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GETTING TO SCOTLAND IN STYLE W E RIDE THE NEW AND I M PROVE D CALE DONI A N S L E EPER TRAIN. We love the romance of an overnight train ride. All the more when it ends in one of our favourite cities, so we were immensely excited for our journey to Edinburgh on the Caledonian Sleeper – especially since the carriages have had a thorough renovation since our last trip up. It’s a fabulous way to head north, and there’s something very special about waking up to see Edinburgh’s Gothic scenery slide into view. You can travel with kids, pets, an oversized bag, if you wish (although you may not want to go too big in the Club Twin cabins); and, you can down drams and dine on haggis, neeps and tatties, venison charcuterie, hand-crafted pies and Scottish cheeses in the Ian Smith-designed Club Car – or you can order it to your room with the handy call button. And, when you wake to see the lowlands’ wilds rushing past, you can choose a bacon butty, porridge and fruit (or take a full-Scottish in the dining car) with your wake-up call. We travelled up in a Club Twin Room. I haven’t slept in bunkbeds since I was a kid, so it’s a fun novelty, and with Glencraft mattresses, they were both very comfortable. Our moving cloister is well-considered: there’s an ensuite bathroom with a shower, a small kit of toiletries, charging points and temperature control. There are also cabins with double beds, if you’d like that wee bit more elbow room. The new carriages are befitting of this Golden Age-style trip, with handsome tweeds and subtle tartan, a retro-chic orange and buff-hued colour scheme, and curvaceously contoured seats. It’s cosy and convenient and makes the journey itself something of an event. Plus, now you can board earlier to acclimatise to your lodgings (or hang out in the Virgin Trains First-Class Lounge, if you wish). Nose around, make yourself at home, then order up a few Balvenie minis or perhaps one of Mac & Wild’s exclusive bottled cocktails – you’re on your way.

IMAGE: KYLE HUFF FOR PHLCVB

For more information, to buy tickets or see timetables, visit here: www.sleeper.scot

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