First Class on Virgin Trains East Coast from Inverness, Scotland to London Kings Cross
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 out 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. The thing to do is to plan your journey in advance and get really cool deals on ticket prices - 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! My suggestion had the instant effect of bringing out the warmest smile from my Scottish cab driver's face - Inverness railway station is only a six minute walk from the Mercure hotel and driving through town meant a little more money for him! I felt happy I made somebody's day!
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. When the good-looking Scot who was taking the breakfast orders, came to me repeating the menu in his very soulful Scottish accent, he seemed almost shaken up when I ordered the full breakfast - eggs, toast, mushrooms, tomatoes, bacon, sausages and croissant! Now, I am usually a vegetarian and almost never eat out of greed but that morning I was so hungry, I actually managed to eat everything including the sausages and bacon without feeling a drop of guilt in my consciousness!
After breakfast was over, I enjoyed some two or three cups of coffee served regularly at my seat!
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. I also enjoyed regular pauses reading from my favorite Self Realization Fellowship magazine. I had a very comfortable seat next to the window that I had booked in advance online! The Marks and Spencer dress that I chose to wear that day was perfect and so comfortable for the journey.
Then came lunch time and more food was served! I ordered chicken curry this time 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 just at the exact time at London King's Cross where a kind Scot helped me with my heavy bags!
It was a wonderful day that I will always remember and cherish! Here is a YouTube video of my train journey. Thank you for reading this and please leave your comments if you have any, in the Comments Section below!