Day 1 – Shrewsbury to Edinburgh
Day 1 – Shrewsbury to EdinburghJune
Living in the Midlands means that John O’Groats and Cornwall are both quite a way away.
Since Cornwall is an easier drive for someone to collect us we chose John O’ Groats as our starting point. It’s a 14 hour train journey from Shrewsbury to Thurso – the closest of 2 stations, the second is Wick.
The total cost was for 2 tickets from Shrewsbury to Thurso was £82.80. Pretty cost effective.
Top tips for cheaper tickets:
- Book in advance – we booked 2 months in advance
- Use a two can travel rail card if applicable (£30 – here it’s really easy and quick to apply online. You don’t actually need the card to book the tickets either. You just need it when you’re actually travelling.)
- Split the journey – it’s often cheaper to split a journey.
- Shrewsbury – Edinburgh (£26.40 each)
- Edinburgh – Inverness (£5.50 each)
- Inverness – Thurso (£8.50 each)
- Booking fee (£2.00)
Don’t forget to book on your bikes! This is critical for some lines -Virgin, but if you wanted to fly by the seat of your pants you can (sometimes) get away with this on Arriva Trains and ScotRail. If someone else has booked and there’s limited spaces for bikes, expect to get booted off the train though!
Back to our journey briefly, no one wants to sit on a train for 14 hours and since we only had so many holidays we had to get on our first train Friday evening, catching the 18:10 train from Shrewsbury. We had an Airbnb booked in Edinburgh and missing a train could’ve been critical to the journey as every night was planned ahead.
Typical with trains, we nervously watched the delays increase while the window to get our connection reduced. Luckily, the train rolled in and we caught our connection – all was well – we enjoyed a train-picnic. Next, finding a hotel in Edinburgh, in the dark on a Friday night.