Scotland is a wonderful country, with some great food and scenery. Glasgow and Edinburgh are located just an hour apart by train, meaning tourists can see both cities with ease. I decided to take ScotRail First Class between the two places to see what it was like.
Tickets for the premium class are £5 more than standard class on this route and I paid £18 for my ticket. After collecting my ticket at a machine in Glasgow Queen Street station, I boarded the train.
ScotRail First Class
The British Rail Class 385 trains are relatively new, having entered service from 24 July 2018. Seating in the posh cabin is arranged two by one, with large tables between the seats. Once everyone was on board, off we went, departing on time.
Soon after departure, the conductor came through and checked my ticket. He seemed to have a chat to everyone else about it being First Class, but no-one was sent packing or asked to pay more, so I suppose they really don’t care. I sat about enjoying the scenery on the quick trip.
The Haggis Box!
Once I arrived at Edinburgh Waverley Station, I took off for The Haggis Box. This is a small place that is located inside the Scottish Storytelling Centre and all they do is Haggis.
For those that don’t know, Haggis is a Scottish savoury pudding containing sheep’s pluck (heart, liver, and lungs), minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock. It’s quite delicious!! I wolfed that down and headed off to meet a friend for cocktails.
ScotRail First Class provides people with a bit of extra space, a much smaller and quieter cabin, all for a very small price premium. For £5 why wouldn’t you?
Happily ScotRail trains have free Wi-Fi on board and it actually works. It was handy as we went out of mobile reception areas a few times along the trip.
Have you travelled on a Scottish train before? What do you think of it? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.
Featured image by Matt Buck on Flickr via Wikimedia Commons.