Suggested days out from Glasgow and Edinburgh by train

Another border town, just south of the border in England. Carlisle actually qualifies as a city in the English sense, boasting a cathedral, albeit a small one. In addition, it has a castle and an extensive shopping area. Your BritRail Spirit of Scotland Pass will get you to Carlisle.

If you have a BritRail pass, Carlisle is the starting point for the famous Settle and Carlisle railway, one of England’s most scenic routes.

Regular Virgin trains from Glasgow call at Carlisle – journey time is around 1 hour and 10 minutes. ScotRail services via Kilmarnock and Dumfries take longer. Regular Virgin trains from Edinburgh call at Carlisle, journey time is around 1 hour and 25 minutes.