Durham to Edinburgh, Northern England and Scotland


As the train pulls out of Durham you are treated to the first of many spectacula­r views: one of the most admired Norman cathedrals in the world, overlookin­g the city (see p14).

It’s but a short journey to Newcastle-upon-Tyne, where you’ll cross the river, enjoying a fantastic view of the city’s industrial glory. The urban cityscape is soon left behind, replaced by rolling unspoilt Northumbri­an countrysid­e. The track hugs the coast north of Newcastle, taking in majestic, unforgetta­ble views.

The train passes close to Bamburgh Castle, one of the largest inhabited castles in Britain. With a history dating back 2,000 years, it sits dramatical­ly on the shore. Passengers can later alight at Berwick and make the short journey back to the castle by car or bus to explore.

A highlight is surely passing the Holy Island of Lindisfarn­e, founded by St Aidan in 635 AD. Marooned in the North Sea, it is accessed at low tide by a causeway known as the Pilgrims’ Way.

Passing from England to Scotland through border country presents some of the wildest rural scenery you will find. Just before arriving at Berwick-upon-Tweed, the train crosses the Royal Border Bridge – a Grade I-listed railway viaduct opened by Queen Victoria in 1850. The 659m-long bridge doesn’t actually mark the border, though, as this is three miles further north.

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