Scotland by rail is an experience to make and I strongly recommend traveling First Class on Virgin Trains East Coast from London to Scotland or back, to get the best of your visit to the U.K. I traveled First Class from Inverness, which is a city on Scotland's northeast coast, to London King's Cross on Virgin Trains East Coast and had a journey to remember. From the moment I boarded the train in Inverness and till the time we arrived in London, a journey of almost 8 hours, I enjoyed every moment of the comfort and luxury the first class had to offer. If you buy your tickets two or three months in advance, you will be surprised how little you have to pay for the extra first class comfort.
Leaving the Mercure Inverness Hotel where I was staying around 7:15 a.m., I asked my cab driver to take me to the Inverness Cathedral for one last picture of the church before dropping me to the railway station. My train was at 7:55a.m. and I had enough time for some last minute drive-through-sightseeing in Inverness! Inverness railway station is only a six minute walk from the Mercure hotel and driving through town meant a little more money for the cab driver which made him really happy.
The First Class Coach lived up to my expectations of first class train travel with very comfortable seats and a complimentary round-the-clock food and drink service. The breakfast service began almost immediately the train left the Inverness train station. I ordered the full breakfast - eggs, toast, mushrooms, tomatoes, bacon, sausages and croissant. Coffee was served regularly during the entire train journey.
The views outside were magnificent as we journeyed through the Scottish Highlands through mountains, rivers and lakes, sheep and horse farms and old and new castles. My camera besides the food, kept me very busy in the train. Remember when you book your tickets, to book a window seat in advance.
Then came lunch time and I ordered chicken curry while the kind English gentleman seated across me had a bacon roll. Snacks were served almost every half hour.
The breathtaking views continued and changed from castles to countryside villages as we left Scotland and got closer and closer to London. The train arrived on schedule at London King's Cross where a kind Scot helped me with my heavy bags.
Enjoy this YouTube video of my train journey from Scotland to London.