Just like bus travel in Scotland , train travel takes time. But you are rewarded with spectacular scenery and enough room to stretch your legs. You can grab some food from the restaurant or even get a good sleep if you travel for a long time. The train lines are dense in the central belt, reducing to some main lines in the Highlands (which connect with the ferries on the west coast lines).
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The main operator in Scotland is FirstScotRail . Tickets can be bought from the stations, travel agents, online or by phone. You can also buy a ticket on board but you cannot benefit from any discounts.
The most flexible pass is the Freedom of Scotland Travelpass, which gives unlimited train travel within Scotland. It also gives discounts to Northlink ferries to Orkney and Shetland. If Scotland is only part of your itinerary, consider the All-Line Rover, which is available for purchase in the UK. It allows for unlimited travel within mainland Britain.
Scenic train rides
Aside from traveling by train to get from one place to another, trains are also excellent to see the beauty of the country. And when we talk about the Royal Scotsman , you’ll do that in style. The train ride takes you through the heart of the Highlands in private cabins and with an open-deck observation carriage behind. There are several journey to choose from, ranging from 2 nights (twin cabin €2710) to 7 nights (twin cabin €9270). The prices include: cabin with private shower and toilet, daily meals, all other beverages, entertainment and all sightseeing.