“Good morning girls and gents, we’ll 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 once you nodded off in England, however that’s precisely what occurs once 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 the town. 

With air journey extra problematic and guilt-inducing than pleasing lately, the considered taking the night time 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 simplest ways to journey between the 2 capitals? For me, it’s a convincing sure. 

The room 

The rationale why it’s an enormous sure is that I used to be surprisingly contemporary after sleeping for a lot of the eight-hour northbound journey. The mattress within the solo Membership room was snug 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 truly set an alarm for 6am so I may 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 luggage. I used to be welcomed by a sleeper pack which contained bottles of water, an eye fixed 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. When it comes to tech, there have been quite a lot of plug sockets and USB factors for charging my laptop computer and telephone. 

In addition to the Membership room (twin bunk beds, en suite with rest room and bathe), passengers also can e book a Caledonian Double room (double mattress and en suite with bathe), the Basic room (twin bunk beds with in-room washbasin), or a Consolation seat. 

The sleeper kit that guests receive in a Club room

Consuming and consuming

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 possibly can order meals from the Lowlander Membership Automotive Menu which options Scottish dishes reminiscent of mini sausages and haggis tweeds (starters); McSween’s haggis, neeps and tatties (foremost); 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 intensive wine and whisky listing. It’s a beautiful introduction to the style of Scotland.

You can eat, drink and relax in the Club Car

The route and occasions 

Working 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 value noting that my prepare journey was a bit extra fashionable and practical than what the Belgian detective would have skilled. The snug mattress, en suite services, food and drinks choices and loads of charging factors meant I used to be able to discover Edinburgh straight after arriving at Waverley. In case you are travelling for enterprise or leisure, it’s definitely an ideal possibility. 

Everybody ought to go to Edinburgh – it’s one in all Europe’s most interesting 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 simplest ways to journey between these two nice capitals.  

For timetables and ticket info see sleeper.scot