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Best train to Scottish Highlands

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Best train to Scottish Highlands

We are disembarking in Southampton (London) after a cruise and would like to tour Scottish Highlands. We are quite keen to travel by train into Highlands, but are undecided whether to travel by train from London or fly from London to say Glasgow and catch the Caledonian Sleeper or some other train.We have 2 weeks in Scotland. What would you advise? Which train is recommended?

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1. Re: Best train to Scottish Highlands

Caledonian Sleeper is the train that runs overnight between London Euston and Scotland, so you won't be traveling on it if you fly to Scotland first.

You can fly to Edinburgh, Glasgow or Aberdeen from Southampton.

If you want to get the sleeper train you would take a train from Southampton to Waterloo then the underground (Northern Line) to Euston.

Personally I'd fly. Check baggage limits when booking however, as hold baggage may be charged extra and limits less than on long distance international flights.

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2. Re: Best train to Scottish Highlands

For train travel within Scotland look at www.scotrail.com for routes/timetables/fares

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3. Re: Best train to Scottish Highlands

It is 80 miles from Southampton to London. If Scotland is your destination then either you spend a very long and boring day travelling by train (8 or 9 hours to Edinburgh alone to include transfer times between stations) or 1.5 hours on a plane direct www.flybe.com/cheap-flights/scotland/…

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4. Re: Best train to Scottish Highlands

I'm with no 1: fly direct from Southampton to Glasgow or Edinburgh, pick up a hire car and off you go.

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6. Re: Best train to Scottish Highlands

seat61.com/….UtmUbvunzIU is a good place to start looking. Scroll down to the timetables to see where it serves.

You certainly would be travelling with panoramic views of quite a bit of England as you went by day train and luggage is no problem. Depending on when you are doing this trip with daylight hours being the longest May to July up to 23.00.

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7. Re: Best train to Scottish Highlands

Either take the train from London to Edinburgh or Glasgow, or fly from Southampton to Edinburgh or Glasgow.

If taking the train, you will need to take a train from Southampton to London Waterloo, then a train from London Euston to Glasgow Central or from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh Waverley. Once in Scotland, the two main train services through the Highlands are the West Highland Line (Glasgow Queen Street to Fort William and Mallaig) and the Highland Line (Edinburgh Waverley or Glasgow Queen Street to Inverness). From Inverness, the train to Kyle of Lochalsh is very scenic (as is the West Highland Line to Fort William and Mallaig). See www.scotrail.co.uk

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