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Edinburgh - Christmas Special

Wednesday 8 December 2021

Peterborough to Edinburgh

Departing: Peterborough, Grantham, Newark Northgate, Retford, Doncaster

Please Note: This trip is hauled by vintage diesel aboard our beautifully restored land cruise train 'Spirit of the Lakes'

Due to the popularity of our Edinburgh Christmas tours we have decided to offer two different start points for our visits in 2021 of which this will be the first. So why not sit back, relax and travel north of the border to enjoy all the pre-Christmas attractions of Scotland's beautiful capital city aboard our luxurious Pullman train 'The Spirit of the Lakes'.

Edinburgh is one of our most popular destinations and there is no wonder. First there is the journey north with the stunning scenery of the east coast to admire as the train rushes along the cliff tops giving spectacular sea views from the train. Then there are the attractions of Edinburgh which include the famous castle, numerous museums, galleries and the shops of Princess Street, Holyrood Palace and the Royal Mile. Add to all this the lights and decorations that you would expect of a capital city at this time of year and you have the perfect combination for a great day out.

Departure from Peterborough should be at around 0600 with a break in Edinburgh of around three hours. Arrival back into Peterborough should be approximately 2230


Pullman DiningPullman First ClassFirst ClassStandard Class

Pullman Dining: Passengers will be served a full English breakfast with complementary Bucks Fizz plus elevenses or light lunch (depending on finalised timings) on the outward journey. A delicious four course evening meal preceded by a glass of Champagne and finished off with petit fours will be served on the return journey. Dinner will be accompanied with a quarter bottle of wine per person. We kindly ask that passengers do not consume their own alcoholic drinks in Pullman/Premier Dining Class. 

We are able to offer a vegetarian menu with 7 days advance notification but regretfully we are unable to offer any other special dietary requirements (i.e. nut allergy, vegan, gluten free diets etc).

Pullman First Class: Passengers will be served a breakfast roll on the outward journey and sandwiches and scone on the return run, this will be accompanied by a service of tea or coffee.

First Class: The carriage is traditional First Class seating with more legroom and width than standard class. The seating is six seats across each row set out as a table for two and a table of four. Although food and beverages are not included in this class of travel, First Class passengers will have access to the buffet carriage for the purchase of light refreshments. You are also welcome to bring your own refreshments or indeed a tasty picnic to enjoy as the countryside passes by!

Standard: Our Standard Class carriages offer the same train experience at exceptional value for money. All our standard class passengers travel in refurbished vintage Mark I or Mark II coaches and will have access to the buffet carriage for the purchase of teas, coffees and light snacks.

Supplement for a private table for two in first class and dining £20.00 per passenger. Fares are subject to a £3.75 booking fee.

Confirmed Timings
Station Outward Return
Peterborough 05:55 22:18
Grantham 06:23 21:47
Newark Northgate 06:40 21:27
Retford 07:00 21:02
Doncaster 07:30 20:41
Edinburgh 11:43 15:49
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