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VisitScotland by Train

Explore Scotland and discover amazing scenery, vibrant cities and captivating culture.

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Trains to Scotland

There are always lots of exciting events and things to do throughout the country, making it a great place to visit year-round.

Where can CrossCountry take you in Scotland

We can take you to some of Scotland's top destinations, including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen. Check out our route map to see all the destinations CrossCountry can take you.

How far are the cities from each other? 

If you’re planning to travel to Scotland by train, then you might be wondering how easily you can get between major cities. With CrossCountry, it is easy to hop between each of the major destinations. It takes around 1 hour to get from Edinburgh to Glasgow, less than 3 hours from Edinburgh to Aberdeen, and Dundee is around 1 hour 30 minutes from the capital. 

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Find more trains to Scotland on our destination pages, where you can find our Edinburgh destination guide.

Edinburgh Castle, seen here from one of Edinburgh’s many luscious green parks, is one of the best-known sights in Scotland, but there’s much more to visiting Scotland.


Scotland has a cultural scene all of its own. Immerse yourself in the local history at The National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, which houses a spectacular array of fascinating artefacts. There are many other great museums across the country. Visit the Aberdeen Maritime Museum and learn all about the history of the city’s connection with the North Sea, or spend some time exploring Scotland's Jute Museum at Verdant Works in Dundee, where you can visit the restored textile factory and learn about the 19th century jute industry.

Scotland is also well known for its music, from traditional bagpipe music all the way through to The Proclaimers. If you’re hoping to catch a live gig while you’re travelling through the country check out our guide to the music scene in Edinburgh.

The Aberdeen Maritime Museum is a great place to visit on a day out in Scotland.


Edinburgh is undoubtedly the shopping capital of the country – Princes Street, just a stone’s throw from the station, is home to all your high street favourites, or head out of the city centre to Greenmarket for amazing vintage and second-hand finds.

Glasgow also offers some of the best shopping in the UK. Indulge in some retail therapy as you explore the 'Style Mile', where you'll find all your favourite designers. For something a little different, the West End is a treasure trove of unique, quirky stores and boutiques.

Whatever your price point or style, you’re sure to find something spectacular whilst shopping in Scotland.

Food & Drink

Food and drink in Scotland isn’t all Irn-Bru and deep-fried Mars Bars! Choose from the gourmet Michelin-starred food, which you can find in abundance in Edinburgh, the local delicacies on offer in Aberdeen, or a quality curry in Glasgow.

There’s nothing our neighbours to the north love more than a good whisky. The Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh allows you to take a barrel ride through the replication of a fine distillery as you experience the process of making the nation’s favourite tipple. Sip along the way, as you familiarise yourself with the different flavours tantalising your taste buds throughout the journey.

Catching a train to Scotland

We want to help you travel cheaply, so as long as you buy your ticket up to 15 minutes before departure via our website or app, you can still enjoy great savings! To get the very best out of your train travel, read our top tips to find cheap train tickets and about our exclusive benefits offered to registered customers.

To find out more for your visit to Scotland, such as things to do, local tips and places to stay, then go to the VisitScotland website.

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