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London to Scotland

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London to Scotland

Looking for a couple stops coming from London traveling to Edinburgh to stop for 1-2 nights each with some must see/dos. Rental car vs. other transportation?

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1. Re: London to Scotland

Just suggestions to look into:

York: to visit York Minster, York Castle Museum, Clifford’s Tower, National Railway Museum

Manchester: to look into football (soccer), there is the Nationa Footballl Museum and a couple of big football stadiums that you can visit.

I’d travel by train, rather than rental

Edited: 09 May 2018, 08:34
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THAnk you! Will do.

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The train from London would probably be much more pleasant - you can read, have some wifi, relax, etc. The traffic can be 'challenging' at times, Friday afternoons particularly come to mind - it's a long way and not particularly scenic and the off-motorway roads are much, much slower. Very scenic areas along the way - Peak District, Yorkshire Dales, Lake District...

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If you were going direct London to Edinburgh, train is the obvious choice. If you're just stopping in York, which is halfway up the most direct route, train is still the obvious choice.

If you want to add in more stops, it becomes more debateable, depending on how rural/how far from the main north-south rail routes they are.

As well as York, Durham is rightly popular and is right on the route. Alnwick is easy to reach by bus from Alnmouth station. Lincoln requires a change of trains, but is well worth the detour and an overnight stop. Same story for Stamford - much smaller town and very different character, but a lovely place to visit.

So there are many, many options.

Edited: 10 May 2018, 06:36
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Fat fingers... meant to add that all those are just on or off the East Coast route (from London Kings Cross). There are lots of other options from the West Coast route (from London Euston).

Check all times and fares at www.nationalrail.co.uk. You can usually see the cheapest fares at 10-12 weeks before travel (if you look at fares for tomorrow they will be very expensive for long trips - same as airlines).

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Thanks! It will be especially challenging driving on the opposite of the road for us!

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Great advice! Thanks so much!

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You could have a combination of the two. A fast train to a location out of London, then hire a car and drive north through the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales or along the Northumbrian coast.

It really depends on how much time you have for all this. Also bear in mind that you won't need (or want) a car whilst you are in Edinburgh itself, although you might want to hire one if you are touring Scotland - then again, you might not as there are very scenic bus and train rides.

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