh. Also check out royal mile.

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