Round trip to Edinburgh, Scotland


Steam Dreams offer curated itinerarie­s along nostalgic heritage lines, enabling passengers to travel back to a bygone age. Among the options is the Capitals Express, a steam-hauled journey from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh, retracing the historic Flying Scotsman route along the East Coast Main Line.

Travelling to the northernmo­st fringes of Britain, the journey pauses in York before taking in views of the Yorkshire Moors and the Pennines. Beyond the Royal Border Bridge in Northumber­land the line runs along the clifftops before descending into Edinburgh, where you spend three nights. You are at leisure to explore Scotland’s capital, and there’s also the chance to travel to Fife via the spectacula­r Forth Railway Bridge. The bridge is cantilever­ed and provides an excellent view of its elegant counterpar­t, the Forth Road Bridge.

After exploring the delights of Edinburgh, from the iconic medieval castle to the Royal Yacht Britannia, it’s time to head back to London. The return route takes in the Settle & Carlisle Railway, which forges through the Cumbrian mountains offering photo-worthy views of the Ribblehead Viaduct.

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