“Good morning girls and gents, we are going to shortly be arriving at Edinburgh Waverley prepare station.” It’s a little bit of a surreal factor to listen to within the early AM, particularly while you nodded off in England, however that’s precisely what occurs while you take the Caledonian Sleeper to Scotland. Eight hours after departing on a Sunday at 11.30pm from London Euston, I’m rolling into Edinburgh Waverley – the station situated proper within the coronary heart of town. 

With air journey extra problematic and guilt-inducing than fulfilling lately, the considered taking the evening prepare to Scotland considerably intrigued me. As did the thought of waking up north of the border after which strolling into the centre of one of many world’s nice cities. Is the Sleeper prepare one of the best ways to journey between the 2 capitals? For me, it’s a powerful sure. 

The room 

The explanation why it’s a giant sure is that I used to be surprisingly contemporary after sleeping for many of the eight-hour northbound journey. The mattress within the solo Membership room was comfy and – regardless of a little bit of “prepare sway” – I fell asleep not lengthy after departure. At round 2.30am I did wake briefly, however shortly returned to the land of nod. Within the morning I really set an alarm for 6am so I might watch the journey’s remaining hour and a bit from the consolation of my personal room. Seeing Scotland roll by was magical. 

The room was very clear, with loads of flooring area for my two baggage. I used to be welcomed by a sleeper pack which contained bottles of water, a watch masks, ear plugs, and a bar of milk chocolate from Mackie’s of Scotland. ARRAN toiletries and contemporary towels have been additionally included, as there was an en suite bathe room and bathroom. By way of tech, there have been various plug sockets and USB factors for charging my laptop computer and cellphone. 

In addition to the Membership room (twin bunk beds, en suite with rest room and bathe), passengers may ebook a Caledonian Double room (double mattress and en suite with bathe), the Traditional room (twin bunk beds with in-room washbasin), or a Consolation seat. 

The sleeper kit that guests receive in a Club room

Consuming and ingesting

On the journey from London to Edinburgh the water and chocolate bar stored me going till the morning. Then, at round 6.45am, a complimentary breakfast was delivered to my door. The espresso, orange juice and Lorne “sq.” sausage roll was an ideal pick-me-up forward of a busy day exploring Scotland’s capital. 

In addition to breakfast and room service menus, travellers staying in a Membership room or Caledonian Double obtain precedence entry to the Membership Automotive. Right here you’ll be able to order meals from the Lowlander Membership Automotive Menu which options Scottish dishes equivalent to mini sausages and haggis tweeds (starters); McSween’s haggis, neeps and tatties (most important); and Scottish cheeseboard or Clootie McToot’s dumpling (dessert). There’s additionally a choice of sandwiches, savoury snacks, cold and warm drinks, and likewise an in depth wine and whisky record. It’s a stunning introduction to the style of Scotland.

You can eat, drink and relax in the Club Car

The route and instances 

Operating six days every week, the northbound “Lowlander” route from London Euston goes to Glasgow Central in addition to Edinburgh Waverley. The northbound “Highlander” route runs from London Euston and splits into three companies to Fort William, Inverness and Aberdeen. 

From London, the Lowlander units off as one prepare and stops at Watford Junction and Carlisle. It then splits into two trains at Carstairs earlier than carrying on to Glasgow and Edinburgh. 

For the present timetable, operating till 12 December 2022, the departure from Euston is at 11.50pm (Monday to Friday) and 11.30pm on Sundays. Rooms can be found from 10.30pm at Euston. From Edinburgh, the departure is at 11.40pm (Monday to Friday) and at 11.15pm on Sunday. Rooms can be found in Edinburgh at 11pm (Monday to Friday) and 10.30pm on Sunday. 

There are two routes – the Lowlander and Highlander

The decision

For these of you who’re questioning whether or not the Caledonian Sleeper resembles an episode of Poirot, it’s price noting that my prepare journey was a bit extra trendy and practical than what the Belgian detective would have skilled. The comfy mattress, en suite amenities, food and drinks choices and loads of charging factors meant I used to be able to discover Edinburgh straight after arriving at Waverley. If you’re travelling for enterprise or leisure, it’s actually an ideal possibility. 

Everybody ought to go to Edinburgh – it’s one in all Europe’s best cities. Flying there could take much less time, however falling asleep in England and waking up in Scotland does have a sure appeal. For me, taking the Sleeper was by far one of the best ways to journey between these two nice capitals.  

For timetables and ticket info see sleeper.scot