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The Caledonian Sleeper: London to Scotland in Style

The Caledonian Sleeper: London to Scotland in Style

Posted by Hilton Coylumbridge, August, 2016

London to Scotland direct – and you don’t even need to leave your bed!

Get on at London Euston and wake up in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness or Fort William. But you might want to wake up in between, since there are some unforgettable sights to see along the way, including Rannoch Moor, Loch Lomond, and the rugged Highland vistas on the final leg of the journey towards Fort William. With a stop right in Aviemore, this is the perfect journey to step off and explore the beautiful landscape, wildlife and activities throughout The Cairngorms National Park.

The Caledonian Sleeper service has been whisking Londoners to Scotland for over 50 years. The train can sleep up to 500 people and is the longest train in the UK. So if you’re planning a trip to Scotland, why not get there in comfort and luxury? If you're travelling up for a stay at Hilton Coylumbridge, the hotel is ideally located a short car journey from Aviemore Station.

The Journey

trains

The Caledonian Sleeper Highland route runs to Fort William, Inverness and Aberdeen, while The Caledonian Sleeper Lowland route runs from London Euston to Glasgow Central or Edinburgh Waverley.

The Highland route departs London Euston six nights a week at 9.15pm before splitting into three at Edinburgh Waverley at 3.56am. Those three trains then continue on to Aberdeen, Inverness and Fort William.

The Lowland route leaves London Euston at 11.50pm five nights a week and at 11.27pm on Sundays. The train splits at Carstairs, with one train arriving at Glasgow Central at 7.20am and the other at Edinburgh Waverley at 7.20am.

Food & Drink

The Caledonian Sleeper is a celebration of all things Scottish and the food and drink on-board the train is no exception. First Class passengers can dine in the Lounge Car or even enjoy their meal in the comfort of their own cabin. And for families travelling together – kids under 12 eat for free!

All food and drink on The Caledonian Sleeper reflects the best of seasonal Scottish produce sourced from local suppliers. For dinner why not try traditional haggis, neeps and tatties, smoked salmon salad or smoked venison salad? Follow that with a Scottish cheeseboard and a dram from the impressive whisky list.

Once you’ve woken from a refreshing night’s sleep, breakfast is served at your seat or in the Lounge Car. Choose from creamy Highland porridge, an Ayrshire bacon roll, granola with yoghurt, or even a full Highland breakfast for First Class travellers. 

Sleeping Arrangements

woman on train

The cheapest option is a Sleeper Seat, allowing you to watch the scenery as it goes by, read a good book or catch up on work through the night. The ticket price gets you a reclining seat, individual reading light and counter service for food and drink.

Standard Class offers accommodation for up to two people sharing. Remember, if you’re a lone traveller booking the standard cabin, you might have to bunk up with another traveller. Amenities include: in-room washbasin and towels, complimentary sleep pack and access to the Lounge Car (subject to space).

Guests travelling in First Class can enjoy private air-conditioned rooms with in-room washbasin and towel, complimentary Arran Aromatics toiletries, complimentary sleep pack, breakfast served in the lounge Car, priority access to the Lounge Car and access to the first class lounge at selected railway stations.

Both Standard and First Class cabins have a bed to sleep in and the sleep pack provides an eye mask and ear buds to help you drift off!

 

Joining us at Hilton Coylumbridge? Take advantage of our Caledonian Sleeper offer which includes breakfast on arrival, early check in, dinner in the Inverdruie Restaurant, complimentary use of the leisure centre and gym, and free transport to/from Aviemore Train Station. Perfect!