Caledonian Sleeper

I’m just back from a lovely visit with my family in Scotland, travelling home overnight on the Caledonian Sleeper. Not particularly exciting, as it’s a trip I’ve been doing regularly for the last 15 years, for as long as I’ve lived in London. In an age where everyone expects me to fly – the actual in-the-air flight time between London and Inverness is only around an hour and 20 minutes – I find I still prefer to take the train.

The trouble with flying is (1) I first have to travel either to Heathrow, Luton or Gatwick to catch a plane from London to Inverness – so that’s an additional train or coach journey, incurring extra cost and adding a lot of extra time and hassle to the journey; (2) going through airport security takes forever, and there’s a lot of additional hanging around in departures until the flight is called; and (3) I then need to find transport at the other end, from Inverness airport into the city – that’s either relying on the (generally unreliable) rural public transport system, or a very expensive taxi-ride the 10 miles or so into town.

The last time I flew up, time was of the essence on that occasion because my youngest daughter had called me in the morning to say she was in the early stages of labour (her third baby, almost two weeks before her due date) so could I please get up there as soon as possible – which I did, as needs must, and thankfully all went well.

But otherwise I can either take the daytime train and sit for 8 hours whiling away the day, or take the more leisurely overnight train, which may take longer time-wise but in reality doesnt actually waste any time at all as you basically go to sleep at one end of the country and wake up at the other, refreshed and rejuvenated and raring to go (or someting like that).

Sadly the old rolling stock is a little bit outdated now, and is due to be replaced over the next couple of years. So the Orient Express it is not, but I took a few pics anyway to give a flavour of the experience… 🙂

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On the platform at Inverness last night…

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Very compact little cabins with bunk beds for two, accessed via a long narrow corridor…

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Comfortable enough bunk beds, if rather restricted in size…

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Little sink under the window, used for additional storage when not in use…

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Arriving at London Euston early this morning 🙂

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4 thoughts on “Caledonian Sleeper

  1. Margarita December 21, 2016 / 1:32 am

    As much as I love flying, Ruth, I opt for the train as much as I can for the reasons you give. Welcome back! 😉 xoM

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  2. BeckyB December 21, 2016 / 10:03 am

    Was just checking out who else the lovely ‘Thistles and Kiwis’ had nominated and spotted you had been too:-) How fabulous . . .and linked to your recent Caledonian adventure too. Really want to do this one of these days, so many members of my family have but I’ve yet to get organised.

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  3. Dan Antion December 21, 2016 / 12:12 pm

    I would take this option any time I could. Thanks for the photos. I look forward to traveling via an overnight train at some point (probably after I retire).

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